Written by Beverley Lennon
Co-written by Shannon Osztonits
Edited by Candice Neoo
Bangkok; a city that never fails to impress with its stunning skyline and pulsating energy. Among the many attractions that draw locals and tourists alike, Bangkok’s rooftop bars stand tall, offering a mesmerising fusion of panoramic sunset views, sophisticated atmospheres and delectable concoctions.
From glamorous rooftop lounges to secret hideouts perched atop luxurious hotels and trendy shopping malls, the city offers an exciting collection of sky-high venues to sip drinks under a setting sun or starry night. And while they don’t usually come cheap, there are ways to feel like you’re on top of the world for less (if you know where to look).
Explore the labyrinthine alleys of Chinatown to the trendy neighbourhoods of Sukhumvit and Thonglor to find some of Bangkok’s best affordable rooftop bars with a view.
After savouring delightful drinks and soaking in the enchanting views at one of these places, perhaps you might want to extend the night’s romance with an intimate dinner at a nearby romantic restaurant in Bangkok or check out the underground scene at a secret speakeasy bar.
P.S. If you’re looking to nurse your hangover back to life, Bangkok’s tantalising world of street food is the best remedy (and we speak from experience!).
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1. Step onto a tropical jungle rooftop – Tichuca Rooftop Bar
Tichuca Rooftop Bar (also known as the jellyfish bar) is a hidden gem nestled on the rooftop of a glitzy skyscraper in the heart of Bangkok’s Sukhumvit. As you step onto the rooftop, you’ll be greeted by an enchanting ambiance that seamlessly combines sleek modernity with a hint of tropical charm.
The panoramic views that unfold before your eyes are nothing short of spellbinding. Bangkok’s majestic skyline stretches out like a captivating tapestry, adorned with flickering lights and gleaming towers.
The bar offers a wide range of alcoholic beverages to suit every taste, from traditional concoctions to cutting-edge blends flavoured with enticing Asian touches. Whether you prefer a zesty lemongrass mojito or a classic Old Fashioned, Tichuca Rooftop Bar will deliver a liquid symphony of flavours that dances on your palate.
As the night wears on, an eclectic mix of music fills the air, fusing the beat of Bangkok with the rhythms of the rest of the world. You can choose to get caught up in the rhythm or simply enjoy the art of people-watching, the choice is yours!
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Note: Please bring along your original ID or passport for entry.
2. A combination of city and river views – Fallabella The Riverfront
On the 6th floor of the iconic ICONSIAM in Bangkok, Fallabella The Riverfront takes fun to new heights.
With the breathtaking Chao Phraya River as your backdrop, this affordable rooftop bar in Bangkok offers a mesmerising panorama that will take your breath away.
The glistening waters, adorned with traditional longtail boats, reflect the vibrant lights of the city, creating a spectacle that is nothing short of awe-inspiring.
Get ready for a flavour-packed feast at Fallabella. It’s a global fusion of cuisines, seamlessly blending traditional Thai dishes with international favourites. From tantalising Italian pastas to melt-in-your-mouth steaks, the menu offers a gastronomic journey that delights the palate.
Thirsty? Fallabella’s vibrant bar serves a tropical paradise in a glass. Sip on fruity, colourful cocktails or explore refreshing mocktails with innovative flavour combinations.
But the excitement doesn’t end there. Fallabella The Riverfront is a hub of electrifying entertainment. Dance to live bands and talented DJs as their music sets the energetic vibe that pulses through the night.
3. A taste of Europe – Pastel Rooftop Bar & Mediterranean Dining
Prepare to be impressed by the aesthetic of Pastel Rooftop Bar, a stunning gem that graces the sky above Thailand‘s sprawling capital city. To experience this breathtaking venue, venture up to the 22nd floor of Aira Hotel, located in downtown Sukhumvit.
Inspired by the charm of the Mediterranean, Pastel Rooftop Bar awaits, ready to captivate your senses and transport you to a world of unparalleled beauty.
Within the semi al-fresco setting, you have access to an array of seating options, adorned with charming sofas and Bali-inspired umbrellas. These delightful additions not only infuse the venue with a hint of Bohemian summer but also create the perfect backdrop for capturing memorable Instagram photos.
Imbued with a laid-back and relaxed ambiance, Pastel Rooftop Bar effortlessly channels the enchanting vibes of the Mediterranean. Prepare to embark on a culinary journey as you peruse a menu brimming with an abundance of seafood delights.
Indulge in the irresistible flavours of the Tuna tartare, a delicacy that tantalises the taste buds with its exquisite blend of freshness and textures. And don’t miss out on the perfectly-grilled calamari, a dish that showcases the mastery of culinary perfection.
At Pastel Rooftop Bar, the Mediterranean essence is brought to life through a symphony of flavours, using only fresh ingredients directly from local farms wherever possible.
4. A multi-storey venue overlooking Chao Phraya River – SEEN Restaurant & Bar
Having already garnered a devoted following from Sao Paulo to Lisbon, and now expanding to the City of Angels, renowned chef Olivier da Costa has now graced Bangkok with his tantalising playground of culinary delights and innovative cocktails at this exceptional rooftop bar.
Ascend 26 storeys in the elevator of Bangkok’s iconic AVANI+ hotel and find yourself transported to one of the city’s most remarkable sunset destinations – SEEN Restaurant & Bar (30 minutes’ walk from Asiatique The Riverfront).
