Red Sky Rooftop in Bangkok
A Great Rooftop at Centara Grand in Bangkok!
Red Sky is one of the newest rooftop bars and restaurant in Bangkok. While it doesn't offer striking riverside or treetop views that other rooftop bars enjoy, it has pretty impressive 360-degree panoramic vistas from its 55th floor, one of the most convenient locations in town.
If you visit Bangkok, chances are you will end up shopping in the Siam area, where the largest and most trendy shopping malls are located, such as the legendary Siam Paragon, MBK and the newly rebuilt CentralWorld. Red Sky bar is part of the Centara Grand Hotel, which itself is actually part of this gigantic CentralWorld shopping mall. So it seems to be a perfect combination: shop till your credit card drops, then recover from walking miles and miles with a dinner or a glass of chilled wine with unforgettable views from the rooftop above the shopping mall itself.
The lift leading to Red Sky is located a bit outside the shopping mall. You will have to turn your back to the BTS Skytrain track and walk all the way to the end of CentralWorld where the elevator will take you in no time to the 55th floor. Very friendly staff will take you to a table if you choose to dine or to one of the comfortable sofas distributed around the circular tower. At least here you can sit down and take time to look at the sun going down without having to fight for a space to take a dusk photo as at the newly famous Sky Bar at lebua. The Sky Bar was always busy, but became awfully crowded after being featuring in the movie 'The Hangover Part II'.
Here, there's no rush; take your time and enjoy the moment with an excellent Jazz quartet who understand what 'background music' really means. Of course there should be no need to tell you that with a circular tower, there are only few sofas actually facing the sunset, so if you really want to get the best seat, come a bit early. From up here you can see quite far, weather permitting. You can also peek inside the new extra-luxurious Kempinski Hotel next door and even get a bird's eye view of the large royal residence next to it (mostly a sea of huge trees). If you know Bangkok a bit, trying to identify buildings and spotting landmarks seen from the top is an irrestitible game, look for the beautiful Wat Saket... or try to spot MBK Siam Discovery... it's harder than it seems. The only tower challenging the heights of Centara Grand is the famous Bayoke Sky Tower and its 65th-floor revolving observatory. And you can bet that people over there are staring right back at you.
Once the idea of food has become more important than the views, the table you have booked in advanced or asked for on arrival will be waiting for you (you did ask for a table, didn't you?)
There's a good selection of sophisticated European cuisine which is a bit pricey without being too extravagant and the cocktail and wine list are long enough so you're sure to find the perfect drink to go with your lamb or imported beef. The setting, with the gigantic arch and its ever-changing colours, will help make your dinner really special. After being up here, wherever you walk in the city and notice the unmistakable colour-changing arches of the Red Sky at Centara Grand, you'll say to yourself, "I was up there."
Red Sky Rooftop Bar
- Opening Hours: 17:00 - 01:00
- Address: 55th floor of the Centara Grand, Central World
- Tel: +66 (0) 2100 1234