Monday, March 3, 2014

What I'm Doing When I'm Not Here -- TabbedOut

A sort-of review, but moreso an informative post about a really useful app.

So, full disclosure: I work for TabbedOut. They aren't paying me to write this, they didn't tell me to write this, but they do employ me and maybe that's subliminally influencing my words here, so fair warning. However, even if I didn't work there, I honestly would be using this app. It's a Foodie's dream come true (not to mention a bar hopper's dream as well) and I thought that I'd share it with you so you know what I've been up to in the real world since it hasn't been a lot of blogging lately.

When I accepted the job at TabbedOut, I also had another job opportunity at a more corporate situation. I decided to take this job because it's a fun startup environment and it's directly related to food and drinks, which are obviously my favorite things ever. A friend said it best when they told me "You moved to Austin for the experience of living here, and working at a startup is a big part of that." I can gain experience in my field, learn a ton, and have fun doing it. Plus the resident office dog is ADORABLE.

How the app works: You download the app (Android, iPhone), put in your credit card info (military-grade encryption keeps it safe, no worries), and then find your favorite restaurant or bar. Once there, open your tab, and tell your server/bartender your TabbedOut number, or in most cases just your name. They add your food and drinks to your tab, and when you're ready to go you hit "Pay Tab" and leave at your leisure. A sliding tip field is included, and it defaults to 20%, and when you've completed payment you can even leave a little note for the restaurant to let them know what you thought of your experience.

The screen when you've paid,
and the field for a short review.

If you're using it for your own personal pub crawl, and you accidentally leave without hitting "pay," no worries! The bartender or server simply closes your tab at the end of the night or the end of their shift and the tip is the default.

Some people I work with at a TabbedOut event

I've only ever left my credit card at the bar once, but that was still a scary experience. When I first got to Austin my credit card info was stolen on 6th Street via a scanner, and THAT also sucked a ton. With TabbedOut, this fear is nonexistent. You can literally leave your wallet behind (unless you're me and get carded for anything that requires you to be 18+ because apparently I'm never going to look like an adult?) and still be able to pay for your drinks.

Plus, you can get offers sent right to your phone. No printing out coupons, you don't even have to show the server your screen, the offer is automatically deducted from your total.

The offer is in green,
automatically deducted from the bill.

TabbedOut isn't offered everywhere, but it's growing every day. We're in most major cities, and you can find out exactly where on our website. Each week we have a weekly meeting and it's only positive news. More locations, more tabs, more users. I love working here and feeling like I'm actually contributing to something great--it's a wonderful feeling.

I'm really enjoying my time here, and definitely enjoying using this app! If you're a blogger and feel like trying it out, please let me know and I'll make sure we give you a shout out on our social media. Email me if you'd like more information as well! quarterlifecrisiscuisine (at) gmail (dot) com.


  1. This is perfection. It's like Uber for food, which is obviously better than Uber. I am downloading it right now and I can't wait to try it out!

    1. Thanks, Nora! Let me know where you're located and if you want me to put you on my list of influencers for your city :)

  2. That is sooo cool! I'm glad you're liking your job!!

  3. Sounds like a fun place to work! I searched to see if it was available near me or in my favorite bar from college (that I still frequent as an adult, whatev), and it's not yet :( It was randomly available in middle-of-no-where bar though, so that's interesting lol

  4. This is a pretty great idea, and I checked and it's near me in so many spots already! Windows Phone development soon?

    1. I am sure it's in the works, because I hear this all the time :) I think the more users and locations we get, the more likely it is we'll expand platforms. Keep an eye out!