How many cities in the world can pretend to have more rooftop bars than Bangkok? None we know of…
In our list you can find places to lounge back with a loved one, soak up the city in a full 360˙ sweep, and even party late into the night as a million lights sparkle far below. We climbed them all to create the ultimate list of Bangkok Rooftop Bars and our legs are sore. How many have you done?
Remember that most rooftop bars have a dress code of no sports shorts and no sandals or sleeveless shirts for men.
1, Vertigo and Moon Bar – Banyan Tree Hotel
This alfresco bar-cum-restaurant is 61 floors above the bustling streets of Bangkok, overlooking a magnificent cityscape. The stylish setting fuses fairytale romance and cosmopolitan chic. Indulge in some of the world’s finest champagne, exotic cocktails, wine-by-the-glass or non-alcoholic beverages in the bar area, or go all the way for a memorable dinner of barbecued seafood.
2, Sky Bar – lebua at State Tower
Ever since Hollywood turned up, Sky Bar rooftop at Lebua State Tower has seen its popularity soar. With a 360 view there is a good reason this bar is top of most visitors ‘to do list’. The round bar juts over the edge and at 63 stories high, it is the only place to be when the sun is setting over the Chao Phraya river.
3, Octave Rooftop Bar – Marriott 57 Hotel
Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok waited a long time for its very own rooftop bar, and then finally one came along and showed the rest of them how it should really be done. Octave Rooftop and Lounge is more than a place for watching the sunset or having a romantic meal. No rooftop bar in the city has a 360 degree view of Bangkok that matches this, and the top floor of this three level venue is the highest spot in the city for a party.
4, Park Society – Sofitel So on Sathorn
Just below Park Society at Sofitel So is the green immensity of Lumpini Park and beyond the striking glass-and-metal skyline of Siam and Silom; tall towers with their ever-changing colours and lights. It takes a while to apprehend how magnificent Bangkok can be at sunset…
5, Three Sixty – Millennium Hilton Bangkok
A popular hang-out for Bangkok’s jet-set and cultivated travellers, this sophisticated jazz lounge does justice to its name with unrivalled 360 degree views. Drinks are moderately priced and there are demarcated smoking zones. Take the lift to the 32nd floor and watch in awe as the world goes by. Let the romantic mood and gentle jazz wash over you, while enjoying sensational views of the city.
6, Above Eleven
32 floors above Bangkok’s premier party street on Sukhumvit Soi 11 you will find Above Eleven, a chilled-out Central Park inspired rooftop bar, set out over two floors. As well as coming for a sunset cocktail, you can also experience their unusual Peruvian-Japanese fusion dishes. Around ten minutes walk from the BTS at Nana, Above Eleven bar and restaurant is on the rooftop of Fraser Suites and can be accessed by the entrance at the back of the serviced apartment complex.
7, Char Rooftop Bar at Indigo Hotel
Char rooftop bar on the 26th floor of the Indigo Hotel in Ploenchit is the latest addition to the rooftop scene in Bangkok, a city blessed with more panoramic bars than any other town in the world. Char might not be as large as most of its counterparts but it has excelled at using the space wisely, with style, practicality and even managed to create a certain sense of privacy. You can sit in large comfortable loungers in one of those alcoves best described as ‘infinity salons’ or more uniquely, at the working station facing the growing cityscape of Bangkok. Probably the best place to finish that last email with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc!
8, Red Sky – Centara Grand at CentralWorld
Red Sky is one of the latest rooftop in Bangkok and while is doesn’t offer a striking riverside view, it has a pretty impressive 360 panorama view from the 55th floor of one of the most convenient location in town. If you visit Bangkok, chances are you will end up shopping in the Siam area, where the largest and most trendy shopping malls of Bangkok are located Siam Paragon, MBK and the newly rebuilt CentralWorld.
If you are looking for somewhere chic to have a sunset cocktail or to enjoy a rooftop dinner, then Zense rooftop is a great choice. The view is fantastic, from the horseracing track to the lines of traffic moving slowly out of town at the end of the day. But what we really love about Zense rooftop is its location. Walking through CentralWorld you’d never expect there to be such a cool and funky venue just above you.
10, Cloud 47
Cloud 47 is the latest addition to Bangkok’s Amazing Rooftop Race. Located at the top of the United Center office tower, Cloud 47 is quite different from any other rooftop you might have heard of or visited before. Usually it’s all posh and glitzy, with drink price list as high as the building and waitresses straight out of the movie makeup room, but here prices are surprisingly friendly, atmosphere is casual and a beer costs no more than 160 baht.