Fed up with tragic fans of Euro 2012 and Wimbledon spoiling the mood? Here are a few rooftop bars where you can avoid sports on the screen in Bangkok.
The buzz: The new generation of pubs and restaurants popping up on Sukhumvit Soi 11 shows no signs of slowing down. The latest is Above Eleven, a brand new rooftop bar and restaurant up on the 32nd floor of the Fraser Suites. Perhaps in a bid to stand apart from the crowd, Above Eleven has adopted the slightly out there concept of Peruvian-Japanese fusion cuisine, better known as ‘Nikkei cuisine’ in Peru. Here, it comes served alongside cocktails that have an equal focus on South American and Japanese spirits.
The buzz: Located on the 24th and 25th floor of the freshly opened boutique Hotel Muse in Lang Suan, the Speakeasy follows the 1920s theme of the hotel with some prohibition era chic and a focus on serving classic cocktails.The décor: Welcome to Boardwalk Empire. Level 24 is just a small balcony with a petite bar in the middle surrounded by stools. For something more leisurely, crash into monochrome sofas and take in the 180-degree views of the city. Up on the rooftop, fake grass and garden seats await, for when the summer heat is finally over.
Perched atop the Hotel Muse Bangkok, this two-story space harks back to the jazz age of the 1920s with a prohibition-era inspired décor, featuring lots of dark wood and Art Deco touches. A balcony on the 24th floor presents 180-degree views of Bangkok, while an al fresco rooftop offers a more leisurely terrace atmosphere.
The buzz: Perched on the top floor of the new Four Points Hotel, amBar is aiming to be the locus of a swank and chic scene, attracting beautiful people from the nearby bars in Soi 11.
The buzz: While you may think, “No, not another rooftop bar, and don’t they know it’s rainy season?” Blue Sky Bar is actually a novelty in this part of town where the craze hasn’t quite arrived yet. Part of Sofitel Centara Hotel’s ongoing renovation, the bar has taken over the former top executive floor, affording rare panoramic views of Bangkok.