Nightlife App

How To Build A Nightlife App?

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Interested in knowing how to build a nightlife app? 

This is a growing market that has a lot of potential.

Nightlife apps fall within the category of lifestyle apps, and this is a popular category. As of May 2022, lifestyle apps were the 9th most popular among Android app categories, as this Statista report. Among iOS app categories, lifestyle apps were the 5th most popular as of May 2022, as per another Statista report.

Let’s see how you can invest in this lucrative market by developing a feature-rich nightlife mobile app.

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An example of a nightlife app

Let’s first review an example of a nightlife app so that you can get an idea of what features you should offer. Discotech is a popular nightlife app, offering the following features:

  • Users can find nightclubs, view photos, and call a helpline.
  • Users can get a curated list of events.
  • They can book tables in nightclubs and discover nightlife in their area.
  • App users can buy event tickets using their smartphone, moreover, they can sign-up for a guest list for events in key cities like Las Vegas.
  • The app has a feature for discovering events and bars nearby.
  • Discotech has partnerships with service providers.
  • This app has an appealing “User Interface” (UI).

Discotech is available in several major US cities like Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Washington DC, etc. They have web, Android, and iOS apps.

How to create a nightlife app?

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I will now explain the app creation steps for this project, which are as follows:


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1. Define the nightlife app project scope 

I recommend that you build a web app, an Android app, and an iOS app, with the following features:

  • Users should be able to find clubs in their cities of choice with one tap.
  • The app needs a map integration.
  • Identity verification is an important feature.
  • They will need a curated list of events, moreover, they should get information about happy hours from dedicated nightlife experts.
  • App users should be able to see related venue info, venue pics, table prices, etc., and make table reservations, buy tickets, and sign-up for guests.
  • Service providers should be able to list their businesses in your app, moreover, you need the required CRM features to conduct your business with them.
  • You need to offer in-app purchases and online payment features.
  • The app needs push notifications to engage users.

An eye-catching yet easy-to-use UI is a must. Plan to launch in one geography first.

2. Choose an appropriate development methodology

Web and mobile apps are customer-facing tools, and these apps undergo frequent enhancements. You will likely launch a “Minimum Viable Product” (MVP) with the above scope, before enhancing the app based on market feedback.

Agile is the suitable methodology for this project, as I have earlier explained in “Waterfall vs Agile: which methodology is right for your project”.

3. Formulate a software development approach

I recommend that you use the following approach:

  • Use “Platform as a Service” (PaaS) and “Mobile Backend as a Service” (MBaaS) platforms to expedite your project.
  • Make use of “Software Development Kits” (SDKs)/”Application Programming Interfaces” (APIs) to simplify the development of core features.
  • Design and develop in a manner that makes future expansion in other geographies easier. For example, keep your content and code separate. Such guidelines are part of “app internationalization”, and you can find more guidelines in “The ultimate guide to mobile app internationalization”.

4. Build a nightlife app development project team

You will need the following roles in the team:

  • Business analysts (BAs);
  • UI/UX designers;
  • Web developers with Node.js experience;
  • Android developers with Java skills;
  • Swift programmers for the iOS app;
  • Testers;
  • A project manager (PM).

Consider using the “scrum” technique for this project, which works well for agile projects. The PM performs the “scrum master” role, and forms “scrum teams”. These are small teams where developers and testers work together on sprints, i.e., iterations.

Our guide “How to build a scrum development team?” can help with this technique.

5. Find a PaaS platform

Entrepreneurs look towards launching their apps quickly, without heavy upfront investments in IT infrastructure. PaaS platforms help here as follows:

  • PaaS providers manage cloud infrastructure, networking, operating systems, middleware, and runtime environment, leaving you free to focus on the development.
  • You can easily integrate databases and other 3rd party APIs when using a PaaS platform.
  • Reputed PaaS providers have powerful DevOps toolsets, which help in agile development.
  • PaaS providers also offer robust “Application Performance Monitoring” (APM) and auto-scaling solutions.

I recommend that you use Heroku, a leading PaaS platform for this project. I have earlier described the advantages of Heroku in “How to deploy your Dart app to Heroku?”.

6. Sign-up for an MBaaS platform

When developing the mobile app, you would like to focus on the UI design and business logic development, and not on the mobile backend development/management. Using an MBaaS platform will help, as follows:

  • MBaaS providers manage cloud infrastructure, persistent storage, etc.
  • You don‘t need to hire a mobile backend developer or a cloud platform architect.
  • There is a wide range of mobile devices and platforms, making mobile app development complex. However, using an MBaaS platform help you to manage this.
  • User management, security features, and push notifications are easier to implement when you sign up with an MBaaS provider.
  • You can scale your app easily when using MBaaS platforms.

Read “How to choose the best Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS)?” to learn about the advantages of MBaaS platforms. You can use Google Firebase for this project.

7. Procure an API solution to list the places of interest in your nightlife app

There are two ways in which you can show the details of nightclubs to app users. The first one is to use an API that shows places of interest, whereas the other way is to get nightclubs to sign up with your business. In all likelihood, you will need to use both approaches.

