Bar Roulette

Go bar hopping with the help of Uber + Yelp

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Tyler SwartzΒ β€” Product @ Tripping
The app was designed and built by me, Tyler, as a side project to explore a fun way to utilize Uber's new ride request API functionality. I'd love your feedback.

The app combines Yelp and Uber to take you to a highly rated bar. Input your location, Uber whisks you to a random (but always top Yelp-rated) bar, which isn't revealed until Uber drops you off. Enjoy the adventure and try to guess where you're headed. It even checks to make sure the bar is open so it works on Saturday morning...I won't judge.
Chris Messina ✁_____Β β€” Developer Experience Lead at @Uber
@tylerswartz can I request Foursquare support?
Brian JordanΒ β€” Software Engineer @ Code.org
@tylerswartz this sounds like a lot of fun πŸ˜†. Have you given it a go? What was it like?
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Tyler SwartzΒ β€” Product @ Tripping
@bcjordan Yes, even after spending so much time building it I was surprised at how much fun it was to try and guess what bar I was headed to in the Uber. Also, the Uber driver started guessing when I explained that I didn't know what bar was at the end of the coordinates he had.
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Tyler SwartzΒ β€” Product @ Tripping
@chrismessina Yes! Added to the feature list ;)
Chris Messina ✁_____Β β€” Developer Experience Lead at @Uber
@tylerswartz now I must insist! :)
Ira WilleyΒ β€” AddictingGames, OneMoreLevel & FreeRider
This is awesome. You could add in other random services to the adventure like restaurants & Airbnb for a whole weekend experience.
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Tyler SwartzΒ β€” Product @ Tripping
Thanks @irawilley! Yes it would be fun to add on more services, great idea.
Chris SaadΒ β€” Head of Product, Uber Developer Platform
I'm now the Product Manager on the Uber API (developer.uber.com) and we thought that this was a really fun app from the Hackathon! Well done Tyler. Let me know if we can be helpful in any way.
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Tyler SwartzΒ β€” Product @ Tripping
@chrissaad Thanks, nice to hear the positive feedback. The hackathon helped give me the extra motivation to finish it on time :)
Eric SeufertΒ β€” Editor, Mobile Dev Memo
What a fantastic idea. Have you considered making a native mobile version?
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Tyler SwartzΒ β€” Product @ Tripping
@eric_seufert native app is currently in the works. The web version was so I could get something out there a bit quicker and get feedback.
Ryan HooverΒ β€” Product Hunt
Lazy man's date night 😁
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Tyler SwartzΒ β€” Product @ Tripping
@rrhoover haha, no pressure if your date doesn't like the bar. I thought it would be fun to add a "Fancy" setting that only looks for $$$$ bars and sends an Uber Escalade.
Ryan HooverΒ β€” Product Hunt
@tylerswartz is there a "poor and lazy man" mode? Asking for a friend.
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Tyler SwartzΒ β€” Product @ Tripping
@rrhoover we'll need to come up with a better name for that mode...
Jordan NemrowΒ β€” Software Engineer @ Teleborder
Very cool @tylerswartz. I can't wait to try it out! If it takes off and you want to monotize, you can try partnering with some of the highly rated bars to get promoter fees. Similiar model to Grouper (If they are still around?).
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Tyler SwartzΒ β€” Product @ Tripping
Thanks @nemrow. That's a good idea, the people the bars would be reaching are perfect since they are nearby and ready to buy some drinks.
Brilliant @tylerswartz! I'd copy this idea if I wasn't already knee deep in my own! The possibilities here are endless. Viral coefficient is high, monetization streams are many. Something I'd definitely use since we can never make up our mind on where we want to go eat, drink and party. Would love to help in anyway I can - let me know!
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Tyler SwartzΒ β€” Product @ Tripping
Thanks for the feedback @nchatterji. Keep me posted once you take it for a spin. I'm working on a native version now.
Greig CranfieldΒ β€” Head of Growth @QuiverVision
Ha genius. This would be so good when you're in a random city too.
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Tyler SwartzΒ β€” Product @ Tripping
Thanks @1greigcranfield! I've only been testing it in SF, but should be good everywhere Uber and Yelp is. Definitely a fun way to explore a new city!
charlieΒ β€” Mobile @Plan | ShastaVentures, Princeton
This is looks amazing. Planning to try out this weekend. Will report back if/when we survive
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Tyler SwartzΒ β€” Product @ Tripping
@charliejacobson Yes!!! Good luck surviving the adventure πŸ˜‰
Erin GrayΒ β€” Stack Overflow
Does it take your Foursquare history into account? I.e. looking at places you've been and liked and not taking you to bars you're already familiar with?
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