Host Boys’ Night in with a Little Help from Your iPhone

Boys’ night in — it’s about getting together with your friends for a little fun, food and drink. Are you thinking of hosting the next boys’ night in, but need a little inspiration? Maybe your friends are tired of the same old, same old every Friday night? It’s time to shake things up with a little help from your iPhone.

Fall and winter are the best times of year for boys’ nights in, so turn on the big game, dust off the poker table and stock up the bar. I’ve selected 4 great iPhone apps to make your next manly gathering the best ever. Themed parties are a great way to make a night in more fun and these apps have enough material to inspire a whole year’s worth of boys’ nights in.

Bond with your friends as you learn to make your own bacon, stock the bar and see who’s the cocktail master and compare knife skills Top Chef style with a chili club. This time of year craft breweries release their seasonal beers, so why not have your friends over for a beer tasting?

Keep reading to find 4 essential apps for entertaining your friends at home.

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Liquor Cabinet

Who doesn’t want to be a bartender? The barman is a master of his craft — calm, cool and sophisticated. Liquor Cabinet isn’t just a library of cocktails; it’s a fun and entertaining app experience with a vintage feel. Tell the app which spirits and mixers you’ve got on hand and find out all the cocktails you can make. It’s almost like a game, inspiring your buddies to try new drinks.

Liquor Cabinet was designed for dudes and its vintage style recalls the golden era of cocktails. Search for drinks using the liquors and mixers you’ve got on hand.

Liquor Cabinet was designed for dudes and its vintage style recalls the golden era of cocktails. Search for drinks using the liquors and mixers you’ve got on hand.

If you don’t feel like entering all the liquors in your cabinet, browse the drinks menu using filters or check out the Lists and find cocktails perfect for the occasion, be it Drinks for the Holidays or Drinks for a Gentleman. You can even add your own creations to the app and manage your bar inventory. The app enables you to create a list for the next liquor run or email cocktail recipes to a friend so he can pick up the supplies.

Filter drinks by liquor, mixer and/or garnish. The app has 41 bourbon cocktails that dudes will love, like Buffalo Sweat and Dead Bastard.

Filter drinks by liquor, mixer and/or garnish. The app has 41 bourbon cocktails that dudes will love, like Buffalo Sweat and Dead Bastard.

Liquor Cabinet has a wide selection of manly drinks to choose from, including The Incredible Hulk (Hpnotiq Liqueur and Cognac) and instructions for making your own bacon vodka for a Bacon Martini. Rather than a novelty experience, you’re getting an app to use again and again for many boys’ nights to come.

Better Bacon: Chef Recipes and How to Make Your Own

Speaking of bacon cocktails, how about a whole app dedicated to the wonderful world of bacon? Your girlfriend definitely won’t appreciate Better Bacon, and that’s the point. Your mates will have a great time exploring the many ways of cooking with savory, salty, mouth-watering pork.

The Better Bacon Book is the ultimate guide to curing and cooking with your own bacon, a fun project for a whole season of boys’ nights in.

The Better Bacon Book is the ultimate guide to curing and cooking with your own bacon, a fun project for a whole season of boys’ nights in.

If your friends are game for a bigger project, the app will show you how to make your own bacon. It provides photos of the equipment and even links on where to buy it so you don’t have to wander all over the place gathering equipment. You’ll find step-by-step instructions, photos and videos to guide the group.

Step-by-step photos and videos will guide even the most inexperienced cooks through the process easily.

Step-by-step photos and videos will guide even the most inexperienced cooks through the process easily.

Tasks like building a home smoker will bring the group together and your friends can take turns babysitting the bacon as it cures over 8 weeks. Once the bacon is ready the app has over thirty manly recipes for cooking with it. Clams with Rye Whiskey and Bacon will put hair on your chest and the guys will have a great time making Malted Bacon Ice Cream.

The Chili Chef

When your friends come over hungry, what’s better than a huge pot of spicy chili to fill their bellies? The Chili Chef is a collection of recipes from butchers, restaurants and firemen from Central Indiana. You won’t find any vegetarian chilis, but you will find a variety of recipes using all sorts of meats, including prime rib, sirloin, chuck, New York strip, bacon, pork shoulder and bison.

The Chili Chef is a collection of hearty recipes by firemen, chefs and butchers fit to feed a crowd of hungry guys.

The Chili Chef is a collection of hearty recipes by firemen, chefs and butchers fit to feed a crowd of hungry guys.

These recipes are for serving a crowd, so you’ll need a huge pot and plenty of help chopping onions and hot peppers, preparing the spice blends and browning the meat. A good pot of chili needs time to develop its flavor, so let the pot simmer on the stovetop while you all watch the game on TV.

Craft Beer App

You’re going to need something to wash down all that spicy chili, and that’s where the craft beer app comes in. Autumn is when craft breweries across the United States release their seasonal brews, so why not have the guys over for a beer tasting? The Craft Beer App features brews from all 50 states.

The Craft Beer App is an endless source of inspiration for tasting beers by state, style, season or food pairing.

The Craft Beer App is an endless source of inspiration for tasting beers by state, style, season or food pairing.

You can browse beers by season, region, color, style or food pairing (like beers that go well with spicy food for chili night). The app integrates with a map feature to help you locate breweries and craft beer nearby. Keep your favorites in a list and check out reviews from the community before you buy.

Each brew comes with a full bio and detailed tasting notes. Find out what the community reviews say and discover craft beers near you.

Each brew comes with a full bio and detailed tasting notes. Find out what the community reviews say and discover craft beers near you.

The Craft Beer App is for beer lovers and provides detailed tasting notes on all the brews. Use it for multiple guys’ nights in by exploring beers from different states or finding unique seasonal brews. Your friends will be impressed by your beer knowledge and they’ll enjoy trying new brews at each gathering.

Conclusion

With these four great apps you’ve got no excuse for a boring boys’ night in. Choose a theme and get creative with the home bar or in the kitchen. Your friends will have fun learning a new skill and collaborating on a project, with the added reward of delicious food and drink. I’ve only scratched the surface on testosterone-fueled apps for the man cave. What are your favorite guys’ night in apps?