Two Russian millionaires racked up a tab of more than £131,000 (NZ$253,000) in a London bar as part of a bet.
The Telegraph in London reported the two Russian multimillionaires spent more than £130,000 at a Mayfair nightclub after going head-to-head to see who could produce the most extravagant bill.
The men, both in their 30s, ordered vast amounts of vintage champagne after arriving at the Embassy nightclub in Old Burlington Street, London just before midnight, The Telegraph reported.
Every time one table ordered a round of drinks the other table would try and better the order, clubbers at the bar said.
A spokesman for the Embassy venue told The Telegraph the tab was "off the scale", as the men worked their way through ordering 30 Magnums of Cristal and 20 bottles of Dom Perignon.
By the end of the evening the bills were an eye-watering £66,778.91 and £64,279.70 - making a total of £131,058.61.
"Even compared to pre-recession, that's a huge spend," the spokesman said.
A "massive" spend for the evening by one party would be a maximum of £15,000, he said.
When the bar was closed just before 3am and the totals were added up, those sitting at the winning table were seen jumping up and down ecstatically waving their bill in the air, The Telegraph reported.
"There was a massive crowd of stunning women around each table in no time at all, and frankly these guys needed some help drinking all this booze anyway," an onlooker told The Telegraph.
At the end of the night there were a lot of full bottles left, the clubber said.
The excessive spend follows a recent report that said a staggering 35 per cent of household wealth in Russia was owned by just 110 people, the highest level of inequality in the world barring a few small Caribbean islands.
The report by major investment bank Credit Suisse said the 35 per cent of wealth that Russian billionaires own is equivalent to US$420 billion (NZ$289b).
By contrast, billionaires worldwide account for just 1 per cent to 2 per cent of total wealth, Credit Suisse said.
Russia has one billionaire for every US$11 billion (NZ$13 billion) in wealth while in the rest of the world there is one for every US$170b.
The bill for £66,778.91 included 30 Magnums of Cristal, 20 Bottles of Dom Perignon, 20 Crack Baby shots, six Espresso Martinis, 10 shots of 18-year-old Glenmorangie whiskey, eight bottles of mineral water, seven bottles of 1998 vintage Krug champagne and two magnums of Belvedere vodka.
The other bill for £64,279.70 included 64 bottles of Dom Perignon at £325 each which came to £20,800 on its own. There were also 25 bottles of Crystal champagne, 16 of Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades champagne, 12 bottles of Dom Perignon Rose, 7 Mohitos, 10 bottles of Peroni, 20 cans of Red Bull, six Bellinis, six bottles of water, two bottle of Chivas 18-year-old whiskey, six bottles of Krug Grande Cuvee, and eight bottles of Belle Epoque Rose.
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