- 1. Sky Bar
- 2. Vertigo and Moon Bar
- 3. Three Sixty
- 4. Octave
- 5. Hi-So
- 6. Above Eleven
- 7. View Bangkok
- 8. Rise Rooftop Bar
- 9. Red Sky & Cru
- 10. Seen
- 11. Spectrum
- 12. Vanilla Sky
- 13. Mahanakhon Skywalk
- 14. Penthouse
- 15. The Rooftop Bar at the Baiyoke Sky Hotel
- 16. Redsquare
- 17. Sala Rattanakosin
- 18. The Speakeasy
- 19. Skyview 360
- 20. Swing Bar
- 21. Char
- 22. Zoom Sky Bar
- 23. The Roof @38th
- 24. Bluesky
- 25. 342 Bar
The number of rooftop bars in Bangkok keeps on growing, but none seem to be able to replace the Sky Bar at the top of the list. It’s one of the highest bars in the world, and ever since it was featured in the movie “The Hangover II,” its bird’s-eye view of the city has become a must-see. As a result, it’s more like a tourist attraction, drinks aren’t exactly cheap, it’s not a place to chill out, and the staff is there more to usher the crowds than to welcome them. But for many travelers it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so they’re willing to splurge on pre- or after-dinner drinks. You will too, but make sure you’re dressed for the occasion -- no athletic wear, torn clothing, beach sandals or flip-flops, and no shorts for the gentlemen. Be prepared to wait a while by the elevators, as dozens of people line up at a time. One way to avoid them is staying at the hotel:
Location: Lebua at State Tower Hotel
The menu changes regularly, but this bar (the “Moon” in the name) always remains a favorite. It’s also a restaurant (“Vertigo”), sitting on a 61st floor, and featuring an Art Deco décor. It’s one of the city’s oldest rooftops, and one of the best spots to take in stunning sunsets. Drinks are expensive, but no one seems to mind, when they have such a stunning view surrounding them. If you stay at the hotel, you may also dive into a rooftop pool:
Location: Banyan Tree Bangkok
The name of this rooftop bar refers to the 360-degree view over the river and the Bangkok skyline. It’s at the top of a landmark building, and is the destination for signature drinks and Instagram-posing. It’s divided into an open-air terrace and a flying-saucer-looking cupola, from where you have the best panorama. You may wake up to the same views by staying at the hotel:
Location: Millennium Hilton Bangkok
Crowning yet another hotel, this bar is where tourists and trendy locals get together for happy hours, signature cocktails, finger food, and the best 360-degree views of Bangkok. A live DJ often provides the soundtrack, starting at 8pm. Unlike other rooftops in town, where you only have standing room, this one has enough places to sit. Also standing at the top of the building is a swimming pool, but that’s only for guests of the hotel:
Location: Bangkok Marriott Sukhumvit
The SO Sofitel (linked below) is one of the best design hotels in Bangkok, so it’s only natural that it has a sophisticated bar offering signature cocktails, fine dining, and stunning views (it overlooks Lumphini Park). If you’re looking to impress a certain someone, this is the place. Prices aren’t cheap, but still lower than at the more famous rooftops above.
Location: SO Sofitel Bangkok
Featuring the world’s most fabulous bathrooms, which allow you to relieve yourself and wash up with an uninterrupted view of Bangkok, this bar is one of the trendiest in town. There’s always a party atmosphere, as an international crowd enjoys signature cocktails. It also serves meals of a curious Japanese/Peruvian fusion, but for that it’s recommended that you book ahead, as it’s quite popular.
Location: Fraser Suites Sukhumvit
Finally a rooftop bar that’s open throughout the day. Perfect to escape the heat on the ground, for a sunset drink or chilling out at night, this is a colorful spot offering a view of the Bangkok skyline. Less crowded than the more famous rooftops, it’s meant to be a place to kick back and enjoy a drink and snacks.
Location: Novotel Bangkok Platinum Pratunam
This bar facing the towers of the Sukhumvit district opens earlier than the competition, at 4pm. It also stands out for its selection of craft beers, wines, and creative cocktails. The drinks are often accompanied by Thai-inspired snacks and live music.
Location: Akyra Sukhumvit Bangkok
Cocktails and French-inspired international cuisine are served at the top of a modern skyscraper connected to one of the city’s most popular shopping destinations, the CentralWorld mall. It’s one of the few spots where you can have a 360-degree view of Bangkok, and perfect for a special night with a special someone, or for photos framed by a gigantic arch. It doubles as a champagne bar (“CRU”), partnered with the G. H. Mumm label. That would be enough to make it stand out from the competition, but then there are the stunning views and the cool design of the open-air space.
Location: Centara Grand at CentralWorld
The infinity pool is only for guests of the hotel, but anyone can enjoy the views from this bar on a 26th floor. You may snap panoramic shots of the Chao Phraya River and the iconic buildings that line the riverbank, as you enjoy a drink or even a meal at the restaurant. The best time to show up is at sunset, for the colors in the sky and the LED lights that light up on the floor. Getting there is part of the attraction -- take the hotel’s free shuttle boat from the Saphan pier (by the Saphan Taksin skytrain station) and enjoy the views along the way.
