Breathtaking river views at Bangkok’s latest rooftop bar
Sky-high drinking and dining spots are nothing new in Bangkok, but at Attitude—the recently unveiled rooftop restaurant-bar on the 26th floor of the Avani Riverside Bangkok Hotel—the view is truly unlike any other. Located slightly downriver from Asiatique, on the opposite bank, the virtually unencumbered panorama here is nothing short of breathtaking.
The expansive area given over to this new nightlife hotspot encompasses—from one end to the other—a rooftop infinity pool, a sunken lounge with rattan daybeds and a retractable roof, an outdoor bar and restaurant portion offering both regular and barstool seating, an indoor exposed kitchen with adjacent chef’s table seating, and an enclosed bar, lounge and restaurant area at the far end that offers magnificent sunset views. The décor throughout is fun, funky, chic and shiny. And despite the foreboding name, the only “attitude” here is one of playfulness.
The cocktail menu opens with house specialties such as Blue Gin (B380), a mix of Tanqueray, blue curaçao, lime juice tonic and cucumber slices, and the El Diablo (B380), an easy-drinking blend of Don Julio reposado, crème de cassis, lemon
juice, and ginger ale that delivers a surprisingly potent kick. However, the portion of the menu entitled ‘Mixology
Interfusions’ is where head barman Alex Hersent really throws out some cocktail curveballs. The Last Drink of Al Capone (B350) combines Absolut pears, Aperol, tonic, and orange bitter, and arrives at the table in a corked, smoke-filled apothecary jar (the smoke mixes with the drink upon pouring). Much more female friendly is the Japanese Slipper (B350) in which a tiny rubber ducky floats on a blue-green sea of Midori, Cointreau and lemon juice.
Thankfully purists are catered to as well, and the Whiskey Sour (B320) here is a perfect, fuss-free version of this timeless classic. It’s also worth noting that there are some “hidden gems” lurking behind the bar that aren’t on the official menu—ask about the aperitifs and Northern European bitters.
On the dining menu there are a lot of tapas-sized nibbles, including the Smoking caramel duck (B220), which arrives in a smoke-filled glass dome. The tender duck slices have been “lacquered” in fish sauce, andare served with tea gel and bean sprouts, which sounds odd but is oddly wonderful. Another inventive starter is the aptly-name Nibble On It (B340) which consists of four lamb “lollipops”—cylindrical pieces of minced lamb shoulder on wooden skewers.
For heartier mains try the Ahi tuna (B750) which sees 200g of pink grilled fish—brushed with sesame soy glaze—arrive atop a bed of bean sprouts. Rounding out the dining options are some truly Instagram-worthy desserts, including the Xtra Virgin (B260)—an apple-based combo of sorbet and mousse—and the splendid Passion fruit tofu cheesecake (B230).
26F, Avani Riverside Bangkok Hotel
257 Charoen Nakorn Rd.
Tel: 02 431 9100
Open daily: 5:30pm-1am