The top alfresco rooftops, gardens and riverside terraces to eat and drink in Bangkok.
The top alfresco rooftops, gardens and riverside terraces to eat and drink in Bangkok.
- By BK staff
- | Nov 13, 2016
KEY: RooftopGarden Riverside Terrace Live music
72 Courtyard NEW!
Acres of concrete, plants and steel are devoted to communal courtyards and nightlife venues at this community mall. Perhaps best are the potent cocktails at Evil Man Blues and the warehouse-style clubbing experience at Beam. Also check out the cocktails and house-party atmosphere at UNCLE, the Mexican-inspired tapas of Melbourne-born Touche Hombre, the barbecue fare at Lady Brett and the Chinese buns of Little Bao. On Saturday and Sunday, they all team up for 72 Weekend, a brunch party on the terrace (starting again this cool season, dates TBA).
72 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 02-392-7999. Open daily 7-2am
Located well off the beaten track, in a small street near Rama 9, this lovely house and garden is managed by the team behind the artsy Tamarind Village in Chiang Mai and Rayavadee Resort in Krabi. The decor is country chic, so you don’t feel any pressure to fully dress up, but it still works for dates and special occasions. A beautifully landscaped garden hugs a high-ceiling pavilion, complete with wood furniture, floor-to-ceiling framed windows, striped cushions and royal blue touches. Chef Cyrille Keyser creates international cuisine with highlights such as the oven-roasted lamb rack served with potato gratin and ratatouille.
99 Rama 9 Soi 41, Seri 9 Rd., 02-300-4339. Open Tue-Sun 11am-11pm
On top of its great views of the city skyline, another thing Above Eleven has going for it is its adventurous menu. While most other rooftop venues play it safe with homogenous international dishes, here the focus is on Peruvian-Japanese fusion cuisine (aka Nikkei cuisine). In small plates like acebichado rolls (seabass, ika karage, avocado) and skewers of anticucho beef heart, you’ve got a wonderful accompaniment for the views, bettered only by their signature Pisco Sour. Upstairs you'll find the more party-oriented Gramercy Park, too.
33/F, Fraser Suites Sukhumvit, 38/8 Sukhumvit Soi 11. 02-207-9300. Open daily 6pm-2am. BTS Nana
Above Riva NEW!
Above Riva is the latest shop-house boutique hotel in Tha Tien, the neighborhood opposite Wat Arun. Head up to its rooftop—stairs only—and you’ll find an alfresco terrace where practically every table gets prime river views. Dishes add a Thai touch to Western classics, from light bites like deep-fried calamari served with a salted egg yolk and shrimp roe sauce, to a take on osso bucco (braised veal) in massaman curry.
392/25-26 Maharaj Rd., 02-221-1188. Open daily 6am-11.30pm
The first shopping center to sit on the riverbank is themed according to the city’s architecture of old. It includes over 1,500 boutiques covering quirky fashion and intriguing souvenirs, as well as a variety of eateries, beer gardens and wine bars. The gigantic venue is also home to a ferris wheel and stage shows. We particularly recommend the seafood at Baan Khanitha.
2194 Charoen Krung Rd., 02-108-4488. Open daily 5pm-midnight. Free ferry from Sathorn Pier
This rooftop restaurant-slash-bar sits on the 26th floor of the new riverside Avani hotel. It's all very sharing- and booze-friendly, which translates to artfully presented tapas plates with the odd nod to Asian flavors. Lamb shoulder arrives in the form of lollipops and smoked duck lacquered in fish sauce with a tea-flavored gel. Also look out for the premium produce like tsarskaya oysters and Australian wagyu tomahawk. French mixologist Alexandre Hersent rolls out refreshing signature cocktails like the Bora Bora Paradise Island (Absolut pear vodka, curacao, Joseph Cartron banana liqueur, apple juice and coconut ice cream).
26/F, Avani Riverside, 257 Charoen Nakorn Rd., 02-431-9100. Open daily 5:30pm-1am
Located on the rooftop of the long-standing-yet-always-happening Ekamai Shopping Mall, Baan Puen lives up to its name, which literally translates to "a friend's house." You can expect to hear lots of Thai and international covers performed acoustically, to go with simple spicy dishes whipped up by one of the partner’s aunts. Try the khao maew (fried rice with chili paste with mackerel).
