The Leonardo has become a familiar feature on the Joburg skyline for the better part of the last two years and now one of the city’s most iconic addresses is to become the home of the highest urban bar in Africa, Alto234. The name derived from the Latin word for height (Alto), and the 234 meters tall at which the building stands.
Situated on the 57th and top floor of the skyscraper Alto 234 is bound to be not only the highest but also the hottest place to see and be seen. Featuring 360-degree views of the urban jungle that is Johannesburg, it’s a place truly unlike anything else on the continent.
Designed by Varoom interiors the space stays true to the integrity of the building, highlighting rather than hiding the impressive structural components, such as the exposed concrete, visible roof fins and steel supports of the architectural masterpiece.
As not to distract from the breath-taking panorama, the décor is modern yet minimalist with touch points of contemporary African prints in shades of green and orange reflecting both the golden sunsets views and the man-made forest as seen from the bar. While black and brass metal finishes nod not only to the luxury experience but also to the city’s rich mining heritage.
Split into seven different spaces from large lounge suites to smaller look out points and intimate dining nooks, each area has been fitted with custom designed furniture to ensure multi-functional usage – from private bookings to more convivial cocktail hours – and most importantly spectacular views from all angles. Three gas fire-pits will also warm the lounge seating on cooler days, making for an ambient and cosier setting.
Moët & Chandon, the preferred Champagne of Alto234, has gifted the bar with a special edition Moët Mini Machine as a permanent feature – which was air lifted and delivered to the rooftop via helicopter - causing much intrigue and speculation online, last week. The exclusive to Alto234 Moët Mini Machine allows patrons the opportunity to order 200ml Moët Mini bottles (with golden sippers of course) using Moët tokens.
Speaking of the partnership Moët & Chandon distributor, The Really Great Brand Company’s portfolio manager Patrick Leslie is thrilled with the collaboration “We have a longstanding relationship with the Legacy group and from the beginning we said that if there was to ever be a rooftop bar on The Leonardo we’d want to be a part of it. It’s a proper skyscraper and is reminiscent of many world-class global establishments. The Moët Mini Machine makes it all the more special, it’s the only one in Africa. It’ll be the best place in the country to have sunset drinks - the perfect Moët moment - the bubbles, the golden sippers, beautiful sunsets and the unrivalled views over the City of Gold”
The Leonardo’s premium, award-winning dining destination Aurum restaurant will run the bar and food offering and it promises to be nothing short of sensational.
In addition to Champagne guests may also opt to sip from a selection of carefully curated wines – the list featuring an array of exciting and exceptional local and international labels. While a selection of premium spirits will too be available for enjoyment – expect to see the world’s fine and rare drams, shots and pours available at Alto234.
The cocktail menu showcases a host of carefully crafted libations which blur the lines between edgy and fun, and sophisticated and serious.
Looking towards the menu, the team at Aurum have pulled out all the stops, creating a luxurious tapas menu and gourmet snack offering. Expect the likes of the Alto Oyster – served with caviar, pear and coriander; the wagyu brisket which arrives atop a rich bone marrow brioche; and langoustine and pork belly accompanied by elements of miso pear, beer and pickled mustards. The snacks section sees the classics given a luxe twist too and includes wagyu biltong as well as truffled cashew nuts.
Those in the mood for dinner after taking in the sunset need only make their way down to Aurum to complete their epicurean experience.
Alto234 opens its doors this Friday and is sure to be an exhilarating addition to Joburg’s dining and drinks scene. Gorgeous, glamorous and obviously elevated, unlike anything we’ve seen before.
Floor 57, The Leonardo
75 Maude St, Sandown, Sandton, 2146
Open daily from 11h00 to 23h00
For bookings less than six pax visit here www.alto234.co.za.
For bookings exceeding six pax email firstname.lastname@example.org