Get Above It All: The 10 Best Rooftop Bars in Bangkok

Not only do Bangkok's sky-high rooftop bars offer a welcome respite from the heat and traffic of the streets below, they are tourist-worthy attractions in and of themselves, as the views from the rooftops are the best in the city, especially as the sun goes down and the neon comes on, and an incredible cityscape and sea of highrises reveal themselves. Oh, and you'll also have some of the best mixed drinks you've ever had anywhere, as a growing number of acclaimed mixologists front the Bangkok nightlife scene these days.

Many of the best roof bars are concentrated around Silom and Sathorn roads, in the heart of the business district and tallest buildings. The Lebua State Tower Hotel in fact has three of the best rooftop abodes in town. Come drink a Hangovertini, made famous by the Hollywood film shot on location here at either the Sky Bar or Distil, or head to the new Lebua No. 3, a caviar and vodka bar set high above the crowds. Nearby, the Moon Bar has one of the city's most dazzling 360 panoramas, perched way up on the top of the Banyan Tree. Also in the neighborhood is Park Society, with the best view of Lumphini Park, and further down the road, the somewhat hidden Zoom Sky Bar.

For Bangkok's highest champagne bar, CRU Champagne Bar on the roof of the Centara Grand combines limited edition pink champagne with fabulous sunset views. Speaking of sunsets, while The Roof sala rattanakosin might not be in a highrise, it does sit right overlooking the Chao Phraya River and takes in the city's best view of Wat Arun, and is absolutely perfect for a cold one at sunset. You'll never go thirsty up above the crowds here.



With a wonderful location on top of one of Bangkok's tallest buildings and right next to the river, this bar is a great spot to sip a few drinks. It's the view and cooling breezes offering a welcome respite from the city's heat traffic that make...  Read More



sala rattanakosin Bangkok hotel's Roof bar offers a birds-eye view of iconic Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn, directly across the Chao Phraya River. The intimate rooftop bar features both a covered and open-air area, and is the perfect place to...  Read More



Park Society and its upstairs deck known as Hi So (a play on high society) is an outdoor bar area (adjoining the indoor upscale French focused restaurant of the same name) in the cutting edge Sofitel So Hotel that provides some stunning views...  Read More



Octave Rooftop Lounge and Bar tops the sky high bar scene along Sukhumvit. While most of the airborne bars with views tend to be concentrated around Silom Road and the Chao Phraya River, Octave sits towering above Thong Lor and Sukhumvit Road,...  Read More



Cushioned couch seating and a long rectangular open bar with seats all around it giving off dazzling 360 degree panoramas of all Bangkok make this slightly hidden off the main sky bar circuit one of the best rooftop bars in town, and a great...  Read More

The Speakeasy
Photo courtesy of courtesy of Hotel Muse, Bangkok


The Speakeasy, the latest addition to the Bangkok nightlife scene, is a classy upscale affair located up on the 24th and 25th floor of the recently opened boutique hotel The Muse. The theme of the bar is the Prohibition era 1920's in the U.S.,...  Read More



Overlooking the Chao Phraya River and the rest of the urban sprawl, Distil Bar (and the adjoining Sky Bar) are one of Bangkok's highest drink hangouts. Sip a Hangovertini, the drink made here during the filming of the Hollywood blockbuster film,...  Read More



The Moon Bar, perched on the rooftop of the Banyan Tree Hotel, offers one of the most stupendous panoramic views of Bangkok, and a sunset here is a memorable occasion, well worth the price of a cocktail. The bar sits in a stylish roof garden,...  Read More



It doesn't get much better than this when trying to combine dazzling cityscapes, fine drinking, and suave nightlife venues. CRU Champagne Bar is a new elegant and elevated bar which is now the highest drinking spot in town. The Red Sky Bar...  Read More



Perched up on the 52nd floor of the Lebua State Tower, Lebua No. 3 is the latest addition to the hotel's list of swank bars and restaurants with dazzling city views. While Mezzaluna, the 2-star Michelin restaurant and the Sky Bar, famed for its...  Read More


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Dave Stamboulis is a travel writer/photographer based in Bangkok. Born in Athens, Greece and growing up in the U.S., Dave first discovered Bangkok while on a 45,000-kilometer bicycle trip and...  More About Dave