Birmingham brothers hope to eliminate overnight bar tabs with their new app TabX

This new app could change the way we visit bars. Photo via TabX’s website

Here’s the scene—you wake up Sunday morning after an evening of galavanting around the downtown Birmingham bar scene. You had a wonderful evening with friends, and now you’re headed out to recount your evening over brunch. As you reach for your wallet, you see that your debit card is nowhere to be found, held hostage at the last bar you visited during your adventure. Ugh, is there a bigger bummer in this world?

The mornings of “bar tab regret” may be over for us all. Two Birmingham natives, brothers Josh and Jay Taylor, recently developed TabX, a smartphone application that will allow bar-goers to open and close tabs without the attention of the bartender.

TabX hopes to make bar-hopping easier on both the bar-goer and the bartender. Photo by Bham Now

“You’re Good to Go”

TabX plans to optimize the nightlife scene for bar-goers and bartenders alike. The app allows bar patrons to open their tab before they even enter their desired bar, and close it at the end of their visit without the hassle of flagging down busy bartenders. On the flip side, bartenders can waste less time running cards and closing tabs, and more time making drinks. Everyone wins.

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Cheers to good times, good friends and no bar tabs! Photo via McAdory Taps

With the “auto-close” function, forgetting to close your tab becomes a thing of the past. This function automatically closes your tab at a certain point in the evening with no penalty. The app also features local drink specials, location services and saved favorites.

TabX hopes to launch to the public as soon as April. The app is free for businesses and will charge a small fee for users. The Taylors plan to grow the app in college towns like Tuscaloosa and Auburn in the future, and from there—who knows where TabX will be next.

An app that fixes the unclosed bar tab dilemma? Talk about useful. Will you be giving this app a shot?

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