Saint Patrick's Day is a global celebration of Irish heritage and the Windows Store has several apps designed to help you enjoy the day.
Many celebrate the day by wearing green, spending the day at the local pub, dining on traditional Irish meals and other activities to celebrate the Irish patron Saint. It's a day for those wanting to be Irish, as well as those with roots to the Emerald Isle.
We have pulled together a small collection of Windows 10 apps that can help with these activities. From dressing up your Windows 10 Mobile device in green to finding a ride home when you've had one too many green beers. Let's take a look at what we have come up with!
Untappd is a social network for discovering local breweries, checking out trending beers, and
competing keeping tabs on your friends. The free Windows 10 Mobile app is a handy St. Patrick's Day app for finding the best Irish brew in town.
Key features for Untappd include:
- Personalized beer recommendations based on the tastes of you and your friends
- Discover where you can get a specific beer nearby
- Share ratings, reviews and photos of your favorite beer
- Create a wish list of beers you want to try in the future
Untappd requires you to create a free account and access to your Windows 10 Mobile phone's location services. There are a variety of badges available to earn as you try different styles of beer and visit new pubs. If you enjoy a cold brew, Untappd is a great Windows 10 app to have around.
Should your St. Patrick's Day festivities include consuming green beer or other adult beverages, you may find yourself in need of a ride home. The Uber app is one option to find a ride within minutes to get you safely home or to your next St. Paddy's Day destination.
The free app is available for Windows 10 Mobile and PC and makes it easy to find a ride, should Uber service your area. An Uber account is required for this Windows 10 app and you can add a credit card or Paypal account to easily pay for your ride.
The app allows you to pin your location (can be done automatically using your device location services) and set your destination. Travel times include the time until Uber picks you up and the time it takes to reach your destination is displayed on the map. Choose your payment option and hail your ride.
Keep in mind that Uber may not be available in your area and you can check here to view Uber's availability. Uber can be a convenient ride sharing option, especially when you need to find a designated driver.
Cocktail Flow is a Windows 10 app that has been around for a very long time and is one of the best looking apps in the Windows Store. Available for Windows 10 Mobile, Cocktail Flow is filled with tasty and creative drinks for any occasion including St. Patrick's Day.
Cocktail Flow lists recipes alphabetically, by drink type or you can tap the Surprise Me option and let the Windows 10 Mobile app choose your poison. Need to keep track of your bar stock? Cocktail Flow has a cabinet inventory to check off what drinks you have in stock and see what you can mix up. You can even generate suggestions on what ingredients you need to buy.
The Windows 10 Mobile app includes guides to barware, garnishes and how to mix drinks. Individual recipes include an ingredients list, step by step preparation instructions, community feedback on the drink and suggested alternatives.
The eye-appealing app is currently priced at $2.99 and a great resource to have at your home bar or when you need a suggestion on what to order while out on the town.
St. Patrick's Day Screenz
If you need to get your Windows 10 Mobile phone a Saint Patrick's Day makeover, the St. Patrick's Day Screenz app might do the trick. The free app delivers a modest collection of St. Paddy's Day themed wallpapers to your phone.
The collection includes the customary four-leaf clover images, a few leprechauns and even Darth Vader gets into the St. Patrick's Day spirit. Images can be saved individually as lockscreen wallpapers, rotated periodically to your lockscreen or saved locally (at a price).
You can unlock the full version of the app for a $1.49 in-app purchase where you can control the rotation frequency, add your own images to the collection and remove unwanted wallpapers from the mix. Overall, St. Patrick's Day Screenz is a modest Windows 10 Mobile app but does a good job of delivering the holiday spirit to your phone
BigOven is a Windows 10 app full of tasty recipes including a host of St. Patrick's Day dishes. The free app is available for Windows 10 Mobile and PC and taps into BigOven.com's collection of recipes.
The St. Patrick's Day collection of dishes includes the likes of Split Pea Soup, Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup, Drunken Sunken Irish Coffee Cake and more. Recipes include meals and tasty cocktails to wet your whistle.
BigOven's recipes includes an overview of the dish, photos, reviews and nutritional values. If you are a BigOven member you can generate grocery lists from the recipes, share your grocery list with others and synchronize the app with the BigOven's website. You can even add your own recipes to the mix.
BigOven is one of the best cooking apps for Windows 10 and a handy app to have around to add a little St. Paddy's Day flavor to your meals.
If you have given any of these Windows 10 apps a try, let us know what you think of things in the comments. Should we have missed your favorite Windows 10 app for St. Patrick's Day celebration, feel free to share your recommendation in the comments as well.
Happy Saint Paddy's Day everyone and may the Luck of the Irish smile upon you!