‘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

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  • Danielklongman

    @7streets Sickeningly laughable! Money to burn.

  • AndrewFairbairn

    @majorbisho ~in it together~

  • Sharon F

    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.

  • Emily Speed

    ugh.

  • Julie Jones

    What could a place like Alder Hey Childrens Hospital have done with that kind of money complete nonsense and shameful!

  • Utauneko23

    @7streets It’s money into the local economy right?

  • Jo61

    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!

  • David

    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. 

  • 7streets

    @Utauneko23 well, not technically. The family who own the hotel don’t live here.

  • LXK_THE_GREAT

    @danielnicolson @Andrew_Heaton any chance for him to sort this out with dish washing instead? 😉

  • David

    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.

  • sisandison

    @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.

  • isthisisdavid

    @onlymessin @7streets don’t be jel be reem..

  • danielnicolson

    @sisandison Agreed. I love the Seven Streets piece though. Blunt and straight to the point.

  • 7streets

    @isthisisdavid oh, you got your bonus then?

  • isthisisdavid

    @7streets ?? What are you on about?

  • David

    by the way, is he delivering it to a top of the pops studio circa 1982?

  • jack12

    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.

  • David

     @jack12 I bet you’re the type that likes a bit of banter, too, aren’t you? 

  • David Yates

    the place is going to be targetted by lids for quite some time now, surely.

  • David Yates

    the place is going to be targetted by lids for quite some time now, surely.

  • Marie McGowan

    Sickos

  • Harry Sumnall

    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.

  • Lucas O’heyze

    The guys mad, right now you can get 3 cans of Irn Bru for £1 in most newsagents.

  • Russ Hyde

    oh, sorry about that, but they’d ran out of strongbow

  • Fenton Bell

    Bet you would have like to have tried a glass of it though 😉

  • Sevenstreets

    to be honest, I’ve never liked Champagne. I’m more a Cava boy (d)

  • Jon O’Neill

    this place looks right up my street.

  • Jon O’Neill

    this place looks right up my street.

  • antoinl

    @ellieq i think the fact that £200k champagne exists pisses me off more than the fact someone bought it

  • hellogoodbritt

    @antoinl @ellieq i’d try it

  • ellieq

    @antoinl haha, the champagne wasn’t £200k

  • ellieq

    @hellogoodbritt @antoinl me too. It’s only 45k in a normal bar.

  • spikeus

    @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.

  • ellieq

    @spikeus I know, selfish prick

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  • PaulOfOxton

    “Bellend”…classic 😉

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  • Doug.

    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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