Thousands of people find authentic local recommendations every day on Localeur, and taking these local recommendations with them on the go is an important part of their experience. Whether that’s finding quality pizza in LA, the best tattoo shops in New York, or off-the-beaten-path date spots, the experience you have on Localeur is your opportunity to skip the sea of questionable reviews and get right to real local recommendations from real locals.
We’re continually working to make this experience even better.
In this effort, today we’re launching an updated Localeur app for iOS (v1.1.4). It’s now quicker and easier to view recommendations, filter details and navigate around the app. But most importantly, its more reliable.
We’re always listening to the great constructive feedback we get from our users, whether that be from emails you send us, Facebook or Twitter messages, or even word-of-mouth. We hear you loud and clear when you talk to us, and we appreciate it.
One of the things we hear from you is that you want Localeur to be as fast, responsive and intuitive as possible. In fact, you want it to be as fast, responsive and intuitive as you are. To support this, we’ve been focusing our efforts on the reliability and speed of our iOS app where you need it most. In doing so, we’ve broken this out into two categories of improvement:
- Increased stability. We’ve enhanced the performance of the Localeur iOS app to make it a lean, mean, crash-free machine. We know that when you’re on the go, you need reliability, so we’ve focused our efforts to give you exactly that - a reliable resource for the best local recommendations.
- Improved usability. We’ve improved key areas of the app that make your experience even more intuitive, like city detection, nearby places, list loading and sharing.
Your feedback is what truly motivates us and we take it seriously. To everyone who has taken the time to send us a note, leave a review or even drop us a like, it doesn’t go unnoticed. We know you need a service that provides you with quality, authentic local recommendations for wherever your adventures take you. We’re honored to be able to strive forward in efforts to deliver this to you and commit to the highest level of quality possible. We have some exciting new product announcements coming soon and we’re excited to have you on board as we develop Localeur into the world’s most authentic, passionate and useful recommendation service.
This new version is available on the App Store starting today. We’re excited about it, and we hope you make it your preferred daily resource for deciding where to eat, drink and play.
Download: Localeur v1.1.4 on The App Store
I’ve been known to call myself a budding foodie (i.e. it’s in my Instagram bio), so LA’s annual Restaurant Week events in January and July are among my favorite times of year. There are so many amazing places in this city to whet your appetite - and Restaurant Week allows you to try some of the pricier places at a more affordable cost and still get a great dining experience. Since we’re right in the middle of what’s actually two weeks of summer meal deals, make sure to get yourself to one of these restaurants before time is up.
BLD – short for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner – on Beverly Boulevard in Mid-City is top-notch at all times (especially brunch), but it really shines during Restaurant Week. The prix fixe menu is filled with what they essentially use as their specials, all at only $25 per person, so it’s a stellar deal.
Rooftop West at the London Hotel in West Hollywood is an absolute must for a Restaurant Week lunch. The portions are large, the food is some of the city’s best, and the views from the roof are gorgeous. There’s no better way to enjoy a meal in LA than with sun, an amazing pool, and a view for miles.
Another must, this time for dinner, is Picca Peru on West Pico Boulevard. This is easily one of my favorite restaurants, but all those delicious small plates can cost a pretty penny. During Restaurant Week, two people each ordering a $45 dinner gets you eight plates to share plus dessert, which is a good $20 cheaper than I’ve spent here sharing six plates plus a cocktail outside of Restaurant Week. The food is worth it either way, but why not save a few bucks?
The Hungry Cat
I always avoid tourist-mecca Hollywood - except when it comes to good food. If you’re looking for an affordable option for seriously great seafood, take your Restaurant Week-loving self to The Hungry Cat on Vine Street. And try to pair your meal with a show at Pantages, as it’s only a couple of blocks from the restaurant.
And finally, Lukshon in Culver City is highly praised for creating Asian fusion that works (which isn’t always the case). The plates can add up fast, but the Restaurant Week options are well priced for both lunch and dinner. If you’re looking for more to choose from, go with the $35 dinner.
One of the awesome things about building Localeur has been having the opportunity to partner with some companies we look up to like the Austin-based juice institution JuiceLand and our recently announced collaboration with Uber here in Texas.
Even though we’re a young company, we feel like our partnerships reflect both where we are today and where we will be tomorrow. One thing our partnerships demonstrate is that we’re all about sharing. And it’s impossible not to talk about sharing, specifically the Sharing Economy (or Collaborative Economy, as Jeremiah Owyang calls it) without mentioning AirBnb.
Recently, we watched as AirBnb unveiled their new logo, which they champion as a symbol for belonging. They’ve gotten a tremendous amount of press - good and bad - for what the logo may be confused with, but here at Localeur we immediately felt a kinship with the new AirBnb symbol because we share a passion for people (locals), places (albeit local businesses rather than apartments/homes), and the love that emanates when you combine these things together onto an online/mobile platform.
That said, we took a deeper look at AirBnb’s symbol along with ours to share the kinship we speak of when it comes to embracing a love of local and creating a community to share it all.
Both AirBnb’s and Localeur’s logo evoke a sense of love and belonging.
Great minds think alike, and although we didn’t have the impressive team of designers that AirBnb had to design its new mark, we feel like we too honed in on a logo that represents the heart of our brand.
Our homepages both reflect discovery, local sensibilities, and openness, which we are proud to have in common with AirBnb. We aren’t yet partnering with this amazing company, but we admire what they’re building and are proud to have even more in common now with the launch of AirBnb’s new symbol.
If there’s anything we’ve learned from launching Localeur in 10 cities across the country over the last year and a half, it’s that no two cities are similar. Sure, several cities have hip, local coffee shops and prohibition-style cocktail bars, but the culture and lifestyle in Miami is just different than the lifestyle in New York, and vice versa. The same can be said for cities as close as Austin and Dallas or L.A. and San Francisco.
One of the things we’ve noticed is that how you choose to experience a city begins with how you move around the city. While cities like Chicago, New York, and San Francisco are extremely walkable, cities like Austin and Houston require a set of wheels to traverse the city’s hotspots. This is why we’re extremely proud to announce we’ve partnered up with Uber, one of the most successful startups in the world, to make it easier for you to #experiencelocal here in Texas.
Beginning today, new users of Uber (that means you should download the app if you haven’t yet) will get a $20 off their first ride thanks to Localeur! Simply use the code “Localeur” as instructed below, and you can grab a beer with a friend, head to brunch with your boo, or check out some of the city’s street art on your own without having to shell out a dime for that first ride.
Here at Localeur, we’re big fans of what startups like Uber have done to champion the Sharing Economy, and this partnership is a small step in helping us play a bigger role, too. And by using the “Localeur” code in the Uber app for $20 off your first ride, you’ll receive a small token of our appreciation for joining the #experiencelocal movement!
NEWSFLASH: Austin locals now have a chance to win a free case of bottled juices from the one-and-only, JuiceLand, every single month for the rest of the year! You can thank us later.
Go to one of JuiceLand’s original locations or, even better, check out their new bottled juices at one of their satellite locations to try their Recovery Punch or GreenApple Lilly juices. Snap a pic with the hashtag #LocalsJuice and post it to Twitter and Instagram. From there, you’ll be entered with a chance to win a free case (20 bottles, 10 of each kind) every month for the rest of the year!
River City is one of many local spots to get JuiceLand’s bottled juices.
Considering how many times Austin Localeurs have recommended JuiceLand - for everything from it being an essential stop with just 24 hours in Austin to its juice cleanses - it only made sense for us to recover from our Fourth of July weekend hangovers with some refreshing juice!
We’ll announce the winner on Monday, July 14 at 10:30 a.m. on @Localeur’s Twitter meaning you’ve got an entire week to try one of JuiceLand’s juices and get those Twitter/Instagram thumbs workin’! Good luck!
In writing about Localeur last year, travel-tech site Tnooz stated that, “By focusing on truly local people who have profiles and can developer their own mystique/cult of personality, the company ensures a more emotional, direct connection…”
To that effect, our CEO Joah and visual maestro Gary Williams - better known as @masterwilliams on Instagram - recently sat down with one of Austin’s top food bloggers and Localeur Jane Ko to learn more about what she enjoys about Localeur. Check it out.
Are you a person about town? Wanna be a Localeur?
We are going to take on a few new Localeurs in each of our 10 cities (and new ones on the way) to bring some fresh perspective and recommendations to our community. Ideally you’re already a wiz on FB, Twitter and Instagram, love to write and you also love trying new restaurants, bars and whatnot. Most importantly, we’re looking for people who love recommending places instead of reviewing places because who needs reviews when you can have great recommendations from people you trust.
If you think you have what it takes, hit up our CEO Joah at firstname.lastname@example.org and you’ll be hearing from us within 48 hours! In the email, please include your city, a paragraph about yourself, and your Twitter and Instagram handles. Bonus: if you are friends with a current Localeur, that totally helps…name drop away.
We’re excited to meet you, Future Localeur!
Our Localeurs are pretty much all badasses. Case in point, check out Austin Localeur and singer/songwriter/awesome gal Patty Lynn as she sings an awesome new tune in this video featuring her duo, The Wind + The Wave. The video was shot in Marfa, a small town in West Texas.
We know you’ve heard all about SXSW and Austin City Limits Festival. Maybe you’ve also heard about Fun Fun Fun Fest, Pachanga Festival and some of the other amazing music-driven events here in Austin. Well, guess what? There’s always another awesome party here that you probably haven’t heard of that’s worth checking out.
This Saturday, from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m., Austin will welcome Scootenanny - a uniquely Texas experience - as a one-day festival at the historic Scoot Inn in East Austin at 1308 E. 4th Street. The event will attract up to 1,000 live music appreciators with early-bird tickets priced at $25, general admission tix at $30 and VIP tix at $45 for the less price-conscious folks (or the people most interested in this). VIP tickets include a private indoor lounge, preferred and shaded viewing, a limited-edition poster, a Scoot Inn t-shirt, unlimited skee ball and two drink tickets. Basically, VIP tickets are for the true party people out there.
Because we think Scootenanny is going to be a nice new addition to the Austin music festival landscape, we’re giving away two General Admission tickets in the next 48 hours to one lucky winner who effectively uses the #experiencelocal hashtag on Instagram. Take a picture of yourself on a mechanical bull or a real horse or some other truly Texan experience, and you may be headed to this festival come Saturday! We’ll announce the winner via Twitter @Localeur on Thursday at 1 p.m. CT. Good luck!!