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Top 5 bars in… Bangkok

No trip to Bangkok would be complete without a visit to at least one of these sky-high bars, perfect for taking in the city’s stunning skyline.

With one of the world’s most recognisable skylines Bangkok’s nightlife has evolved over the years focusing on what some might say is its best asset. Rooftop bars have sprung up across the city with visitors looking for a swanky spot to sip a cocktail while perusing the cityscape now spoilt for choice.

While experiencing the hustle and bustle of Bangkok’s Khao San Road is a must, don’t miss out on admiring the city from the sky from one of its many incredible rooftop bars. Here are just a few of the city’s most prolific, impressive, not to mention highest, rooftop bars.

Vertigo and Moon Bar

Perched high atop The Banyan Tree hotel’s 61st floor, Vertigo and Moon Bar is often credited with having kick-started the city’s rooftop trend. Boasting spectacular views, Vertigo offers al fresco grill-and-bar, while from the Moon Bar you can enjoy spectacular sunsets while sipping on the hotel’s signature cocktail, the Vertigo Sunset – a blend of pineapple, cranberry, lime and Malibu.

61st fl, Banyan Tree Hotel, 21/100 Th Sathon (South) Tai, Bangkok

Phra Nakorn Bar & Gallery

For a slightly less formal experience head over to Phra Nakorn Bar & Gallery in Bangkok’s old city. With eclectic decor and revolving art exhibitions, it attracts a younger, trendy crowd drawn in by its views of the golden pra-prang temple and good value Thai food and drinks, which includes a decent selection of cocktails.

58/2 Soi Damnoen Klang Tai Ratcadamnoen Klang Road, Bangkok

Park Society Rooftop at Sofitel So Bangkok

Set on the 29th floor of Sofitel’s Bangkok Hotel the Park Society Rooftop, with its infinity mirrors, embossed stainless steel and intersecting polygon design, offers a futuristic spot for surveying the skyline. It serves a small but well-formed selection of drinks and fusion dishes. One of its specialities is a five course Lobster menu which boasts Canadian lobster medallions, pan seared fois gras with lobster claws and roasted beer Angus tenderloin with lobster ravioli.

2 North Sathorn Road, Bangrak, Bangkok

Mandarin Oriental Hotel

The stately Oriental Hotel is a Bangkok landmark opening in 1953, with its Bamboo Bar a reflection of its rich history. Presided over by mixologist Mirko Gardelliano, its cocktail list includes signature cocktails such as the Raspberry Nitrogen Sorbet – a blend of raspberry vodka, pineapple juice, lime, sugar syrup and nitrogen. The Bamboo Bar Negroni meanwhile comprises homemade caramel gin, Vermouth and dry orange campari served with a coffee tiramisu Macaron.

Soi 38/Oriental, Charoen Krung Road, Bangkok

Sirocco Sky Bar at Lebua

Perhaps one of Bangkok’s most stunning bars, the Sky Bar at Lebua offers truly breathtaking views of the city from its privileged position 63 floors up. Its “multi-hued island bar”, which changes colour every 90 seconds, juts out  over the edge of the building and is helmed by mixologist Ron Ramirez who, following stints at top hotels and resorts in Dubai and the Maldives, set about reinvigorating Bangkok’s cocktail culture. Part of The Hangover Part II was filmed here, prompting the hotel to create the ‘Hangovertini’ which has since become its trademark. It is also situated just steps from the Sirocco restaurant, which serves up award-winning Mediterranean fare.

The Dome at State Tower, 1055 Silom Road, Bangkok

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