Beginning on the 20th of March, dozens of local bars and restaurants in The Hague, Netherlands will begin accepting bitcoins.
The event is called Bitcoin Boulevard, and it’s all taking place on the World Canal, otherwise known as Culinary Avenue — making these businesses really accessible and allowing visitors to pay for their food and drink with the digital currency.
“With a smartphone, with the right app or an online wallet anyone can pay. But first buy some Bitcoin of course,” said Peter Klasen, spokesperson for Bitcoin Boulevard (according to a translation made by a user on Reddit).
One of the businesses involved with Bitcoin Boulevard will reportedly hold a happy hour for customers paying in bitcoin:
“I like to experiment with new developments and will hold a Happy Hour until half past five for anyone who pays with Bitcoin,” he was quoted as saying.
The goal of the event? Putting a positive spotlight on bitcoin. With recent negative events (see Mt. Gox) taking place, it hasn’t exactly been the best few weeks for the bitcoinosphere.
Bitcoin Boulevard was set up by bitcoin enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, and Galerie West. The exact start time is reported to be 5:57 PM local time (the start of Spring).