It is no secret that Bangkok is a vibrant city with spectacular skylines, so it is little wonder that rooftop bars are so popular here. And one place to admire the city from is ABar Rooftop. Having opened its doors for only two short years, this bar was voted Rooftop Bar of the Year by the industry in 2019. The literal crowning jewel of Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, this 60 seater bar is both modern and refined – it also means that quality and hospitality is well guaranteed. Guests will find themselves overlooking a glittering stretch of Sukhumvit Road, and the tranquil Benchasiri Park.
Accented by well-manicure hedges, gold rims and black marbled tabletops, the venue aims to be a comfortable one, with cushioned seating for guests to sink into, with well-made cocktails in hand. With so much greenery, it’s no surprising that ABar Rooftop’s focus is on the juniper spirit – gin. Boasting an impressive collection of more than 80 variants with eight different tonic waters to pair them with, this place is a must visit for gin lovers, taking into consideration Bar Manager Jack’s in-depth knowledge of the subject. Naturally, the cocktail menu features gin cocktails quite heavily, including signature creations, classic tipples, and speciality gin and tonics.
We started off on our juniperus journey with Be Gin (THB 375). The velvety cocktail has a refreshing acidity and bright floral flavors, largely due to the balance of maraschino liqueur, homemade lavender syrup, lemon juice and egg white. Visually, the cocktail shines with a deep purple hue as a result of butterfly pea flowers. Flowers tends to complement gin quite well, and this drink serves as the perfect gateway to the rest of the night.
We went tart and fruity with our second drink, Asian Wind (THB 375), made with sake, homemade yuzu and mango cordial, and lime juice. Flavors of sweet ripe mango lingers while yuzu commands the spotlight, imparting that perfumey sharp flavors that this fruit is well-known for. This cocktail has a wonderful fruity fragrance to it, and we reckon will pair well with the Asian flavours of ABar Rooftop’s food offerings from celebrity chef restaurant Akira Back.
For something bolder, try the Botanist Fashioned (THB 375). This rendition of the classic Old Fashioned cocktail features gin paired with coffee and vanilla. To take it up a notch, the team ages the cocktail in an American oak barrel (in our award barrel, to say the least) for at least two weeks before serving. This allows the three components enough time to fully integrate with each other and mellow out. The result is a spirit-forward cocktail with notes of spices and toffee, that goes smoothly down the hatch.
Last but not least, we just had to have a gin and tonic from their G&T Signature menu. No.3 (THB 435) is concocted with a pot-distilled gin, crème de violette, and Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic Water. While it looks and sounds straightforward, the choice of premium product and execution elevates it above the rest. This drink has mild floral charm, and bold flavours of gin that you can appreciate as it is tempered down with the smartly chosen tonic water, which is neither too bitter nor too sweet. A perfect drink to get someone to fall in love with a gin and tonic.