A new app called Clipp lets you open and manage a tab via your smartphone.
Thanks to partnerships with leading POS suppliers including ImPOS, IdealPOS and Finchcorp, Clipp could very quickly appear in more than 5,000 venues around the country.
The POS integration provides an important security feature - the tab number is displayed on the phone for presentation to bar staff, and the POS system displays the user's photo so staff know they're dealing with the right person.
The tab is automatically closed when the phone leaves the venue, and bar staff can quickly finalise all open tabs at closing time.
When a tab is closed, a tax invoice is automatically emailed to the user, their nominated credit card is charged via PayPal, and Clipp transfers the funds to the venue's bank account on the next business day.
Clipp includes a rewards program based on the amount spent at participating venues.
Early adopters of the system will soon include:
The White Horse Hotel
Eau Di Vie
East Village Balmain
The Rag & Famish
The Mount St Terrace Hotel
The Bargo Hotel - Sth Highlands
Criterion Hotel Weston
The Local Taphouse - Melbourne
Black Pearl Cocktail Lounge
The Lord Nelson
The Cremorne Hotel
The Clarendon Hotel
The International Hotel
Sugar Bar Tavern
The Cooroy Hotel
Bell Vista Tavern
White Rabbit Bar
The iOS version of Clipp is available from the App Store, with Android and BlackBerry versions expected shortly, the BlackBerry version is now available from BlackBerry World, and the Android version should hit Google Play on Monday 8 April.