A SALE man has hit 1,000 users of his nightlife app, Viper Nights.

In September, Craig Gidley and his friends Craig Davies from Worsley and Stephen Powell from Oldham, created the app to transform a night out by giving access to exclusive drinks packages, upgrading to VIP, and avoiding Manchester's infamous rain by offering real-time queue jumping.

The trio, all aged 31, found themselves fed up waiting in the rain for a nightclub in Spinningfields when they had the 'light bulb' moment.

Mr Gidley said: "We were in a taxi , 11 o'clock at night, on the way to a club, not even knowing if we would get in. We started talking hypothetically about this app where we would be able to get queue jump for the club before we even got there.

"We talked more and more about it and spoke to other people about our idea and everyone seemed to agree and like the idea, so we decided to go forward and make a pitch."

Together, they pitched their app 'Viper' to Entrepreneurial Spark, a programme by NatWest for early stage and growing ventures and got accepted and now since the app launched around two months ago have already gained 1,000 users.

Mr Davies said: “There is no other app on the market that compares to what we offer in Manchester.

“The close-knit relationships we have developed across the best bars in the city ensure our users have unrivalled access to exclusive upgrades during their night out.

“Whether you’re organising a work Christmas night out and fancy having a night of luxury in VIP, or you simply want to avoid the queues, Viper makes this possible - all from the palm of your hand.”

The bars of Manchester on the app includE the likes of Impossible, Dirty Martini, Cloud 23, The Living Room, Epernay, The Milton Club and Bijou.

Mr Powell said: “We're really pleased to be growing and to be involved with Manchester’s biggest and best bars.

“The app is already helping bars promote their featured nights and makes sure all their customers have an unforgettable experience.

“The Manchester nightlife industry is incredibly competitive, and we feel our partner bars can tap into a fantastic source of footfall that is not only the right target audience but guaranteed business too."

The founders of the app are hoping to expand into other cities including Liverpool, Birmingham, Leeds, and Newcastle at the start of next year.