Of course the world's tallest dining room doesn't come with out a price. Patrons are charged a minimum of AED450 ($122) a head to have dinner. Those wanting to book the luxury restaurant’s private dining area will be expected to fork out at least AED650 ($176.9) per guest, while afternoon tea comes in at nearly $100 (AED350). For drinks and snacks in the lounge area, guests must spend AED200 ($54.45) per head.
While I was busy applying for a loan so I could make a reservation, a wonderful call came through. We were invited to a private whiskey tasting for Chivas 18 in the At.mosphere lounge the following evening. Thank you karma (this has to be the fact that I helped that lady with her groceries)!
Matt and I anxiously prepared for an evening out and couldn't wait to see the venue. The entrance was discreet and elegant and had enough security personnel to make your local mall jealous. We were greeted by name in the lobby and then whisked up 123 floors, which took the elevator just under one minute. We then had to walk one floor down on a glassed-in spiral staircase that hugs the curve of the building. If you weren't afraid of height before you are now! It's a stunning view of the entire surrounding area.
After braving the staircase we were treated to a dimly lit and intimate lounge where we were delighted by the custom drink stlyings of Max. He's so good he only goes by one name. When asked what he was up to tomorrow night he informed us he was catching a fight to London as the head bartender for Vivienne Westwood's fashion show. Yeah, he's in demand.
We had a great evening enjoying the company, the view, and the tasting. At the end we learned that paperwork had been filed with Guinness to certify this event as the "highest whiskey tasting" that's ever taken place. When I told my Mom I wanted to be famous I'm not sure this is what she had in mind!