HipBar is a startup in the $35-billion liquor industry in India. It will enable people to use smartphones to buy their favourite spirit bottle through their app, which can be redeemed by the portion in any hotel across the country.
HipBar is a mobile wallet exclusive for drinks! Explore an assortment of drinks and experiences from your favourite watering holes and liquor stores in the city. Currently only available in select cities in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Haryana and Tamil Nadu in about 80 pilot restaurants, HipBar is a disruptive service that aims for dynamic engagement with liquor connoisseurs.
The app is the brainchild of Prasanna Natarajan, an individual who understand the retail industry and the gaps in the trade due to his expertise in the liquor industry. Familiarity with the workings of the liquor industry prompted him to work around the regulations that restrict the sale of alcohol on digital channels to build a business.
As the company puts it, “HipBar makes sense, because it helps you discover your favourite drink and the place you want to redeem it at”.
HipBar lets you carry around your own personal liquor stock, across the city. You can discover the hottest stores and specials and pre pay using the app itself. Once you’re at one of Hipbar’s partner stores all you have to do is whip your phone to order, pay and check out! And since you pay a lower price because of HipBar’s special negotiated rates, you save money and time too!
What’s not to like?
Sound interesting? If you want to get started, read on for a quick guide on how to use the app!
Use the link to download HipBar and install it on your phone!
The below screenshots were taken on Android OS and will walk you through this process:
First up you need to install the app, just head to the Google Play Store or iOS App Store and search for “HipBar”, the result at the top that says – “We’ve moved your bar to the cloud!” Is the one you should install.
Launch the app and you should see this screen that greets you! :
Don’t be intimidated! Unless you’re underage that is. If you’re above the legal drinking age in your area, go ahead and click the grey “Agree and Continue” button. If you’re not, immediately uninstall the app and tell your mother what you just did.
Now that the “intensive legal procedures are over” here’s where it begins to get exciting! Swipe through this and the next couple of pages for a quick rundown on what you can do with HighBar!
HighBar works based on partnerships made with bars in your locality, so you’ll need to let the app know where you live! You can click on “Detect My Location” and HighBar will do it for you automatically! Like magic isn’t it?
If you’re having trouble with the auto location option, go ahead and tap on “Choose Manually”.
You’ll see this menu where you can choose your location.
Now that you’re finally done with setup, you’ll be greeted by the main menu!
Take a quick moment to look at the options here.
The app is neatly organized based on what you want to do. But to use all the functions of the app, you’ll need to make an account!
Click on the orange button at the bottom to make a new account.
You’ll arrive at this screen where you need to enter a valid phone number. Make sure it’s working cause you’ll need to enter an OTP later. :
Grant the requested permissions to the app. Don’t worry, this is just to simplify the OTP process so you don’t have to enter the code manually.
Here’s where it gets a bit personal. Fill out your details on this and the next page for your HipBar Account creation.
Specify your gender and age for your Account profile.
You’re almost done making an account! Just one last step. HipBar lets you make payments at bars using your online wallet. Use a secure, difficult to guess, PIN number for your transaction number for maximum security.
Congratulations! You should now have a fully functional HipBar account!
This is the main menu now, notice the new “Pay with Wallet “ option! And oh look! Beer!
Now that we’re in and we have an account, we can explore each of the sections:
Click on the red button, “Browse Drinks” to reach this page:
This is where you’re greeted by HipBar’s extensive range of premium liquors. You can choose one to purchase or look at the collections at nearby bars. Once you pick one, you can view it for more info or choose to purchase it.
Next is the “What’s New” screen.
Here is where you can check out the latest HipBar news and offers!
And last but not the least is the “Nearby Bar” screen.
With this function you’ll never have trouble finding a nearby watering hole again! And since you’ve got the HipBar app, you pay less than what other customers would pay! There’s nothing more to say!
Overall HipBar is a fantastic app! It’s easy to use, even if you’re tipsy. And offers plenty of features that even the most discerning liquor aficionado would approve of!
Go ahead and give it a try today! You won’t be disappointed! Use the link to download HipBar and install it on your phone: