A Quiet Night In, Courtesy of Your iPad

I love to socialize as much as the next person, but sometimes it can be nice to kick back and relax in the comfort of your own home with a couple of friends or your significant other, rather than drag yourself to a packed out bar across town.

With this in mind, I have compiled a list of ten iPad essentials that are guaranteed to get your evening off to a great start. Click “more” to read on.

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Bop It!

Remember Bop It!, the handheld game of the nineties in which you had to successfully follow a series of commands in order to win? Well, now it’s back, albeit in app form.

Bop It! is one of those frustratingly simple games that’s actually quite difficult to play, and will provide you and your guests with hours of entertainment and laughter.

Price: $2.99
Developer: Electronic Arts



Now you can play Jenga without having to tediously tidy away every single block afterwards! For the uninitated, Jenga is a game in which each player must take it in turn to remove a block from the tower and balance it on top instead. If the tower crumbles to the ground, the game ends and the person who successfully removed the last block wins.

Playing Jenga on an iPad is a slightly different experience to playing real life Jenga, but is still fun nonetheless and a game that everyone can enjoy.

Price: $0.99
Developer: NaturalMotion



Everybody’s favorite board game can now be played virtually on your iOS device for less than half the price of the real thing.

Move around the board, buying and trading properties with your friends, with the goal of driving them into bankruptcy. Lacking in friends? Never fear, you can also play Monopoly against the computer, too, something that just isn’t possible to do in the original game.

Price: $6.99
Developer: Electronic Arts


Martha Stewart Cocktails

No night in is complete without a cocktail or ten! Martha Stewart Makes Cocktails includes step-by-step guides on how to compose each cocktail, along with its ingredient list and a unit conversion table for easy measuring.

In addition to alcoholic beverages, Martha Stewart Makes Cocktails also features a handful of bar snack recipes, too, and is an ideal app to own for small get-togethers and even large-scale parties.

Price: $2.99
Developer: Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.



Takeaway is a quick and easy way of ordering food online, listing every fast food restaurant in your area that will deliver direct to your door.

Select your restaurant of choice to view its menu, and tap the meal you wish to order to add it to your shopping cart. Orders can be paid for upon delivery or online via PayPal if you prefer, which is especially useful if, like me, you never carry much cash on you.

Price: Free
Developer: Takeaway.com


The Photo Cookbook – Baking

I think we can all agree that store-bought dessert will never be able to compete with homemade baked goods, which is why I have included The Photo Cookbook – Baking as a must-have for a quiet night in.

Use The Photo Cookbook – Baking to prepare your dessert of choice earlier on in the day, following the step-by-step guide to ensure that it tastes as good as it looks. The app itself contains 60 uncomplicated recipes and so there should be something for everyone, regardless of dietary requirements.

Price: $3.99
Developer: ditter.projektagentur



Gain instant access to over 20 million songs with Spotify, a music streaming service. Compile a playlist, listen to your local radio station, or simply relax with the latest chart topping tunes, all just a tap away.

Unfortunately, Spotify does require a monthly subscription, however, when you consider the amount of music available, a subscription is well worth the expense.

Price: Subscription required
Developer: Spotify Ltd.


Beats by Dr. Dre Pill Speaker

Wirelessly connect your iPad to this compact Beats by Dr. Dre Pill Speaker for amazingly clear sound that is well worth its $200 price tag.

Available in black, white, red, or silver, Beats by Dr. Dre Pill Speaker can be controlled from up to 30 feet away so that you don’t even have to leave your seat to control the volume or change tracks.

Price: $199.95
Manufacturer: Beats by Dr. Dre



End your evening with a movie or television show, courtesy of Netflix. Netflix enables you to stream over 100,000 titles on your iPad, with more and more being added each week.

While you do need a subscription to the service, each new member will currently receive a free 30-day trial which can be cancelled at any time.

Price: Subscription required
Developer: Netflix, Inc.



Can’t decide what to watch? Consult IMDb, the Internet Movie Database. IMDb contains detailed information on just about every movie and television show ever created, including the plot summary, cast list, user rating, and much more besides.

IMDb also features a number of charts displaying the top-rated movies of all time, the most popular movies of that particular day, and so forth, and is a must-have app for both film fanatics and casual movie watchers alike.

Price: Free
Developer: IMDb

There’s No Place Like Home

Are you planning on staying in this weekend? Can you recommend any apps or accessories to add to this roundup? If so, leave a comment below.