Cavalli Club guest racks up $105k bill in one night

Party receipt from exclusive Dubai club sets tongues wagging on social media sites
The club is a partnership between Italian designer Roberto Cavalli and Pragma Group

The club is a partnership between Italian designer Roberto Cavalli and Pragma Group

Birthday celebrations don't come much classier than this... or more expensive.

A receipt from the Cavalli Club in Dubai, dated January 2, which totalled AED387,988 ($105,629), was published on social media sites Twitter and Facebook on Wednesday.

The bill from the exclusive club based in the Fairmont Hotel in Dubai, included a six-litre bottle of Cristal Champagne for AED125,000.

Also on the bill were a couple of two-litre bottles of Cristal costing AED70,000, 24 Diet Cokes at Dh528 and 10 Red Bulls at Dh290.

The only food listed was a small birthday cake costing AED120

Staff say the high spend is a regular occurrence in the club, with an average of 24 tables a year spending between AED200,000 and AED500,000 in a single evening.

“Despite individuals and businesses feeling the effects of the downturn throughout 2011, Cavalli Club has seen high-spenders consistently frequent the venue,” said David Lescarret, operations manager at Cavalli Dubai.

“Last year saw an average of two tables per month spend between AED 200,000 to AED 500,000 in one night, and we expect this trend to continue into the New Year, with one customer already having spent just under AED 400,000.”

The luxurious nightclub said it stocks the most expensive champagne in the world - the Louis Roederer, Millennium Cristal Brut 1990, priced at a massive AED500,000 for a single bottle.

There are only two other Millennium bottles for sale around the globe according to bar managers, which can be found in London and New York.

Cavalli Club opened in Dubai in the Fairmont hotel in May 2009, after Beirut-based investment company Pragma Group inked a deal with the Italian fashion designer to obtain the franchise rights for the brand.

Pragma said in May last year it would launch three Cavalli Cafes in Istanbul in the next eighteen months as part of a $150m global expansion, in a bid to capitalise on the brand’s success in the region.

The group also announced plans to expand the Cavalli Club brand in Miami, Moscow and London in the next three years.

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Posted by: Robert Parker

Should have flown to France. Money. Sense. Etc.

Posted by: F Backer

one man's affordability could be luxury for others!

It depends on the ratio of one's earning versus his expense

if he is spending more than he earns or most of his earnings..then its a waste...but if its just a fraction of what he earns and he is giving charity etc.., its his right how he wants to spends his balance income..

If there is a product available at such a price, then there must be a segment who could afford...

Posted by: MEME

This type of expenditure is typical of people with low self-esteem who need to flash their ill-gotten gains to command some sort of respect. This money would be better spent helping victims of all kinds of abuse.

Posted by: Cbostar

Great marketing if you ask me. Until this article I have never heard of the Cavalli Club.

Posted by: Telcoguy

Something similar happened in London in 2000 with some Pakistani and Bangladeshi bankers from barclays, if I remember right. The restaurant got lot of free publicity (they only charged for the wine not the food or soft drinks) but the customers got fired because of the public backlash.

Posted by: Angelika Lancsak

Dubai is a glitzy glamorous place and attracts wealthy people who like to spend: So what's the fuss about that bill??

Posted by: procan

Sounds like Las Vegas ME according to Angelika!

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