From this vantage point, delight in a breathtaking vista of Bangkok’s skyline and the iconic Chao Phraya River, while indulging in expertly crafted cocktails by a team of award-winning mixologists.
Immerse yourself in the enchanting ambiance of SEEN Restaurant & Bar as live Saxophone and Percussion performances grace the stage every Thursday to Saturday from 8.30pm to 11.30pm, offering you an unforgettable rhythmic experience.
5. A hidden gem in Bangkok’s Chinatown (keep it a secret!!) – Dragon King Cafe
Bid farewell to ordinary, flashy rooftop bars because this delightful gem captivates with its genuine and unpretentious charm.
Dragon King Cafe, an affordable rooftop bar nestled in the vibrant heart of Bangkok’s enchanting Chinatown, also serves as an exceptional weekend breakfast destination.
Offering unparalleled vistas of the river and unobstructed panoramas of the temple, Dragon King Cafe is the ultimate destination for unwinding with refreshing fruity beverages after a day filled with exploration and shopping in the bustling city.
Complementing these delightful concoctions is their Italian-Asian fusion menu, featuring some of the finest pasta dishes you can find in town!
6. A tropical sanctuary that cares for the world – Paradise Lost
Nestled on the vibrant 25th floor of Bangkok’s trendy SIAM@SIAM Design Hotel, this lively and colourful spot sets the stage for an extraordinary experience. Prepare to be delighted by a sensational array of innovative cocktails, accompanied by an eclectic selection of music that sets the perfect vibe for a memorable evening.
Paradise Lost shatters the conventional notion of a rooftop bar, inviting you into a realm where imagination runs wild. Within this visionary space, a near future unfolds, painting a vivid picture of a world in the process of healing from environmental catastrophe.
Dressed in an exquisite palette of pastel pink and adorned with abundant greenery, the venue exudes an aura of tropical elegance. The drink offerings here boast refreshing flavour profiles, thoughtfully crafted with a strong emphasis on embracing a zero-waste philosophy.
Prepare to indulge your senses in a harmonious blend of taste and sustainability.
7. Dance the night away – MOJJO Rooftop Lounge & Bar
You’ll feel like you’re on top of the world at MOJJO Rooftop Lounge & Bar, perched atop the Skyview Hotel in the pulsating Sukhumvit neighbourhood of Bangkok.
Here, get ready to indulge in a night of wine, dine, and irresistible Latin beats that will transport you to a world of sizzling excitement.
Immerse yourself in the vibrant ambiance as you step onto the rooftop and are greeted by the tantalising aromas of Latin cuisine wafting through the air. The gastronomic treats at MOJJO will transport your taste buds to Latin America, from succulent beef pieces to tapas and delicious Spanish paella.
But the fun doesn’t stop at the table – prepare to unleash your inner dancing queen or king on the pulsating dance floor.
8. Bask in romantic temple views – Eagle’s Nest Rooftop Bar
Listed as one of our top picks for a romantic restaurant with a view in Bangkok, Eagle’s Nest Rooftop Bar is an exquisite hidden gem nestled on the 5th floor of Sala Arun.
Prepare to be mesmerised by the breathtaking vistas it offers, including stunning views of the iconic Wat Arun temple and the majestic Chao Phraya River.
As you gaze into the distance, you’ll also be treated to glimpses of the revered Reclining Buddha Temple (Wat Pho) and a group of four grand stupas, all of which can be admired from the bar’s panoramic 360-degree vantage point.
While being one of the most affordable rooftop bars in Bangkok, it boasts an extensive menu of drinks and food that seems to have no bounds in terms of variety. No prior reservations are necessary, as this establishment warmly embraces walk-in guests.
9. Spot Bangkok’s iconic landmarks! – Sala Rattanakosin Rooftop Bar
Perched atop an elegant riverside hotel, this vibrant and breezy sanctuary offers an experience that will sweep you off your feet, both figuratively and quite possibly literally!
Sala Rattanakosin, a vibrant and luxurious place with 15 stylish guest rooms in the city of Bangkok offers a romantic dining option – overlooking the beautiful ChaoPhraya river and historical temple of Dawn called Wat Arun.
Soak in the beauty of the sunset and plunge into the fantastic fusion tastes of Western and Thai food. Meanwhile, talented mixologists stand ready to shake, stir, and create concoctions that will send your tastebuds on an exhilarating roller coaster ride.
Seating options are as diverse as the flavours in their cocktail menu. But the real magic happens when you step out onto the open terrace. Cheers!
10. Enjoy lush views of Lumpini Park from here! – HI-SO
Sitting gracefully on the 29th floor of the esteemed SO Sofitel in Bangkok, HI-SO Rooftop Bar stands as an enchanting oasis in the sky.
This affordable rooftop bar in Bangkok gives an unmatched perspective of the dazzling skyline cradled by the city’s famed Lumpini Park.
Sip on meticulously crafted cocktails that are as visually stunning as they are tantalising to the taste buds, and immerse yourself in an atmosphere of elegance and excitement. Don’t miss out on their wine selection, which pairs well with their charcuterie board.
Open daily from 5pm to 1am, HI-SO is one of the best spots to settle down after a long day of shopping around Bangkok. As day turns to night, the bar transforms into a vibrant social hub, with live music captivating your senses and an electric energy filling the air.
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