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4 Reasons Not to Open a Tab

by Samantha Sherlock
06.16.2011

When you have a few drinks it’s very easy to lose sight of what's going on around you. Telling the bartender to keep your tab open may not be the best idea. There are so many things that could go wrong and you’re probably not going to realize it right away – sometime’s you won’t even realize until days later! To make sure this doesn’t happen to you we’ve come up with four reasons why opening a tab is not the way to go. So the next time you go out just remember these four simple reasons. Instead of having to deal with a tab problem the next day you’ll just have to nurse your hangover. 

#4 – Mistakes on the Bill Can Easily Be Made

Unless you know the bartender personally, you’re basically telling a complete stranger to put whatever they want on your tab. If you’re opening your tab for the group of people you’re with you can’t rely on the bartender to realize who is or isn’t in your group. Also, the bartender can make a mistake and put a drink on your tab that's meant for someone else and never fix it. Mistakes on the bill can become a big problem if the bar is over crowded. If you’re drinking heavily you may not notice any of the mistakes right away – but when you wake up in the morning and take a look at that receipt you’re probably going to realize your bill is much higher than it should have been. At that point it’s too late – you’ve already paid it.

#3 – Minimum Charges are a Killer

Most of the time, when you open a tab the bar needs your credit/debit card. Some bars require a minimum of $10 to $15 to even start a tab – sometimes they even ask for a minimum of $40 to $50! If you don’t have any cash on you this poses a problem because instead of just wanting to have two or three beers for the night you end up having more just to meet the requirements of opening a tab. It’s not worth it. As annoying as it may be there are ATM’s at every corner or (sometimes) even in the bar – just get up and take $20 out of your account…it’s worth it.

#2 – Chances are You’ll Forget to Close Up

If you’re having a good time with your friends and you’re on the dance floor for most of the night, you may forget you even have a tab running with the bar. Your friends can be going up to the bar so many times without you realizing and by the time you do it’s too late. Now, you have some outrageous bill you have to pay before you leave because you meant to close the tab two hours ago and never did. But, the normal scenario involves a ton of drinks and a blurry vision. Next thing you know you wake up in your bed, and your debit card isn't in your wallet. How do you dodge this situation? You could just pay for your drinks as you drink them and make things so much easier for yourself as the night goes on.

#1 – There's a Long Wait to Close Up at the End of the Night

If you opened up a tab for the night so did ten other people. Keeping the tab open until the bar closes isn’t a smart idea. Your bill's not only going to be expensive, but you’re also going to have to wait for everyone else to pay their tabs. It’s 4AM and all you want to do is go home and pass out – instead you’re leaning on the bar half asleep waiting for some bartender to close the tab for you. Definitely not worth the aggravation.

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