Dec 08, 2011|
Few restaurants can boast a spectacle as inspiring as the brightly lit Wat Arun directly across the river. There is a modest list of wines, so you’re probably better off bringing your own (no corkage). As for the food, try poh pia gung (B180) and kai satay (B180). To watch the sun set behind the wat while enjoying the open air, call in advance for the best spots.
Arun Residence, 36-38 Soi Pratu Nokyung, Maharat Rd., 02-221-9158. Restaurant opens Mon-Thu 7am-10pm, Fri-Sun 7am-11pm. Bar opens Mon-Thu 5pm-midnight, Fri-Sun 5:30pm-1am. Parking available
Decorated in a classy black and red theme, with a mix of Balinese and Thai styles. The most popular cocktails are the Buri Tara Sunset and Falling in Love (B180 each). And of course, there’s the charming view surrounded by trees and the nearby river while bands play soft jazz and acoustic music.
762/2 Rama 3 Rd., 02-682-9457-9. Open daily 5pm-midnight. Parking available, Reservations Recommended
This open air space has got a white-arched roof, a u-shaped bar and impressive downstream views of the river. You’re paying a lot less for the same views as the neighboring five-star hotels (and it’s on a rooftop) without worrying about a dress code. Try the Baby Green with vodka, midori, banana liqueur, lime juice and a touch of soda water (B180) or go for the usuals (beer B80, whisky B1,200.) Light snacks start from B100.
5/F, River City Shopping Complex, Charoen Krung Rd., 084-928-6161. Open Tue-Sun 7pm-2am. Parking available, Reservations Recommended
From the folks who brought you Hyde&Seek comes Viva Aviv. We love the fun naval theme, with a dash of industrial chic and pirate inspired-interiors. The delish Piña Colasi (Appleton Jamaican rum, fresh pineapple, orange and black pepper syrup, citrus and fresh young coconut foam, B250) and the Four Cheesons pizza (B225) are awesome.
B/F, River City Shopping Complex, 23, Yotha Rd. 02-639-6305. Open daily 11am-midnight.
Sure it’s a bit far, and the entire decor is comprised of stainless steel furniture, but the view is breathtaking—with the sparkles of the river and the Rama VIII Bridge. Just make sure you head there before the scenic sunset and bring your own booze because they only have regular beer (Heineken B90).
2/1 Krungkasem Rd., 0-2281-2900. Open daily 11am-midnight. Parking available