A bar in Brussels frequented by local anarchists has introduced crypto payments. Bitcoin is the money of the future, say the owners who recently renovated the place. It is said to be one of the first shops of its kind in the Belgian capital to accept coins for pints.
Dolle Mol Bar on Rue des Peronniers will take your crypto
The Dolle Mol café and bar in downtown Brussels, the heart of Europe, has since accepted cryptocurrencies for the drinks on offer. The famous anarchist bar on Rue des Peronniers is one of the first of its kind in the Belgian city to support crypto as a payment option, its owners claim.
The bar has been renovated by a group of young Brussels residents over the past two years. “The café has to move with the times,” said Grégoire, one of the owners, as quoted by the Belgian English-language news portal Bulletin. Regarding the decision to allow digital coin payments, he stated:
Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are the money of the future. We want everyone to have the opportunity to buy a pint using this new payment method.
The owner admits he hasn’t had any customers who wanted to pay with cryptocurrencies, but the service was only recently launched. It will take some time for crypto users to find out about this.
“We’re just beginning to accept it and people don’t really know that yet,” Grégoire told the bulletin. “There’s a sticker on the door that makes that clear, but that’s about it. It’s a bit like the internet in the 1990s, ”added the entrepreneur.
The cryptocurrency regulations in Belgium and Brussels are still rather blurry, the publication notes in its report. “I have the impression that there is no really clear, watertight regulation,” remarked Grégoire. That’s why the bar keeps it simple and safe.
“If you want to pay for a pint with Bitcoin, for example, you can do so easily with a QR code. The money will then be transferred to our personal bank account and we will deposit this amount into the cash register, ”explained the Belgian.
Crypto payments still have to be regulated in the EU. Last year the European Commission adopted a digital financial package that will determine the future of the European fintech sector.
Part of this is a new bill called Markets in Crypto Assets (MiCA), which aims to introduce rules for digital currencies and crypto service providers. The Union is also discussing changes to its anti-money laundering policy that could ban anonymous crypto wallets.
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