A businessman blew £125,000 on a single bottle of the world’s most expensive champagne while buying a round of drinks for more than £200,000 in a night club.
The financier ordered a 30-litre double Nebuchadnezzar-size bottle of Armand de Brignac Midas bubbly along with £60,408 on other beverages for his 10-man entourage.
Two waiters at the PlayGround nightclub at Liverpool's Hilton - which is on a huge publicity drive promising to bring 'six star Vegas luxury to Merseyside' - were needed to carry in the bulky 99lb bottle of champagne, which is the equivalent of 40 standard ones.
He also ordered 40 single bottles of Ace of Spade champagne along with £4,000 worth of Grey Goose vodka, which he handed them out to women there last night.
The anonymous high-flier - a businessman from London - settled the bill for £203,948.80 after paying a 10 per cent service charge – worth a massive £18, 540 – on top of the £185,408.80 drinks total.
One clubber said: ‘The club went wild when he popped this huge bottle of champagne, and they were handing out glasses of champagne to everyone in the VIP room.
'SUMPTUOUS AND RACY': THE WORLD'S NUMBER ONE BUBBLY
It was introduced in 2006 and is a product of the Cattier family's Premier Cru vineyards.
The bottle drunk by the businessman Armand de Brignac Brut Gold is identifiable by its gold bottle with pewter Ace of Spades on its label.
It is described on its website as a 'sumptuous racy fruit character that is perfectly integrated with the wine's subtle brioche accents'.
The bubbly contains Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
Has been named the number one champagne in the world after blind tasting by wine experts.
‘Frankly there was no way all his group would have got through the bottle on their own anyway.
‘This guy was phenomenally generous and was buying everyone in the place a drink.
‘Funny thing was though that he didn't seem to be drinking much himself and looked totally sober but he was clearly having a great time.’
Nightclub boss George Panayiotou ordered the DJ to play The Dawn of Man, the iconic anthem to the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, as the huge bottle was carried through.
The clubber added: ‘The party went off with a bang and everyone was toasting this guy's generosity.
‘He was there with about 10 friends on a private table but after the big bottle came in they were mobbed with gorgeous girls.
‘There must have been about 60 of them at any time vying for his attention and he then ordered shots for every single woman in the club.’
Manager of the club Vasco Carealho said the man wanted to remain anonymous. He said he was a businessman from London, believed to be in his twenties or thirties, and it not known what occasion he was celebrating.
He said: 'He was in the club on Saturday and he had pre-ordered the bottle. He has been to the club a couple of times.
'The fact he wanted to order something like that was unusual and it was a surprise but we welcomed it and we just created the best spectacle for the service of the bottle.'
The club has been open since December 16.