Could you imagine having to abseil to get your wine? Well this is what they do at the Red Sky rooftop bar in Bangkok, Thailand. The impressive 2-storey glass temperature controlled cellar is home to plentiful 1st Growth Bordeaux, Super Tuscans and heroes of the new world. And they definitely keep them out of reach!
The Red Sky rooftop bar is situated in central Bangkok on the 55th floor of the Centara Grand Hotel at CentralWorld. Unforunately it was raining on the evening we visited but what we could see of the lights of Bangkok city were truly spectacular. It is a chaotic, crazy city but it also has such charm and culture, I absolutely love it!
You can be eating fresh mango from a street vendor one minute, being hounded to go see a ping pong show the next, cramming 4 decent sized farangs (the Thai term for Europeans/Westerners) into the back of a tuk-tuk the next and then end up sipping on a delightful Gaja 2010 ‘Sito Moresco’ on the 55th floor overlooking Bangkok city the next. You gotta love it!
Red Sky has impressive 360 degree views of the city and has a rather bright quirky nature to it with the bar area lighting up in 7 neon colours on a repeat cycle. There are large booth type tables which looked very much like bamboo steamers to me and they have live music playing every night. The wine cellar is definitely what impressed me the most at Red Sky (click here to see a short video I took of the wine cellar at Red Sky). The bar and general dining area where nice but perhaps a touch out dated. It actually reminded me a lot of the Sky Bar at the Burj al Arab in Dubai – classy yet it needs a bit of jazzing up or perhaps un-jazzing to bring it into the 21st century.
On this particular Thursday night, we didn’t make a booking however there was space at the bar which suited us fine as we just wanted to stay for a drink anyway. The service I have to say was top notch, very friendly and they were also very prompt with our drinks and bill which may have been because we were right at the bar. We even learnt that the Prince of Denmark once visited Red Sky!
Considering we were in Thailand the general wine by the glass menu wasn’t too bad. It was nice to see G.H Mumm Rose on the list as well as Riesling from Austria, Pinot Bianco from Italy, Pinot Noir from New Zealand, red Bordeaux and more. Glass prices started from around 300 Baht (AU$10). Read my tasting note of the 2010 Gaja here.
As we were sipping away we were served up some salty nuts to munch on. Alongside the wine list there is a good selection of international beers and ‘out of the box’ sounding cocktails. It is a bar/restaurant so next time I will be booking in for a dinner to see what that’s like.
I would go back again and I would suggest going there if only to see the wine cellar for yourself! I even spotted some Sandalford Cab in there from Western Australia! For more details on the Red Sky rooftop bar check out the Centara Grand website here.
For more photos from my trip please check out my Wine & Food Adventures in Thailand 2013 Facebook album.
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