This place trumps the famous Sky Bar by setting up shop one floor up in the Lebua State Tower Hotel, bagging the prize of highest bar in Bangkok. If you want a seat on the bar’s small outdoor terrace, prepare to share your sweet sundowners with every other savvy tourist in town.
Although the minimalist décor of Distil’s terrace bar gave BarChick flashbacks to Ibiza circa 2000, the view over the city and Chao Phraya River more than compensates for any design crimes. And with one of Ron Ramirez’s artfully crafted cocktails in hand, everything feels pretty perfect… that is, until the bill comes.
Distil’s cocktail menu is noticeably higher-end than Sky Bar’s below, doing lots of clever things with ice. We ordered the Earl’s Reviver – an Earl Grey, lemon and vodka infusion which had small puffs of dry ice frothing around the preserved citrus, followed by the Bouquet, Distil’s take on Sangria, complete with berries frozen into ice cubes, designed to slowly change the drink’s flavour as they melt. If you’re feeling flash, order some sashimi to wash it down with.
NB. It’s all fancy pants here – don’t help yourself to the free pistachios and olives, there’s table service, dahling.