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Pubs get ready to open next week as 200,000 litres of beer is shipped across country

<p><span>200,000 litres of beer is currently being trucked across Australia to the Northern Territory as pubs and restaurants get ready to re-open their doors.</span><br /><br /><span>Territory leaders have begun to relax COVID-19 restrictions after the region recorded just one new case of the virus in one month.</span><br /><br /><span>Thirsty locals will have the opportunity to enjoy a nice cold beverage from midday on May 15th, and 175,000 litres of beer is currently being brought through from Central Australia for Territorians to enjoy.</span><br /><br /><span>The manager of Smith St Social in Darwin, Tessa Jackson explained to the NT News that her team are excited to pour schooners again.</span><br /><br /><span>“We're so pleased, it's been a really weird six months,” Ms Jackson said.</span><br /><br /><span>“It will be very different with the restrictions in place, but at least we're doing something and getting back on track to a new normal.”</span><br /><br /><span>Restrictions are in place and include two-hour time limits for all customers in venues and all alcohol must be served with food.</span><br /><br /><span>Social distancing measures of 1.5m also remain in place.</span><br /><br /><span>NT is the first out of the entirety of Australia to relax restrictions to a stage two, and allowing locals to eat out, workout at the gym and go to beauty salons.</span><br /><br /><span>“We are the safest place in the country right now” Chief Minister Michael Gunner told reporters last week.</span><br /><br /><span>He also said territory borders would remain shut to eliminate the risk of a second wave.</span><br /><br /><span>“The whole idea is to get our lives back as close to normal as possible without putting you at risk and without putting some of Australia's most vulnerable at risk.”</span><br /><br /><span>Me Gunner says it is important vulnerable indigenous people are protected, and internal borders surrounding remote regional communities are to remain closed until June 18.</span><br /><br /><span>The Northern Territory was the second state or territory to lock down its borders after Tasmania when COVID-19 first broke out across Australia.</span></p>


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Unique restaurants from around the world