Location: Avani Bangkok Riverside Hotel
This three-level bar has an indoor and outdoor area. Inside it’s like a luxurious penthouse, while outside it features wooden decking and cushy chairs, for nights of tapas and cocktails.
Location: Hyatt Regency Sukhumvit Hotel
The name comes from the mellow colors seen in the sky when the owner first reached this 35th floor. Those same hues are often experienced by those who sit and enjoy a refreshing cocktail, to the sound of a chill-out soundtrack. It has a view over the Sukhumvit district, and attracts businessmen who stay at the hotel:
Location: Compass SkyView Hotel
Bangkok’s tallest attraction has its tallest bar. Unlike almost all other bars, which only open in the late afternoon or evening, this one is open during the day, but the best time to show up is at sunset. It involves buying a ticket to the Skywalk observation deck, but it’s surely worth it, as you get to enjoy one of the city’s major attractions and have a few drinks while you’re at it. Here you have a selection of cocktails, beer and soft drinks.
Location: Mahanakhon Skywalk
It’s at the top of a luxurious hotel, so it’s a surprise that it’s such a relaxed rooftop bar. It opens at 5:30pm, for evenings and nights of cocktails, looking out to the city’s central business district. Although they aren’t cheap, the drinks don’t come at sky-high prices, and include signature cocktails.
Location: Park Hyatt Bangkok
One of Bangkok’s tallest buildings, with one of its most famous observation decks, also has this bar at the top. As it’s connected to the popular tourist attraction (the observation deck), you’re charged admission, but you’ll find that the bird’s-eye view over the city is worth it.
Location: Baiyoke Sky Hotel
Facing a pool on a 25th floor, this bar opened in 2018, and was an immediate success, as it claimed to be Bangkok’s only vodka rooftop bar. It’s a destination for breezy nights of cocktails and premium vodkas with the glittering city below. Although it has a pool, the “smart casual” dress code doesn’t allow swimwear or sleeveless shirts. The pool is only open during the day, and is for those staying at the hotel:
Location: Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 4
This open-air bar is the best spot in town for an evening view of the iconic Wat Arun. Enjoy a drink and light snacks at sunset, and stay for a dinner of classic Thai food at the restaurant.
Location: Sala Rattanakosin
This upmarket bar is beautifully set on a 24th and 25th floor, looking over the modern Sukhumvit district. It’s inspired by the 1920s, but the pop and house music mixed by the regular DJ is very much of today and of more recent times. In addition to drinks, you may enjoy a fusion of French and Asian cuisine. It’s in one of Bangkok’s most romantic hotels:
Location: Hotel Muse Bangkok
Bangkok’s only revolving restaurant and bar looks over Chinatown, on a 25th floor. Open daily from 6pm to 1am, it takes about two hours to complete a full round, so come for dinner (combining Thai, Chinese, Japanese and European cuisines) and stay for drinks.
Location: Grand China Hotel
A rooftop bar doesn’t have to be your most expensive experience in Bangkok, as proven by this one at the top of a hostel. It’s a chilled-out place looking out to the landmark Giant Swing and Wat Suthat, one of the city’s most important temples. It serves beer and cocktails at special prices.
Location: Chingcha Bangkok
From this terrace you can see Bangkok from different angles. It doesn’t matter where you sit, the view will always be stunning, allowing you to admire some of the city’s most striking modern skyscrapers. More laid-back than the trendiest rooftops in town, this one is where you can unwind with a cocktail in stylish surroundings, matching the hotel below it:
Location: Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road
Located on a 40th floor, this bar and restaurant covers the building’s entire roof. If you plan to dine, it serves an Asian and European fusion, but it’s best to show up before 8pm, as that’s when you may find cocktail specials. The main reason to head up here, however, is obviously the views, as you have a 360-degree panorama.
Location: Anantara Bangkok Sathorn Hotel
Located (you guessed it) on a 38th floor, this rooftop bar has a view of the river, the neighboring skyscrapers, and Bangkok’s busy roads. It’s a terrace that goes around the perimeter of the building, allowing for a 360-view of the city. You’ll want to sit on the south side, as it faces the sunset. In addition to cocktails and wine, it serves snacks of different world cuisines. The same views can be enjoyed from the pool during the day, but for that you’ll have to stay at the hotel:
Location: Mode Sathorn Hotel
It’s not as high as other rooftops in town, but the views aren’t any less impressive. It’s on a 24th floor, looking out to the northern Bangkok skyline and to the greenery of the neighboring parks, so rare in the city. It’s close to the Chatuchak weekend market and the park of the same name.
Location: Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok
To see Bangkok from a different perspective, head to the other side of the river (take a boat to the Wang Lang pier), to this terrace offering views across the water to the modern city. It’s on a 5th floor, but that’s high enough for views of the Grand Palace and the iconic Wat Arun. Here you may enjoy a more peaceful atmosphere as you sip cocktails at fairer prices, sometimes even with buy-two-get-one-free deals. This is, after all, in a 3-star hotel:
Location: Baan Wanglang Riverside Hotel