The buzz: Set atop Silom’s United Tower, multi-sectioned pub and restaurant Cloud 47 offers more choice than most rooftop venues across Bangkok, yet has a distinctly Thai flavor. Here, there’s space enough for some 500 people in either the laidback beer garden or the more upscale wine zone. Owned by Pheeraphon Pipawakorn, managing director of concert organizers Sea Dragon and the man behind Bangkok Gastro Riverfront at Asiatique, we’re intrigued by his promise of a tall wine cellar which will be serviced by a “flying angel hostess.”
The décor: A huge white cubic façade is the backdrop for the beer garden, which comprises stark white square tables and little white stool sofas. Though the decor is all-white, as the sun sets the place is given color by constantly changing backlights. As it’s their soft opening period, work is still ongoing on the promised wine cellar, which we’re told is going to be impressively tall. There will also be a quieter zones set aside for wine devotees, by the time the place officially launches in August.
The music: Live bands play popular tunes, as do DJs, all blasting out of a concert-standard soundsystem.
The price: The food here is pretty attuned to local tastes, so dishes like the stir-fried king prawns with basil with rice (B240) pack quite a punch (the prawns are a sight to behold, too). Those seeking something more Mediterranean can also opt for the beef carpaccio with rocket salad (B290), which comes with Australian beef. Chef Akasith’s recommended dishes, like the garlic and dried chili pasta with seafood (B280) and pasta with meatballs and arrabbiata sauce (B280) go down well with draught beer—available on tap are Singha (B180, 330ml mug), Asahi (B200), Carlsberg (B220) and Est.33 (B280). Another great drinking accompaniment is the pork knuckle with sauerkraut and spicy sauce (B580, enough for two or more). Aside from beers, every Abosolut-based cocktail is priced at B240, while a tower of Absolut will set you back B1,280 (mixers, B60). The soon-to-open wine zone promises bottles starting from B600 a pop.
Why you’ll come back: The increasingly maddening Silom traffic makes a casual evening sit-down all the more appealing. Cloud 47 provides you with a view over the tiny side-streets and a laidback vibe in which to while away the peak hour and beyond. Thitipol Panyalimpanun