Thursday, October 11, 2012

Attract International visitors to your Bar or Restaurant

If you own a restaurant or bar in a city popular with tourists, you should accept bitcoin!

Whiskey Dicks bartender Crystal accepts
a smartphone bitcoin payment for a beer
Whiskey Dicks is a local pub in Orlando, with homemade food, cheap drinks, friendly service, and a great atmosphere.

Orlando is a city with many visitors, including many international visitors from Europe and South America.  If the visitors have bitcoins on their Apple or Android smartphone, they can make purchases anywhere in the world that bitcoin is accepted.

Exchanging your currency at airport kiosks and travel services can be very expensive.  With Bitcoin, you don't have to worrying about the local currency conversion, and there is no wasted money at the end of the trip.

Jay Clark, the owner of Whiskey Dicks, liked the idea of testing a new mobile payment system in his bar. But once visitors from Portugal and Germany started seeking out his local business, he was impressed with the international adoption of bitcoin.

Whiskey Dicks uses the Mobile Checkout from BitPay, which is a simple point-of-sale webpage that is optimized for use on phones and tablets.  The managers and bartenders have the Mobile Checkout stored on their mobile phones. 

When a customer wants to pay with bitcoins, the employee will enter in the ticket number and the total amount, and then present the resulting BitPay invoice to the customer.  The employees phone will update once the payment is received, and the back-of-house system is also notified.

Here is a short video showing how a customer will pay their tab from a smartphone, using bitcoins:

To start accepting bitcoins for your business, visit