Bangkok's best rooftop bars
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How many times have you been to a hotel rooftop bar and found the great views and service are let down by average drinks? That’s not the case here. The top floor specializes in gin, the floor below dark spirits.
Leave the tequila sunsets to the hotels and head here for well-poured piscos overlooking a twinkling strip of downtown Sukhumvit—if you were smart enough to reserve the perennially booked-out balcony seats. As the night wears on, white dudes on dates make way for gaggles of hard-partying locals, before the whole crowd moves on to Havana Social.33/F, Fraser Suites Sukhumvit, 38/8 Sukhumvit Soi 11, 083-542-1111. Open daily 6pm-2am
This sky-high perch is perfect for playing spot-the-landmark thanks to a location looking straight at the big city. Check them all off while indulging in fruity, flamboyant cocktails and tasty grilled bar snacks.
This beer bar offers 30th-floor views of Sukhumvit. Along with a free and easy party atmosphere, Brewski offers an international selection of beers, with choices ranging from American craft beers to Belgian classics. There's also a decent selection of ciders (try the Zeffer Crisp Green Apple Cider from New Zealand) and Thai-style bar munchies like sai krok Isaan (Thai-style pork sausages with fresh chilli, ginger and peanuts).
30/F, Radisson Blu Plaza, 486 Sukhumvit Soi 27, 02-302-3333. Open daily 5pm-1am.
Cielo Sky Bar & Restaurant
Located on the 46th floor of Le Luk Condominium, this sky-high bar was rebranded from the previous Zeppelin Bar. Here you’ll find a chilled–out vibe and dishes that focus on international favorites, from spaghetti carbonara to Australian rib-eye steak and roasted duck with fresh orange thyme sauce.
46-47/F, Le Luk Condominium, 1595/500 Sukhumvit Rd., 02-348-9100. Open daily 5pm-1am. BTS Phra Khanong.
The bar’s located on what used to be a helicopter landing pad on top of the five-star hotel Centara Grand at CentralWorld. Access Cru from a little elevator at Red Sky, which drops you out right on top of the hotel, where you get a stunning, 59th-floor, 360-degree view of Bangkok. The drinks list is all about Champagne, so come prepared to order a bottle of G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut.
59/F, Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld, 999/99 Rama 1 Rd., 02-100-1234. Open daily 5pm-1am.
We love Penthouse for one simple reason: they don’t rip you off. In fact, we don’t reckon there’s a cheaper beer at a five-star rooftop in Bangkok. It also helps when the view’s this stunning, plus that name—the Park Hyatt—it just sounds good.
A breezy rooftop "beach" bar, serving comfort food alongside fresh, tasty cocktails. Instead of a beach backdrop, the white wicker furniture and feather flags enjoy views of Bangkok’s twinkling high-rises. Try signature cocktail, the Tropical Punch (Havana Rum, coconut milk, lime juice, syrup, chai tea, absinth and angostura bitters), which dangerously tastes just like the cha yen from your local coffee cart.
8/F, Metro Pratunam Boutique Hotel, 1091/236 Soi New Petchaburi, 35, 093-016-6007. Open 5pm-midnight.
The 55th-floor view from Centara’s rooftop puts this bar in the same league as other high flyers, like Vertigo at the Banyan Tree. Al fresco dining and drinking takes place under a swooping, red-lit arch, while chef Christian Ham’s seasonal menus spotlight classic, rich steak dishes. Don’t miss the truffle-infused wagyu beef tenderloin Rossini—a menu staple and proven crowd pleaser.
55/F, Centara Grand at CentralWorld, 999/99 Rama 1 Rd., 02-100-6255. Open daily 6-11:30pm.
This rooftop bistro and bar offers a happening vibe thanks to clean black-and-white industrial decor (think New York subway tiles and metal cafe chairs), a DJ booth that pumps out house tunes and a loungey area overlooking Phloen Chit. The fourth-floor views can't compete with the most famous rooftop bar on top of hotels, but you do get a suitably urban vibe due its very central location. Overall it's a laidback and highly affordable option with a menu of fuss-free comfort food such as risottos, pastas or fish and chips.
