On the rooftops of Bangkok, cor, what a sight! Did you know the State Tower, the fourth tallest building in Bangkok, boasts the highest open-air restaurant in the world? It may come as no surprise that all the rooftop bars that made our list are run by hotels, as hotels have a knack for acquiring the best locations for their dining ventures. Whether you’re looking for suggestions on where to stay or where to go for cocktails once you land, these hotels and their fabulous rooftop bars will serve as inspiration on your next trip to Bangkok.
Char Rooftop Bar
Open from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m., Char Rooftop Bar is the newest restaurant and bar to open on top of a Bangkok hotel. The expression “room for improvement” doesn’t hold at Char. Spanning two-stories and with clear views of the horizon, Char’s spacious kitchen and bar are two of the most innovative spaces to create in the city, the head chef and bartender constantly expanding their culinary repertoire. What flavours can you expect ? Charred foods naturally! The finest cuts of steak, seafood, French classics including dunk confit, and Char’s signature banana cheesecake. And for drinks, take the traditional contents of a ceramic tea cup and infuse it with vodka – how’s that for a spin?
When asked which two culinary traditions you wish you’d grown up with at home, we’d wager you picked one Asian and one European. See what your alternate reality family dinners would have been like at Char!
Millennium Hilton Bangkok
Three Sixty Lounge
Up on the 32nd floor, Three Sixty Lounge is the city’s best outlook post. Don’t dread the last call as the mesmerising river view from the rooftop extends to your room! So drink up. And with the mood set to jazz – the glimmering lights dancing to the saxophone notes – you’d be hard-pressed to find a better ambiance to enjoy Bangkok night views in.
Other dining experiences at the Millennium Hilton Bangkok include its steakhouse, fine-dining Cantonese restaurant, and poolside bar. When you’ve done your laps in the outdoor infinity pool, located on the 4th floor, there’s nothing more soothing than a spot of tea and pastries at the hotel’s very own tea house. Situated on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, in Bangkok’s Khlong San District, the city’s three most popular districts, namely Samphanthawong, Phra Nakhom, and Bang Rak, are all reachable by the hotel’s free shuttle boat.
Pathumwan Princess Hotel
Vista Bar Terrace
Open seven days a week, from 6-11 p.m., Vista Bar Terrace is four star Pathumwan Princess’ open-air bar located on the eighth floor. Why can’t there be lanterns in every tree…might be what you think after an evening spent under the mesmerising lanterns that look as though they’re being charmed into a rhythmic sway by the live band. Go for happy hour, from 6-8 p.m. daily, for 50% off all drinks including signature cocktails. The bar-food is Italian-American, with favourites like mushroom-chicken stuffed pizza rolls and charcoal-bun salmon filet burgers. With a Jack Daniel’s bar, expect the whiskey based drinks to be particularly awesome. For a wider repertoire of experimental drinks the hotel also has a cocktail bar, STUDiO BAR located on the ground floor.
Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit
Octave Rooftop Lounge & Bar
Octave Rooftop Lounge & Bar looks like an island in the sky. Perhaps things are bound to look extra chic at 49 floors up, as the only sights and sounds you have to compete with aren’t tuktuks but the twinkling spires atop Bangkok’s skyscrapers and the stars – visions you’d want to embrace. We’re more inclined to think that the five-storey rooftop bar is tantamount to a geode, where inside the grey concrete lies a beautiful oasis. The five-star is located in the centrally located Thonglor
constellation district, the surrounding planets buildings made up of upscale apartments, restaurants and entertainment venues.
There’s no coincidence the bar’s name is a musical term. For a bar that clearly has good taste in location, food and drink, Octave takes pride in its taste in music above all others. DJ’s abound as do the scenesters who are drawn to the bar nightly by the good vibrations. Order a “mango sticky rice” and see if you get the local dessert or a signature Octave cocktail.
