When I first started to research this category—one that is far reaching with the number of hotels in this city—I found myself only drumming up ideas for rooftop bars that happen to be in hotels. Sure, that fit the parameters; but I felt that I was doing you a disservice by not including any hotel lounges or swanky joints not on a roof. But, as I was sipping a cocktail and watching the sunset at Park Society, I realized I was trying to change an experience that is practically flawless. As I hope you’ll soon discover, the rooftop bars in Bangkok are rare gems: cool breezes, whirling lights from the cars below and some of the best cocktails around. In a city like Bangkok, where the skyline is peppered with relatively unknown buildings, it can take a bird’s-eye view and an ear-popping elevator ride to appreciate its hectic beauty.
Sky Bar Atop State Tower
Head to the 63th floor of the Lebua Hotel and you’ll find smartly dressed patrons taking in the impressive views while sipping craft cocktails. The filming of The Hangover II put Sky Bar on the international map, but I promise it’s the unmatched views that keep visitors (and locals!) coming back.
Outsmart the traffic on Sathorn and arrive at the Banyan Tree Hotel pre-sunset for one of the best views of the city. Since none of the nearby building can match the height of Moon Bar, walking around on open-air deck the 61th floor after a cocktail or two can be a dizzying affair.
OCTAVE Rooftop Lounge & Bar
When an Instagram-worthy sunset is calling my name I head to the 54th floor of the Marriot Hotel for a drink at OCTAVE. Any good night out on Sukhumvit starts with a stop here to enjoy the 360-degree views, happy hour prices (a rare find at big rooftop bars), and the house DJs.
The scene at Park Society on the 29th floor of the Sofitel So Hotel is an instantly cool mix of sleek black and metal accents. Patrons seeking a V.I.P night should pony up the 500 Baht entrance fee for a private butler and cabana at the Hi-So terrace that sits just above the bar.
Red Sky Bar
Steps from Bangkok’s top malls, the Red Sky Bar on 55th floor of the Central Grand Hotel is part wine bar, part martini bar. Order vino from the two-story wine cellar inside and watch the acrobatic waiters swing on a harness to grab the bottle, or choose to take in the impressive views from the martini deck.