Bangkok offers a range of dazzling rooftop bars but none are quite as memorable as the Moon Bar. The most notable feature is the lack of obstructive walls framing these types of bars. Instead, visitors step out into a completely open space with nothing but a sea of glittering lights extending outwards. An open-air bridge connects the scenic bar with the Vertigo restaurant, which serves some premium steaks and seafood fresh off the grill. The bar itself serves outstanding drinks with a good range of quality spirits, wines and cocktails. It comes as no surprise that this magnificent place tends to be extremely popular so make sure to book ahead of time.
Address: 21/100 South Sathon Road Sathon, Banyan Tree Bangkok, Bangkok 10120, Thailand, +66 2 679 1200
If you’re looking to experience authentic night life, make your way to Wong’s Place, a small late night bar with a truly unique essence. Its walls have been plastered with photographs and the dark red Chinese lanterns provide atmospheric lighting. The eclectic bar comes to life long after everything else has shut with most visitors arriving past 2am. Music is played from the Wong’s numerous VHS cassette collection further underlining its quirky vibe. Wong’s Place is one of the most unique spots in the city and will leave a lasting memory with its authentic charm and laid-back attitude.
Address: 27/3 Soi Sribumphen, off Sathorn Soi 1, Bangkok 10120, Thailand, +66 81 901 0235
The bohemian bar is spread out over three levels with a balcony and open-air deck on the third floor and features a quirky mixture of French, Thai and Japanese influences. With its retro-feeling and quality music such as jazz, Smalls Bar continues to be one of the neighbourhood’s most popular watering holes, not least due to its friendly staff, reasonable prices and sociable atmosphere. On occasion live blues or jazz bands provide entertainment, and at other times DJs spin some rhythmic tunes. Drinks range from signature cocktails to standard wines and beers.
Address: 186/3, Suan Phlu Soi1, Bangkok 10120, Thailand, +66 95 585 1398
Parking Toys is one of the best venues for live music in Bangkok and makes a welcome change from lounge tunes thanks to its energetic bands and their smashing rhythms. The bar feels like an old warehouse and is filled with eclectic vintage furniture, disco balls and other quirky decorations. With its thrift-store chic and long sofas, it provides the perfect setting for a few drinks with friends while listening to the ska, jazz and rock bands. Although located a bit further from the city center, the bar is well worth the visit not least due to its mixed and artistic crowd and its unpretentious setting.
Address: 14 Prasert-Manukitch Rd, Chorakhe Bua, Lat Phrao, Bangkok 10230, Thailand, +66 2 907 2228
The Park Society Rooftop Bar is another rooftop bar that is worth mentioning and is located in the sophisticated Sofitel. Overlooking the Lumpini Park and the metallic skyline of Siam’s skyscrapers, the bar is truly worth the visit. Take your pick from a selection of tapas while sipping on a glass of quality wine and marveling at the dazzling beauty of Bangkok.
Address: 2 North Sathorn Road, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand, +66 2 624 0000
Combining elements of a coffee house, a restaurant and a bar, Dexter is one of the trendiest hangouts in Bangkok. In addition to fabulous coffee, this place serves up some excellent cocktails and the unpretentious atmosphere is perfect for a couple of afterwork drinks or a casual meeting. Additionally Dexter Cafe & Bar offers a delicious menu should you feel peckish.
Address: 56, 58 Soi Sathon 8, Sathorn Nua Road, 10500, Thailand, +66 2 636 6222
The quirky bar is the fourth Revolucion Cocktail venue outside of China and features Cuban themes, a colorful interior and delicious signature cocktails. The spacious Revolucion Cocktail is dimly lit and decorated with Che Guevara paintings, bright posters and other eclectic accents. The atmosphere is further enhanced by subtle Latin beats. It comes as no surprise that the cocktails are of premium quality and range from the classics to more innovative takes on alcoholic mixtures. The bar offers over 500 different spirits which are masterfully prepared by the friendly staff. Accompany their refreshing drinks with fresh tapas from Revolucion’s selected menu.
Address: 50 Suksawittaya, Bangrak Sathorn 10,Alley Silom, Bangkok 10500, Thailand, +66 2 235 4823
Bangkok has a knack for good cocktails and quality spirits but no one does them quite as well U.N.C.L.E., an abbreviation for – ‘United Nations of Cocktail Lovers Everywhere’. The Swedish team behind the Rocket Coffeebar and Lady Brett Tavern has brought an innovative cocktail lounge to Sathorn and set the bar up with dim lights, comfortable leather sofas and intimate booths. For experts in the field of alcoholic beverages, U.N.C.L.E. is sure to be an exciting visit with its wide range of spirits and other ingredients. The skillful bartenders will happily provide a taste profile to match the wishes of the guest and serve up some truly outstanding results.
Address: 149 Sathorn Soi 12, Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand, +66 2 635 0406
This unpretentious little bar offers a laid-back setting and is often packed with a loyal crowd of regulars. Junker and Bar serves up some of the best burgers in the area, such as the Australian Wagyu Beef Burger, as well some giant sized cocktails and other tasty international and national drinks. The bar continues to see excellent live music acts which give the bar a vibrant ambiance. The exceptionally friendly bar staff is happy to accommodate any wishes when it comes to cocktails, which are best enjoyed with a few of their tasty bar snacks.
Address: Thanon Suan Phlu, Thung Maha Mek, Sathon, Bangkok 10120, Thailand, +66 85 100 3608