In 2007, the CN Tower was robbed of its record as the world’s tallest free-standing structure by Dubai’s monolith, the Burj Khalifa. Undeterred, Torontonians clutched onto yet another of the CN Tower’s records: the world’s tallest “tower.” And hey, at least we had 360, the world’s highest restaurant. Surprise, surprise, Dubai has snatched that from us as well. Located on the 122nd floor of the aforementioned giant, At.mosphere opened its doors Sunday, 442 metres up in the sky. By comparison, the CN Tower’s restaurant sits at around 350 metres.
To ease the pain of the loss, we offer a few words of condolence. First, At.mosphere is not a revolving restaurant, which reduces its cool factor by about half. Second, the new Dubai restaurant has prices that are almost as exorbitant as its height: the Independent reports there is a minimum spend amount of around $120 per person in the restaurant, and $55 in the lounge (360 has a prix-fixe for $55). And, perhaps most importantly, we still have the highest wine cellar in the world. Call us crazy, but our civic pride remains undiminished.