Rooftop bars in Bangkok : The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Romantic sunsets, a 2 for 1 happy hour, an incredible view, the perfect spot for an instagram picture... we all got a good reason to visit a Rooftop Bar in Bangkok.
But as there’s a ton of them now and frankly it's quite hard to choose which one to try if you don’t have time to go to them all. Or the budget.
Because a few will break your bank account and even if others are more reasonable, it will take some trial and error to find the right one.
So save yourself some time and money and follow the guide.
The best rooftop bars in Bangkok
If you don't have time to go through them all, in short, here's my list :
Now if you want to know more about each rooftop bar, here's more details about each of them.
Octave at Marriott Sukhumvit
For me it's the best Rooftop Bar in Bangkok.
At the top of the Marriott Hotel on Sukhumvit soi 57, is the perfect option that suit everyone.
It has 2 levels so you’re almost sure to have a spot if you arrive for the sunset.
They also have a happy hour with buy one get one free on Signature Cocktails from 5 til 7pm. So that make it even better.
On top of that I've seen a DJ every time I went there so I assume there’s always a resident DJ playing. And they have good snack and food options.
For me it’s the rooftop with the best value in town.
- Prices : Around 399฿++ for a cocktail, 180฿++ for a beer.
- Dress Code : Smart Casual, no beachwear or sportswear.
Sky Bar at the State Tower
Also called the Hangover Rooftop since the Sky Bar at Lebua was featured in the Hangover 2 movie.
It's the often listed as the most famous Rooftop bar in Bangkok, mostly because of the movie.
Frankly, it has probably one of the best view. There's an incredible scenery from the 65th floor with a great view of the river. No doubt, the view is amazing.
It’s definitely worth checking out and it should be on your bucket list. But make sure you’re ready to spend about 800฿++ for a cocktail.
On top of being too classy for me with their fancy dress code and staff, it’s really overpriced.
And I’m just talking about drinks. If you want to dine there, it’s on an all other level.
What I recommend is to go there once in your life, take a few pictures and go spend your money elsewhere. Bangkok got a lot of better options and value for your money.
- Dress Code: No Sportswear. No flip flops. No sleeveless tops, open shoes or shorts for men.
Vertigo and Moon Bar at Banyan Tree
Here’s the one I recommend the most in the past but that I won't anymore.
I’m pretty sure it’s the highest rooftop bar in Bangkok (probably now the second after Mahanakhon Sky Bar) and definitely the one with the most impressive view.
Just check the photos on google maps (link below) and you’ll understand why it’s a must see.
If you're into photography or want an amazing souvenir photo, you're in the right spot.
Now if you're there for a good drink or dinner, forget about it. The cocktails are almost all over 500฿++ (it's ok, you pay for the view) but they're terrible !
Regarding the food I've had the same feedback from clients and friends, it's ok, not great, and really expensive.
And there's some really amazing restaurants in Bangkok for the same price.
My advice would be : Go there to take some photos, grab a beer, line up for a photo on the skywalk. Take that pic that will kill it on Instagram and get the fuck out !
- Dress Code: Smart casual but no shorts, sleeveless shirts, sandals or flip flops
Above Eleven at Fraser Suites
Definitely not the highest but it has one of the best location and toilets.
That’s the only rooftop I've seen that have toilets with a huge window that allow you to see all around you.
As a guy it’s pretty amazing because you can pee facing the city at the urinal. That alone is worth going there.
More seriously, this is a great spot to get the party going.
They have good food and drink options (good Mojitos too, which is rare).
On top of that, Above Eleven is located in Fraser Suites that is only minutes away from Levels, Sugar Club and Insanity (check my favorite clubs in Bangkok here).
You can start the night there, enjoy a few drinks with a nice view and walk to the club.
A good option to beat the traffic in Sukhumvit soi 11.
- Dress Code: No Sportswear. No flip flops. No sleeveless tops or open shoes for men.
Brewski at Radisson Blu
That's the perfect place if you're in for a cold one, with a great view of Bangkok in a location that isn't packed with tourists pushing to get a selfie.
Brewski is located as the top of Radisson Blu Plaza hotel on Sukhumvit 27.
It is more casual, more laidback and come with a great selection of craft beers.
I won't lie, there's nothing breathtaking about the place but it's nice and relax. And usually less crowded than other popular rooftop bars.
The perfect place for a drink after work or when you need a break from all the tourists attractions.
The food also looked great but I didn't have a chance to try it (yet).
- Dress Code: Smart casual, no singlets, flip flops or swimwear are permitted.
Abar Rooftop at Marriott Marquis
I finally went to check out Abar Rooftop at the huge Marriott Marquis Queens Park in Sukhumvit 22.
It's more a place to chill and have a great drink to start the night than a rooftop bar with an incredible view that will blow your mind.
But it has a nice relaxing vibe and a cool setup. Perfect to have a slow time with family and friends.
They even added a beer garden recently with Smiling Mad Dog beer selection, draft beer and a live band during the weekend.
Mojjo Lounge Bar and Vanilla Sky bar at Compass SkyView
I finally had the chance to try Mojjo Rooftop Bar in Jan 2020 and it was disappointing to say the least.
The place is ok. The view is not the most impressive you will find but the design is cool and there's a nice relax vibe to it. Away from other places packed with tourists.
But when it comes to cocktails, they've got nothing impressive to offer.
Priced at around 350฿++, you expect the cocktails to be excellent. And they're just average at best.
And even if you want to trade cocktails for some good liquor, you will run into a really limited selection.
They have a large choice of whisky, but no rare or interesting bottles, mostly classics you find everywhere else. And for rum lovers like me, you pretty much only have the choice between Diplomatico, some Dictador and Zacapa 23.
I guess if you want some good bottles you have to go to their Whisky and Cigar Bar on the same floor, Character, that have a selection of over 100 cigars and some high end liquor. I'll be back to try that.
For now if you want to go to Mojjo rooftop, check their facebook page and try it when they have some special event or deal going on.
Otherwise, just head upstairs to the higher rooftop of Compass Skyview called Vanilla Sky Bar. It's closer to the vibe you will find at Octave with a better view and drinks.
- Dress Code : Smart Casual. They don't seem to have any particular dress code.
That’s a non exhaustive list of course, I’m only talking about what I know. There's a ton of other rooftop bars like
- Red Sky Bar
- Mahanakhon Sky Bar
And if you're looking for the right spots to go out in Bangkok, check my guide of Bangkok Nightlife.
Now if you made it til the end, thanks a lot for reading and let me know what is your favorite Rooftop Bar in Bangkok in the comment !