Singapore bar offers bitcoin New Year party package
Published : Sunday, 31 December, 2017 at 10:16 PM Count : 1956
A Singapore bar that bills itself as the worldâ€™s highest cryptocurrency club is offering a New Yearâ€™s Eve package that includes a limousine pick-up and butler serviceâ€”but itâ€™ll cost you a whole bitcoin.
Skyline, on the 45th floor of a skyscraper overlooking the city-stateâ€™s glittering waterfront, is promising partygoers a luxury-filled night out, with champagne and oysters and caviar.
But it wonâ€™t come cheap, with the price of bitcoinâ€”which has surged dramatically in recent monthsâ€”hovering around $13,000 on Sunday.
The party at Skyline is called â€œBiancoâ€, with revellers dressed in white enjoying a night of drinking and dancing before watching the New Yearâ€™s fireworks display over the waterfront.
While the club has run the night before, it is the first time they are offering a bitcoin deal, and customers can also pay in regular cash.
Manager Subaish Rajamanickam said they had received a lot of inquiries about the packageâ€”but no one had yet signed up for it.
The New Year idea came after the bar ran other successful virtual currency-themed nights for people in the financial technology sector, which is booming in the city-state.
Skyline was the first club in Singapore to accept cryptocurrencies when it started taking payments in Ethereum, a bitcoin rival.
â€œWe had a couple of cryptocurrency after-parties here, and we have also themed a night ... called Crypto Thursdays,â€ Rajamanickam told AFP.
â€œSo that basically got the ball rolling for cryptocurrency acceptance here at Skyline.â€
But most transactions are still in regular cash and there was scepticism among some customers about using bitcoin, due to its surging price and recent volatility.
â€œItâ€™s too expensive to buy alcohol or (conduct) any transaction using cryptocurrency in todayâ€™s environment,â€ said Spencer Campbell, a 47-year-old financial consultant.
Created in 2009 as a piece of encrypted software, bitcoin has been used to buy everything from pizza to cars, and is increasingly accepted by major companies such as online travel giant Expedia.
It has surged more than 25-fold this year and hit a record of around $19,500 earlier in December. Analysts have put the recent increases down to a decision by US regulators to allow bitcoin futures to trade on major exchanges.
But bitcoin has slipped back after a series of warnings from governmentsâ€” including Singaporeâ€”and analysts about the risk and volatility associated with cryptocurrencies.
It fell more than 11 percent after South Koreaâ€”a hotbed for cryptocurrency tradingâ€”announced curbs on anonymous trading of virtual currencies on Thursday.