Annals of Excess, Bar Tab Edition

Duff McDonald points

me to the story of the £105,805

bar tab. Which is undoubtedly large. I’ve been doing some sums:

  • You probably knew that champagne gets more expensive the bigger the bottle.

    But did you know how much more expensive? One bottle of Cristal at this bar

    costs £360. A jeroboam of Cristal – which is four bottles –

    costs £4,800, or the equivalent of £1,200 per bottle. And a methuselah

    of Cristal, which is eight bottles, costs £30,000, or the equivalent

    of £3,750 per bottle – more than ten times the individual

    bottle rate. If you get six glasses of champagne out of a bottle, that works

    out at $1,281 per glass.

  • The revellers ended up ordering 103 bottle-equivalents of wine and champagne

    between them, as well as 10 bottle-equivalents of vodka. If there were, as

    reported, 19 of them in all, that works out to 5.5 bottles of champagne

    – plus half a bottle of vodka – apiece.

  • Let’s say that works out to 33 drinks of champagne and 13 drinks of vodka

    each, for a total of 46 drinks over the course of a seven-hour evening. If

    you assume that the drinkers were relatively normal 200 lb men, then a Widmark

    calculation puts their blood-alcohol level by the end of the evening at

    well over 600mg/ml. Which, by most medical accounts, means they should

    all be dead.

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