TO SOME, bitcoin is a mystery not worth fathoming. But, hey, that’s probably a minority view – the City couldn’t be wrong, could it?. Happily for bitcoin, it will be usable at a five-week pop-up pub opening in Shoreditch this week.
Another pub? Yes, haven’t you noticed the shortage of drinking venues down the Ditch? Me, neither, but despite the area’s many pubs and bars, the Craft Beer Social Club will accept Bitcoin and PayPal.
So you won’t need cash or a debit/credit card to pay, just a smartphone, with which you can sign up to a Bitcoin “wallet”, download the PayPal app. Just don’t come moaning to Loving Dalston if bitcoin one day collapses.
You can go retro and pay by cash. Paying by cheque might be retro-excessive, even in Lenny Street.
The Craft Beer Social Club says it is on a “quest for British beer to be a more compelling drink option on the public’s radar”. Sounds more like a mission to mix metaphors, but never mind, club founder Justina Cruickshank says: “We’re first and foremost about introducing the public to the vast variety of British lagers and ales that are available.”
The club calls itself also an “education company”, so Cruickshank has devised a variety of lessons, including a beer-tasting. Wonder if the club offers postgrad degree courses?
* Craft Beer Social Club, 87 Leonard Street EC2A 4QS. From Thurs 6 Feb 2014, on Thursdays and Fridays, 4pm-midnight, Saturdays, 1pm-midnight, until Sat 8 Mar.
Hamish Scott 020214
* Word up (at top): graffiti photographed at the eastern end of Leonard Street by Loving Dalston last year, 2013
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