Mystery Drinker's Bar Tab: $105K

Mystery customer racks up birthday bash bill in Dubai
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jan 6, 2012 1:43 AM CST
Updated Jan 6, 2012 2:00 AM CST
Cristal, anyone?   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A jug of wine, a $105,000 bar tab, and thou. That could have been the bar manager's sweet ode to a mystery customer who paid the mammoth single-visit bar tab without blinking an eye. The tab—which included, among other goodies, a $35,000 six-liter bottle of Cristal Champagne, 13 bottles of Roederer Cristal for $23,000, 24 Diet Cokes, 10 Red Bulls, a $32 slice of birthday cake and a $1,300 bottle of Cavalli vodka—was racked up at the Tony Cavalli Club at the Fairmont Hotel in Dubai this week. A picture of the bill—dated 3:19 am on Monday, in the dirham currency of the United Arab Emirates, equivalent to the price of two Porsche Cayennes, points out—is ricocheting through Twitter (click to see it).

Yes, it's genuine, the bar has confirmed. No one's saying who, or what nationality, the customer was, but it's seen as a sign that things are perking up in Dubai. Here's the kicker: Tabs of $105,000 or more are pretty commonplace these days at the bar. "Spending of this nature is not unusual at the Cavalli Club," the manager tells the National. (Read more Dubai stories.)

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