What are Bangkok Best Rooftop Bars?

The list of Bangkok Best Rooftop Bars just keep getting longer and no other city in the world can pretend to have more than we do here. At this time we count more than 20 ‘real’ rooftop bars and restaurants and a good dozen of alternate ones. By real rooftop bar we mean built at the top of a building with mostly open sky above, not a terrace with a view.

Why this craze for Bangkok rooftops bars:

  1. The fascination people have for high places and their amazing views, and the photos they can post on Facebook,
  2. A great weather condition most of the year that allows to run all year round, (probably why there are not as many rooftops in Kuala Lumpur, seems to rain a lot at sunset time)
  3. Rooftop bars can be great money makers for a space the hotel owns anyway! Few seats, a bar and a sound system and here you go, 350 baht for a Singha please (plus 7% tax and 10% service charge) and we all are happy to pay.

Wherever you are in Bangkok, there is always a rooftop near you! (We know this list is not complete but we are growing it fast!)

1. Vertigo at Banyan Tree (Moon Bar)


Vertigo Rooftop Bar

Vertigo Rooftop Bar and Moon Bar at Banyan Tree Bangkok are among the best in Bangkok, just after the Sky Bar at Lebua State Tower and the 360 Bar at the Millennium Hilton. Both Moon Bar and Vertigo are on the 61st floor of the famous Banyan Tree Hotel on Sathorn Road, a tall and skinny looking building. Read more

2. Sky Bar at State Tower


Sky Bar Rooftop Bar Bangkok

Sky Bar at Lebua Hotel on top of the State Tower is without a doubt the most famous rooftop bar in Bangkok. It was already famous since its opening for its good location close to the river, its height and mostly for that iconic golden dome. But after being featured in the Hangover II, it suddenly became a must on every traveller’s list. Now is it my favourite bar? Not quite. While the views are great, there are way too many people up there to enjoy it. Wherever you stand, you are in somebody’s way. Read more

3. Octave Rooftop Lounge at Marriott 57


Octave Rooftop Bar Bangkok

Octave rooftop bar is one of the most impressive in Bangkok by size. Built on 3 floors at the top of the Marriott Executive Apartments on Sukhumvit 57, Octave offers a full 360 view of the capital with a great perspective on the entire BTS track and the usual traffic jams of Sukhumvit road. Fortunately it is also very easy to reach by BTS. Read more

4. Park Society at So Sofitel


Park Society Rooftop Bar

When Park Society rooftop bar and restaurant at So Sofitel Bangkok opened, we thought this was just another luxury hotel, so how great can it be? Sathorn Road is nice and even posh, but it mostly looks like a large avenue lined with tall and shiny skyscrapers and a growing collection of luxury hotels (think Banyan Tree, Sukhothai Hotel, W Hotel and the likes). Read more

5. CRU at Centara Grand


CRU Rooftop Bar

CRU Rooftop Bar is the latest and maybe the most exclusive rooftop in Bangkok right now (pronounce it ‘cru’, not C.R.U. meaning a vineyard of recognized quality in France) a vineyard or group of vineyards, especially one of recognized quality.). The location is well-known since it is just 3 floors above Red Sky Bar on 55th Floor of Centralworld. CRU Rooftop wants to be for the Hi-So and Bangkok Elite people, serving mostly Champagne and selected grand crus (got the name now?). The 360˙ view from up there is simply superb. Note that CRU is not part of Red Sky and there is a cover charge to go up there (apparently a lot of people tried). Read more

6. Attitude Rooftop at Avani Hotel

Thonburi Riverside

Attitude Rooftop Bar at Avani Hotel
Attitude rooftop bar is the latest opening in Bangkok, and we all know it won’t be the last, but Attitude is worth a special mention. What makes Attitude at Avani Hotel interesting is the location on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya river, the side that most people only visit when they go to Wat Arun. It might be the reason this rooftop can afford to be so vast and Attitude took full advantage of so much space. The place is well designed with a bar area next to a very cool open lounge. Further you will even find a massive infinity pool but it’s probably reserved to the hotel guests. Read more

