30-Centime Drinks? There’s An App for That

Fancy 30 drinks for €9.99? Check out the latest drinks-related app to hit the Paris bar scene: Firsty.

Getting your daily drink on is pretty simple: download the app, subscribe for €9.99 a month, select a bar near you from their list of around 50, and head in for a drink every day of the month. That’s about 30 centimes per drink! And the subscriptions can be cancelled anytime.

I had a chance to taste test one of the cocktails up for grabs and meet the app developers Harry Knowlman (bar selection) and Kim Giaoui (app development) at their launch party at Monsieur Antoine. But, of course, the real test is a trial in the field, at a random bar, on a random night where I’m a just a random unknown customer.

firsty2So, I signed up for their five-night free trial and headed out to a bar I’d never visited before, Monsieur le Zinc. This cute and kitschy little bar just off of Odeon, with a tongue-in-cheek gas-pump décor, offers a small selection self-serve wine and beer on taps, accessed by prepaid cards. It was a quick and pretty seamless visit. The bartender immediately recognized the app, explained the bar concept and served up our drink. Easy, simple and effective.

firsty 1The 50 bars in the app comprise a wide range of options. If you’re going for good cocktails, I’d recommend: Solera, Persifleur, Les Justes, or Tiki Lounge. Otherwise, there are other bars that serve basic mixed drinks as well as dedicated wine and beer bars. The choice is diverse enough that you should be able to discover something of interest off your regular route.