3/F, Ekamai Mall, Ekkamai Soi 10, 061-824-1747. Open daily 6pm-2am
The year’s most anticipated restaurant hides a few outdoor tables up on its top floor, where a brutalist raw concrete balcony overlooks Sathorn Soi 12. Fresh, simple, well-executed, original yet devoid of gimmicks, there's a reason Bunker’s food has people excited. Some of it verges on tapas portions, but the flavors are anything but small: wagyu tartar spiked with daikon radish; cured foie gras paired with candied cashew and chili mango; smoky wagyu short rib glistening with fat. Cocktails from Diageo World Class 2015 finalist Natakorn Changrew complete the package.
118/2 Sathorn Soi 12, 092-563-9991. Open daily 6pm-midnight
Over at the grill at one of the latest rooftop bars in town, they cook up some amazing local beef from French butcher Arnaud Carre (of Arno's)—one of the most respected food names in town. Char takes up the top two stories of the recently opened Hotel Indigo, with a stylish dining room downstairs and the rooftop bar up above to benefit from those amazing views across Bangkok's "Embassy Row."
25-26/F, Hotel Indigo, 81 Wireless Rd., 02-207-4999. Open daily 6pm-midnight. BTS Phloen Chit
Ciao Terrazza NEW!
Italian cuisine courtesy of one of Bangkok's most lauded chefs (Norbert Kostner), a riverside terrace and the Mandarin Oriental's iconic Author's Lounge in the background make this one of the river's easiest spots to recommend. It's more casual than the other restaurants at Bangkok's oldest hotel (though they'll still shoo you away if you turn up in shorts), dishing out Italian staples like wood-fired pizzas and beef stew with polenta cream and gorgonzola.
Mandarin Oriental, 48 Charoenkrung Soi 40, Oriental Ave., 02-659-9000. Open daily 6-10:30pm
Formerly home to the Heineken GreenSpace, this rooftop has welcomed drinkers for years. Now a permanent rooftop bar, it’s one of the few places so high up with a distinctly Thai character. Towers of draught beer and Absolut smoothie accompanied by drinking snacks are not your average rooftop fare.
47/F, United Center, Silom Rd. 091-889-9600. Open Mon-Sat 5pm-midnight. BTS Sala Daeng
A huge rotisserie oven imported from France dominates this warm, rusticated restaurant, telling you everything you need to know about Cocotte’s food: simple, on the bone, portioned for sharing and heavy on the meat (don’t miss the massive tomahawk). That’s not to say their vegetable dishes aren’t great too, especially the salad made from up to 15 Northern Thailand-grown vegetables. Sit out on the terrace and you avoid the dining room’s weird red lighting.
G/F, 39 Boulevard, Sukhumvit Soi 39, 092-664-6777. Open daily 11:30am-2:30pm; Sun-Thu 6-10:30pm; Fri-Sat 6-11pm
The Commons NEW!
Good food takes center stage at the loft-like, open-plan community mall from the siblings behind Roast cafe. The ambitious project works kind of like a food court, only a really, really good one. Diners can order their favorite dishes from the various food kiosks—fusion burgers from Soul Food 555, Mexican from Barrio Bonito, pies from Holy Moly, to name a few—then dine at the central communal area inside or outside. Don’t forget to check out the cocktails at Track 17.
335 Thonglor Soi 17, 089-152-2677. Open daily 8am-1am
The name says it all. At the very center of The House on Sathorn, the beautifully restored mansion next to W Hotel, you’ll find this open-air courtyard, prettily decked out with chic furniture that sticks to the overall vintage tone. Chef Fatih Tutak whips up comforting yet delicate food and dessert like the tuna tartare with ginger dressing and pistachio, wagyu steak with polenta and Singapore black pepper sauce and Hong Kong waffle with berries. The highlight, however, may well be the much-hyped afternoon tea set (B1,150), which lets you go crazy with refreshing sorbet, scones, sandwiches and other delicacies with a choice of TWG tea from the House collection, under the shade of the patio umbrellas. Available from 2:30-5:30pm daily.
The House on Sathorn, 106 Sathorn Rd., 02-344-4000. Open daily noon-midnight
This outdoor bar serves only craft beer. There are 20 labels on tap rotating monthly and 50 bottled varieties, with a particular focus on hoppy, high-alcohol-content IPAs from familiar names like Deschutes, Rogue and Anderson Valley.
16 Sukhumvit Soi 23, 02-661-3220. Open daily 2pm-12am. BTS Asoke
Book in advance to get one of the best spots at this hotly in-demand restaurant right across the water from the Chao Phraya's star attraction, Wat Arun. The menu of classic Thai dishes like beef massaman curry with roti and pad Thai is of a bankable standard, but you can also trust in their European grill dishes such as the New Zealand tenderloin or roasted rack of lamb. Spread over two alfresco stories, we recommend you request the top tier to get the perfect river view as the backdrop to your meal.
