The Thai capital is the world’s capital of sky bars. Here are some of the best...
The movie The Hangover Part II made Bangkok’s rooftop bars famous, thanks to the starring role of the city’s extraordinary Sky Bar Sirocco.
The Thai city is the world’s capital of sky bars, home to more than 30 luxurious open-air bars and restaurants perched high among its skyscrapers.
Here are 10 of Bangkok’s best rooftop bars:
Attitude (Avani Riverside hotel)
Attitude has the most distinctive views of the sky bars because it is on the opposite side of the Chao Phraya river to the CBD, while the majority of its peers are in the CBD.
From the 26th floor of this stylish hotel, guests can eat Western delicacies such as black cod with lobster cannelloni ($45) and sip delicious cocktails (from $13) while admiring the panorama.
Char (HOTEL Indigo)
Char (pictured at top) has a 25th-floor restaurant specialising in steak and seafood, as well as a 26th-floor rooftop bar with jaw-dropping views, particularly special at night.
The drinks menu is long, with bottles of beer from $7, glasses of wine from $9, spirits from $10, and cocktails from $12.
Vanilla Sky (Compass SkyView hotel)
From its 36th floor home, Vanilla Sky offers 360-degree views of the sprawling Bangkok skyline, something afforded by few rooftop bars in the city.
Whereas many other Bangkok sky bars have a reserved atmosphere, Vanilla Sky owns a party vibe, with regular DJ sets. Cocktails start from $13 and beers from $10.
Long Table (Asoke)
One of the few rooftop bars in downtown Bangkok not based in a hotel, the Long Table is especially popular with office crowds in the busy Asoke area.
It also bucks the trend by focusing heavily on Thai food, with a massive range of gorgeous local dishes. You will struggle to find better Thai food than this at a rooftop venue.
Sala Rattanakosin (Sala Rattanakosin hotel)
Like Attitude, this rooftop bar offers something different to the many downtown venues. It is away from the centre’s bustle and skyscrapers, nestled by the river in Rattanakosin, the city’s most historic district.
It has the Grand Palace and famed temple Wat Pho as neighbours, as well as views across the river to the gold spire of Wat Arun.
It’s cheaper, too, than most of the downtown sky bars, with beers from $6.
The Speakeasy (Hotel Muse)
Spread across the 24th and 25th floors of the luxurious Hotel Muse, the Speakeasy is a large complex of six different bars and lounges.
With a Prohibition-era theme, this chic rooftop venue has impressive 1920s period details in its decor and even in some of its classic cocktails, which start at $14 each.
Above Eleven has something none of its competitors can boast — Peruvian-Japanese fusion food.
The menu is dominated by seafood, with succulent offerings such as pan-fried lobster ($50), acebichado tuna roll ($20) and grilled octopus ($25). A DJ plays every night while cocktails start from $14, beers from $7, and there’s a serious range of Scotch and Japanese whisky.
Sky on 20 (Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20 hotel)
Sky on 20 is the rooftop bar to head to if you want somewhere relaxed.
Its beer garden setting is less formal than many of its sky-high contemporaries and that’s reflected in comparatively low prices.
The menu focuses on bar food, with pizzas from $13 and Thai grilled chicken from $12. Beers start from $4 during happy hour (5-7pm). It’s great value.
L’Appart (Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit hotel)
This French bar-restaurant in the trendy Asoke district focuses more on quality cuisine than on drinking and partying.
The food is extraordinary but also expensive, with a three- course meal for two sans drinks likely to set you back up to $150.
If you’re short on money but still want to enjoy the L’Appart experience, use the daily “Buy 1 Get 1 Free” drinks offer from 5-7pm, or 50 per cent discount on food from 9.30-10.30pm.
Brewski (Radisson Blu hotel)
WA’s many craft beer fans will be in heaven at Brewski.
Perched 30 floors above the heart of Bangkok’s nightlife precinct, this is the city’s best craft beer-oriented rooftop bar, with about 100 boutique beers to choose from, including 12 on tap.
It’s decent value, too, with a pint of Belgian blonde beer La Chouffe costing just $12.