World’s most expensive champagne uncorked in London nightclub

28th Jun 2011

A high-rolling American gambler and business has spent £120,000 on a 30-litre bottle of Armand De Brignac Midas at a nightclub in London, but sprayed most of it on the ceiling.

Don Johnson, known as the Champage King, bought them the world’s biggest and most expensive bottle of champagne, at One For One members club in Mayfair.

The 49-year-old bon viveur had already drunk a £25,000 six-litre bottle and his final bar bill was £168,118.

His lifestyle manager, Sophie Raibin, said: “It went everywhere – every person in the room was sprayed. The crowd went ballistic. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

She added: “He has spent millions on champagne in his life. But he’s not acquired the taste, he prefers vodka.”


Johnson was in London, which was voted “World’s Leading Destination” by World Travel Awards, visiting his rock star friend Bon Jovi, when he heard the nightclub had recently commissioned the biggest bottle of champagne ever made, the Armand De Brignac Midas, equivalent to 40 regular bottles and weighing 45kg.

Nik Krasniqi, manager at the £950-a-year members’ club in Park Lane, said: “He was on the mic singing Bon Jovi songs. He was hugging the bottle and everyone was going wild.

“When he left the club the ceiling, the floor and everyone was covered.”

The previous record for champagne at One For One was the 15-litre Armand De Brignac Nebuchadnezzar, bought for £80,000.

Johnson will host Pamela Anderson’s birthday party in Las Vegas this summer.

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