Earlier this month I had a 1 night stop over in Bangkok and as the sun began to set and cocktail hour beckoned, my partner and I decided to head to the urban chic alfresco Red Sky Bar, located on the 56th Floor of the Centara Grand at CentralWorld.
Despite the initial hiccup of finding how to get to the bar (FYI enter via the Centra Grand entrance on the shopping centre ground floor, take the lift to the reception area (23rdfloor) and then swap lifts to the 55th floor and ask for directions) this is a fabulous way to see out an afternoon and mark the beginning of the evening in this vibrant city!
As you sink into either your comfy lounge chair or onto your day bed (located away from the main bar area – you need to request these if you prefer them, subject of course to one being available) and the really friendly waiting staff bring your cocktail list, all of the day’s stresses dissipate. And as the city underneath you lights up as the sun sets, and the silky melodies from the resident jazz trio float into the night sky, there are few better places in this city to enjoy not only the spectacular view but also your Happy Hour 2 for 1 drinks (5-7pm. Buy one drink and get your second free but everyone must buy the first drink however).
You can dine here if you wish (and I would argue that the city view from the tables is better here than at some of the other well known alfresco restaurants in Bangkok) or from the adjacent (but indoor) restaurant Fifty Five. Reservations at either are essential and prices are equivalent to that which you’d pay in fine dining restaurants in Australia.
But regardless of whether you wish to dine here or not, a sunset drink at the Red Sky bar is an absolutely delightful experience and a very relaxing and cost effective way to enjoy the incredible 360 degree city views. It’s definitely on our list to do again next time we are in Bangkok on a balmy, clear evening!
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