The nightlife in Bangkok is legendary, from the upscale Bed Supperclub to the raunchy bars and infamous girly shows in basements across the city.
To experience Bangkok, you have to, of course, head out of your hotel --but don’t discount what lies within.
Some of the best cocktail venues are actually hotel bars. You just have to know which ones are worth visiting for an overpriced martini.
Like any high-end establishment worth its salt, you’re mostly paying for the ambience and/or the view.
At the top of the list is Sky Bar at Lebua Hotel. Suspended in the sky, 63 floors high, is this ultra-chic open-air bar that’s part of The Dome restaurants, a collection of expensive restaurants that share a panoramic, almost 360-degree view of the city from the top of the State Tower.
The bar literally juts out of the building’s main frame, creating an illusion of suspension, made more surreal by the changing colors of the circular bar’s LED panels. The best time to go is at sunset, when the sky changes colors and lights in the city flicker on.
Also perched high above the City of Angels is Moon Bar at Banyan Tree Bangkok. Set on the roof of this 61-story luxury hotel, this alfresco lounge has stunning downtown views.
It’s smaller and more intimate than Sky Bar, making it a more romantic venue for couples who want to share a bottle of bubbly while soaking in the skyline.
Not every bar has to be on a rooftop nor does it have to be a scene-y nightlife joint.
Some places are just classic and charming, and in the case of the Author’s Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental, it’s historic to boot. This colonial-style bar with white balustrades and high-backed rattan chairs once served literary figures including Joseph Conrad and W. Somerset Maugham.
It’s really more of an afternoon tea lounge than a standard bar, so put aside your alcohol craving for some scones and a teacup. Finally, you can’t tour Bangkok’s hotels without stepping foot in the Peninsula Bangkok.
Lauded as one of the world’s best hotels, this W-shaped structure has a premium location along the Chao Phraya River in downtown Bangkok. Have a drink beside the water at River Bar, a shaded terrace with outdoor lounge seating.
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