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This article was published on October 18, 2013


This bar in the Netherlands lets you pay for your beer with Bitcoins

This bar in the Netherlands lets you pay for your beer with Bitcoins
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A new Point Of Sale (POS) system that accepts Bitcoin payments launched in the Netherlands today, allowing patrons of the EMG Faktors bar to pay for their pints using the virtual currency.

Developed by the Dutch company Bitcoin Café, the NUVOPOS  system enables customers at the bar in Groningen (the first place to use it) to simply place an order, scan a QR code on screen at the bar and pay using Bitcoins via their smartphone.

While it isn’t the first Bitcoin POS system or the first in-person payments, it is the first one designed specifically for bars and hospitality, and it’s certainly the first for Groningen. Even better than that, NUVOPOS is available to bars anywhere in the world for consideration now, so perhaps your local could be next on the list.

You can check out the launch event at EMG Faktors in the video below.

Featured Image Credit – Flickr/zcopley