Vanilla Sky rooftop bar came out of nowhere in the Sukhumvit area, exactly behind the Emporium mall, the same week Radisson Blu and Novotel Sukhumvit launched their own rooftops nearby. The rooftop race is just getting more fun every week!
At first, Vanilla Sky is a bit of a “same-same but different” rooftop. Very 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.
The access to the rooftop is interesting. Walk through a beautiful and brand new shiny lobby, take the lift to the 30th something floor. Walk out the lift then climb up a staircase of what appears to be a 4 floor high unused but well decorated nightclub with glass huge walls, catwalk and mirror balls. Then climb few more stairs… and a couple more to finally reach the open air. Just remember those stairs after few cocktails because it’s a rather long way to fall.
The rooftop has a wooden floor, small palm trees, nice sofas and small high tables all around near the glass rail, and of course the compulsory ever-changing color bar. and they avoided the retractable roof so you get a real open sky above your head (for now). It’s really relaxing and the atmosphere comes to life once the night settles down and the lights are turned on.
Price are a little high without being excessive and the menu is not too long. They obviously are not trying to play the mixologist card, just enough cocktails, mocktails, beers and wines to please everyone. On the downside, they don’t serve any food at all, only some peanuts and popcorn. We guessed the cook saw the staircase and decided he wasn’t going to carry the food up there. Just kidding.
Overall we did like it. The full open sky space with a well balance lighting and a comfortable and spacious sitting. It doesn’t try to be super fancy to impress, just have a sit with friends, order a couple of drinks and enjoy the sunset on the Bangkok skyline.
Address: 35th floor, Compass SkyView Hotel, 11 Soi Sukhumvit 24
Tel: 02 011 1111
BTS: Phrom Phong