‘Luxury nightclub’ Playground, located within the Hilton hotel in Liverpool ONE, has had an interesting (by ‘interesting’ we mean ‘hilarious’) start. First: a membership card – yours for £500 a year – designed by WAG extraordinaire (and, apparently, graphic designer) Alex Curran. Second: a sub-plot on laughably doomed TV series Desperate Scousewives where people competed to win a membership. We’re not sure who won – we were too busy bathing our eyes in bleach. Today the Metro reports that one unnamed businessman – and, it’s fair to say, complete bellend – dropped £200,000 on a round of drinks there over the weekend. Central to his order was a ridiculous 30 litre bottle of Armand de Brignac Midas champagne, costing £125,000. It’s apparently the most expensive round of drinks ever ordered. Not exactly Cheeky Vimto for a fiver at Wetherspoons, is it? This sort of outrageous incident-slash-PR-stunt was inevitable at a club that openly embraces ostentatiousness and courts the media in the process, and needs to keep in the papers. But there’s something disgusting and completely vulgar hearing about this happening in our city in the midst of brutal cuts and chaos, don’t you think? We remember when the Vincent Hotel opened in Southport, and a few weeks later the Daily Mail ran a story about a chap who’d spent thousands on his fiance, adorning her room with rose petals straight outta American Beauty. The story was that she’d never seen the film and didn’t get the reference. But it was all PR lies. The chap in question was a waiter from Aloha, and was open about it being a stunt job. So, now that Desperate Scousewives is over, the club needs some way to stay in the public eye, and perhaps persuade TV execs that there should be a second series. Voila! The world’s most expensive bar bill – oh, and a handy press-friendly photographer on stand by for the grand arrival of the bottle. All lies. That this story came out on the day that Liverpool was named 5th place people are most at risk of falling into poverty makes it even worse. We all know the gap between rich and poor is growing faster and faster – but, Playground, we don’t need it highlighted in our own city. Pictured: club owner George Panayiotou (yes, he’s wearing shades indoors. Indoors. At night) delivering the champers Source Posted March 6, 2012 – 41 comments 41 Responses to “Idiot spends £200,000 on champagne at Playground” Danielklongman March 6, 2012 @7streets Sickeningly laughable! Money to burn. March 6, 2012 at 9:52 am AndrewFairbairn March 6, 2012 @majorbisho ~in it together~ March 6, 2012 at 10:02 am Sharon F March 6, 2012 Yes, agree. It is decadent behaviour. I have hope these bellends and their WAGs are reincarnated into lives of poverty next time round-down south. March 6, 2012 at 10:03 am Emily Speed March 6, 2012 ugh. March 6, 2012 at 10:06 am Julie Jones March 6, 2012 What could a place like Alder Hey Childrens Hospital have done with that kind of money complete nonsense and shameful! March 6, 2012 at 10:06 am Utauneko23 March 6, 2012 @7streets It’s money into the local economy right? March 6, 2012 at 10:14 am Jo61 March 6, 2012 When we are trying to run a Rape Crisis Centre in Liverpool on £50,000 a year and struggling to cope with demand – this is obscene! March 6, 2012 at 10:16 am David March 6, 2012 Oh, I must apologise for that. The SevenStreets contributor meet ups are dreadfully thirsty work. And you know how what, the Champagne wasn’t a patch on Lidls. The bubbles were ever so slightly ovoid. It’s back to the Baltic Fleet next month. March 6, 2012 at 10:26 am 7streets March 6, 2012 @Utauneko23 well, not technically. The family who own the hotel don’t live here. March 6, 2012 at 10:28 am LXK_THE_GREAT March 6, 2012 @danielnicolson @Andrew_Heaton any chance for him to sort this out with dish washing instead? 