A Brussels bar frequented by local anarchists introduced crypto payments. Bitcoin is the money of the future, say the owners who recently renovated the premises. It is one of the first such establishments in the Belgian capital to take parts for pints, they say.
The Dolle Mol bar on rue des Éperonniers will take your crypto
The Dolle Mol café-bar in downtown Brussels, in the heart of Europe, has started accepting cryptocurrencies for the drinks it offers. The notorious anarchist bar on Rue des Éperonniers has become one of the first such establishments in the Belgian city to support crypto as a payment option, its owners claim.
The bar has been renovated over the past two years by a group of young people from Brussels. “Coffee must evolve with the times,” said Grégoire, one of the owners, as quoted by the English-speaking Belgian news portal The Bulletin. Commenting on the decision to allow digital coin payments, he explained:
Cryptocurrencies like bitcoin are the money of the future. We want to give everyone the opportunity to buy a pint with this new payment method.
The owner admits that he hasn’t had any customers wanting to pay with cryptocurrencies yet, but the service was only recently introduced. It’s going to take some time for crypto users to find out.
“We’re just starting to accept it and people don’t really know it yet,” Grégoire told the Bulletin. “There’s a sticker on the door that says so, but that’s about it. It’s a bit like the Internet in the 1990s,” adds the entrepreneur.
Cryptocurrency regulation in Belgium and Brussels is still quite unclear, the publication notes in its report. “I have the impression that there is not really a clear and watertight regulation”, notes Grégoire. That’s why the bar is kept simple and safe.
“If you want to pay for a pint with, say, bitcoin, you can easily do that with a QR code. The money will then be placed in our personal bank account, and we will put this amount in the cash register,” explained the Belgian.
Crypto payments are not yet regulated in the EU. Last year, the European Commission adopted a digital finance package that will determine the future of the European fintech sector.
Part of this is a new legislative proposal called Markets in Crypto-Assets (Mica) which aims to introduce rules for digital currencies and crypto service providers. The Union is also discussing amendments to its anti-money laundering directive that could ban anonymous crypto wallets.
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