Even though the Entertainer app has been around for a few years, surprisingly few people are in the loop when it comes to this buy one get one free app. I only recently jumped on the bandwagon and shelled out the couple of hundred bucks it costs, to see whether the app really is as wonderful as everyone claims. There are so many deals and coupons available that offer you wonderful discounts and offers, but usually by the end of the year, you just have a bunch of worthless coupons lying around gathering dust (I’m looking at you, Groupon!).
Entertainer’s website claims that you can enjoy over 2 350 buy one get one free & discount offers across Cape Town and surrounds. At first, I was hesitant, since I live in the Winelands, and many Cape Town and “surrounds” specials rarely reach this far. On the purchase page, they also tell you that the average savings per member in 2017 were R3 942. If that’s true, the R495 price tag is totally justified!
I did my research and decided to shell out the couple of hundred Rand and test the app for myself. The app usually sells for R495, but they’re currently running a special where you can buy the Cape Town app and get the More Africa 2018 add-on for R295.
The app has six categories, namely; Food & Drink, Beauty & Fitness, Attractions & Leisure, Fashion & Retail, Everyday Services, and Travel. I was immediately drawn to the Food & Drink section, which was pretty much the main reason I bought the app — the other categories are just icing on the cake for me!
Under the Food & Drink category, you can either search by restaurant name, food type, location, or meal. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, or just want to explore what’s on offer, they’ve also categorised the offers under Casual Dining, Informal Dining & Takeaway, Fine Dining, and Cafés. The selection of restaurants with buy one get one free offers is astounding, even in Somerset West and Strand there are lots of restaurants with available offers!
Another great thing about the app is that it allows me to explore restaurants in my area easily. Each deal has a map and the restaurant’s menu built in, and if you sort the deals by location you immediately see the best deals around you. This allows you to explore your neighbourhood – and if you’re anything like me, you have your favourite go-to restaurants close to home, and tend to go to them over and over. The Entertainer app allows you to explore your neighbourhood without spending too much money on a first time experience.
I took the app for a test run recently and had some high and low points in my experience. First I decided to use the ‘Nearby’ feature to find somewhere I’ve never been before. I found a lovely little Italian place just down the road from my flat and decided to book a table there. When I tried phoning to make a reservation, the number in the app turned out to be some poor little old lady in Strand’s home phone number. She was very confused when I tried to figure out how I reached her instead of the restaurant, so I decided to turn to Google to find the correct number.
Here, however, I found out that the restaurant I was trying to reach is a Gauteng and KZN based chain, even though Entertainer offered me a deal on the Cape Town app and listed a location in Somerset West in a well-known square. They have since removed the offending restaurant listing, so I assume it was just a glitch in the system.
At the restaurant
My boyfriend and I ended up going to a new location of one of our favourite date-night restaurants to test the app in real life. I used to waitress, so I know how horrible it can be if someone has a discount voucher or code, but they try to use it on products that aren’t part of the deal; so I asked our waiter if anything was excluded from the Entertainer discounts. He informed me that there is no fine print and that the special really is buy one get one free on any main meals, and that we can also get two separate meals and just pay for the most expensive one. This was fantastic news, as I was under the impression that we’d both have to order the same thing!
When the time for the bill came, the manager came over to our table and entered a 4-digit code on the app, and voilà! Our bill was almost halved instantly! We saved R250 in one meal (granted- we did go for more expensive options due to the special) with no hassle. Since I bought the app on a deal for R295, I almost covered the cost of the app in only one meal!
I’m definitely impressed by the ease with which the app works, and especially with how it opened my eyes to a whole host of new restaurants in my area. The other categories, especially Beauty & Fitness and Attractions & Leisure are almost just as abundantly stocked with deals as the Food & Drink section. I’m keen to explore my area more through the use of the app and to broaden my horizons with the deals available.
In my opinion, this app is definitely worth the money – especially when it’s on a promotional offer. The only drawback is that the app is only available in Cape Town, Joburg, Pretoria, and Durban. It will probably take a long while to get to people living outside of large cities if it ever gets there, but if you’re already living in one of those cities, I would definitely recommend getting the app – it will save you money in the long run and is super simple to use!