See how Bangkok actually looks beneath your feet at the city’s best rooftop bars.
Best rooftop bars in Bangkok
Nestled on the roof top Avani Bangkok Riverside hotel, Attitude offers a panoramic view of the Chao Phraya River, Asiatique and the iconic buildings lining the riverbank. Enjoy Asian-inspired tapas dishes by chef Phattaraphon "Ohm" Thipphawong. Not to missed are the Smoking Caramel Duck, a duck breast smoked with applewood and then caramelized with sugar and fish sauce (B220), and lamb lollipop made of sous-vide lamb and flavored with the Moroccan spice, ras el hanout (B340).
Above Eleven dares you to go through a maze-like entrance to dine with the Bangkok cityline at your feet. The place offers bite-size grub and hearty dinners to suit different degrees of hunger. Ladies can watch the sunset while enjoying your margarita or mojito for B150 every Wednesday night. Dress smartly to avoid disappointment at the door. Note: Its third floor is closed for renovation until further notice.
While the decor takes you almost a century back, the music, in contrast, at this double level Speakeasy is modern all the way; DJs play house on the rooftop (25th floor) and pop tunes on the 24th floor. The cuisine focuses on Western comfort food and tapas-style Thai dishes. Grab a table by the edge of the terrace to enjoy the best views of Bangkok’s city lights as you sip classic concoctions like Gin & Sin (Broker’s gin, fresh lemon juice, orange juice and grenadine, B330) or Hemingway’s Daiquiri (Appleton white rum, maraschino, grapefruit, B330).
You probably think eating at a restaurant at the Millennium Hilton will cost you a fortune, but ThreeSixty refutes this reputation. ThreeSixty has two zones: a handsome lounge where you dine international cusine with (almost) panoramic 360-degree views of the Chao Phraya River and those riverside architectural establishments, and an alfresco deck, which is perfect for couples and friends hoping to spend their evenings in a luxurious yet laid-back setting. The venue is best-known for their rooftop picnic, even offering picnic hampers (B1,800 net for two persons) stocked with gourmet delights such as lobster and shrimp cocktail salad and foie gras terrine.
Located at Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit, Octave offers light, East-meets-West bites and tapas-style dishes for you to nibble on while enjoying signature cocktails made of local ingredients. What makes this New York-style rooftop even cooler is how it serves moreish finger food in a small chest of drawers resembling a skyscraper. The menu is rotated every four months and promotional menus crop up every month. A local DJ takes over the decks from 8pm until late.
Though new head chef Joost Bijster Western has turned the focus on tapas and casual dishes, regulars can still order gourmet favorites. Seeking even more stunning views? Climb up one floor to exclusive rooftop bar, Hi-So, which hosts Hi-So Ladies’ Night on Wednesdays (free-flow sparkling wine at 19:00-20:00 and special priced cocktails for women, 19:00 to 21:00).
Cloud 47 stops the Silom crowd from heading out to Thong Lor and Siam with palatable, pocket-friendly Thai-fusion dishes and booze. The food revolves around small bites designed to complement the drinks, but you can also order hearty portions like pasta garlic and dried chilli with seafood (B390) and larb salmon (spicy herb salmon, B320).
Breezy rooftop restaurant Vertigo and Moon Bar sits on top of Banyan Tree Hotel offering a dining courtyard on one side and the alfresco bar on the other. Soak up nocturnal views of downtown Bangkok and the Chao Phraya River while enjoying the signature dishes like spiced ahi tuna ceviche (avocado, coriander, lime, chili, shallots topped with salmon roes, B900), and boneless lambloin served with a dollop of mashed potato, sautée mushroom, a cashew and pistachio nut crust topped with mastard rosemary lamb jus (B2,100).
Located on the 63rd floor of the State Tower, Sirocco & Sky Bar is a must-visit for both locals and foreigners visiting Bangkok. Its golden spot on Silom Road gives the best city and river views of the city. Kick off your night in alfresco settings with an authentic Mediterranean meal at Sirocco before heading up to the Sky bar for an after-dinner drink. Whiskey fans will find more to love about this venue; the bar stocks up on many heritage bottles that are rarely found in Bangkok.
Soar up to Centara Grand at CentralWorld’s rooftop to experience 360-degree city views while enjoying western cuisine exceptionally prepared by Chef Alan Wesley Kwan. When you’re tired from shopping at CentralWorld, take the elevator to the 55th floor and fill up your belly with imported premium meat and seafood. Lights are dimmed after sunset in the alfresco section to effect a breezy, romantic vibe. If you’d rather see what’s on your plate, reserve a table in the airconditioned indoor section or at the bar.
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