The multi-level dining trend has emerged in recent years as a unique approach to hospitality, especially when exploring Bangkok’s diverse landscape of old buildings, town houses, and shopfronts. These restaurants are flipping the script and giving diners whole new vibes and venues on their different floors.
New spots and heritage buildings alike are offering their patrons something new by giving diners high-end food on one floor and booze on the next, sometimes with totally different atmospheres, sometimes expounding on their theme, sometimes with rooftop partying.
Beyond the logistics, the multi-storey dining concept offers chefs a canvas for experimentation with different concepts. Check out this list of spots that just can’t be contained to the horizontal.
Chenin’s multi-storey concept starts off with a wine bar on the first floor, setting the evening’s tone with an extensive selection of natty wines. Ascending to the second floor, customers are treated to an a la carte menu featuring dishes like the scallop potato brown butter and the tonnarelli pasta with burrata . The third floor houses the kitchen, while the fourth floor hosts the chef’s counter, a 12 seat chefs table with an open wood-fire kitchen counter, boasting a rich variety of visiting chefs from all over the world. They’ve hosted more than 40 chefs with their team from 20 different cities and 15 different countries. Be sure to check out their line up here
. The ambiance is mysterious and charming, providing an intimate setting for wine and dine evenings, illuminated by candlelight and draped red velvet curtains.
29/4, Sukhumvit 31, 061-140-0444. Open daily 6pm-12am
Tempered Co is where you get your chocolate fix. With the owner’s expertise in property development, they’ve taken a five-storey office building on a leafy Ruamrudee Soi and transformed it into their chocolate empire: Tempered Cooperative. The cafe on the bottom floor offers single chocolate drinks or even chocolate dirties for the coffee drinkers, as well as freshly baked pastries. But did you know that they serve cocktails, too? After Tempered cocktail bar on the 2nd floor is a dimly-lit speakeasy with three signature chocolate drinks on their menu. They’re currently in their soft opening phase, which features three signature cocktails with, you guessed it, chocolate. One of them, the Arcadia, is served using naim leaf-infused white rum, soda, 35% white chocolate, coconut, and jasmine, which is both creamy and fruity in taste with added floral notes of coconut and jasmine. Or there’s the tempered martini, with 75% dark chocolate, vodka, and Frangelico liquor. It’s a dangerous drink, like a slightly bitter chocolate milk.
59 Soi Ruam Rudi, 2 Witthayu Rd., 092-828-5444, Open daily 8am-6pm
Chef David Thompason’s latest venture, Chop Chop Cook Shop, has found its home in bustling Yaowarat within the historical Goldsmith building. Positioned on the ground floor, the restaurant pays homage to the art deco structure’s origins as a goldsmith store. Crafted in collaboration with Apirak Leenharattanarak from Bensley Design Studio, the mid-twentieth-century ambiance is accentuated by terrazzo floors and pastel booths, blending American diner aesthetics with an old gold store. The menu serves classic cookshop food, which is often a blend of Teochew, Chinese, Thai, and Western food traditions with dishes such as the Devil and Angel on Horseback crab cocktail with marie rose sauce and buttered prawns. The second floor is the Goldsmith Bar, a creation by the Jim Thompson team, mirroring the early 20th century with dragon motifs, traditional embellishments, and Chinoiserie wall art. The cocktail menu is a testament to innovation, with the Silly Rabbit, featuring a velvety blend of rums, carrot, yuzu, coconut milk, honey, and tarragon. Chef David Thomspon’s cookshop is one to keep your eye on.
G/F, 328 Chakkrawat, Samphanthawong, 097-008-0519. Open Mon-Fri 3pm-9:30pm; Sat-Sun 12pm-9:30pm
The newly opened 168 Yi Liu Ba in Yaowarat has transformed one of the area’s iconic buildings into a multi-level dining establishment. Helmed by the internationally awarded Chef Por, 168 offers a menu that fuses Chinese and Thai cooking techniques. The venue offers an all-inclusive dining experience under one roof, with a bar, restaurant, and a live music area. For the food, there’s starters like the melon and mint-infused watermelon salad or the peking shrimp and the shanghai port. For mains, we recommend the brown rice noodles and gyoza veggie soup or the sous vide noodles with shrimp paste. The restaurant’s interior design pays homage to the timeless charm of the Old Town, featuring exposed brick walls and ceilings, leather seats, Chinese girl posters, and a dimly lit underground ambiance that makes you feel like you’ve traveled back in time. After your meal, be sure to head to the bar for a curated selection of craft cocktails, fine wines, premium cognacs, and Japanese whiskies. There are also international DJs spinning vinyl records on the second floor. And good news, this joint stays open late, so get your late-night chow on.