<p>Seeking out a travel experience with a real difference you can talk about endlessly? At these quirky restaurants, people come for the atmosphere and stay for the food.</p> <p><strong>Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Rangali Island, Maldives</strong></p> <p>No need to waterproof your phone to take photos in one of the most unique restaurants in the world. Located at the Conrad Maldives, Rangali Island Resort is a gorgeous and intimate underwater restaurant (seating capacity is 14 people) that is more than five metres below sea level. Opened in 2005, the <a href="">all-glass restaurant</a> has a menu consisting of fresh seafood, beef rib eye, veal and other gourmet dishes. Encased in a transparent acrylic roof, the restaurant offers its diners a 270-degree panoramic view of sea creatures swimming in the Maldives’ crystal clear waters. While a zinc paint coating protects Ithaa’s steel structure from corrosion, the saltwater and marine growth adhering to the paint will eventually break it down. Make a reservation while you still can.</p> <p><strong>Ninja Akasaka, Toyko</strong></p> <p>To get to this hidden ninja village, guests must embark on a long and dark underground adventure. The ninja road involves a number of surprises, but only those with the heart to enter can find out what they are. <a href="">Ninja Akasaka</a>, a ninja-themed entertainment restaurant in Tokyo, offers private and communal room arranged in a labyrinth-like dining area, which replicates a ninja village from the Edo era. Waterfalls, ponds and the cries of bell crickets create a thrilling ambiance. And dining ranges from Japanese sushi, to French, Italian and Chinese cuisine.</p> <p><strong>Dinner in the Sky</strong></p> <p>Got an appetite for high altitude? Originating in Belgium, the concept for this novelty-based mobile restaurant involves a crane hoisting guests, who are securely strapped into ‘dining chairs’ 50 metres in the air, along with a table, wait staff and everything that’s required to enjoy a meal floating above the ground. <a href="">Dinner in the Sky</a> has gained popularity worldwide and is offered for limited run periods in cities around the globe, including Holland, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Denmark, Sweden, Ukraine, Russia, England, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Cyprus, Turkey, Morocco, Lebanon, United Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, South-Africa, India, Japan, China, Brazil, Colombia, Australia, Canada, Mexico and the USA. These unique restaurants offer fine dining, incredible views, and a story like no other.</p> <p><strong>Redwoods Treehouse, Warkworth, New Zealand</strong></p> <p><a href="">Redwoods Treehouse</a>, built in 2008, is a pod-shaped structure situated 10 metres above the ground in a Redwood tree in the town of Warkworth, north of Auckland. Diners access the venue via an elevated treetop walkway built of redwood milled on site. The striking venue is used exclusively for private functions and events, with a capacity of 30 guests.</p> <p>Cat Café Nekorobi, Tokyo, Japan</p> <p>If watching cat videos gets you in a good mood, this unusual coffee shop will make you swoon with joy and cuteness. <a href="">Nekorobi</a> is a hip cat café located in the entertainment district of Ikebukuro, where you can spend time with friends of the feline kind. Patrons enter through modern glass doors into a dimly lit joint where cats prowl and sprawl out, and where a drinks dispenser vending machine offers a variety of hot and cold beverages including coffee, royal milk tea, green tea and instant miso soup. Visit in the evening and you’ll have a chance to witness the dinnertime ritual where the kitties feast on cat food in glass bowls arranged in a circle around a floor lamp. For feline lovers, this place is no doubt the ‘cat’s meow’.</p> <p><strong>Modern Toilet, Taipei City, Taiwan</strong></p> <p>This is the only place where dining etiquette and bathroom etiquette are one and the same. The idea for this odd restaurant was conceived by one of the owners as he was reading while sitting – where else? – on a toilet. Initially, it only sold chocolate ice cream in containers shaped like a squat toilet, but once the humorous spin became a great success, a fully fledged, bathroom-themed eatery emerged. Today, <a href="">Modern Toilet</a> is a chain with locations across Asia and it has plans for further expansion. If the idea piques your curiosity, drop into one of these unique restaurants and have a seat at one of the (non-working) toilets where meals are served in toilet bowl-shaped dinnerware.</p> <p><strong>Dans le Noir, Melbourne</strong></p> <p>Dining at <a href="">Dans le Noir</a> is more than just a place to eat. The concept behind this restaurant is dining in the dark so you capture a true sensory, social and human experience. The original concept was developed in France in cooperation with a major vision impairment foundation, and when the doors opened in Paris, the idea took off in Europe and around the world, including in Melbourne and Auckland. Dining in absolute darkness awakens your senses and allows you to completely re-evaluate your perception of taste and smell. Guests are taken to their tables in completed darkness by vision-impaired waiters who become the diners’ personal guides during the experience. The restaurant is vegan, vegetarian and pescatarian friendly, with the Feed Me Chef menu the most popular to challenge your senses.</p> <p><strong>Kayabukiya Tavern, Utsunomiya, Japan</strong></p> <p>We’re headed back to Japan for this unique restaurant! This <a href="">traditional sake house</a> has one interesting addition that makes it anything but “traditional”: monkeys! Two monkeys are currently employed by the Japanese restaurant. The younger macaque monkey, Fuku-chan, will bring you a hot towel before your meal to clean your hands, while the older macaque, Yat-chan, will actually take your drink order and bring you your beverage. More monkeys are currently being trained as servers at this restaurant. You can leave your furry waiter a tip in the form of boiled edamame. You’ll have to be careful about when you go, thought – the monkeys work very short shifts – but while they’re in the restaurant, they enjoy playing with all the customers as shown in <a href="">videos like this one</a>.</p> <p><strong>Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya</strong></p> <p>Giraffe Manor is an exclusive boutique hotel set in 5 hectares of private land within 56 hectares of indigenous forest. The building, with its stately façade, elegant interior, sunny terraces and delightful courtyards, harks back to the 1930s. However, the most extraordinary thing about <a href="">Giraffe Manor</a> is its herd of giraffes, which visit morning and evening, sometimes poking their long necks into the windows in the hope of a treat.</p> <p><em>Written by Martha Li. This article first appeared in </em><em><a href="">Reader’s Digest.</a> For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><a href=";utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA87V"><em>here’s our best subscription offer.</em></a></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" />  </p>

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