Arun Residence, 36-38 Soi Phatu Nokyung, Maharaj Rd., 02-221-9158/9
Designer Alan Barr’s striking reinvention of a house at the quiet end of Sukhumvit Soi 47 puts the backyard to use with some lively and lounge-y garden furniture. The restaurant brings together freshly brewed coffee, modern Australian cuisine and well-paired cocktails. Try our favorite, the slow-roasted ocean trout with wakame butter, caviar and pennywort.
28 Sukhumvit Soi 47, 02-662-4936. Open daily 5:30pm-midnight
Gypsy Spells NEW!
Set in an 80-year-old colonial-style house, this voodoo-themed bar brings a touch of mystery to Bangkok’s nightlife. On top of live jazz, weekends also see visits from a fortune teller. As well as cocktails named after zodiac signs, they also have 12 different mojito flavors. The outdoor area connects with Mahanaga, a Thai-fusion restaurant from the same owner.
2 Sukhumvit Soi 29, 02-662-3060. Open daily 5:30pm-midnight
This classic Thai/fusion restaurant last year moved from its adorable little plot on Sukhumvit Soi 38 to a bigger, even nicer spot on Thonglor Soi 23. The highlight, of course, is the big outdoor space right in front. Diners can kick back on the bean bags strewn on the grass, while enjoying the menu of French fries available with some of 36 house-made dips and spaghetti white cream with shrimp roe and poached egg, brought over from the original location.
17 Thonglor Soi 23, 094-449-4426. Open daily 11am-midnight
Il Fumo NEW!
This grand old villa reborn as a cocktail lounge and Italian grill restaurant boasts some of Bangkok's most incredible cocktails—head bartender Pailin “Milk” Sajjanit just got named Southeast Asia Bartender of the Year at the 2016 Diageo World Class awards. The adjoining restaurant specializes in charcoal-grilled cuts of seriously premium meat (Spain’s dry-aged rubia gallega is the star of the show), best enjoyed on a seat from the spacious garden terrace.
1098/2 Rama 4 Rd., 02-286-8833. Open daily 6pm-1am
The chic terrace at this very upmarket take on a Spanish tapas joint is the place to be spotted with Soi Ruamrudee's in-crowd. A former chef de cuisine at El Bulli had a hand in the menu, which dishes out refined versions of tapas staples like Iberico ham croquettes, grilled octopus tentacles served with beans in Castilian stew, baked fish fillet with potatoes and almonds and the highlight Josper-grilled, Segovian- style suckling pig.
Athenee Tower, 63 Wireless Rd., 02-1688100. Open daily 11am-2pm, 5pm-midnight
Retro house, big garden, unfussy Thai dishes—a classic restaurant formula that sadly seems to be in decline. This place does it just right with great dishes such as gaeng kua poo bai chaploo (curry with crabmeat and wild betel leaf) and khao soi gai (Northern-style noodles with chicken). Inside is homey and relaxing, but the best spots are outdoors where you’ll find bean bags and movies projected on the wall.
113 Sukhumvit Soi 39, 092-938-6690. Tue-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30-10pm; Sat-Sun 11am-11pm
Inspired by the iconic Japanese film Always: Sunset on The Third Street, the wood-dominated upper floor of Do Not Disturb is great for some outdoor Japanese barbecue in a hip and relaxing atmosphere thanks to a large, stylish balcony area. Its menu focuses on imported beef, like tokujo karubi and jo karubi, plus kurobuta pork farmed in Thailand. To add to its easy-going vibe, live acoustic acts perform daily from 8:30pm till close.
Behind Nunglen and Escobar, Ekkamai Soi 7. Open Tue-Sun 8pm-2am. BTS Thong Lo
The top-floor fine-dining venue of the Sofitel Bangkok is about as lofty as they come. Looking to embrace the Gallic roots of the hotel chain, the decor makes you feel like you’re dining in a grand Parisian apartment thanks to the parquet flooring, stately fireplace and wood paneling. But we say head to the outdoor balcony for an impressive panorama of Sukhumvit.
32/F, Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, 189 Sukhumvit Rd. (between soi 13 and 15), 02-126-9999. Open daily 7pm-midnight
La Casa Nostra NEW!
