In a city known for its stunning skyline it comes as no surprise that Bangkok is full of incredible lofty spaces offering the best in views, cuisine and cocktails. We feel no trip to the capital would be complete without a visit to at least one sky bar where you can live the high life. Whether you like getting dressed up and making a night of it, or just want a chilled out beer with no fuss, we know the best in the business for elevated entertainment. Those with a fear of heights should look away now…
Sky Bar at Lebua
No list of the best sky bars in the capital could be complete without including Sky Bar at Lebua. Film fanatics will recognise this one for its starring role in The Hangover 2, something that just increased its popularity. You need to arrive early to secure a decent vantage spot as on an evening this bar gets very full. Whilst you will need to flash the cash a bit at this bar, we still think it’s worth a visit purely for the buzzing atmosphere , the great mixologists, and of course the stunning vistas. This sky bar is sophisticated and quite formal so get your glad rags on for this one – it’s worth it!
Quieter than some of the other major hotel bars, Octave is great for enjoying 360 city panoramas without fighting the crowds for a table. The rooftop bar is actually set over three floors at the top of the Marriott Hotel Skhumvit and offers space and style. Each floor boasts a different atmosphere –first floor has a jazz lounge vibe, the second floor is ideal for dining, and the slightly livelier third floor has live DJs pumping out chilled house tunes. The best time to visit this one is after 6pm when happy hour starts but also to get a front-row seat for the incredible sunsets seen from here.
ABar’s advantage is its hidden away location. Perched in a lofty rooftop position atop the Marriott Bangkok Queen’s Park hotel, the ABar benefits from being slightly lesser known. Whilst the main indoor bar is masculine elegance at its best, the rooftop terrace is more casual with cushioned seats, beautiful vivacious plants, and a speciality for gin. In fact, ABar rooftop has over 55 different variants of the drink! But you can forget your average G&T here – you absolutely must try their signature gin cocktails. We love their gin Old Fashioned and just sitting back to enjoy the view.
The Speakeasy at Hotel Muse
This may not be the highest bar in the city, but its popularity is perhaps mostly due its unique style and character. Reminiscent of the roaring 20s, The Speakeasy is a modern prohibition-style bar, with DJs playing cool jazz-come-house tunes and some cracking views from the 24th floor of Hotel Muse. Cocktails are kept classic with their own twists on old favourites such as ‘Hemingway’s Daiquiri’. The vibe is relaxed but still with an air of Gatsby revelry.
Situated at the beating heart of Bangkok is Red Sky on the 55th floor of the Centara Hotel. Offering five-star dining and drinking, this open-air restaurant and bar boasts some jaw-dropping vistas of the city. Live the high life, literally, at Red Sky and book in for dinner at the Red Sky Restaurant and enjoy contemporary French cuisine from renowned chef Hugo Coudurier. Lights on the rooftop are dimmed at sunset to make for a really romantic setting from which to watch the sun go down and the bar also has a happy hour, albeit a classy one, to complement the rosy views!
Another super well-known sky bar in the city is Vertigo. Aptly named, this bar sits on the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree hotel and is known to be one of the highest bars in Bangkok. The restaurant and bar straddle the roof of the entire hotel and its ingenious design ensure the view is never obscured. The restaurant is another fine dining experience and eating here isn’t cheap, but the stunning views, incredible service and fine cuisine is worth it, especially if you are looking for something romantic!
The highest ‘beer bar’ in Bangkok, Brewski sits 30 stories up amidst the Radisson Blu in Bangkok. A refreshingly different sky bar to the abundant cocktail and champagne offerings, Brewski offers guests a rotational 12 beers on tap, with brews from all across the world. Drinks prices are also reasonable so you can enjoy the stunning Bangkok skyline without splashing the cash. Chilled out but still stylish with an industrial touch, it feels more like a New York apartment than a hotel bar. Hop onto one of the balcony bar stools for the best views.
Discover even more of the Best Skybars in Bangkok at The Rooftop Guide