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Saturday, June 22nd, 2013 at 2:32 pm  |  43 responses

Heat Ran Up $100K Champagne Tab at Miami Nightclub


ESPN.com reports that the Heat ordered 100 bottles of Dom Perignon and three three-liter bottles while celebrating at Story Nightclub after winning the Championship. The club’s owner, for the second straight year, conveniently picked up the tab: “For the second consecutive year, a Miami bar owner comped the alcohol on the Miami Heat as they celebrated winning the NBA title. David Grutman, who owns Story Nightclub, where most of the players partied after the Game 7 win Thursday night, and LIV, where they celebrated last year, said the players ordered 100 bottles of Dom Perignon and three 3-liter bottles of champagne. Grutman said the club sells the standard 750-milliliter bottles of Dom Perignon for $850 each and the club sells 3-liter bottles, called Jeroboams, for $5,000. ‘I’m not going to charge the Heat,’ Grutman said of the $100,000 value of comped alcohol. He didn’t treat the Dallas Mavericks the same way. Mavs owner Mark Cuban had to pay for the bill when his team beat the Heat in the 2011 Finals. LIV charged Cuban $90,000 for a 15-liter bottle of Armand de Brignac champagne, also known as Ace of Spades. Cuban didn’t seem to mind; he still left a 22 percent tip.

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  • JML-G

    wonder if the publicity really pays off for the owners to take on their huge tab

  • 23

    I’m gonna feel very bad for this owner if the Heat live up to the whole “Not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, not 6, not 7…….”

  • Max

    Seems like a lot for what it looked like.

  • shutup

    The tab is a retail price, the club pays less then 10% of that for the actual bottles, the publicity is worth more than that by a large margin, they probably made their money back on the investment that night.

  • Ugh

    Why would anyone visit a place that sells DP for $850 a bottle? That’s like buying from a car yard that throws an extra $750,000 on the price of a Bentley because it’s an “exclusive” car yard.

  • danpowers

    i just came home from volunteering for unicef which always remembers me of how much value money has and how many big things even small money can do for people in need. when i read headlines like this i wonder wtf is wrong with this world and i guess the answer is: almost everything

  • lights out

    jesus, how much champagne is that?

  • pposse

    you can get a bottle of don p for like $150. Those 100 bottles cost that man at most $15k out of pocket.

  • shutup

    They get if for less, because they buy it in bulk. Profit margin for liquor in a club is usually 7-10x costs. There’s like 25+ shots in a fifth, avg shot is $12-16, so lets say $14. 14×25=350, which is exactly the the avg starting price for a bottle in the lower end Las Vegas nightclub. We are talking a straight bottle of SKY, or whatever “Well” liquor the club uses.

  • shutup

    What are you talking about? Sporting events that sell beers for $12 have the same mark up, if not more. Do you know how much the avg glass of draft beer costs? somewhere between 10-20 cents.

  • pposse

    right. Whoever this guy is Mr. Grutman must have a pretty decent publicist to have ESPN give air time and report over this BS story and Slam following suit. He made that money back 20 fold probably in that night alone (the actual money that he spent on the bottles of don p).

    Now it would be some g shiet if the Heat players were sipping on some Louis XIII – that cognac runs damn near $1,400 whole sale price nearly 2k at a liquor store if you want to buy yourself. Say the Heat wanted to get absolutely obliterated and got a 100 bottles of those; no way Mr. Grutman pays off that tab!

  • 23

    Stfu if it was the Knicks you wouldn’t be saying anything

  • alex80

    damn, can’t belive i felt bad spending 200 in booze at my local pub

  • danpowers

    stfu? oh these brave ppl on the internet…
    i dont care which team that is, was just a statement in principle. i dont know if youre that blind when it comes to guys from your team, but i aint. so plz dont give me your bs.

  • shutup

    Think about the future nights that he can promote, come celebrate where the Heat celebrate their chip, or during the off-season when players need a quick paycheck. Clubs pay hefty to have celebrities come and celebrate this and that.

  • shutup

    “reminds” … sorry had to do it. BTW you do sound a bit self righteous, you act like these athletes don’t donate large sums of money to great charitable causes while also promoting said causes, your couple days of volunteering probably helped an iota of what say one of these players donate any given year, not saying your volunteering is a bad thing in any light; but trying to condemn these athletes for celebrating one of their life milestones is pretty $hitty.

