Highest whiskey bar in the world + 3 spots to check out in SA

2017-05-30 18:00 - Kavitha Pillay
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Cape Town - Lebua Hotels and Resorts have partnered with Chivas Regal - one of the world’s most prestigious premium-blended Scotch whiskey – to bring an indulgent whiskey experience to the heart of Bangkok that promises to “take your love of whiskey to new heights”.

On the 64th floor of the Tower Club at lebua, Alfresco 64 boasts “A Chivas Bar” - the highest outdoor whisky bar in the world – sitting 244 metres above the ground.

Perfect for whiskey connoisseurs and luxury jetsetters, guests at this bar don’t only get to see breath-\taking views of the Bangkok skyline and the Chao Phraya River, but also get to enjoy a world-exclusive blend of whiskey.

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Alfresco 64 offers a limited edition scotch created by Chivas Regal – a special blend the distillery has created exclusively for a partner.

The Chivas Regal Exclusive “lebua Blend” contains rare whiskies only distilled before 1985, then finished in a first fill sherry cask – with only 96 bottles available.

This special whiskey can be enjoyed in addition to sampling various signature blends from Chivas Regal and other premium whiskies.

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To take the whiskey drinking experience to the next level, attention is given to small details including selecting the right glasses and carafes to highlight the hues of beverages, intensify flavours and aromas, and chill one’s drink without the addition of ice for a more indulgent tasting.

Knowledgeable staff are also on hand to explain in the details of the whisky you are drinking, for a one-of-a-kind whiskey tasting experience.

The design concept of Alfresco 64 – A Chivas Bar is also something to marvel at, as it draws inspiration from a luxury yacht. The 200-sqm bar is divided into three parts with the first section, an indoor area exquisitely set to resemble an opulent yacht cabin, featuring lacquered rosewood flooring and sunken seating.

The bar counter is made of large pieces of wood accentuated with curves and silver metal lines which resemble the dynamic lines of a luxury vessel. The front of the bar takes its design ideas from a yacht’s bridge. The outdoor area that juts out over the side of the building allows for views of the Chao Phraya River. There’s also the Heritage Room, specially created for VVIPs and can be used for a variety of special events.

“It's the only place you can steer a yacht while enjoying your drinks," Deepak Ohri, CEO of lebua Hotels & Resorts, told Forbes.

Next time you visit Bangkok, be sure to check into the world’s highest whiskey bar. But while you’re still in SA, check out these three whiskey spots Mzansi has to offer:

Bascule Bar in Cape Town

This whiskey and wine bar can be found at the water's edge of the international yacht marina on Cape Town's Waterfront

Our friends at Food24 suggest that this is certainly the go-to place for the “more serious (and generally older) whisky fans”.

Similar to Alfresco 64, it’s design is much like the interior of a luxury yacht, with a warm wood interior, stylish furnishings and fire place (perfect for winter!), and offers light lunches, dinners, exclusive whisky tastings and private dining.

MAXIM Lounge in Joburg

If you’re in Sandton, then a must-visit spot is MAXIM Lounge at The Davinci Hotel and Suites. Said to be the only whiskey bar in area that serves “the rarest, most coveted whiskies on earth in an exclusive and private setting”, it was previously a cigar lounge that was re-launched as a whiskey Llunge, adding a few subtle changes to the decor and music.

Robert Hodson, General Manager of The Davinvi Hotel and Suites says "Whisky used to be perceived as 'an old man's drink' (chugging direct from the bottle) but the status has certainly changed to become the choice of drink for the elite and established few”.

"We wanted to not only create a highly personal and unique experience for each whiskey aficionado, but help you find the serve that's right for you," adds Hodson. Read more about it here.

#cigars #laphroig10 #maximlounge

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The Chairman in Durban

Although this venue is not strictly a whisky bar, “it has an impressive whisky (and cigar) selection”, according to Food 24. The Chairman also boasts cocktails, live jazz and an eclectic ambience worth visiting.

Created by a young Durban-based firm of architects who aimed to shine the spotlight on what they believe is “potentially the best urban precinct in KwaZulu Natal” - you'll find it in the historic Point district.

“As designers, we saw a perfect opportunity to lead by example and create the city we want to live in….project by project,” they say.

And they sure have created a bar that aims to stimulate imaginations while bending rules and conventions.


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