Armagh-based tech firm DrinkApp Ltd, the brainchild of brothers Ryan and Mark Fegan, is gaining momentum as the leading app of its kind on the island of Ireland, with more than 60 bars now signed up to the service and glowing endorsements from some of the hospitality sector's most influential people.
Developed over the past two years, DrinkApp was originally a solution to queue management in busy bars, clubs and events across Ireland, yet now has a place as the much-needed piece of technology to futureproof the industry's existence in the face of COVID-19.
Having spotted a gap in the market to revolutionise the hospitality, retail and leisure industries, brothers Ryan and Mark developed an intuitive and universal app that allows publicans, restaurant owners and other leisure providers to accept drink orders from patrons without them having to leave their table or serve them across a crowded bar, significantly increasing the number of orders and driving sales by simply making it more accessible and easier to order for customers.
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The app has now made its way into popular bars across Ireland, with over 60 bars signing up since its launch in January of 2020, including well-known hospitality group McGettigans, owners of Warehouse Bar & Kitchen Letterkenny, and The Downey Group, owners of popular bar chain The Thirsty Goat in Derry and Belfast. Further afield, it is now making its way into the Dubai market, with five bars already signed up.
Discussing the creation of DrinkApp, founder Ryan Fegan said, "The idea for the app came to me about two years ago on a busy night in the bar that my brother Mark owns in Armagh. The bar was rammed like most bars around Northern Ireland on any given weekend, and I began to wonder if there was an alternative solution to crowded pubs than to simply reduce numbers which would impact sales or expand, which would be a significant investment and not always possible."
The app has also been further developed to allow for food to be ordered as well, meaning publicans and restaurant owners alike can utilise the technology to increase sales, track promotions and enhance customer experience, all while navigating a COVID-compliant world.
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