SKY BAR - BANGKOKAugust 19, 2014
For the ultimate drinks venue in Bangkok, look no further than Sirocco Sky Bar. There's no shortage of rooftop bars on Bangkok's soaring skyline but Sky Bar trumps them all. It sits pretty on the 63rd floor of one the city's most iconic buildings, the Lebua State Tower. As it's one of the tallest buildings in South East Asia, it boasts some of the best panoramic views of the city. However Sky Bar is above the competition not just in height but in a plethora of other aspects, which I will get onto in more detail later. I could throw endless superlatives at it but don't just take my word for it, Sky Bar has received critical acclaim from the likes of the New York times who described it as "the most stunning rooftop bar you'll ever see".
Sky Bar has been notably acquainted with the likes of Hollywood, as it made an appearance in the 2011 film The Hangover II. This has resulted in a significant surge in popularity, with many people visiting it because of this novelty. Since the release of the film it has commonly been referred to as the 'Hangover' bar.
Sky Bar's summit is reached via its high speed lift which steadily propels you to the ear-poping height of 820 ft within seconds. I'm sure you will agree that the views of Bangkok's twinkling cityscape are nothing short of breathtaking.
Almost as impressive as the views are the cocktails. Sky Bar boasts a team of world class mixologists. Something off the cocktail menu will set you back around 600-800 Baht (about £10 - £15) which is relatively expensive for Bangkok but the amazing view sure justifies pushing the boat out a bit.
Gold Rush cocktail containing 23 carat gold
I opted for the Gold Rush cocktail which contains lychee liquor, honey, Beefeater gin, European Red Bull and 23 carat gold flakes. A deliciously decedent cocktail fit for its surroundings. You know your sipping on something fancy when it has gold floating in it.
The famous Hangovertini cocktail.
The aptly named Hangovertini is Sky Bar's signature cocktail; containing green tea liquor, Martini Rosso, green apple juice and rosemary-infused honey. It was formulated by one of Sky Bar's master mixologists especially for the cast of the Hangover II. It even got the seal of approval from the films director himself, Todd Phillips. The Hangovertini is often regarded as Bangkok's answer to the Singapore Sling.
Come armed with your camera because your night is likely descend into a frenzy of picture taking. Small crowds of people congregate on the viewing deck to take pictures...but who cam blame them, it's the coolest backdrop ever. So you can be forgiven for taking a selfie...or five. I know that we were guilty as charged!
Like the cocktails, Sky Bar's distinctive distinctive atmosphere is highly refined. There's a live quartet that fills the air with ambient music and its circular bar is illuminated with coloured light that transitions from different hues of every 90 seconds. It's one of the tallest open air bars in the world and the air is fresh and cool from the top, not to mention of course the stunning views. All of these factors work in synergy together to create a truly unique atmosphere that can't be found in many other places.
There's a smart dress code and according to the general consensus they are not lenient with it. Gentlemen, for god's sake NO trainers!
I wholly agree with the New York Time's review and I can't recommend Sky Bar enough. I'm a huge fan of a good cocktail with a view and I would definitely say that Sky Bar qualifies as one of my favourite venues in Asia. There's also the Sirocco open air restaurant on the same level if you fancy something to eat.