You know that virtual beer you can buy your friends on Facebook? It just became even more ridiculous. Mobile Crunch discusses an app entitled Bartab, which lets you send real booze tickets to people whether you know them or not.

The unique application is free in the App Store and  lets you purchase the drink coupon for $1, and then you send it by way of Facebook or text message. When the lucky recipient gets the announcement they show it to the bartender and pay $1 to redeem their beverage. The whole having to pay the bartender makes it a bit less cool but state laws require it…

The other catch is having to choose one of the few available saloons to collect your drink. As of now, the only cities that apply are San Francisco, New York City and Los Angeles. If you go to the Bartab website you’ll see exactly which bars are taking advantage of the app’s ability.

It’s worth mentioning that there is no rule barring you from purchasing yourself a drink, which in reality would only cost you $2. I’m sure that’s cheaper than usual in the cities listed. Surely the value of this app will only grow as more cities and taverns allow the coupons to be redeemed.

What do you guys think? Would you use this if you could, or will you continue to get your friends hammered the old fashioned way? Slur your ideas in the comment box below.

  • Burge

    As usual only in USA. But not a bad idear, That is untill your so hammered you loose your iPhone

  • I don’t get it. How is it a free drink if you still pay the bartender the buck?

    I mean, I can get a $1 drink by simply paying the bartender a buck. Where’s the fun here?