Anatomy of a Boston Bruins Bar Tab

By Dirk Hanson 06/30/11

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

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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.”

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Dirk Hanson, MA, is a freelance science writer and the author of The Chemical Carousel: What Science Tells Us About Beating Addiction. He is also the author of The New Alchemists: Silicon Valley and the Microelectronics Revolution. He has worked as a business and science reporter for numerous magazines and trade publications including Wired, Scientific American, The Dana Foundation and more. He currently edits the Addiction Inbox blog. Email: [email protected]