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52 great phone apps for St Patrick's day

iPhone, Android & BlackBerry apps to help you celebrate

Use these Google Android, BlackBerry, Apple iPhone, Windows Mobile and Palm apps to locate the nearest pub, play drinking games, cure a hangover, or find a whole host of merrymaking activities. Trust us, it's what St Patrick would have wanted.

St Patrick's day: finding a boozer

GPS may enable crazy stalkers, but happily it also locates the nearest bar, beer garden, tavern, or pub. No need to follow any rainbows or leprechauns to the Guinness.

The iPhone's Bar Finder: Liquor Frog Beer, Bars, Alcohol Search LITE (free) provides a strategic "beer, bars, and alcohol" search to help you unearth your next watering hole (complete with maps and directions). For the serious lush, the paid version (59p) includes advanced search filtering, bookmarks, and user reviews.

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Find Pub costs 59p and promises to find a nearby pub "wherever you are in the world", and iLocate - Pub costs a similar price and offers a similar service.

For those of you who like their ale real, the (£1.19) CAMRA Good Beer Guide Mobile will find good pubs and even better beer.

You can also add a giant, red Beer Button (free) to your iPhone. It's programmed to search for local off licences, so you'll never need to use more than one finger to find alcohol again.

St Patrick's day: what to drink?

If you've made it to the bar/pub/beer garden/off licence and you want some sage advice, relax and let your phone do the instructing.

The impressive iWhiskey (£6.49) application, available only for the iPhone, is an epic sourcebook for drink descriptions. And sorting the reviews by category will allow purists to stick to those libations of Irish origin.

If you're feeling more adventurous, download iShots (free) or iShots-Irish edition (59p). Just shake your iPhone, and the app will randomly generate a shot recipe for you to mix yourself or ask the barman to make.

St Patricks Day

Hosts of St Patrick's Day parties will want to acquire the Beverage Calculator (£1.79), a Windows Mobile app that determines your quantity needs based on the number of guests and the types of alcohol served. And amateur mixologists looking to make an Irish Car Bomb, a Nutty Irishman, or a Dancing Leprechaun can consult cocktail guides of all shapes and sizes.

iPhone cocktail guides: Mixologist (59p), Cocktails+ (£1.79), Top Shelf Drinks (£1.19), Paddys Irish Cocktails (59p)

BlackBerry: Drink Wizard ($12.99), Patrik's Cocktails ($3.99)

Android: 10001 Cocktails (free)

Palm OS: AW Cocktail Recipes ($19.95)

Windows Mobile: Patrik's Cocktails (£1.79)

NEXT: improving your beer life, and being irish >>

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