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Bongzilla at Ilfracombe nightclub ‘doesn’t promote binge boozing’

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: February 21, 2013

  • CHEERS: Sampling the Bongzilla experience. Picture: Mike Southon.

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A SIX-tubed drinking funnel allowing clubbers to chug four pints in a matter of seconds is the latest attraction on offer at an Ilfracombe club.

The Bongzilla is the latest alcohol-infused craze to come to The Club in Ilfracombe's High Street.

Costing £20 a go, the Bongzilla is a funnel with six tubes leading from it, allowing drinkers to down the contents at the same time as their mates.

They can have the funnel filled with a range of different concoctions with names such as the vod-zilla, bong-fizzer and kong-zilla.

John and Marsha Huxtable, owners of The Club, say the Bongzilla has already proven a huge hit, with people crowding round to take photos and videos each time it is brought out.

"I was going through the internet looking for something else and I found this from America," said John.

"It is a bit more fun and a bit more visual. People go out and want something a bit different. They love it. We always get a big crowd. They have all got their cameras out and it is good fun."

With an initial set-up cost of around £80, the Bongzilla has been available at The Club for the past few weeks.

John and Marsha said the Bongzilla offers something different for their customers and do not believe it is encouraging excess drinking.

"The only advertising we have are the photos on Facebook," said John.

"It can be classed as promoting binge drinking but my thoughts are if there are six people doing it and it holds four pints it is about the same as drinking a bottle of VK."

"People strawpedo bottles and we can't stop them from doing that so where do you draw the line? What we put in it is no stronger than any of the bottles they would strawpedo anyway."

John said even if the drinkers were not using the Bongzilla at The Club they would still be able to go out and buy alcohol from shops.

He said: "Obviously some people may look and say it is promoting binge drinking. My argument is they will buy bottles and do exactly the same thing.

"We look at the people who want to do it and if they are too drunk we say no. If they are too drunk we refuse them service. We are responsible in that respect."

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  • unhappysteveo  |  February 21 2013, 7:02PM

    It's just a bit of fun, let them go!

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  • skareggae72  |  February 21 2013, 12:47PM

    Chug four pints in a matter of seconds.........how about drinking and savouring the taste? and they expect people to use the same tube after others have had there greasy lips on it. Thanks but no thanks,another fine article from the NDJ promoting people that deserve no promotion,au revoir!

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  • trickyP1  |  February 21 2013, 11:24AM

    Great for Ilfracombe' image, well done. "Come here on holiday and get plastered"

  • Bayview  |  February 21 2013, 9:37AM

    The aim of this device to encourage people to drink as much as they possibly can in a short period of time. Given the issues we have as a society with alcohol is this really the kind of behaviour we want to encourage? There is nothing responsible about this, any way you look at it.

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  • BOGOFF2  |  February 21 2013, 9:37AM

    Another flabtastic idea from the good ole U.S of A. Perhaps the owners could pour liquidised donner kebab into it at the end of the evening as well just to make sure the punters get the full health benefits. Oh well, should keep the paramedics busy at least.

  • LanternView  |  February 21 2013, 9:15AM

    A news item celebrating excessive drinking - have I got that right? Maybe a device could be engineered to allow all six to vomit into the same bucket?

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