We’ve been to Small Bar, the best of Bristol’s full-on craft beer bars, a couple of times in recent weeks and it’s in places like this that ordering by app works especially well.
How it used to work most of the time:
- Shuffle around in a disorderly queue squinting at the blackboards trying to work out what’s on offer.
- Get to the front; harried member of staff asks, “What would you like?”
- Panic; choose something you’ve had before for convenience; scurry off to a table.
Now, though, the app allows you to browse the extensive beer list at leisure and, best of all, to filter it by beer style.
You’ve even got the option to nose around online to see what your fellow beer geeks have to say about a particular beer, reducing the risk of spending too much on something disappointing.
And, in fact, there’s another advantage: no more conversations about whether this bar or that does third-pints, or surprise that (as in the case of Small Bar) the largest measure on offer is two-thirds.
Of course there’s a downside: when there are lots of beers on offer you’ve never heard of, tasters are the traditional approach to narrowing the field, and making that work via app would be quite a challenge.