7. ThreeSixty at Millennium Hilton

Thonburi Riverside

ThreeSixty at Millennium Hilton

ThreeSixty Rooftop Bar at Millennium Hilton is a superb but rather under appreciated rooftop bar. This might be because seen for far, the bar seems to be inside an indoor panoramic cupola. This indoor bar has indeed fantastic views as it seems to hang high above the busy Chao Phraya river, but it would not qualify as rooftop if that was all. Read more

8. RedSquare at Novotel Sukhumvit


RedSquare Rooftop Bar at Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 4
RedSquare is a new attractitve Vodka concelt rooftop bar perched on the 25th floor of the Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 4. The location in Nana is convenient, the skyline views on Ploenchit, the posh area of Bangkok, is impressive especially at sunset time. The staff is amicable and you feel welcome even if you are not a guest of the hotel, and it is very affordable. Read more

9. Char Rooftop Bar at Indigo Hotel


Char Rooftop Bar

Char Rooftop is a small little bar perched 27 floors above the tree-lined wireless road and the huge garden of the American ambassador residence. The surrounding is pretty unique with lots of trees and green areas at the front and the modern and ever-growing city skyline beyond it. This rooftop bar used to be our favourite but strong management restrictions made it quite unwelcoming (you can’t use the front sofas unless you promise to spend several thousand baht. If you don’t: sit in the back please, which defeats the purpose. Read more

10. Cielo Rooftop Bar


Cielo Rooftop Bar

Cielo Rooftop Bar is another fantastic high spot at the intersection of Rama IV and Sukhumvit road in Bangkok. The panoramic view from the 46th floor of the Luk Condominium is surprisingly beautiful considering that the building is on the outskirt of Bangkok. Prices are more affordable than Sky Bar, Sofitel So and Banyan Tree Vertigo. Read more

11. Vanilla Sky Rooftop Bar


Vanilla Sky Rooftop Bar

Vanilla Sky is minimalist in design but with a real 360 view, it is quite a nice place to hang after work. There is no riverside nearby to admire but the Benjasiri Park is just below to add a touch of green, and plenty of skyline to play the game of ‘Recognize that building over there?’  The location at a short walking distance from Phrom Phong BTS station makes it an attractive place to go after work. Read more

12. Sky on 20 at Novotel Sukhumvit


Sky on 20 rooftop bar

Sky on 20 Rooftop Bar is the latest addition on the Bangkok rooftop scene but at the speed they are popping up this statement will be outdated in a matter of weeks. Built on the 26th floor of the Novotel on Sukhumvit 20 so you can guess that the name wasn’t chosen from the floor. Sky on 20 Rooftop Bar is not a top of the list since view is so limited for Bangkok but it’s well designed with a good atmosphere if you stay in this part of Sukhumvit. Read more

13. Brewski Rooftop Bar at Radisson Blu


Brewski Rooftop Bar at Radisson Blu Bangkok

Brewski Rooftop Bar is perched on the 22nd floor of the Radisson Blu on Sukhumvit and while it is not the highest one in town or doesn’t have the striking views other Bangkok rooftops have, it claims to be the highest Craft Beer bar in Bangkok. The place has a cool atmosphere and appears to be hugely popular. Brewski Rooftop Bar is the next rooftop in town in the ever-growing collection, it seems to attract a pretty good crowd. The bar can accommodate a good 90 guests and indeed, it’s busy with hotel guests and outside customers constantly coming in and out and not everyone gets to sit. Read more

14. Speakeasy at Hotel Muse

Langsuan – Chidlom

Speakeasy at Muse Hotel

Speakeasy Rooftop Bar at Hotel Muse on Langsuan street is not your usual rooftop bar: like the entire hotel, Speakeasy displays a convoluted Art-Deco design to create a fancy atmosphere. And it’s a partial success. The lobby of the Speakeasy is nicely crafted but rather dark, like the rest of the hotel. The staff is politely welcoming but rather strict on the sitting as it can get busy. Read more

Other Rooftops:

15. Above Eleven


Above Eleven Rooftop

16. Bar 342

Thonburi Riverside

Bar 342

17. Bar 9 at Novotel Platinum

Patrunam – Siam

Bar 9 at Novotel Platinum

18. The Roof @ 38th Bar at Mode Sathorn Hotel

The Roof @ 38th Bar