If you’re like me, one of the first things you do when you wake up the morning after going out (aside from chugging a Pedialyte and popping Tylenol) is check to make sure you made it home with all of your debit and credit cards. And if you’re also like me, there’s about a 50% chance that the answer is no.
Then, the question quickly becomes where you left your tab open. Time to go through your texts, pictures, and credit card statements to figure out where you were last. Then you have to do that walk of shame into the bar at 1 PM and confess to the bartender that you were too shitfaced to remember to close your tab last night. Admit it, we’ve all done it.
Luckily, most of the bars in Nashville hand you your card back after you open a tab, which has definitely saved me from having to cancel who knows how many cards. And not only that, it also saves me from having to even go up to the bar to close my tab – I just leave it open and walk out, and let them add the automatic tip on at the end of the night. The bartender doesn’t have to waste time printing my tab, I don’t have to waste time waiting on the bartender. It’s a win-win.
Now, two brothers in Birmingham have developed an app to make it even easier to open and close your tab at the bar.
According to AL.com, Tab X is an app that allows you to open and close your tab at the bar without ever taking your wallet out. The app connects to the bar’s point-of-sale (POS) system, and you can open your tab before you ever even set foot inside the bar. Then, at the end of the night (or when you’re ready to go to the next bar), you don’t have to stand in line and wait for the bartender to close you out – you just close your tab and add a tip in the app.
Tab X even has an auto-close feature that will close your tab for you if it’s still open when the bar closes. The app literally takes care of your responsibilities for you while you’re blacked out. Now if these guys could just come up with an app that automatically orders Taco Bell for me on the way home.
And if you’re barhopping, Tab X lets you keep multiple tabs open at once. That means no more closing out a tab, going to another bar for a drink, only end up back to where you started and opening a tab again. Why waste all that time on paperwork when you could be drinking instead?
Right now Tab X is only being rolled out in Birmingham, but the creators hope to eventually expand to other cities in Alabama, and then across the country.
If this thing takes off, it could save a ton of people the trouble of tracking down their lost cards after a night of partying. And let’s be honest, you have enough to worry about when you wake up the next morning as it is.