The renovated house on Soi Goethe sits peacefully in grounds that include a cozy outdoor terrace where you can dine outdoors, lounge on a sofa or play a game of petanque. The chef, Nino Scognamillo, takes La Casa Nostra in a comforting direction with creations like grilled Sardinian pecorino cheese with eucalyptus honey and fresh figs, paprika-spiced roasted octopus on potato veloute, and plenty of pasta dishes. Owing to the partnership with Global Vineyards, their wine menu is a peach.
22 Sathorn Soi 1 Yaek 2 (Goethe), 02-287-2402. Open daily 11:30am-midnight
Ekkamai can seem like a pretty gray place at times, so it’s great that Mikkeller has chosen a location away from the main street and in one of the charming old residential houses tucked down a side street. The spacious lawn hosts some fun garden barbecues, complete with Bangkok’s best craft beers on tap.
26 Ekkamai Soi 10, 02-381-9891. Open daily 5pm- midnight. BTS Ekkamai
The Missing Burro NEW!
This Mexican spot sits in a garden down the surprisingly peaceful Thonglor Soi 7, far from the bustle of the main drag. And the Mexican owners’ traditional corn tortilla tacos are so good you’ll want to keep the place a secret. The carnitas (braised pork) comes with a mind-blowing sauce made with imported Mexican chilies. Other fillings include al pastor (spiced marinated pork with pineapple) and choriqueso (house-made chorizo mixed with melted cheese). Wash your meal down with a Day of the Dead beer or margarita.
145 Thonglor Soi 7, 090-913-2131. Open Wed-Sun 5-11pm; Mon 5-11pm
Out front of Thonglor's molecular cocktail specialist sits a spacious outdoor terrace with lots of couches, while inside the purple-lit glass-house you'll find nightly live bands—plus room for dancing before moving onto the neighboring clubs. Cocktails stick to molecular techniques, like the Flaming Lamborghini (Blue Curacao, Sambuca, Baileys Irish Cream, Kahlau and Fireball).
171 Thonglor Soi 10, 080-770-9800. Open Mon-Sun 5pm-2am
Decked out in the requisite fake grass and rattan benches, this bar conjures up a laidback garden vibe. Explaining the name, an octagon-shaped open bar sits at the venue’s center. The food is international fusion, including beer-friendly choices like deep-fried seafood and garlic spaghetti with dried chili. Asahi is available on tap, they claim to serve at an extra cold -2 degree Celsius. The 360-degree urban views of Chit Lom aren’t bad, either.
4/F, Mercury Tower, 504 Phloen Chit Rd., 088-842-4044. Open daily 5pm-midnight. BTS Chit Lom
The split-level bar’s trendy-but-mature vibe is accentuated by striking views from the top floor of the Marriott Sukhumvit hotel. The first level features a long balcony filled with sculpture-like sofas, above which are a couple of private rooms and a third tier with 360-degree views around a circular bar. DJs play not-too-loud funky house to a crowd of young executives and hotel guests drinking classic cocktails with slight twists. The food focuses on Asian-themed bar snacks.
45/F, Marriott Bangkok Sukhumvit, Sukhumvit Soi 57, 02-797-0000. Open daily 6pm-1am
The painfully trendy Sofitel So’s fine dining restaurant leads out onto a rooftop serving killer cocktails and lounge tunes. The restaurant is excellent, as is the pretty unique view looking out over Lumpini Park. There’s also a small mezzanine one level up called HiSo Cabana, open for group bookings and the hotel’s regular parties.
29/F, Sofitel So Bangkok, 2 North Sathorn Rd., 02-624-0000. Open daily 5pm-1am (Bar). MRT Lumpini
On top of the ever-intriguing lineup of top indie bands from labels Smallroom Records, Parinam Music and Panda Records, the bar also has a pretty sizeable outdoor zone that just calls for ordering a tower of draught beer while watching the live English Premier League on the huge screens every weekend.
Lad Phrao Soi 8 (Yak 3), Lad Phrao Rd., 081-173-3616. Open daily 5:30pm-2am. MRT Phaholyothin (Exit 1)
The 55th-floor view from Centara's rooftop puts this bar in the same league as high flyers like Vertigo at the Banyan Tree. Alfresco dining and drinking takes place under a swooping, red-lit arch, while chef Hugo Coudurier's seasonal menus spotlight classic, rich steak dishes. Don't miss the truffle-infused wagyu beef tenderloin Rossini—a menu staple and proven crowd-pleaser.