Lebua at State Tower
Drinking at the Sky Bar, you’ll feel like you’re out on a skywalk and that the vast landscape below looks like a canyon where buildings stand in for layered rocks. That painted sky you’re always missing out on from leaving work too late can finally be enjoyed on this Bangkok holiday. “After work drinks” minus the “after work”. If you make it up 250 metres to the 63rd floor then you absolutely must order a Hangovertini – the cocktail inspired by the Hangover II cast who filmed at Lebua at State Tower. Before descending to ground level, where you might potentially lose your appetite from the change in altitude, we say you pull up a seat at the Sirocco restaurant – the hotel’s fine-dining Mediterranean restaurant, and world’s highest alfresco restaurant, that’s conveniently joined to Sky Bar.
Step out onto the open air restaurant and you’ll notice the altar-looking, colour-changing, circular bar elevated on the other end of the rooftop. While the exposed rooftop is at the behest of the elements, we believe the cocktails the bartenders churn out from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily are in fact offerings to Zeus. So, as long as you keep your tab running strong, the storm clouds should pass. For more Lebua adventures in food, have a complimentary breakfast at Café Mozu.
Speakeasy Rooftop Bar
Nestled among Bangkok’s tallest buildings, the Speakeasy Rooftop Bar isn’t just idyllic for its warm atmosphere but also for its drinks menu. You know that skeptical feeling you have when you think of ordering something uncommon, like a Long Island Iced Tea, and the point where you eventually talk yourself out? Well, with 17 types of vodka from 7 countries, and all sorts of spirits and cocktail concoctions, shake your preconceptions and go for your original cocktail of choice. Open from 5.30 p.m. to 1 a.m., the bar is helmed by Milennium Hilton Bangkok’s former supervisor, Lersak Jamkadsin.
From the speakeasy-themed bar to the use of wrought-iron lattice in the design, the five-star Muse Hotel is a nod to the 20s – the golden age of travel in Thailand. While drawing primarily from Art Nouveau, the hotel’s design remains true to the locale with rattan chairs and teakwood floors. Speakeasy comprises a rooftop lawn and a cigar lounge, spans two floors, and has a full dinner menu of “forgotten French dishes” with an Asian twist.
Banyan Tree Bangkok
Vertigo and Moon Bar
If you don’t feel a rush after ascending 61 floors in an elevator, then the electrifying 360 degree views that lie beyond the stainless steel doors will take care of that! Appropriately named, Vertigo and Moon Bar is the hotel’s fine-dining grill and bar. We’re always in search of an extra special experience when on holiday, and a restaurant that towers over the metropolis of eight million inhabitants tops our list when it comes to novel experiences. Your smartphone not doing the view justice? If you don’t have a 360 degree camera that’s all the rage you’ll be pleased to know a complimentary photo of you is taken by Banyan Tree staff using a quality camera.
If you want a high wire thrill that’s indoors, check out Vertigo Too. Beam yourself up to the 60th floor and feel transported to a galaxy far far away as galaxy print cushions line the spacious window seats and black tube pendant lights dot the high ceiling. Similar to the Millennium Hilton, the all-suite five-star Banyan Tree has an upscale Cantonese restaurant and poolside juice bar. On top of that, there’s a sophisticated contemporary Thai restaurant.
SO Sofitel Bangkok
Further along the road from Banyan Tree Bangkok is SO Sofitel Bangkok. For Sofitel virgins, allow us to introduce the group of “luxury hotels with a French soul”. Perched on the 30th floor with views of the Lumphini Park is HI-SO rooftop bar (if the name of the bar sounds familiar it’s because we have one in Singapore). Open till 2 a.m., you have the whole night to enjoy delicious cocktails. Before you’re caught locking lips with a Watermelon Basil Margarita, we recommend having dinner at the hotel’s rooftop restaurant, Park Society, just one floor below HI-SO.
Are you a fashionista that takes after Edina Monsoon with your love of Christian Lacroix? Darling, Monsieur Lacroix’s fingerprints are all over the hotel, culminating in the Club Signature lounge on the 25th floor! We hope you don’t have Eddie’s antics or else you might try to steal the Lacriox uniforms right off the staff’s backs! Other designers that have collaborated with Sofitel include Karl Largerfeld and Kenzo Takada. Check out their online boutique and start your collection of exclusive, only-for-hotel, designer products.