Nov 13, 2017
The Southeast Asian City of Angels definitely looks its best from high up in the sky. Soak in the stellar panoramas from these stylish watering holes.
1. ALFRESCO 64
Lebua at State Tower
Chivas Regal has splashed out a ton at Oxford University on cutting-edge research on the synesthetic connection between taste and our other senses. With the opening of Alfresco 64, the highest outdoor whisky bar in the world, the question becomes, how do the cinematic sights and sounds of the City of Angels affect how we savor scotch? The answer is, positively indeed. Standing on the teak-floored bow of this luxury yacht in the clouds, hovering right atop the southern bend of the Chao Phraya River, sipping a Chivas Exclusive lebua blend, for example, you feel like you’re in a secret hideaway Bond-movie bolt hole. The feeling of penthouse privilege is only heightened by the custom glassware designed to intensify aromas and chill your aqua vitae without ice. Go on, drink in the sensory overload. lebua.com.
Far be it from me to suggest you sully quality bubbles with silly mixers, but the bartenders at beautiful CRU have a way with champagne cocktails. The Bangkok Bellini is mandarin Absolut, mango, fresh ginger and champagne; La Vie en Rose is a double-trouble ice bucket brimming with beakers of bubbly, and shots of strawberry puree and Absolut raspberry. Purists, though, should pair their lobster and crab fritters with a bottle of GH Mumm No. 1 Pink, which is exclusive to CRU, and matches the sunset hues sweeping in through the roof’s famed arch—a rainbow denoument to the day after you emerge from the fancy-pants glass lift. fb.com/champagnecru.
Bangkok’s balmy and often-rainy climes do not a good beer-garden culture make. But the Brewski team has elevated the game, bringing 12 taps and 100 bottled beers to a laid-back, picnic table-laden, trellis-topped roof. The menu categorizes brews by genre, making the globe-spanning abundance (Maryland double IPA ; New Zealand pilsner) accessible to the least informed of beer drinkers. There are even some elusive Thai craft brews and on-trend options like gose. The food menu is impressive: try the paneer poppers, the beer ceviche and the Kurabuta pork chop. Occasional live music and special pairing dinners give this cozy roof a community vibe. facebook.com/brewskirooftop.
Props to the Avani for fulfilling one of my hardest-to-satisfy desires: not only did they put a pool in their roof bar (virtually unheard of in Bangkok), but it’s a stunner infinity number that seems to cascade off the skyscraper into the river and city beyond. Attitude actually has five distinct areas suited for any mood. (though we hear a sixth, a flash second story, is in the works). Clap for your cuisine at the chef’s table in the open kitchen, drink in the insane southward panorama from the glass-box dining room that offers a rare bird’s-eye view of sunset, beckon mixologist Alexandre Hersent to whip you up one of his signature cocktails at the bar, or grab a beanbag and chill out in the grass under the shady gazebo. Or: bring your swimsuit, buy a bottle and snag a pool lounger with #viewsfordays. minorhotels.com.