55/F, Centara Grand at CentralWorld, 999/99 Rama 1 Rd., 02-100-6255. Open daily 6-11:30pm
This French casual dining and drinking balcony occupies the same rooftop as Octagon (see above). There’s a happening vibe here thanks to the clean black-and-white industrial decor and DJ booth that pumps out house tunes. During the daytime, it opens for lunch, which spans salads, pastas and burgers.
4/F, Mercury Ville, 504 Phloen Chit Rd., 081-995-6984. Open daily 11am-midnight. BTS Chit Lom
A dining room made of glass and concrete, a wooden house and a yard packed with outdoor seating (as well as cool Ari locals) still make Salt the most elegant outdoor drinking spot in the neighborhood. Try the Salt Swinging cocktail which comes with sparkling wine, cranberry and mandarin juice. Unlike most outdoor bars, the solid playlist thankfully skips on popsanova, too (at least most of the time).
Ari Soi 4, 02-619-6886. BTS Ari. Open Mon-Sat 5pm-midnight.
Sala Rattanakosin calls itself a restaurant with guest rooms, and half of the renovated four-story building is dedicated to fine wining and dining. The design keeps remaining traces of the original building and accompanies them with a minimal blackand white theme. Chef Tony Wrigley whips up some pretty impressive Thai food on the riverside terrace, and there’s also a rooftop bar where you can sip excellent cocktails with a view.
39 Soi Tha Tien, Maharaj Rd. 02-622-1388
Tucked down a little alley behind Wat Pathumkongka in a charming old wooden house, Samsara makes a charming first impression. The place feels halfway between a gallery and a friend’s house, brimming as it is with personality: expect to find colorful vintage furnishings, all sorts of cat-related curios and paintings hanging on the wall. Most of the tables are set out on the terrace and reservations are a must for the ones with the best views. The tasty Thai cuisine is augmented by Japanese touches since some of the owners hail from Japan.
1612 Songwat Rd., 086-978-9331,02-639-6853. Open Tue-Thu, Sun 4pm-midnight, Fri-Sat 4pm-1am.
When it comes to drinking outdoors, it’s hard to beat the variety at this community mall. Gathered around a central courtyard, you’ve got Brew for beer and cider, the Belon Oyster and Raw Bar for seafood, and more. It tends to attract a lot of very drunk dek inter, but that’s because it’s one of the few places any group of friends can all agree upon.
251/5 Thonglor Soi 13, 02-185-2728/9. Open daily 5pm-1am
This restaurant run by Somkiat "Joke" Pairojmahakij of Seven Spoons is set in what was once an old boatyard right by Phra Arthit Pier, meaning you can still see remnants of this former life, in the form of the old pulleys, crates and buoys that adorn a dining area that's been polished up in an industrial style. The food focuses on Modern American comfort dishes, while they also serve a decent selection of wines and craft beers.
47 Phra Athit. 02-629-5165. Opening Tue-Thu 5:30pm-midnight; Fri-Sun 5:30pm-1am
It’s long, steep climb to the top—and you may not get a seat on weekend nights—but Skytrain Jazz’s rooftop location and grungy shophouse location gives it a wonderfully gritty urban feel. Sip on Singha as the BTS rattles past, basking in the pale light of Century Movie Plaza’s giant marquee. This is not a rooftop bar to escape the big bad city, it’s where you come to remember why you love it.
5/F, 6 Rangnam Rd., 02-640-0303. Open daily 5pm-1am
Souffle and Me NEW!
Chef Thanunya “Gai” Kaikaew is the only female chef from the Iron Chef Thailand TV show. Her specialty lies in sweets, so it’s no surprise that desserts star at her restaurant. The lovely wooden house and garden it inhabits wouldn’t be packed out on weekends were it only for vanilla souffles, though. Thanunya also has a solid savory menu with plenty of brunchy nods; and she is backed by impeccable service.
417 Narathiwas Soi 24, 02-674-0442. Open daily 11am-10pm
This rooftop cocktail lounge takes you back to the jazz age. The two-story space sports prohibition era-inspired decor, featuring lots of dark woods and Art Deco touches. A balcony on the 24th floor lets you take in 180-degree views of Bangkok’s business district, while an alfresco rooftop offers a more leisurely atmosphere. Try classic cocktails that really pack a punch, like the Sazerac 1838, which combines Jack Daniel’s, absinthe and bitters.
24-25/F, Hotel Muse Bangkok Langsuan, 55/555 Lang Suan Rd., 02-630-4000. Open daily 5:30pm-1am
Spec Bar NEW!
