There are some new players on the rooftop scene in Bangkok – and not all at new locations. We’ve rounded up five of the hottest high-end rooftop bars and restaurants in the Bangkok right now.
Flûte à Perrier-Jouët Bar
A little less than a year ago, Bangkok added a new notch in its “world record” belt, when the Flûte à Perrier-Jouët Bar opened on the 64th floor at lebua, making it the world’s highest open-air Champagne bar.
The vertiginous height is clearly interesting—and that gimmick might just justify a visit in itself—but factor in the Flute bar’s exclusive selection of bubbles from some of France’s most estimable maisons and consider the deal sealed.
Found only at this bar are Perrier Jouët Blanc de Blancs, Cuvée Belle époque Brut & Rosé, G.H. Mumm Cuvée R. Lalou, G.H. Mumm Grand Cru Brut Selection, and Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé.
Above all, the Flute bar eschews the Hangover-related trappings of nearby Sky Bar to deliver a level of exclusivity that few, if any, other rooftop perches in Bangkok have achieved.
To pair with its drinks, the bar offers a range of exclusive caviars, including Beluga Imperial and Special Reserve, as well as select imported oysters. Wind in your hair, Champagne in your glass, twinkling lights and silvery river below you—it doesn’t get much better than this.
Last year, The Banyan Tree unveiled its sister venue to long-standing Vertigo. Located just below, on the 60th floor, Vertigo Too enjoys nearly the same extraordinary heights of Vertigo but without any risk of bad weather.
And, though indoors, the bar and restaurant nevertheless captures the spirit of an open-air rooftop venue, with twinkling ceiling lights mimicking a starry sky and tall windows revealing the city streets below, particularly for guests seated in the private loungers beside them.
Vertigo Too often plays host to special events, serving up Bordeaux wine dinners, Champagne pairings, and more. Better yet, it becomes Bangkok’s highest jazz den each night, when a rotating cast of local and international talent take centre stage.
The latest addition to Bangkok’s growing catalogue of rooftop venues boasts stunning, unobstructed views of both the city and the Chao Phraya—with a bar, an open-kitchen restaurant, a wine wall, and an infinity-edge pool, no less.
Attitude at Avani Riverside, standing tall behind partner hotel Anantara Riverside and beside gilded Wat Bukkalo, looks out over the iconic Asiatique Ferris wheel, as well as the bend in the river. Thanks to its location, the rooftop bar and restaurant also offers a view of the sunset for much of the year.
Asian-inspired tapas provide the foil to many dozens of labels of wine, as well as some well-made signature cocktails, such as The Last Drink of Al Capone, a vodka- and Aperol-based mix that comes to the table in a glass jar, shrouded in smoke.
Ordering a cocktail is highly recommended. Not only are they spot-on, they also come with a show, as many of the bartenders are flair-trained.
From Shanghai arrives Hotel Indigo’s signature rooftop bar and restaurant. And Bangkok’s very own Char takes the brand to another level.
There are actually three distinct venues here—a more casual bar and grill, a private meeting and dining space, and, the third, an open-air perch above Wireless Road, separated from the wall of the city’s central skyscrapers by the great green patches surrounding the US ambassador’s residence and the Dutch Embassy.
This is another great cocktail venue, the signature version of the Old Fashioned, made here with Applewood smoke, being an excellent selection.
Revamped in 2016, the 29th-floor Park Society at So Sofitel Bangkok puts the emphasis on socialising.
Plates made to share, guest DJ sets, cocktails crafted by the Diageo World Class team that are designed to get people talking—the bar and restaurant by Lumpini Park has always been a little more upbeat, a little sexier than many of its fellow rooftop institutions. And now it is more so than ever.
Start with dinner at the restaurant, where Chef Joost Bjister, formerly of Savelberg, now heads the kitchen.
His dishes, always on point, revolve around the freshest ingredients available, so there’s something new to try any time you visit. After dinner, move on to the alfresco Park Society Terrace, where the atmosphere invites long nights in good company.