4/F, Mercury Ville, 504 Phloen Chit Rd., 02-658-5655. Open daily daily 11am-midnight.
This rooftop bar and restaurant offers 25th-story views of Siam (including National Stadium) in a refreshingly fuss-free atmosphere. The urban jungle decor is a playful blend of sculptural pieces and funky lighting while the menu is devoted to Asian-twisted tapas and fruity, funky cocktails.
25/F, Siam@Siam, 865 Rama 1 Rd., 02-217-3070. Open daily 6-11pm
Take the small staircase up from the 25th floor and be greeted by an open-air space filled with a mix of circular couches and low seating in pastel grays. The laidback garden vibe is complemented with a few trees wrapped in fairy lights, but otherwise the decoration is toned down from your usual rooftop bar, allowing the views to speak for themselves.
26/F, Novotel Bangkok Hotel, 19/9 Sukhumvit Soi 20, 02-009-4999. Open daily 5pm-2am.
It’s long, steep climb to the top—and you may not get a seat on weekend nights—but Skytrain Jazz’s rooftop location and grungy shophouse location gives it a wonderfully gritty urban feel. Sip on Singha as the BTS rattles past, basking in the pale light of Century Movie Plaza’s giant marquee. This is not a rooftop bar to escape the big bad city, it’s where you come to remember why you love it.
5/F, 6 Rangnam Rd., 02-640-0303. Open daily 5pm-1am.
This rooftop cocktail lounge takes you back to the jazz age. The two-story space sports prohibition era-inspired decor, featuring lots of dark woods and Art Deco touches. A balcony on the 24th floor lets you take in 180-degree views of Bangkok’s business district, while an alfresco rooftop offers a more leisurely atmosphere.
24-25/F, Hotel Muse Bangkok Langsuan, 55/555 Lang Suan Rd., 02-630-4000. Open daily 5:30pm-1am.
Sitting on top of the Hotel Once, this multi-level bar and grill offers 360-degree views from its upper level. You come here for quiet, intimate evenings and small gatherings among friends in an area of the city which is only just waking up to nightlife—but which has the authentic atmosphere of old Bangkok. The food menu, however, is not so Thai, offering a selection of barbecue specials like pork, chicken, beef, salmon and shrimp as well as pastas. To drink, it's cocktails or local and imported beers.
8-9/F, Hotel Once Bangkok, 2074/99 Charoenkrung Soi 72/2, 02-688-2596. Open daily 6pm-midnight.
Decked out with LED lights, Vanilla Sky gives off a fancy sky bar atmosphere, but still remains easy-going. Gin and tonics take a starring role in the cocktail menu, with some unusual flavors the mix (think peppermint and passionfruit or chestnut and chamomile). While here, be sure to visit sister bar Mojjo, which serves rum-heavy drinks amid a Cuban theme a few floors below.
35/F, Compass SkyView Hotel 12, Sukhumvit Soi 24, 02-011-1111. Open daily 5pm-2am
Legendary for its heart-stopping 61-story views of the scattered city lights, Moon Bar was one of the first rooftop places in town and it’s still hard to beat the vertiginous 360-degree views offered up by this small al fresco bar atop the Banyan Tree Hotel. If you can stomach the feeling that you're at a tourist trap (and the accompanying prices), the views are indeed spectacular.
61/F, The Banyan Tree, 21/100 Sathorn Rd., 02-6791200. Open daily 5pm-1am.
You’ll feel like you’re entering the secret garden as you ascend the creaky wooden staircase that leads to this rustic rooftop bar. Through a maze of hanging plants, flower tube chandeliers, exposed brick walls, fairy lights and wooden ladders, you’ll be met with international dishes and Garden of Eden-themed cocktails.
Rooftop/F, Oneday Wallflowers, 37-39-41 Soi Nana, 096-727-6789. Open daily 6pm-midnight.