  • Wanda Davidson

    what Stanley replied I am surprised that a mother able to make $9552 in four weeks on the internet. did you see this web page w­w­w.K­E­P­2.c­o­m

  • danpowers

    no problem, always appreciate help at improving my language.
    that wasnt my intention. as far as i know e.g. lebron james’ foundation does great work and i wasnt particulary pointing out the heat players or nba players at all. its just that when you realize that more or less 80% of the world population are poor (by common definition) people and that whenever sh*t comes up like syria, somalia or birma people die like flies – not only but also – because ressources are not in the right place at the right time because, among other causes / reasons, some groups of people accumulate too much capital. which is what makes me shake my head over the world we live in.

    im not saying i am better, that would be foolish and yeah, pretty self righteous, i just said i realized it when i come home from that job because there i got in touch with the sh*t one normally just reads in the newspapers or sees on tv.

  • followyourhandle

    I didn’t see him condemn anyone specifically. Calm down. If you don’t understand where he’s coming from that’s your problem. Some of us get it.

  • followyourname

    You shouldn’t feel the need to explain yourself. People who get defensive about another human being sharing their own revelations through personal experience have many other issues to deal with. Look how he tried to attack you and your experience? Does that appear to be a secure person?

  • danpowers

    i didnt take it as an offense and he was right about the aspect that i didnt chose my words wisely and i dont have problems with explaining myself. i cant stand self righteous people neither and i couldve put my statement a little more precise. so, its all good, but thank you for jumping in ;)

  • followyourhandle

    13 other people besides me understood perfectly well where your were coming from.

  • danpowers

    thanx, its just that i got a heart for slow people :D

  • shutup

    First of all the slow people comment wasn’t necessary. I completely understood where you were coming from. Didn’t think I was being insulting or insensitive with my comment, just trying to put things in perspective. There are plenty of things wrong with the world, I don’t think celebrating the achievement of a life-long goal is one of them, actually I think it should be celebrated even more. These are humans that have dedicated their lives for that moment and the same way you or I would spend a substantial part of our earnings on children’s birthday a wedding or an Anniversary, we should be able to do it and not feel guilty.

  • shutup

    Obviously you don’t posses reading comprehension, I am calm, was just a little put off by his statement, maybe it was lost in translation, but you saying he can say what he wants then on the other hand tell me I shouldn’t voice my opinion is a bit hypocritical.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    This comment is just the epitome of how irrelevant your entire spiel is. Nobody really cares about your volunteering when you are a sh*tty person everywhere else, it doesn’t mean very much when you say back handed comments about people’s intelligence because they tried to just inform you that you came off as a self righteous dunce who thinks a 100k celebration from multi millionaires says anything about their generosity or good nature.
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    Talk about slow.

  • danpowers

    ohhhh sh*t i saw that coming lol. 15 ppl got it, two didnt. but yes, i shouldve left that first sentence out. that was just my thought that day. there was absolutely no intention to show off with volunteering and that was absolutely no content or justification of any criticism, just a preface. wouldve been better to put it like something as “given our worlds problems its weird to see big money being spent on things like that”. i didnt know people would take me as self righteous coz that was absolutely not my intention, but as it appears i shouldve expected that.
    i didnt say anything about these guys’ generosity or good nature. not in the slightest. that was a statement in principle / a generalization about how we live over “here” in the western civilization, self speaking i include myself, while sh*t is pretty much all f*cked up for most people in the world.

  • danpowers

    i took it a little different coz that self rightousness was absolutely beyond any of my intentions and i was also not trying to bash on heat players for celebrating their championship, so that caught me a little off guard. plz take my apologies for the “slow” sh*t i think that subject is no reason to get at each other.
    my statement was more about how we in the rich world live in general while most of the world struggles big time. big sums spent for stuff that nobody needs to survive are just crazy when you see poverty all over the place and know how little would be needed to change many drawbacks.
    normally i wouldnt think like this, especially not about a championship celebration.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Uhh, maybe don’t generalize. 100K to a group if NBA players is like $100 to you and your friends. “Big money” is only big to you. $100 is huge money to a Somalian. And you’ve probably spent that on video games. So still, your ignorance is showing.

  • danpowers

    i explained that in my answer to shutup below, chill

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    If you actually understood that, you wouldn’t have called him slow. You are a moron.

  • danpowers

    im not only pointing fingers, i put myself into that, too which i explained below when i differed. once again, chill.
    “You are a moron” sometimes you have a big mouth man

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Just being honest.

  • danpowers

    you didnt get what i said. it was just criticism on accumulation of capital as long as there aint enough for everyone – so indirectly on a system which causes these state of things.
    whats between me and that other guy (no homo) got sorted, see below.
    so really no need for you to try to play kindergarten teacher in here man. that actually let you look like the moron in here.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Nah. You can mean to say something and not actually say it. And still look like a moron after you explained yourself. I’m not playing kindergarten teacher, I couldn’t give a sh*t about how you and shutup resolve you being stupid. I’m just going to call you out when you say some self righteous ignorant bullsh*t, then after explaining what you meant to say, still call the person who originally tried to let you know “slow”. Like it or not.

