Drink Pro vs. Party Pro Lite: Bigger is Not Always Better

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Drink Pro vs Pary Pro LiteI am a bartender, so I am always on the lookout for helpful bartending resources. Drink Pro and Party Pro Lite are just two of a number of available iPhone apps that provide you with drink recipes.

I am not fond of massive bartending books, or in this case, massive bartending apps. That said, everyone needs a trusty resource when they want to look up a recipe. So, I decided to take a look at these two popular apps and see which one was a better drinking buddy. If you're thinking about downloading a drink database, read on to find out which app is best for you. 

Drink & Cocktail Pro (AppStore Link)
User Reviews
3
Drink & Cocktail Pro
Developer: Helmes Innovations, LLC
Price: $0.99 Download on the App Store

Critical point: Drink Pro will NOT help people make drinks accurately. It looks to me like the creators of Drink Pro, Helmes Innovations, let anyone and everyone add recipes to their database of 20,000+ drink recipes.

When I searched for a Cosmopolitan recipe, I got two choices: # Drinks and C Drinks. I clicked on C Drinks only to find a long, unalphabetized list of every drink that started with C. I re-entered my search term after I opened the C page and Drink Pro gave me twelve Cosmopolitan recipes, filled with misspellings, inaccuracies and ingredients that do not even exist. I would not be confident ordering a drink from a bartender who uses Drink Pro.

I took a quick peek at some free drink recipe apps, 5800+ Drink and Cocktail Recipes Free and Dream Cocktail Lite, to see how they compared to Drink Pro. They were worse. 5800+ had an awkward, slow interface and similarly inaccurate cocktails. Dream Cocktail Lite was light, with only a few dozen recipes.

Party Pro Lite (AppStore Link)
User Reviews
3.5
Party Pro Lite
Developer: Helmes Innovations, LLC
Price: free Download on the App Store

Then I found Party Pro Lite. Party Pro is an app that is also made by Helmes Innovations, and it appears to be the exact same app as Drink Pro, but with a different name. Party Pro Lite is the free version, with 7000+ drink recipes. That’s enough to keep me busy. It even has the exact same twelve (inaccurate) Cosmopolitan recipes as Drink Pro. Party Pro Lite also has many of the other features that Drink Pro offers: a unit converter, general bartending information and a link to Google Maps that functions as a bar locater.

This is an easy decision. Until something better and more accurate comes along, skip Drink Pro and just download the free Party Pro Lite. You can also check out HappyHour for a recipe app based on the ingredients you have in your house.

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  • http://twitter.com/feliciaslounge/status/1328036117 FeliciasAtomicLounge

    RT @appcraver: Cocktail recipe apps for the iPhone: Bigger is Not Always Better. Read Amelia's review: http://tinyurl.com/ahghd9

  • me

    Cool. Thanks - I almost paid for that app. What's good about that one as opposed to any other is that you can add your own cocktails to the app.

    Now, if only I could erase all of them and refill it with my own cocktails...