605 Charoen Krung Road., 093-110-2889, Open Tues-Sun 5pm-late
In a city that never sleeps, Sundry makes you feel like the sun’s always out. Nestled in a four-story orange building, Sundry’s multi-leveled space draws inspiration from the colors of sunrise and sunset. Each floor of Sundry serves a different purpose. The first floor, aptly named the sunrise room, hosts rotating art exhibitions. Ascend to the second floor, the sunkiss room, which will soon house a Thai tapas restaurant. The third floor is the studio bar, which represents the twilight period. Here, you can enjoy drinks, watch bartenders craft cocktails, and listen to hi-fi DJ tunes. For those seeking a more laid-back atmosphere, the fourth floor, known as the Soleil Lounge, is a room that is a work of art in itself. The brightly lit orange roof is similar to a James Turrell colored light piece where the sky meets the earth. Sundry Bar’s drink menu reads like a Thailand guidebook, taking you to different local spots. For instance, drinks from the BKK Itinerary Guide are only available depending on the time you’re at Sundry. For something sweet, delicate, and creamy, opt for the Elephant Pants (B380), which is only available from 8 pm to 9:59 pm and includes sage, coconut sugar, fresh coconut, and Issan rum.
8, Rama IV Rd, Silom., 094-922-9562. Open daily 6pm-late.
Terroir in Ekkamai offers French cuisine with the option of a la carte or fine dining. Terroir Expression is a French bistro and wine bar on the ground floor of Terroir Bkk, a fine dining French restaurant, a multi-floor dining concept, now offers a menu serving modern French comfort food, Burgundy style. This basement-vibes resto has opulent, timber-detailed furnishing, picture frames all over the walls, leather seats, and a ground-floor wine bar, creating a cozy and inviting ambiance. Diners are also welcome to take a tour of their cellar, which offers an impressive selection of new and old-world wines with a particular emphasis on Burgundy wines. Chill at the bar and sip wine or tuck into a full French feast—accompanied by live music on Fridays and Saturdays. The menu here is unpretentious and honest, not shying away from dishes like escargot and wagyu tartare while being bold enough to tackle classic dishes that leave little room for error: steak, fish, and duck. For fine-dining, Terroir Bkk, this brightly illuminated sleek and modern venue is a mixture of French and Japanese cuisine offering a progressive Kaiseki dining experience. With two menus to choose from, 12 or 18 courses.
1/F Acmen Complex, Ekkamai Rd., 061-326-5150, Open Tues-Sun 5:30pm-1am.
Pam has artfully preserved the historical essence of the building, paying homage to its past, and each floor narrates a unique chapter of her family's rich history—together with her progressive 20-course dinner menu transforming traditional Thai-Chinese cuisine. On the ground floor, there is a blend of rustic and contemporary design with glass jars filled with fermented ingredients adorning overhead shelves. Notably, a wooden elevator from the second floor, once used by Pam's family to discreetly transport certain herbs, serves as a visible testament to the secret family recipes. Ascend the staircase, and the third floor provides a more intimate gathering space. On the fourth floor is Opium Bar and a star-studded rooftop on the same level, perched above the bustling Soi Wanit, boasting a balcony offering a captivating view of the activity below. Opium Bar, characterized by a flawlessly curated mixed drink list inspired by the concept of "liquid sureality," establishes an intimate and lively atmosphere steeped in the building's memories. Combining the opulence of a New York hangout space with the spirit of late-night Chinatown Bangkok, this establishment is a narrative blend of history and innovation.
422 Vanich 1 Rd, Samphanthawong., 0829-793-950, Open Thurs-Mon 5pm-midnight
While Sarnies is renowned for its Singaporean/Aussie cafes in Bangkok—with their coffees, signature steak or chicken sarnies—they’ve evolved into a full-fledged restaurant on Sukhumvit. In November they also ventured into the bar scene with Funkytown (stylized as F*nkytown). Currently in a soft opening phase, this retro-inspired bar is perched atop Sarnies Sukhumvit 37. The bar is spacious, dimly illuminated, adorned with round tables, leather booths, and vibrant orange bar stools. The ambiance is characterized by deep, warm tones like magenta, orange, and brown. For a savory cocktail, give the Caesar Salad a go, or for a sweeter concoction, order the Tokyo Banana which is a creamy, buttery blend of white chocolate, miso, and vodka. The bar also resonates with an old-school funk and disco inspired soundtrack featuring hits from Earth, Wind & Fire, Whitney Houston, and Stevie Wonder. The fifth floor also features a rooftop offering panoramic views of the Bangkok skyline.
39, Soi Sukhumvit Alley 37, 093-814-1594. Open daily 5pm-12am