Nest Rooftop Bar in Bangkok is where you can chill out with cabanas set in sand, oversized daybeds to laze back on and an impressive cocktail list. This top-floor rooftop bar lacks the views of some of Bangkok’s taller rooftop offerings, but the ambience is unique here and offers a great alternative to the busier bars on Sukhumvit Soi 11.

    The music is a mix of soul, funk and chilled beats which helps to keep everything cool and laidback. The Nest Bangkok is a great location for a first date on a weekday but on weekends it tends to get busy as an after-dinner/party-starter sort of place with many people starting here before moving onto nightclubs nearby.

    Located on the top floor of Le Fenix Hotel, the crowd in Nest is a mix of dressed-up ladies out for dinner, couples looking for a chilled out vibe, and a more general mix of Sukhumvit Soi 11 scenesters getting warmed up with a cocktail or 2.

    The menu is a mix of Thai and International favourites, but the low tables and lazy chairs are inconvenient for the main meal so we usually stick to a few tapas-style snacks to accompany our drinks, such as bruschetta or the seafood basket which comes with calamari, fish and shrimp. If you’re in the sharing mood, their signature crystal bucket is a luxury adaptation of the classic bucket cocktail with 5 flavours to choose from.

    Projector screens display panoramic scenes behind the DJ booth, and on the other wall, old Manga-style cartoons are played at strange angles. Fairy lights are scattered around the bar and a mass of fans create the illusion of windswept terrace. There's a retractable roof but it is always rolled back to show the faintest glimmer of stars.

    Candlelight, open sky, chilled music and strong cocktails – Nest has many elements of the rooftop bar just right and ensure the place is a surefire option for a relaxing get-together. The nearest BTS station is Nana but it's quite a walk up the soi so think about a quick taxi from the station to arrive without breaking a sweat.

    Nest Rooftop Bar in Bangkok

    Location: Le Fenix Hotel, 33/33 Sukhumvit Soi 11, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 6pm to 2am

    Phone: +66 (0) 2 305 4000

    Paul Smith | Compulsive Traveller

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