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 not the budget.
Because a few will break your bank account, while some will be more reasonable… But to know which one is the best for you, you just have to follow the guide.
The best rooftop bars in Bangkok
If you don't have time to go through all the content, 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 to 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 from 5 til 7pm, buy one signature cocktail, get one free. Here’s mainly why it’s my favorite one.
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. 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 restaurant in Bangkok for that price.
My advice, 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 to see all around you.
As a guy it’s pretty amazing because you can pee facing the city at the urinal, not bad at all.
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).
Above Eleven is located in Fraser Suites and it’s 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.
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 with 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
One of the most interesting Rooftop Bar in Bangkok.
Mojjo Lounge bar is the rooftop bar that I’m dying to try out.
On top of having a great view and selection of cocktails at good price (about 500฿), they have rums, whisky and cigars!
The idea of drinking a nice Ron Zacapa 23 while smoking a cuban cigar and watching the sunset…
Review coming up soon!!
They also have a higher rooftop called Vanilla Sky Bar that I tried. It's closer to the vibe you will find at Octave.
Great view, average price cocktails and some good events.
- Dress Code : Smart Casual
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
If you want to dig more on Rooftop Bar in Bangkok, here’s a few links to help:
- There’s a website dedicated to Rooftop Bars in the world, good to get this epic instagram shot everywhere you go.
- BK Magazine got an extensive list too
And if you're looking for the right spots to go out in Bangkok, check out my guide of Bangkok Nightlife.
Now if you made it til the end, let me know what is your favorite Rooftop Bar in Bangkok in the comment !