Six more stunning and scenic Bangkok skybars
By Paul Bearer
Skybars, usually found on the top floor of swank downtown hotels, are a favourite haunt for Bangkok’s nightlife crowd. Here are a half-dozen more of the city’s best (and newest) to get you started.
ABAR & ABAR ROOFTOP: Just before Christmas 2017, the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park hotel finally revealed its 37th and 38th floor rooftop bars. Interestingly, the concept here is all about niche drinking, with the 38th floor ABar Rooftop specializing only in high-quality gin drinks— their selection consists of over 50 labels, many of them boutique—while one flight below the ABar specializes in premium dark spirits—whiskies, dark rums, cognacs. The bars also have different design concepts. ABar seems inspired by Victorian England (think Sherlock Holmes), with dark wood interiors, high ceilings, and library lights set on reading tables. Meanwhile the upper level definitely leans more towards a contemporary garden party feel.
Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, Sukhumvit Soi 22
CLOUD 9: The now long-gone Cloud 47, Silom’s neighbourhood favourite no-frills 47th floor rooftop bar, was something of a Bangkok institution. Which is why it came as such welcome news that in early 2018 it had been reborn as Cloud 9, located within the Haven’t Met Hotel. This new incarnation is even more down-to-earth—as it’s only on the 9th floor—but it still delivers a comfortably casual poolside drink spot that’s ideal for after work tippling with great city views, as the tables are set along the terrace’s edge. Enjoy a choice of creative cocktails, draft ales, bubblies, and fine wines, accompanied by tasty Thai and international fusion fare, and a live DJ to put you in the groove.
Haven’t Met Hotel, 188/1 Soi Pipat, Silom 2
AIRE BAR: High up on the 28th floor of the new Hyatt Place Sukhumvit Bangkok sits the crowd-pleasing, dual terrace, wallet-friendly, laid-back Aire Bar—which is, for many, the rooftop bar this city’s been missing. Open since January, this breezy, industrial-style rooftop space provides amazing views but the easy-going attitude means no dress code in effect, and to top it off none of the six signature cocktails cost more than THB 280 (US$8). There are also dozens of wines on the bar’s list starting at B1,000 (US$30), with craft beer imports rounding out the drinks selection. Swing by on Sunday afternoon when the bar opens at 3pm—making it the perfect post-brunch spot.
Hyatt Place Sukhumvit Bangkok 22/5, Sukhumvit Soi 24
PARK HYATT ROOFTOP TERRACE: This past New Year’s Eve the Park Hyatt Bangkok hotel unveiled its new 37th floor, garden-styled Rooftop Terrace, which is the icing on the cake for the hotel’s three tiered collection of restaurants and drink spots—all of which offer spectacular views overlooking the glittering Ploen Chit area of downtown Bangkok. As long as the weather cooperates this exclusive venue, which can accommodate about 80 persons, is sure to become the go-to spot for urban A-listers hankering to do some sipping under the stars.
Park Hyatt, Central Embassy, 88 Thanon Witthayu
THE SPEAKEASY: Located at the lofty heights of the 24th and 25th floors of the Hotel Muse, The Speakeasy is a 1920s prohibition-era America inspired hideaway, renowned also for its signature and classic cocktails such as the Cuban-style Mojito and its contemporary cousin, the Pineapple Mojito. In keeping with its prohibition-era style and elegance, bartenders at The Speakeasy Bangkok rooftop bar also revisit forgotten classics like the bourbon–inspired Old Fashioned and the Negroni which was created in Florence, Italy in the 1920s. The DJs here however are much more modern when it comes the music being played.
Hotel Muse Bangkok, 55/555 Soi Langsuan.
AXIS & SPIN: Conveniently located right at the infamous Asok intersection, Axis & Spin is spread across two floors of the Continent Hotel Bangkok, connected with a spiral staircase. And from either the 38th or 39th floors the skyline city views are amazing. The bar features an all-encompassing signature cocktail, beer, and wine menu along with an a la carte menu for ordering dinner as well. It’s a nice place for a sundowner, with comfortable sofas and chairs and a post-work happy hour from 5-8pm. And if you’re a guest at the hotel this lofty skybar also serves as a premium breakfast venue.
The Continent Hotel Bangkok, 413 Sukhumvit Rd (Near Asok BTS)