Above: Sirocco & Sky Bar at lebua.
Bangkok nightlife is plenty of fun on the ground, but when you’re ready to take it to the next level, look upward. The city has no shortage of rooftop bars with refreshing breezes and intoxicating views. Here are two of our favorites:
Sirocco & Sky Bar
This high-style haunt can feel a tad pretentious at times, but the views easily make up for that. Perched on the 63rd floor of The Dome at lebua, Sirocco claims to be the world’s highest al fresco restaurant and is clearly one of the city’s most coveted spots. Perhaps this has something to do with scenes from The Hangover II having been filmed on the premises, but punters line up for a taste of the festivities before the venue opens each evening. Live jazz music is played nightly on a sweeping stage that juts over the edge. Follow the lit stairway to the dramatically lit round bar (it’s too cool for stools) and try the inevitable Hangovertiny, which includes Scotch whiskey, Zen green tea liquor, green apple juice, Martini Rosso, and rosemary-infused honey.
Vertigo Grill and Moon Bar
This isn’t the city’s newest rooftop bar — it opened about 10 years ago — but you’d be hard-pressed to find a better vantage point from which to view Bangkok’s pulsating skyline over the rim of a martini. A former helipad set 61 floors above the Banyan Tree Bangkok hotel lobby, this comfy perch serves up not only 360-degree views of the city, but a bevy of yummy cocktail concoctions as well. Try the Vertigo Sunset (Malibu, pineapple juice, cranberry juice, and a dash of lime) or the Moon Romance (melon vodka, Crème de Menthe, and peach and lime juice).