By Charity Waltenbaugh.
Situated on the 61st floor of Banyan Tree Bangkok, this rooftop bar has gone through a massive transformation to kick off 2019, completely swapping sides of their rooftop. The result? Bargoers now have 360-degree uninterrupted views of the city where you can spot the Chao Phraya river, the lush green Lumphini Park and a prime peaking point over Bangkok city life.
The highlight is the new “Moonwalk,” a reinforced glass balcony which you can stand on to get a gorgeous view of the city or that perfect Instagram shot. Here you can capture the flickering lights, gorgeous sunsets or even wow your friends by showing them how daring you are living life on the edge.
I arrived when Moon Bar was first opening at 5pm on a Friday. The bar serves right through to 1am so I definitely recommend getting there early to make sure you get a spot on a couch or the bar counter which looks out over the city.
Moon Bar’s new cocktail list brings a tropical oasis to the city life of Bangkok. Not many places in this urban jungle can take your sensories to ocean shores with the smell of a tropical paradise. Upon being asked if I would like to try one, I responded by saying give me your signature cocktails since I was already feeling good vibes from this place.
The first cocktail brought over was Bird of Paradise, a rum-based drink with pineapple and Pimms (B670) which gives hints of the beach, somewhere tropical and it’s time to relax. Both fruity and refreshing with a hint of sweetness, this one conjures sounds of the ocean and a seat by the beach.
The next drink I had was Vertigo Sunset (B670), a definite heavy hitter. Another rum-based drink but with two different rums, cranberry and lime. This isn’t the kind of drink you take lightly, rather it’s better to sip on and take your time while taking in the surroundings. In the end, this one had me wanting to dance the night away on a beach under the moonlight.
Equipped with a new cocktail list and a new perspective of the city, Moon Bar did not disappoint. For anyone who feels they need to get beachside without being able to actually get there, this is the spot for you. Perfect ambiance to watch the sunset paired with a gentle breeze from being located so high up, and cocktails that make you feel like you are soaking up the sun and vacationing on an island.
Moon Bar is open daily from 5pm and on weekends from 1pm, closing at 1am each night. There’s no strict dress code however smart casual attire is required: no shorts, flip flop or sleeveless shirts.