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Dec 14 2014

Red Sky Bar : Sweeping Views Of Bangkok

On our most recent trip to Bangkok we met up with some friends from back home for a day of shopping and to try out some bars that we missed on our first trip. After a long morning wandering Chatuchak Weekend Market followed by an afternoon exploring the maze of stores in the gigantic Central World Mall, we decided that we needed to relax for an evening of drinks. We happened on Red Sky Bar by a bit of a happy accident.

I had heard that Zense Rooftop Bar had a good view and was located in one of the Central World Mall towers, but after half an hour of searching and asking around, we could not find the correct elevator bay or any signage to indicate how to actually get to the bar. After talking to a friendly security guard about where we could get some drinks with a view, he led us to the Centara Grand Hotel where Red Sky Bar sits on the 56th floor.

Fortunately, Red Sky Bar was also on our list of places to see in Bangkok, but I had no Idea it was connected to the Central World Mall nor did I realize how large the mall actually was. It is the 6th largest shopping complex in the world! No wonder we couldn’t find what we were looking for.

When we arrived at Red Sky Bar it was 4 p.m. and the place was completely empty. We then realized that the bar did not actually open until 5 p.m.,  but the friendly staff were happy to seat us next to the bar and took our drink orders while they finished their pre-opening meeting. The drinks were surprisingly reasonable in price, around 300THB for premium liquor, and the house cocktails were delicious. We enjoyed their buy one get one happy hour and got to try some tasty drinks made with grated ginger, fresh kiwi and berries.

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Once the bar officially opened we headed up to the roof level and sat in the open air with only a glass panel between us and the 56 stories down to the ground. The view in the late afternoon was amazing and each level of Red Sky and the restaurant below offer 360 degree views of the cityscape. The views were unbeatable and as the sun lowered, the sky turned crimson and Red Sky Bar became true to its name. As the sky darkened, colorful accent lights illuminated and the atmosphere changed to that of an upscale lounge. A jazz band began playing live music and all the seats filled up with Bangkok’s young professionals and visitors staying at the hotel.

Red Sky Bar was a perfect place to relax and take in the unrestricted views of Bangkok. You could even see the royal palace and grounds clearly from where we were seated. We watched the city turn pink and red in a hazy sunset and took in how huge of an urban sprawl it really is.

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Quick Tips

  • Make a reservation in advanced for dining at Fifty Five Restaurant and Red Sky Restaurant
  • The staff speak perfect english and are happy to give you drink recommendations
  • Try the ginger berry cocktail and the “Sexy Kiwi”
  • Read more on Red Sky Bar’s website
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Eric
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Eric left Washington, D.C. to travel the world starting with Chiang Mai, Thailand. He enjoys peaty scotch, long walks on the beach (or up mountains) and most sports or activities with potential risk of injury or death.

3 Comments
  • Ooh, swanky! Looks fabulous! We visited the sky bar that was featured in the hangover when we were in Bangkok and it was super expensive and super packed; this looks so much better!

    December 15, 2014 at 12:23 am
  • LOVED this place – definitely worth it for a splurge in the city!

    January 26, 2015 at 12:11 pm
    • Evanne
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      Yes it is! Such a wonderful place to watch the sunset

      January 27, 2015 at 3:29 pm

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