😉 March 6, 2012 at 10:32 am David March 6, 2012 Actually, we’re idiots. That’s so not a true story. I remember when the Vincent hotel opened in Southport and a few weeks later the daily mail ran a story about a chap who’d spent thousands on his fiance, adorning her room with rose petals straight outta American Beauty, and that she’d never seen the film and didn’t get the reference. hohoho, what a story. PR all over it, Daily Mail ran a full page piece – Hotel launched with free press. All lies. The fella was a waiter from Aloha in town, and told me it was all a stunt job. So, now that Desperate Scousewives is over, the club needs some way to stay in the public eye, and perhaps persuade TV execs that there should be a second series. Voila, the world’s most expensive bar bill – oh, and a handy press-friendly photographer on stand by for the grand arrival of the bottle. Nope. Lies. All Lies. Don’t be fooled people. March 6, 2012 at 10:45 am sisandison March 6, 2012 @danielnicolson Come on, that’s one of the more blatant PR stunts in recent memory. Almost as transparent as that guy who got a giant shoe. March 6, 2012 at 11:02 am isthisisdavid March 6, 2012 @onlymessin @7streets don’t be jel be reem.. March 6, 2012 at 11:06 am danielnicolson March 6, 2012 @sisandison Agreed. I love the Seven Streets piece though. Blunt and straight to the point. March 6, 2012 at 11:24 am 7streets March 6, 2012 @isthisisdavid oh, you got your bonus then? March 6, 2012 at 11:34 am isthisisdavid March 6, 2012 @7streets ?? What are you on about? March 6, 2012 at 12:19 pm David March 6, 2012 by the way, is he delivering it to a top of the pops studio circa 1982? March 6, 2012 at 12:58 pm jack12 March 7, 2012 Think the only bellend round here is the Author!! P.R stunt?? just a guy having a good time, spending money you cant take with you when your gone!! The guy’s done nothing wrong. March 7, 2012 at 9:02 pm David March 7, 2012 @jack12 I bet you’re the type that likes a bit of banter, too, aren’t you? March 7, 2012 at 9:27 pm David Yates March 9, 2012 the place is going to be targetted by lids for quite some time now, surely. March 9, 2012 at 6:33 am David Yates March 9, 2012 the place is going to be targetted by lids for quite some time now, surely. March 9, 2012 at 6:33 am Marie McGowan March 9, 2012 Sickos March 9, 2012 at 6:33 am Harry Sumnall March 9, 2012 I’m not sure why this incident has been picked up (apart from the PR value of course); rich people spend these sums all the time. March 9, 2012 at 6:33 am Lucas O'heyze March 9, 2012 The guys mad, right now you can get 3 cans of Irn Bru for £1 in most newsagents. March 9, 2012 at 6:33 am Russ Hyde March 9, 2012 oh, sorry about that, but they’d ran out of strongbow March 9, 2012 at 6:33 am Fenton Bell March 9, 2012 Bet you would have like to have tried a glass of it though 😉 March 9, 2012 at 6:33 am Sevenstreets March 9, 2012 to be honest, I’ve never liked Champagne. I’m more a Cava boy (d) March 9, 2012 at 6:33 am Jon O'Neill March 9, 2012 this place looks right up my street. March 9, 2012 at 6:33 am Jon O'Neill March 9, 2012 this place looks right up my street. March 9, 2012 at 6:33 am antoinl March 9, 2012 @ellieq i think the fact that £200k champagne exists pisses me off more than the fact someone bought it March 9, 2012 at 9:41 am hellogoodbritt March 9, 2012 @antoinl @ellieq i’d try it March 9, 2012 at 9:46 am ellieq March 9, 2012 @antoinl haha, the champagne wasn’t £200k March 9, 2012 at 9:46 am ellieq March 9, 2012 @hellogoodbritt @antoinl me too. It’s only 45k in a normal bar. March 9, 2012 at 10:07 am spikeus March 9, 2012 @ellieq just can’t comprehend the type of person who would spend their own money on things they want to spend it on. So selfish. March 9, 2012 at 10:30 am ellieq March 9, 2012 @spikeus I know, selfish prick March 9, 2012 at 10:39 am norsetdtbzi1 March 9, 2012 @spikeus http://t.co/fhKtuN7D March 9, 2012 at 2:19 pm PaulOfOxton March 9, 2012 “Bellend”…classic 😉 March 9, 2012 at 6:46 pm In Ten Tweets: Playground | Sevenstreets March 20, 2012 […] club’s been attracting some serious coverage – and its Pornstar Mojito cocktails are on the lips of the city’s beautiful people most […] March 20, 2012 at 10:43 pm Doug. March 22, 2012 if the rich bloke doesn’t mind being taken for a complete prat then fair dos. It’s up to him how he spends his dosh… as long as the man in question wasn’t chief exec of the City Council. 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