If you’re visiting Bangkok, take time out to visit any of the city’s many rooftop bars and restaurants. Cocktail in hand at the end of a busy day, there’s no better way to watch the sun setting on Bangkok than from above. Dawn Jorgensen selects nine of the best rooftop bars and restaurants in Bangkok.
CRU Champagne Bar
Surround yourself with uninterrupted vistas at CRU Champagne Bar, a G.H. Mumm Bar at one of the city’s most renowned junctions. Offering indulgences like Caspian Sea Caviar and a variety of G.H. Mumm champagnes in an atmosphere of stylish cool, CRU entertains with a DJ and panoramic seating. Located on the roof of Centara Grand at Central World, 59 floors above the city of Bangkok, it is sophisticated and intimate. CRU Champagne Bar offers G.H. Mumm Champagne exclusively in Thailand, along with bespoke elixirs fit for a city of angels and many classic cocktails from around the world.
Octave Rooftop Bar
Located at the top of the Marriott Hotel, Octave Rooftop Bar offers one of the best views over Bangkok. A multi-zone outlet that features a lounge, a private room and a 360-degree view rooftop bar, the last being their signature space. Octave brings to life the sounds, sights and skyline of the city every night. The comfortable and colourful setting, starting on the 45th floor and only heads higher, drawing in-the-know crowds. Showcasing Asian-style tapas platters and a seafood bar along with the finest in wines and cocktails. You won’t want to leave.
At the Okura Prestige Bangkok Hotel, find a Michelin-starred restaurant called Elements, a fine dining establishment that occupies a cosy space on the hotel’s 25th floor, serving French cuisine with Japanese influences. The Up & Above Bar presents Okura Afternoon Delight with a combination of Western and Japanese sweet and savoury items and a choice of coffee, tea and sake. The half-moon terrace and bar are the perfect location for an aperitif and digestif.
137 Pillars Suites & Residences
Set in the heart of the Sukhumvit-Thonglor area is the 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok, which trumps with a blend of warm Thai design and urban flair complemented by elegant suites, infinity pools and traditional values. Occupying the uppermost levels is a selection of epicurean experiences. On Level 27, the exquisite Nimitr and Nimitr Terrace is the perfect setting for Asian-inspired cuisine. One level up, the plush Jack Bain’s Bar pays tribute to the gentleman who worked for Borneo Trading Company and lived in the historical teak homestead at 137 Pillars House in Chiang Mai. On Level 26 is the brand’s signature Baan Borneo Club, exclusive to suite guests and private members.
SEEN at AVANI+
SEEN locations can be found in both Sao Paulo and Lisbon, and since early 2019 also on top of the AVANI+ Bangkok Hotel. The stylish art decor-inspired rooftop bar and restaurant offers welcome views over the skyline and Chao Phraya River. While the top and 27th floor is an open-air rooftop bar, the 26th floor is an indoor-outdoor restaurant, mixing stylish dining tables with deep leather chairs. Multi-storey and multi-sensory with a modern Portuguese-Brazilian menu. Head to the lounge, deck or stunning rooftop for sensual beats and worldly cocktails by the award-winning mixologist team.
Sky Bar at Lebua State Tower
The Sky Bar at Lebua State Tower is without doubt the most famous rooftop bar in Bangkok. Being featured in the film, The Hangover certainly contributed to its reputation. Suspended on a precipice 250 metres in the air, Sky Bar is one of the highest and glitziest in the Thai capital. It’s also one of the busiest, so come early for magic hour or sundowners. Each hour offers a different scene thanks to the fading light, flickering cityscape, and backlit colour-changing bar. The mixologists’ imaginative twists on classic cocktails make Sky Bar even more appealing. Don’t overlook Mezzaluna on the 65th floor where the multi-course tasting menus are a culinary triumph.
Sky Beach at Mahanakhon Bangkok
The highest rooftop bar in Bangkok serves up 360-degree views and a relaxed ambience. Casual eats, creative cocktails, and amazing views make this an ideal venue at any time of the day (open from 10 am to midnight).
The Loft at Waldorf Astoria
The Loft at the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok is inspired by the New York artist’s studio during the Great Gatsby era. With echoes of romantic Art Nouveau elegantly incorporated into the legacy of the Old Waldorf Astoria, the bar serves artisanal spirits and carefully crafted cocktails. Gourmet bar bites complement the superb drinks. Exotic, glamorous and steeped in the romance of Art Nouveau. A New York-inspired bar, using the legacy of the Old Waldorf Astoria Barbook. Artisanal spirits and forgotten cocktails are crafted to the modern palate using a great collection of house-made ingredients, accompanied by gourmet bar bites.
Vertigo at Banyan Tree
Located on Sathorn Road close to Lumphini Park is Banyan Tree Bangkok. On the 61st floor find the crowning glory – Vertigo Grill Rooftop Restaurant and their Moon Bar. Vertigo is an al-fresco restaurant serving seafood and premium steaks, while Moon is a less formal bar. Both straddle the entire hotel roof with the design ensuring that no part of the roof obscures the city views. Vertigo was named after the famous Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name and it’s easy to see why.
Dawn JorgensenThe Incidental Tourist
An advocate of sustainable travel, Dawn’s mantra is ‘Travel Better. Not Less’. Dawn is an award-winning travel writer who has frequently travelled to Thailand. When she’s not on the road, Dawn lives in Cape Town.
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