Today (June 21 2022) is the eleven year anniversary of the Boston Bruins spending $100k on a bottle of Ace of Spade ‘Midas’ champagne.
The Stanley Cup final is currently taking place between Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning. On Monday 20 June, Colorado stuck seven past Tampa Bay in Game 2 meaning they are just two wins away from hockey immortality.
The Stanley Cup Finals are undoubtedly the pinnacle of ice hockey, and whoever wins the prestigious Stanley Cup is set for a week (or two) of wild celebrations.
However, either the Avalanche or Lightening will have their work cut out to top the celebrations of the 2011 Boston Bruins should they win the Stanley Cup.
Twitter remembers the Bruin’s legendary bar tab
On 15 June 2011, the Boston Bruins won its first-ever game seven of a Stanley Cup Finals, beating the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 at Rogers Arena. The victory ended the Bruins’ 39-year Stanley Cup drought, and you better believe they celebrated in style.
Eleven years on, one Twitter account shared the Bruins’ legendary bar tab a week after their Stanley Cup win, with the total coming to $156,679.74
Bruins ordered $100k Ace of Spade “Midas” champagne after winning Stanley Cup
While the total is obviously a jaw-dropping amount, there is one purchase on the tab that has well and truly entered the realm of legendary.
After their win, the Bruins took to the Shrine club at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods, a hotel and casino in Connecticut run by Big Night Entertainment Group. They partied hard, and ended up buying a 30 liter bottle of Armand de Brignac champagne called the Ace of Spade “Midas” bottle.
It is the largest bottle of luxury champagne in the world, and the gold metallic bottles are crafted entirely by hand, inspired by fashion designer Andre Courreges. Weighing in at 100 pounds, it is the size of 40 regular bottles of champagne, each of which is good for approximately six glasses full, and at the time there were only six in the world.
The Bruins couldn’t even finish it all
Photographs famously captured player Zdeno Chara drinking the golden liquid straight from the bowl of the Stanley Cup. Shawn Thornton was also pictured drinking straight from the gold bottle.
In 2013, Big Night Entertainment Group founder Randy Greenstein told Eater: “At the end of the night, there’s probably still 15 liters left in it. There’s just so much champagne in a 30 liter. It was a hundred pounds, it took two people just to pick it up to pour into the cup. The final tab was like $156,000 or something. It was the craziest thing ever.”
Dallas Mavericks enjoyed the same champagne weeks before
Armand de Brignac’s Ace of Spades was in the spotlight weeks before, as billionaire Mark Cuban reportedly splurged for a 15 liter bottle after his Dallas Mavericks won the 2011 NBA finals.
That bottle was said to cost $90,000 and was purchased at Club LIV in Miami. Mark Cuban reportedly dropped $110,000 including a $20,000 tip, and told the New York Post (via Forbes) that the champagne was “worth every penny.”
As for the Ace Midas bottle the Bruins ordered, the whole team reportedly signed it and auctioned it off to benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation, a charitable organization aimed at improving the lives of Boston-area children.
Do you think it was money well spent? Let us know in the comments if you’d like to try it!