A sampling of the many rooftop sky bars scattered throughout Bangkok, offering panoramic views overlooking almost every part of the city
CHAR ROOFTOP BAR: The 26th floor of the Hotel Indigo is given over to the Char Rooftop Bar (one floor above Char, the restaurant). The skilled bartenders and the laid back vibe, combined with great views and comfortable seating, make it a supremely hip hangout spot.
Hotel Indigo, 81 Wireless Rd.
RED SKY: Situated on the 55th floor of the Centara Grand at CentralWorld hotel, the 360° views of Bangkok and its skyline at Red Sky are superb. But for an even higher vantage point, ascend up a few flights to Cru Champagne Bar, where—bubbly in hand—you really do feel like you’re on top of the world.
Centara Grand at CentralWorld, 999/99 Rama 1 Rd.
THE ROOF: Situated 25 floors above the bustling streets of Bangkok—atop the [email protected] hotel—The Roof Champagne & Wine Bar is a wonderful setting for a sunset or evening drink. Enjoy international fine wines, superior quality champagne, and unique martinis. You can also ‘SkyDine’ at The Roof Gastro, located on the hotel’s top floor.
[email protected] Design Hotel Bangkok, 865 Rama 1 Rd.
ATTITUDE: The views from Attitude, located on the 26th floor of the Avani Riverside Bangkok Hotel, are unlike any others in the city—taking in the Asiatique waterfront shopping centre, the Chao Phraya River, and Bangkok’s glittering skyline in the distance. And despite the name, there’s no “attitude” at this supremely chic but always cheerful rooftop venue.
Avani Riverside Bangkok Hotel, 257 Charoennakorn Rd.
THREE SIXTY: Just as the name would indicate, you’ll get a magical 360° view of Bangkok’s riverside skyline from the Three Sixty rooftop bar, which occupies the 31st floor of the Millennium Hilton Bangkok Hotel. Plus the ThreeSixty Jazz Lounge offers great live music.
Millennium Hilton Bangkok Hotel, 123 Charoennakorn Rd.
LEBUA SKY BAR: It’s one of Bangkok’s most pre-eminent rooftop venues—it was even featured in the film Hangover 2—and as such the Lebua Sky Bar is as popular as it is pricey. The views from this 63rd floor perch are epic, the rooftop’s golden dome is iconic, and they just added Alfresco 64, which is now the world’s highest outdoor whisky bar.
Lebua State Tower, 1055/42 Silom Rd.
AKAAZA BAR: With a name that means “sky” in Sanskrit, AkaAza Bar lives up to its moniker. Located on level 26 of the Amara Bangkok hotel—next to the sky-high infinity swimming pool—this energetic rooftop spot offers lovely views, great drinks, tasty snacks, and a live DJ spinning techno beats.
Amara Bangkok, 180/1 Surawong Rd.
VERTIGO: The aptly named Vertigo & Moon Bar is located on the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree Hotel, just above the hotel’s Vertigo Too restaurant. From this dizzying height guests receive outstanding, unobstructed 360° views of the Bangkok skyline and its surroundings, and a drink menu that includes premium champagnes, exotic cocktails, fine wines, and more. It’s worth the splurge!
Banyan Tree Hotel, 21/100 South Sathorn Rd.
ZOOM: Located on the 40th floor of the Anantara Bangkok Sathorn hotel, Zoom specializes in French cuisine with an Asian twist. There’s a large bar and a dance floor—music provided by live DJs—and terrific views over Bangkok’s lively Sathorn district.
Anantara Bangkok Sathorn, 36 Narathiwat Ratchanakarin Rd.
BREWSKI: Combining rooftop views and a casual laid back vibe with a bar dedicated to serving amazing craft beer has made Brewski a unique and special venue. The views from the Radisson Blu Plaza’s 30th floor are pretty sweet, while the pub grub ranges from spicy Thai bar snacks to meaty beef burgers.
Radisson Blu Plaza, 489 Sukhumvit Rd.
LEAPFROG: Not all rooftop bars needs to be at dizzying heights, as exemplified by Leapfrog, located on the 8th floor of the Galleria 10 Hotel Bangkok. There’s a daily 2-for-1 Happy Hour from 6pm till 8pm, and the menu features international selections and tapas-like specialties.
Galleria 10 Hotel, Sukhumvit Soi 10
OCTAVE: Towering over Thong Lor, the dazzling Octave Rooftop Bar boasts one of Bangkok’s best 360° panoramic views. Located 45 stories above street level, atop the Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit, this sleek and sophisticated rooftop hotspot also reaches new heights with fabulous, creative cocktails and tasty menu items.
Marriott Sukhumvit, 2 Sukhumvit Soi 57
SKY ON 20: This garden-like roof terrace occupies the 26th floor of the Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20. Fantastic cocktails and delicious snacks are the order of the day at Sky on 20, and from Wednesday to Sunday live DJs perform.
Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20, 19/9 Sukhumvit Soi 20
VANILLA SKY: Tasty cocktails, fantastic 360° views, and a nightclub party atmosphere make Vanilla Sky one of the city’s top rooftop spots—located on the 36th floor of the Compass Skyview Hotel.
Compass Skyview, 12 Sukhumvit Soi 24
BLUE SKY: Located in the north end of Bangkok, on the 24th floor of the Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao, Blue Sky offers unencumbered views of Chatuchak Park, the Chao Phraya River, and Bangkok’s skyline in the distance.
Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao, 1695 Phahonyothin Rd.
NOTE: For an extended online guide to Bangkok’s many rooftop bars visit: www.therooftopguide.com