Anatomy of a Boston Bruins Bar Tab | The Fix
facebook twitter RSS
HOT TOPICS: Alcoholism  Addiction  AA  Cocaine  Heroin

Anatomy of a Boston Bruins Bar Tab

It’s easy to spend more than a $150,000 on drinks if you buy a $100,000 bottle of champagne.

Image: 

Sports merch for drinkers.
Photo via bizrate

By Dirk Hanson

06/30/11

| Share

Here in the Fix’s left-column newsroom, we pride ourselves on reporting and investigating the news. So, if that means taking apart a $150,000 Boston Bruins bar tab for your edification, then by god that’s what we’ll do.

First off, it was a completely memorable night for the wait staff at a tavern whose name will never escape our lips: $25,000 in tips got spread around that memorable night. Okay, it was the Foxwoods Bar, but you can’t tell anybody. Besides, the total gratuity was right around 15%, so at least the Bruins sent some table servers home happy. Tim Willingham at the Daily Infographic  who broke all of this down, peevishly remarked: “I would be amazed if I made over $150,000 a year, spending it in one night is unbelievable.” Spoilsport. These are high achieving, high-risk, high-appetite Stanley Cup Champions, for goodness sake. You’ve just got to expect the odd bottle of $100,000 champagne is going to show up on the tab from time to time. “I am willing to bet money not one member of the team went home sober that night,” writes Willingham. “I hope that hundred-thousand-dollar Champagne was worth it.”

But true to the blue-collar aura of their sport, the Bruins favored Bud Light over everything else by a respectable margin. Competing beer brands, forget about it. Also, “Jagerbombs seemed to be one of the team’s most popular drinks,” Willingham reports. Vodka and rum cocktails were also popular. Plus another 30 bottles of more reasonably priced champagne, a few tens of thousands of dollar’s worth. We’ll skip reciting more brand names, not being in the mood to get sued this week.

To be fair, there was also a ton of non-alcoholic Fiji water and Red Bull on the $156,679 bill that night. But after all that spending, “the Bruins got the attention of the bar owner and were comped one bottle of Champagne,” remarks Willingham. “What bar was this at? Because I will never bring my world-championship winning team to this place for just one bottle of bubbly.”

Rehabilitation Directories

Most Popular
Sober Living
Normies React to the 12 Steps

"I think admitting to having a problem in general is the right first step, but to admit powerlessness is unhealthy. .. I think admitting powerlessness is more harmful because it doesn't help. Admitting that you want and need help is more useful after admittance."

The Rehab Review
Cliffside Malibu
 
 
 
 

The “beach-house-relaxed” Cliffside Malibu claims to provide an oasis for recovering addicts and alcoholics. And that’s just what you'll get—if you’ve got the cash.

Morningside Recovery
 
 
 
 

For a “rehab near the beach” experience that isn’t quite as costly as similar SoCal competitors, head to this Newport Beach treatment facility.

AToN Center
 
 
 
 

Whether you’re interested in the 12 Steps, SMART Recovery, or holistic treatments, this luxurious, appealing and commendable 4.5 star (our system doesn't yet show the 1/2 star) San Diego rehab has a program for you. 

Reflections
 
 
 
 

This exclusive Northern California rehab is all about client choice—as well as golf outings, Buddhist field trips and keeping up with the office.

Capo By The Sea
 
 
 
 

Capo By The Sea offers an executive rehab program complete with medical detox and a focus on dual-diagnosis issues, as well as an outpatient option in an environment that exudes the kind of beach house optimism one would expect from an Orange County recovery outfit.

Journey Malibu
 
 
 
 

Want many of the luxury amenities A-listers have come to expect—including an enormous backyard with a pool and patio, an herb garden, a volleyball net and a spectacular vista of the Santa Monica mountains—with a recovery program to match?

The Ultimate Guide to Rehab
 
 
 
 
 

What you need to know when choosing an addiction treatment center.

the fix tv