An emotionally responsive wine decanter, suya in the city and drinks with a view – this is food and drink to travel distances for.

Words Emma Woodhouse

Rooftop Drinkypops

Three of the finest city bars with birdseye views

London Aqua Kyoto

When you find yourself getting irritated by the elbowing shoppers at Oxford Circus, rise above it. This terrace bar offers spectacular views of Central London. Sip pricey, but downright delicious, cocktails and nibble on fusion Japanese food like salmon rolls with lobster and miso bisque. There’s a sleek, nightclub-esque Japanese restaurant inside.

New York 230 Fifth

The city with the world’s most incredible skyline is home to more rooftop bars than Don Draper could shake a martini at. No surprises there. But this one takes Manhattan. Connected to an 8,000 square foot nightclub reminiscent of Studio 54, the terrace is on the 20th floor of a 5th Ave building. It fits 500 people under palm trees and heat lamps for cold evenings. The real selling point: unobstructed views of the Empire State building.

Jo’burg 12 Decades

12 Decades is a hip hotel in Jozi’s CBD, decorated to chronicle the history of Johannesburg from 1886 to present day, with rooms conceptualised by South Africa’s most celebrated artists and designers. It’s no wonder then that its chilled-out rooftop parties held every Sunday draw a cool crowd. Grab a drink and a chair in time for sunset.


Bite Of The Big Apple
Food and culture go together like tea and scones, rice and peas, hummus and pitta. You get the picture. A tour group in America’s culinary capital understands this better than anyone. Sign up for food and culture walking tours of China Town, the meat packing district, Greenwich Village or Nolita. Sample food from ethnic eateries, restaurants and speciality food shops along with an American-style portion of historical trivia.


Wining Down
When you’re feeling merry it doesn’t help when the bottle looks so straight and smug. Product designer Jim Rokos’ whimsical wine decanter, 13° 60° 104° refers to the three possible angles at which the decanter can sit.

Placed at 13 degrees, the decanter begins the evening ‘sober’. As the evening progresses, sitting at 60 degrees the decanter is a little tipsy. When it gets to 104 degrees, frankly it’s time for bed.

Rokos’ design amounts to more than a humorous – and extremely clever – take on an everyday item. As the decanter turns, the interaction causes movement in the liquid, which encourages oxygen into the wine. This allows your dinner guests to experience a broader range of the wine’s flavours.


Taste Of Home
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