Penthouse at Park Hyatt Bangkok is an immersive drinking and dining complex occupying the top three floors of Bangkok’s hottest hotel. The grand idea of a visit to Penthouse Bar + Grill is to move through the venues to experience the particulars of each – all grouped around a smart ‘Bachelor Pad’ concept.
The entrance to Penthouse takes you past cabinets filled with racing memorabilia and boy’s toys and, at the end of the hall, you find a vintage BMW racing bike in mint condition. There are plenty of other hints about the jet-set lifestyle of the fictional owner of the Penthouse placed all over the three floors. Just like everything else in Park Hyatt Bangkok, the design is incredibly well executed and promises a night of fine-dining, bar-hopping and sweeping views.
Our advice is to come for dinner at The Grill and then follow your feet upstairs to check out each of the three excellent bars.
The Penthouse Grill is a premium steakhouse with enough variety on the menu to keep all guests happy. It’s also where the sense of ‘bachelor pad’ is most keenly felt. A few leather-bound booths stretch along one wall, with tables packed quite close together, creating a lively ambiance. The open kitchen is really part of the dining room and gives the restaurant a homely feel.
We love how specific the menu is in explaining each of the 10 cuts of steak on offer – everything from a Matsunaga A3 Wagyu striploin from Japan to an Argentinian grain & grass fed Striploin Churrasco. You’re unlikely to find more variety anywhere in Thailand. We selected an Australian Ranger’s Valley Ribeye (1,550 baht for 300g), which came with a tiny penny-sized spot of fat in the centre – just perfect.
Elsewhere on the menu, choose from piri-piri chicken (550 baht), Thai seabass (750 baht) and Alaskan king crab salad (620 baht), each of which offers extremely good value for a rooftop restaurant in a five-star hotel – particularly one of such good quality. From the sides menu, you should try the mac & cheese, which is flavoured with porcini and morel mushrooms for an earthy flavour that goes remarkably well with a glass of red. As with all Hyatt brand venues, the wine list is superb. Penthouse Grill currently has nine reds by the glass from its extensive cellar, starting from 380 baht. There are some excellent by-the-bottle options for around 1,500 baht.
INSIDER TIP: If you’re dining as a group and want something unique, consider booking the exclusive Chef’s Table, which can only be reached by walking through the kitchen, and into a secret dining room.
The Cocktail Bar, a floor above the restaurant, straddles the line between mature and fun-loving. You can choose a private table by the windows or sit up at the bar and enjoy the nightly DJ sets of lounge house, with the DJ booth seemingly floating above the stacked bar. As for what to drink, there’s a handful of spirit-forward signature cocktails that are some of the best in Bangkok:
The Reverent is a masculine drink, consisting of Elijah Craig and Ardbeg whiskies, amaretto, Fernet-Branca, maple syrup and almond powder – a dusting of almond powder around the rim makes this nutty, grainy sipping cocktail a real winner and surprisingly gentle.
The 250 CC starts with a Martin Miller’s gin base mixed with vermouth, absinthe Chatruses and a balancing lychee syrup, topped with chocolate bitters. These are mature drinks befitting of the swanky surroundings. Signature cocktails are 360 baht, with classics starting from 290 baht.
The ‘Speakeasy-esque’ Whisky Bar, is hidden behind a wooden panel and is full of mystique. The bar is stocked with over 150 of the world’s finest whiskeys, with a live pianist starting from 21:00 most evenings. The hushed and dimly lit space is perfect for a sordid rendezvous or just a nightcap with a sense of danger. There’s no sign to the Whisky Bar, so look out for an abstract strip neon hanging on the wall (although I’m sure the staff will be happy to point you in the right direction, if you ask).
The Penthouse Rooftop Bar on the 36th floor is not quite ready for the public, but it promises to be something very special once it throws open its doors. We will update this in due time.
Penthouse at Park Hyatt Bangkok
- Opening Hours: 16.30–midnight (Dinner: 18:00–22:00)
- BTS: Ploenchit
- Address: 34th-36th floor, Park Hyatt Bangkok, Wireless Road
- Tel: +66 2 012 1234