The same owners as Ekkamai live music spot Baan Puen dish out a solid menu of signature cocktails as well as food worthy of a full-blown restaurant (our favorite: larb omelet). Ignore the space downstairs and head straight up to the open-air terrace, which hosts live music every evening with a focus on '90s retreads amid checkered floors, dangling greenery and sheets billowing from the ceiling.
ACMEN Complex, Sukhumvit Soi 63 (Ekkamai), 084-656-2542. Open daily 6pm-1am
Located in the small community behind Wat Devarajkoonchon, next to Thewet Pier, the venue is a 60-year-old house that’s been made bright and bold with a few licks of paint and the addition of some wooden furniture. The food is mostly typical Thai dishes served on plain dinnerware; it’s not the most authentic, but it’s very pleasant and comforting. Try the highlight kua gling moo (stir-fried minced pork with herbs). Steve’s casual and simple vibe makes for a relaxing experience—one that’s only enhanced by the sunset views and sounds of the river.
68 Sri Ayutthaya Soi 21, 081-868-0744, 02-281-0915
Starchitect Duangrit Bunnag followed up Never Ending Summer with this Euro bistro with a vast terrace that leads right up to the water. Comfort food like fisherman’s stew, crab cakes and beer-battered fish and chips go down as easily as bar manager Dheeradon Dissara's Thai-infused cocktails. Try the Gold Gold Gold (prosecco, mango puree and gold leaves) and Pina Pamila (Malibu, rum and palm juice).
Jam Factory, 41/5 Charoen Nakorn Rd., 02-861-0953. Open daily 11am-11pm
This themed community mall looks to recapture the charm of the old town's architecture. The riverside pavilion consists of over 50 open-air restaurants and shops spread over seven buildings styled in keeping with the area's former reputation. There's also a riverside promenade and community garden. As well as shops dedicated to fashion and beauty, you'll also find specialists of antiques and Thai amulets. Dining highlights include new branches of pizzeria Peppina and brunch spot Gram.
11/1, Maharaj Rd. 02-866-3163-4, 090-926-5265. Open daily 10am-10pm
Top Knot NEW!
Sitting on top of Hotel Once, this multi-level bar and grill offers 360-degree views from its upper level. You come here for quiet, intimate evenings and small gatherings among friends in an area of the city which is only just waking up to nightlife—but which has the authentic atmosphere of old Bangkok. The food menu however is not so Thai, offering a selection of barbecue specials like pork, chicken, beef, salmon and shrimp as well as pastas. To drink, it's cocktails or local and imported beers.
8-9/F, Hotel Once Bangkok, 2074/99 Charoenkrung Soi 72/2, 02-688-2596. Open daily 6pm-midnight
Uno Mas NEW!
Alfresco 54th-story views complement fresh, Mediterranean decor that feels anything but stuffy. It's a fitting backdrop for an equally laidback menu of authentic tapas: some 40-odd treats like Joselito ham, live Boston lobster sashimi, oysters, Cochinillo suckling pig and wild porcini mushroom croquettes. Thirsty? There's a whopping 36 wines by the glass here.
54/F, Centara Grand at CentralWorld, 999/99 Rama 1 Rd., 02-100-6255. Open daily 4pm-1am
The space is looking kind of tired now by comparison to rooftop newcomers like Sofitel So and Marriott Sukhumvit, but one of the city’s first sky-high dining options remains a popular choice for special occasion dining. Make sure you book a seat by the railings in advance then head up over 60 floors to drink and dine with incredible views of the city.
61/F, The Banyan Tree, 21 Sathorn Rd., 02-679-1200. Open daily 5pm-1am
Viva & Aviv has long been the best riverside tip for a spot of daytime drinking. Soak up the river view and breeze while watching the tourist boats plying up and down the river, and enjoy the range of inventive cocktails along with the funky house soundtrack spun by Thai and international DJs.
River City Complex, 23 Yota Rd., 02-639-6305. Open daily 11am-midnight. Sri Phraya Pier
Yes, this rooftop joint does use fake grass (and even grass-covered tables), but we like the laidback atmosphere and good tunes. The mismatched wooden sofas and rattan chairs make it feel a little like a traditional riverside restaurant, but the clientele is way less tourist-y. Most of the cocktails are girl-friendly—sweet and sour, pretty and not too strong. Try the strawberry mojito (classic mojito with strawberry juice) or Ocean 10 (a Long Island ice tea with blue caracao).
5/F, Nakiya Restaurant Building, Thonglor Soi 13. Open daily 5pm-2am. BTS Thong Lo