The Pursuit of Happy Hours

statue of liberty beer Our founding fathers deemed the pursuit of happiness an inalienable right. Unfortunately if your idea of happiness is two for one tequila shots at Chili’s, this pursuit is often frustrating and unfruitful.

This is why at Hotspot we considered it our patriotic duty to build the most comprehensive and beautiful happy hour app ever. With 30,000 happy hours in over 100 cities plus full Yelp and Foursquare integration, we make sure you never pay too many dollar signs for too few stars.

Happy Hours by Hotspot is free for the next few days. Get it here to stop pursuing happiness, and start experiencing it.




Humans are tribal creatures. Whether you are Apache or AEPi, everyone parties with a particular wolf pack. This is why we are excited to release a new feature which makes it really simple to invite groups to Hotspots.

You can create a group in seconds. Add a group name and select the friends you want to be in it.

Now when you set a hotspot you can invite the whole group in a single tap. If you’re a social butterfly you can extend the invitation to multiple groups.


The human talent for assembling likeminded individuals can be used for both good and evil. The same instinct which resulted in history’s greatest meeting of minds at Solvay was also responsible for the marches of hate in Nuremberg. Get your friends to come, but get them to come in peace.


Facebook Events Suck!

Events matter.

Swapping stories over drinks is better than swapping “likes” over newsfeed. Social media enables us to neglect these real-life encounters, but these encounters are still important. They help us develop and express friendship in real life.

While Facebook enabled this social mediafiction of friendship, its “events” section also made it easier to get groups of friends together. For awhile it worked. So it’s too bad that Facebook events have begun to suck.

Events aren’t fun if people don’t show up. People don’t show up if they don’t see the invitation. Facebook Events have become spammy making it less likely that people see sincere invitations. This month, for example, my “friends” on Facebook mass-invited me to events ranging from a wine tasting in California to a renaissance fair in Idaho.

In response to this spam, we turn off event notifications or worse just expect that every invite is crap. Either way we tend to miss or overlook the good stuff.

It isn’t surprising that Facebook Events became a spammer’s paradise. The bar for a “friend” on Facebook is so low and selecting them all is so easy. Facebook Events is a failure because it’s built on a shoddy foundation.

This is why we avoided Facebook and built Hotspot on top of cell phone numbers instead. When you text your friends, you guarantee that your friends see your invitation. And since you only give your number to people you trust, you’re less likely to get spammed. Compared to Facebook, texting is more private, more reliable, and more effective.

Events matter and Facebook Events just isn’t cutting it.


Big Update: Set Hotspots Whenever!

photo 6Your Hotspots are about to get even hotter.

Since we launched the app in December, people have asked to set Hotspots for any day they want. My sister even went rogue to make the point.  She threatened to boycott her brother’s app because she couldn’t use Hotspot to invite classmates to go hiking that coming weekend.

Well we finally relented and after a few weeks of testing we can officially certify that it’s awesome.  Sis, this time you were right.

So now whether you want go hiking, to a bar… or a Bar Mitzvah.  We’re here for you.


Our New Look

Our New Look!We’ve freshened up our look!

It’s now faster to set new Hotspots and to see existing Hotspots.

This update makes Hotspot even simpler to use.  We’re excited to have you check it out.

My favorite feature just got (way) better.

photo 12Hotspot doesn’t just tell you who says they’ll come.  Hotspot actually shows you who’s there.

It’s one of my favorite features.  When I’m figuring out my Friday night, the what, the where, and the when don’t matter as much.  The “who’s there” is what matters most.  The “who’s there” helps you meet up with the right people and avoid the wrong people (say, your ex).

So we’re excited to share this update.  It makes checking in smarter and more reliable so the list of who’s at each Hotspot is stunningly accurate .

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