Bangkok is known for good bars, hundreds of skyscrapers, and a stunning city skyline. So what happens when you combine the three together? Well you have some of the world’s best skybars of course. The Luxury Editor team have put their knowledge about the bustling Thai capital to good use and come up with the ultimate guide to rooftop drinks in the city. Romantic or a party-vibe, these are the best sky bars in Bangkok… (looking for the best lux hotels in Bangkok, check this article out).
Vanilla Sky at Compass SkyView Hotel
On the 36th floor of the stylish Compass Skyview Hotel is Vanilla Sky, an unassuming social hub. Location is key here. The hotel and bar are just a couple of doors down from the Emporium Shopping Mall and a couple of minutes’ walk from Phrom Phong BTS Station making it a popular after work spot. Vanilla Sky is another bar boasting an incredible 360 panorama, this time with the hustle and bustle of Skhumvit Road and Benjasiri Park on one side, and Riverside and Sathorn on the other. The bar serves mainly classic cocktails and some interesting gins for the G&T fans. The cocktails here are reasonable at around 320 – 400 baht. The bar is quite minimalist in design with the compulsory colour-changing bar, wooden flooring and the odd palm tree and designer plant box dotted around the place. The high tables and stools lining the edge of the rooftop really enhance your views, whilst the patterned sofas in the middle of terrace are ideal for chilling out in groups.
To get to the outside terrace you have to walk through a pulsing club space which you can imagine gets quite lively during the late evening. This is really a very sociable bar with a party atmosphere, perfect for groups or starting a lively night out! The crowd is nicely mixed though and the regular live DJs keep the vibe upbeat. Vanilla Sky might not be as refined as some of the other sky bars, but we love that it doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Sky Bar at Lebua
This super famous sky bar is a bit of a cliché but can’t really be missed of any list of the best sky bars in the city. Possibly most well-known for its starring feature in The Hangover 2, Sky Bar at Lebua is still an incredibly stunning space and well worth a visit, even just a flying one, for anyone in Bangkok. The sweeping staircase leads up to the striking futuristic, circular bar which changes colour (a common theme amongst fashionable Bangkok spots) and beyond, the 360 views of the Chaophraya river and the city skyscrapers.
The most significant feature of the space is the imposing golden domed building, housing one of the two restaurants on the rooftop. Book in for dinner if you can get a space or arrive early at the bar to enjoy pre-dinner aperitifs with a view. Be prepared, this is a hugely popular spot so practice your perfect cocktail-glass-in-hand standing pose. Expect to flash the cash when buying a round. Although the mixology is exceptional, cocktails here are at premium prices. We recommend arriving early to secure a good vantage point and dress to the nines for this joint – no trainers, even if they are Gucci!
Red Sky – Centara Grand
Red Sky is in the heart of Bangkok at Siam and offers 5 star dining and drinking in its completely open air restaurant and bar on the 55th floor of the 505 room & suite Centara Hotel. The restaurant run by chef Hugo Coudurier and bar are famed for their winning combination of spectacular views, amazing food and attentive service.
The restaurant and bar sit on the the very top of the hotel across two floors with the restaurant across the lower floor and the bar above it. If you have the time and budget I would recommend eating in the Red Sky restaurant, whilst certainly on the expensive side, the experience is unforgettable.
Address – 999/99 1 Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Phone – +66 2 100 1234
Web – centarahotelsresorts.com/redsky/
Hi-So Rooftop Bar
On the 29th floor of the Sofitel So Bangkok is the Hi-So Rooftop bar. Offering a slightly different vista to many of the other sky bars in the city, Hi-So overlooks the green and vibrant Lumpini Park. Visiting this bar you will get serious Central Park vibes with the leafy park in the foreground and the glass and metal skyline of the city stretching out beyond.
This sleek bar has a laid back ambience and slightly masculine feel to it. Interesting hexagonal tables and chairs are dotted about the terrace whilst the large and super comfortable sofa-cum-beds are ideal for sinking into. Resident DJs play funky house tunes that are never too loud or intrusive, adding to the chilled out sophistication of the place. Drinks are reasonably affordable here, especially compared to many of the other top rooftop bars in this sociable city – Beers start at around 250 THB and cocktails around 350 THB.
Hi-So is not often overly crowded and is definitely a local’s favourite so offers a great off the beaten track alternative to some of the more infamous spots. To eat, the Park Society rooftop restaurant is renowned for it’s contemporary French cuisine.
Address: 2 North Sathorn Road Silom Bangrak Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 624 0000
Octave – Marriott Sukhumvit
Located in Thonglor, Octave bar is in the the Marriott Sukhumvit a 295 room 5 star hotel right in the heart of Sukhumvit. The skybar is straddled across 3 floors on the roof of the hotel (47th to 49th floor) and finished with a 360 degree open air bar on the very top of the roof. The bar is popular for its perfect views of the sunset across the city – so the best time to visit it is around half past six, which is also conveniently when happy hour is on.
Octave serves tapas sized food influenced from Japan, make sure you try their sashimi and yakitori! The atmosphere is chilled out and relaxed. Music is deep house and cocktails are priced at between 350 – 450 baht per drink (happy hour is 5-7 so drinks are buy one get one free).
We love the view from the 360 degree rooftop. Look down and you could see Sukhumvit Road and the BTS skytrain carving a valley between the cities skyscrapers and the view of the sun setting behind the buildings is breath taking.
Address – 57 Thanon Sukhumvit, Bangkok
Phone – +66 2 797 0000
Web – marriott.com
Threesixty at Millennium Bangkok Hilton
This often overlooked rooftop bar is located on the West side of the river so benefits from drawing much less of a crowd than some of its counterparts. If you are looking for a bit of peace, romance of even a contemplative moment whilst enjoying the Bangkok skyline, the short shuttle boat across the river to Threesixty is well worth it. The enclosed bar is like a flying saucer attached to the top of the Hilton hotel with angled glass windows offering incredible 360 degree views of the city. The bar is quite romantic with dark tones and dimmed lights, just accentuating the jaw-dropping views. This is also the perfect place for river watching! Sit for hours gazing on the busy river, ships and boats dotting up and down.
A floor down, the bar has a large rectangular outdoor space which is beautifully suited to a romantic moment. The comfy sofas are a great perch from which to spot some of the well-known city sights and the hotel even offer a luxury rooftop picnic option for some evenings – bottle of champagne included of course! The drinks list here is longer than your arm, so whether you enjoy a fruity cocktail or a dry white wine, we love this place for relaxed pre-dinner refreshment.
Address: 123 Charoen Nakhon Rd, Khwaeng Khlong Ton Sai, Khet Khlong San, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10600, Thailand
Vertigo – Banyan Tree
Located on Sathorn road close to Lumpini park and Silom the Banyan Tree’s Vertigo Grill and Moon Bar is probably Bangkok’s most well known of skybars. Perched on the 61st floor of the 327 room Banyan Tree hotel the restaurant and bar is straddled across the roof of the entire hotel and the clever design of the bar means that there are no parts of the roof to obscure the view of the sky and city below.
On one side of the roof is the restaurant, which serves more of a traditional menu, which is absolutely delicious and the staff are attentive and helpful, possibly some of the best service in the city! Food is relatively expensive but the experience is worth it. It is definitely a romantic atmosphere so great for couples.
On the other side of the roof is the bar, which serves drinks and snacks from 5pm – 1.00am daily. Music is lounge so chilled and relaxed.
Address – 100 S Sathorn Rd, Yan Nawa, Bangkok, 10120
Phone – +66 2 679 1200
Web – banyantree.com/en/