Saturday 24 March 2018

Man who spent almost €2k on two glasses of whiskey is 'not an arrogant b****cks' - Friend insists

The whiskey was bought in The Front Door in Galway
The whiskey was bought in The Front Door in Galway

Cian Murray

In Galway, they often call Race Week ‘silly season’ and many punters will tell you that the only thing sillier than spending €1,000 on a glass of whiskey is spending almost €2,000 on two glasses.

Yet, that’s exactly what one punter did after scooping a massive win on an online bet and now, his friend who shared the expensive tipple has spoken out about the incident.

According to a report in the Connacht Tribune, the buyer was a Connemara native who arrived back to Galway late on Wednesday evening after living abroad.

After meeting a friend, he went to the Front Door Bar on High Street at about 1:30am with the dangerous combination of deep pockets and a dry throat.

Read more: How much? Customer splashes out €2,000 for two glasses of whiskey after Galway races.

His friend gave a bit more detail to the Connacht Tribune, while maintaining that his mate is not “an arrogant b****cks” as he works hard for his money and gives plenty of cash to charity.

He said: “(My friend) is a big fan of whiskey, he’d always wanted to try this rare whiskey and knew it was the only pub in Ireland which sold it by the glass.

"He had a few pound in his back pocket after winning €1,000 in an online bet and he decided to run with it. He was in a celebratory mood. I spent 20 minutes trying to talk him out of it, but he was set on it.”

The whiskey bought was from a bottle of Midleton Pearl Very Rare 30th Anniversary.

With only 117 bottles produced in the whole world, the top-shelf brand is one of Ireland’s rarest whiskeys, and a single measure sets customers back an eye-watering €995.

The total bill came to €1,990, with the customer leaving the barperson a generous €10 tip to round it to €2k.

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