Arctic Monkey Makes Expensive Booze Mistake

04/21/2011
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(Gibson) Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders lost an estimated 40,000 pounds when staff at the Sheffield, England, watering hole that he owns Bowery Bar accidentally opened a 215-year-old bottle of Henry Jefferson of Whitehaven. Helders' staff had purchased the bottle of rum for 70 pounds but didn't realize its value until they'd already popped the bottle, and spilt some of its contents onto the bar.

Helders and Arctic Monkeys bandmate Alex Turner were among those who sampled a few shots. A source told The Sun this week, "The bar staff were mortified when they found out what they had done. Later on that night everyone was talking about it including Matt, Alex, and former Arctics member Andy Nicholson. Everyone was shocked but found it pretty funny except the manager who runs the pub for Matt."

The Bowery Bar posted a message on their Facebook page acknowledging, "The industry experts seem to agree that we've opened a bottle of booze potentially worth about 40 grand. [Expletive]. It was a stupid mistake but it made a lovely dark 'n' stormy cocktail. Now we've got some of the country's leading rum experts investigating and coming to see us." more on this story

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