Published November 16, 2012
Using Your Phone to Order Drinks
We’re lovers. You know that. But every now and again, something comes across our
desks that just seems... suspicious. Because of the tremendous material upside to all our lives if these
claims pan out, we at times put ourselves in harm’s way to investigate. Albeit
We call it: Skeptical Investigation. (Trademark pending.)
A new local app, Coaster
, lets you order a drink from the bar and
pay for it... on your phone. Think of it as Seamless for getting your Rob Roy on.
It was cocktail hour. Our tester—iPhone in hand, app
loaded—whittled down the app’s list of 16 connected bars and clubs (mostly in the Marina and SoMa for
now) to one: Jones.
Then, while seated at a table on the patio, our researcher signed in to Coaster. After browsing the menu,
they landed on a Moscow Mule, added it to the cart (Amazon-style) and waited. In roughly three minutes, a
push notification alerted them to pick up the drink at the upstairs bar. Drink retrieved. Tip left. Rinse.
Obviously, it’s most useful when the bar’s crowded, and it’ll be
better as the service adds bars—but anything that makes getting a drink easier is good.
Even if a robot could never truly replace Sam Malone.