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’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.
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.
Almost as impressive as the views are the cocktails. Sky Bar boasts a team of world-class mixologists. 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 film’s director himself, Todd Phillips. The Hangovertini is often regarded as Bangkok’s answer to the Singapore Sling.
I opted for the Gold Rush cocktail which contains lychee liquor, honey, Beefeater gin, European Red Bull and 23-carat gold flakes. A deliciously decadent cocktail fit for its surroundings. You know you’re sipping on something fancy when it has gold floating in it.
Like the cocktails, Sky Bar’s 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.
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