While there is no shortage of rooftop bars along the river and in Silom and Sathorn, the eastern end of Sukhumvit has long been lacking in watering holes with sweeping, panoramic views. It’s no surprise, then, that Octave, occupying the top four floors of the Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit on the corner of soi 57, has quickly developed a loyal following.
There’s still some tinkering going on in the middle floors but the bottom level – if you can call it that, given it’s about 40 storeys above Sukhumvit – draws in a healthy after-work crowd. Rows of plush seating along the edge of the open-air balcony offer a perfect spot to plot Bangkok’s geography from above while knocking back some of Octave’s punchy, refreshing cocktails.
The Thai Mojito (B320) starts things off in a way that’s familiar enough but well-executed, combining the standards of white rum, basil and lime with spicy mango, adding a zingy twist to the established mojito formula.
More innovative still is the Bloom Over The Roof (B320), which fuses Red Berry Tea-flavoured vodka with fresh mint leaves and elderflower syrup. It might seem a little flowery for those who like their drinks more straight ahead, but the overall effect is a seriously drinkable concoction that cuts right through the heat and humidity.
The winner, though, is probably the Golden Tai (B390) which pairs two kinds of rum – one light, one dark – finished with Grand Marnier and almond syrup. It’s definitely strong enough to take the edge off but the almond aftertaste balances it nicely.
Certainly, Octave isn’t alone in offering drinkers a plush, rooftop bar experience but it manages to be warm and welcoming, creating a relaxed but still refined atmosphere, a combination that many places try for but don’t pull off. It’s the secret of Octave’s early success.
45/F, Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit, 2 Sukhumvit Soi 57
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