In the first Star Wars movie, Han Solo meets Luke and Obi-Wan at a seedy cantina on Tatooine. It's an intergalactic saloon brimming with hoodlums, smugglers and musicians unphased by laser guns. It may also be the inspiration for this bar.
When you go to Room 77, you're going for the people, not the food. The sign out front says it all: "Warm beer, cold women," which points out that the drinks aren't very good either. But the place attracts a fascinating circus.
Self-proclaimed as the first bar in the world to accept Bitcoin, Room 77 embodies Bitcoin's brand as the machine lubricant of the economic underworld. It's a place where you can expect to find disaffected exiles from the dark web, Kreuzberg and other galaxies. During my trip, I sat next to a famous photographer with deranged teeth on her way to a S&M party. I saw a woman flipping through a hardback of glossy print adult content, and a bitcoin price ticker that looked like a time bomb.
"Regular" people beware. Just as Mos Eisley Cantina refused to serve droids, Room 77 may seem alien and cold to the normal.
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