users can check into approved venues and buy drinks
for themselves, Facebook friends, or even strangers who are also checked in. Through the app, co-founded by NFL player Jonathan Vilma, bar-goers can run tabs by credit card, chat with other users, and receive promotions. Currently, drinkers must show their devices to bartenders to redeem their beverages. Soon, however, participating BarEye venues will have iPads across which users can scan their phones, and subsequent notifications will inform them when their drinks are ready. Piloted in Tallahassee, BarEye has now expanded
to New York, Atlanta, Austin, Los Angeles, and Miami.
Entrepreneurs Jeff McGregor and Gennady Spirin created Dash
, an app to settle restaurant and bar tabs, after becoming frustrated with their inability to get a waiter’s attention
. Developed through Prolific Interactive’s Mobile Accelerator
, the app stores users’ credit card information to allow for seamless bill attainment and payment at participating venues. Additional features allow people to split bills, rate destinations, and earn rewards for frequent visits. Dash is being installed in more than 50 locations in NYC and, if successful, its creators plan to expand operations to other cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Miami.
Opening a bar tab can lead to over-spending—and, often, unruly hangovers. Clipp
prevents this problem by letting users set price limits for their tabs ahead of time. Customers must first show their tab numbers and IDs to bartenders for verification, yet the app still speeds up the payment process
. When leaving, users simply close their tab via the app and their credit card is then charged via PayPal. Additionally, participating venues automatically close users’ tabs when they’re more than 500 meters from the venue. Clipp is currently available in Australia only, but its creators hope to expand globally.