Bar Guide Bangkok

16 March, 2016


Lebua at State Tower

Sometimes there is nothing better than a view. At Lebua at State Tower, an F&B-forward hotel that towers over Bangkok, the view is unparalleled. Indeed, the three bars perched 60 stories up in the sky are said to be the highest in the world. Sky Bar was the first rooftop bar in Bangkok, and thus a pioneer of alfresco drinking. Believe it or not, this was not a thing, until Lebua launched its bar in the clouds.

We could talk about its cocktails, but with a healthy throng of view-gazers to satisfy, speed and consistency is the order of the day – and night, when the Bangkok vista really comes to life. For more considered mixology, head up one flight to Distil Bar. Here Portuguese bar-chef Joao Franco has recently taken up the reigns and offers experimental Asian-influenced cocktails to satisfy the discerning customers who flock to the hotel for its gastro experiences.

Rooftop bars are not known for great cocktails, but Franco is the determined sort. His Sachertini cocktail (sake infused seaweed-wasabi syrup, mango, lime and ginger, served in a steaming tea pot, garnished with sashimi) is a drink worthy of any venue. But if your tastes are more conservative try the Thai G&T, with ice made with chili and lime, or else head to the latest Lebua rooftop bar, Flute A Perrier-Jouët Bar, for views, Champagne and live Jazz.

Digital Edition

Drinks International digital edition is available ahead of the printed magazine. Don’t miss out, make sure you subscribe today to access the digital edition and all archived editions of Drinks International as part of your subscription.


Tess Posthumus

Staffing crisis could open opportunities

The pandemic has thrown many challenges at bar owners over the past couple of years and the ones that survived the various lockdowns and restrictions deserve a pat on the back. However, while revenues are returning and bars are beginning to recruit once more, we’ve come up against a whole new set of problems, one of which is a global starring crisis.