Stuck for ideas about how to plan the perfect night out? There’s an app for that, and it’s called Design My Night.

All it took was a few too many frozen margaritas in a New York bar in 2009 for two best friends to come up with the idea of Design My Night. Impressed by the bottomless knowledge of their hotel concierge in the Big Apple – and aware of what a nightmare it was to plan a decent night out back home in London – Andrew Webster and Nick Telson ditched their corporate roles and launched the website, Design My Night, in 2011 (the app followed in 2013).

Originally covering just London, Design My Night now includes over twenty UK cities. Through this handy app, users can search, discover and book their perfect night out. The search filters cover bars, pubs, restaurants and events and let you choose by area, type of night out (chilling with mates, date night, client meeting, etc) and budget.

Nobody thinks more creatively about painting the town red than Design My Night’s youthful team of forty-five. Their lively online content includes such articles as “Best Basement Hangouts”, “Your Guide to Dry January” and “Cool and Quirky Bars in London”. A peruse of the website alone makes you want to get on your glad rags and order a cocktail.

The app may be a godsend for keen-to-impress boyfriends across the land – but launching it sure has been a learning curve for Webster and Telson. The latter told The Huffington Post that they always have to: “Be quick, be nimble and be ready to change. Over the… years, we have pivoted from a purely advertising model, to a bookings model, to a B2B ticketing model and a B2B booking software. These pivots have added vital revenue streams to the business.”

Design My Night’s offering also includes a brilliant newsletter, delivered to your inbox, packed with nightlife inspiration, exclusive invitations and details of cool pop-ups and unique events.

So get inspired this Valentine’s Day – whether you live in London, Liverpool or Leeds – and let Design My Night inspire an evening to remember.

January 2018