  • danpowers

    “And still look like a moron after you explained yourself.” “when you say some self righteous ignorant bullsh*t,”

    you still didnt get it? seriously?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Damn, you are amazing. I don’t care what you meant to say, you don’t get that? Explaining yourself was irrelevant the moment you called him slow. Saying, “plz take my apologies for the “slow” sh*t i think that subject is no reason to get at each other.” Doesn’t matter, that doesn’t excuse you being an idiot. I understand exactly what you meant to say, I read your explanation. Explaining what you meant to say doesn’t excuse you for insulting a persons intelligence, especially when they were right. And saying, “that subject is no reason to get at each other” doesn’t actually make it so. You said something stupid, then proceeded to insult the person who pointed it outs intelligence. .
    And still, you think this is about your ignorantly written original comment, when really it’s about your inability to speak English and understand that you are the one who appears slow. Up votes don’t = intelligence. Your overall point is not wrong, your original comment while ignorant was excusable until the subsequent comment to “knowyourhandle” – after that, repeatedly explaining what you meant is irrelevant. Just admitting you were wrong for calling him slow is all that was necessary. Excusing it as “no reason to get at each other” just verified that you don’t understand how out of place that comment was. .
    So, I honestly called you a moron. Which I am basically doing again. .
    Now do you understand, or nah? Still wanna clarify your original point for the 4th time, like that’s why I said something?

  • danpowers

    “You said something stupid, then proceeded to insult the person who pointed it outs intelligence. .”

    it wasnt stupid per se, only if you read into it “he is pointing out the heat players for their championship and uses his own actions as a justification to be in a position to judge others” which i didnt write and didnt mean, the formulation wasnt perfect or complete, but leaving a space for interpretation often shows more about the mindset of the reader than about the actual statement.

    calling him slow for not getting the point of the statement was a harsh and inappropiate overreaction by me and i apologized for it.

    you think its on you to judge if that is legit and to hold the following sentence against me just because i signal that i didnt mean to kick off an unnecessary b*tch fight like this one here?

    you really dont see how youre jumping in and play the kindergarten teacher? you do. come on man. actually you even did the same thing that i did earlier, your justification is just a bit more obvious than mine was. in both cases it is stupid to judge a persons intelligence by those kind of statements here. not getting that would mean that youre either a dumbf*ck, too (welccome to the club then) or holding a double standard. a double standard and paradox of the same negative kind you sometimes try to accuse me of in here. just get off my d*ck with that over sensitive acting up bs.

    you crossed the line the same way i did. id say lets just end that stupid sh*t here n write it off as a misunderstanding.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I’m not basing my comment or opinion on this one comment lol – there are a bevy of reasons I find you to be a moron with how you comment. And again, I couldn’t care less about how shutup feels about your comments. i don’t even care how you feel about my comments. Maybe it’s hard for you to figure out, but i freely express my opinion to people whenever I want in this comment section. I don’t think my opinion holds any higher weight then anyone else’s, just when I want to say something, I will. As I did here. Pretty simple really.

  • danpowers

    you write that you dont care about how anyone here feels, but the way you act here shows something else. the only self righteous fool i see here are you as you refuse to realize your own double standard. your proper language doesnt really baffle me to see that. you only get abstract cohesion to a certain extent and rather tend to get stuck on trifles than to focus on essence, at least when things get deep. you dont even get humor and take small sh*t in here serious as if it was all about life and death.
    youre not really in a position to point out others as morons. at least not when you expect me to take you serious.
    yeah yeah, you dont care this you dont give a f*ck that – and thats why you text these books full of comments here? just because you feel to express your oppinion? that explanation is as shallow as getting stuck on small things. stick to talking about basketball, youre way better at that than at blustering about morals.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Nah, it’s no deeper than I said it was. I comment to comment. I comment so much as an outlet. Simple. And your Morals aren’t why I said something. It’s the basic contradiction and a state of boredom that led me to say my opinion

  • danpowers

    human nature is contradictionary. delayed gratification, sublimation, repression of the pleasure principle and supression of desires are necessary to be able to live within a society and at the same time cause inner contradicition that manifests daily in almost everything we say and do. it is impossible to be a human being and not be contradictionary. some manage life neurotically without outer contradiction which more often than not is just a sign for broad inner conflicts or even pathologic tendencies. accept that and your life or at least commenting here would be less frustrating ;)

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol

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