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For the first approach, I recommend that you use the Triposo API. Note the following information:

  • Triposo API can help you to show various places of interest, including nightclubs. They cover 50,000 destinations at the time of writing, spanning over 200 countries.
  • Find the API documentation here.
  • You can find their API demos here.
  • Their pricing plans are available here.

8. Get a CRM solution to deal with the nightclub businesses

The next approach is to get nightclubs to sign-up with your app. You need to use relational databases like MySQL or PostgreSQL to store their information. This project might also need NoSQL databases like MongoDB or Redis.

Now, your business model might involve specific contractual relationships with the nightclubs that sign up with you. You will need a CRM solution to manage this, and Zoho is a good choice here. Consult the following resources:

  • Check out the features of Zoho CRM here.
  • You can access the documentation of their CRM APIs here.

9. Find a mapping API

The app needs integration with a mapping solution, and I recommend that you use Google Maps. You can use it as follows:

  • Check out the entire Google Maps documentation here.
  • Find their Android SDK here.
  • Google Maps iOS SDK is available here.
  • Learn about their JavaScript API here.

You can find their pricing plan here.

10. Procure an eCommerce solution

You need an eCommerce solution for the in-app purchase feature. Shopify offers a robust solution, which you can use as follows:

11. Sign-up with a payment gateway provider

You need a payment gateway provider to incorporate the online payment feature. Braintree provides a great solution for this, and it‘s called “Braintree Direct”. Consult the following resources for their APIs:

12. Get an ID verification solution

A nightclub app will need an ID verification feature in order to comply with the regulations. offers a robust solution, and you can check out the following resources:

  • Check here to find out how can provide a comprehensive ID verification solution for your app.
  • Access their SDKs and APIs here.

13. Find a bulk SMS solution

The app needs push notifications to engage app users, therefore, you should consider getting a bulk SMS solution. Twilio is the right choice, and you can use it as follows:

Twilio pricing plans are available here.

14. Procure a solution to aid the web and mobile app testing

You will likely use open-source test automation frameworks like Selenium and Espresso for web and mobile app testing. This testing requires a wide range of browsers and mobile devices, therefore, you need to procure a solution that provides this.

Experitest offers a mobile device and browser lab on the cloud for this purpose. You can easily integrate this solution with popular open-source testing frameworks, moreover, they also provide excellent test analytics.

15. Develop the web app

Proceed with web app development using Node.js, the popular open-source runtime environment. The development team will find several advantages, e.g.:

  • js helps in developing scalable, performant apps since it supports asynchronous programming.
  • You will likely use a NoSQL database in this app, and it uses JavaScript. Node.js is based on JavaScript, and this helps programmers to use such databases.
  • There are thousands of sharable tools and frameworks for Node.js, which improves the productivity of developers.

You need to take the following steps:

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16. The nightlife mobile app UI design

The UI design team should consult “Human Interface Guidelines” for the iOS app UI design, and “Material Design” guidelines for the Android app UI. Additionally, the following are important:

17. Code, test, and publish the Android app

Developing an Android app involves the following steps:

18. iOS app development

I recommend that you use Swift for iOS development. Apple champions this language, which offers several advantages, e.g.:

  • Developers need to code less since Swift offers powerful features.
  • Programmers can avoid common coding errors with Swift, moreover, the code is easier to read, which makes maintenance easier.
  • Apps coded in Swift are fast and performant.

You need to take the following steps:

  • Use Xcode, which is the IDE supported by Apple.
  • Integrate the SDKs/APIs for Google Maps, Triposo, Zoho CRM,, Shopify, “Braintree Direct”, and Twilio “Programmable SMS” in your Swift code.
  • Use XCTest and the Experitest mobile device lab on the cloud to thoroughly test the iOS app.
  • Publish the app to the Apple app store by following these instructions.

19. Use a robust PM tool to manage the nightlife app development project

A scrum team works as follows:

  • A “product owner” provides requirements in a “product backlog”, and the team estimates them.
  • The team prioritizes and plans them in sprints, in a “sprint planning meeting”.
  • The scrum master holds “daily stand-up meetings” to discuss the project status.
  • Sprint approval comes in a “sprint review meeting” after the team demonstrates that the app is working.

Managing these activities requires an appropriate tool, and I recommend Asana for this project.

Planning to launch a great nightlife app?

Software development can be challenging. A project to create a nightlife app can be complex, despite using platforms, tools, APIs, SDKs, and frameworks. Consider taking professional help. Before you engage a development partner, read our guide “How to find the best software development company?”.

If you are still looking for experienced software developers to help with your nightlife app development project, DevTeam.Space can help you via its field-expert mobile app developers.

You can easily partner with these mobile application developers by sending us your project specification via this quick form. One of our account managers will get back to you to discuss more about how we can help.

Frequently Asked Questions on a nightlife app

What is a nightlife app?

A nightlife app is any app that focuses on nightly events such as concerts, bars, and clubs.

What is the best nightlife app?

Zomato, Google Maps, and Yplan are good examples of nightlife apps.

Where to find developers to build a nightlife app?

If you are planning to develop a nightlife app but don’t have the required skill sets then head to DevTeam.Space. The platform’s community of field expert developers is skilled in all the latest technologies and is vetted for excellence.


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