A sky bar where the view is lofty, but the prices are down-to-earth
Who says a sky bar has to break the bank? At the aptly named Sky on 20, a rooftop venue atop the Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20, the food and drink prices don’t rise higher as the floors ascend. Instead, they stay within the realm of the reasonable, with cocktails ranging from B250 to B400, and food in roughly that same range. But affordability doesn’t cheapen the charm or dilute the drinks. And it certainly doesn’t take away from Sky on 20’s stylish setting, either.
Illuminated planter boxes surround plush love seats and cushioned wicker chairs while, in the corners, circle sofas offer privacy. The flooring and fittings are hardwood and marble. Vibrant art pieces hang on the walls. Altogether, Sky on 20 feels like the kind of place you would go to for sundowners on Phuket or Koh Samui, but instead of being down on the beach the venue is 26 floors up, overlooking Phrom Phong’s sea of lights. On one side, the view captures the glimmer of the lake in Benjakitti Park as the sun sets. On the other, Emporium’s nightly light show shimmers over little Benjasiri Park.
Well-travelled Portuguese bartender Joao Santos—“You can call me Johnny; everyone does,” he says—is in charge of the drinks. He puts forth some classic, easy-drinking cocktails that are pure fun in a glass, like the Ginger Mojito (B250), a well-made mix of lime, sugar, and mint muddled with ginger syrup and finished with ginger beer for a little added spice. The New York Sour (B350), meanwhile, builds off the base recipe for the whisky sour, topping a base of Bulleit bourbon, lemon juice, and sugar with Shiraz. The wine’s bold flavours temper the drink’s sour notes, infusing it with an earthiness that lingers on the palate.
La Chouffe Soleil (B200 half pint/B300 full) and La Chouffe (B250 half/B350 full) on draft give weight to the beer selection. Come on Tuesday and get two pints of either beer for B500—one of many seductive deals (they also offer B150 mojitos on Fridays). Rounding things out there’s also a long list of wines by the bottle and glass.
The food is no afterthought, either. There are plenty of smaller plates to share, including selections of cheese and charcuterie, as well as a tasty Crab bruschetta (B320), but the pizzas make for a much more filling meal. One such pizza, topped with Parma ham, fresh rocket, and shaved Parmesan cheese (B430), could stand up against the margheritas and pepperonis from some of the top pizzerias in town—plus, it’s large enough to feed a table.
Stylish, affordable, and fun, Sky on 20 is an exciting alternative in an otherwise high-priced and highfalutin rooftop bar scene.
Sky on 20
26F, Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20, 19/9, Sukhumvit Soi 20
Open: Mon-Sun, 5pm-1am| Tel: 02 009 4999