Having never been to a rooftop bar before I was more than ecstatic to head to Sirocco, the famous rooftop bar that was featured in the infamous Hangover Pt. II movie shot in Bangkok. Before leaving the hotel we decided to look at Sirocco’s closing time but then realized we would need a reservation in order to have dinner there. Unfortunately we wouldn’t be able to be seen till the next day at 8:45 pm, but being all dolled up and ready to go out we decided to call Octave another rooftop bar and lounge above the Marriott. Having only just heard about Octave from a Londoner we met at the Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan we didn’t have much expectations of what it would be like. We only knew that he preferred it over Sirocco.
A quick taxi ride later we were taken up to the 45th floor and then guided to another elevator that led us to the 49th floor of Octave. The view was breathtaking.
With a 360-degree view of Bangkok all lit up, I immediately felt like I was a rich socialite in Vegas. But it wasn’t only the view that made me grin like a two years old, it was the vibes.
With a resident DJ playing an almost trancey/bass electronic set it was easy to relax and enjoy a few drinks and complimentary smoked cashews while taking in the skyline.
Sirroco on the other hand gave the more classical vibes.
When we walked out of the elevator, 63 floors in the air, dressed a little more classy, I could see why the Hangover movie was filmed there. You felt rich. My boyfriend said he felt like James Bond as we walked down the stairs, passed the live jazz band, towards the Bar and Lounge.
We were seated (in what I like to think was the best seat in the house) close to the edge that offered stunning views downtown. The staff was amazingly friendly and patient when we were deciding on drinks and were happy to offer me a vegetarian menu when I asked if there was an option for me. Because of this lounge being so iconic and fancy the prices did their best to match the ambiance. $14 Canadian for a side of potatoes and wine and cocktails averaging from $20-30 made my stomach a little queasy. But as the saying goes “you only live once.” With a sigh of relief I must say those potatoes and mushrooms might have been the best darn sides I have ever eaten. Unfortunately they were almost the same size as our main course but half the price. I don’t know what it is about fancy restaurants charging a million dollars for a “cute” portion of food.
A tip if you decide to be a boss and go to Sirocco, I recommend making reservations instead of testing your luck in the cramped bar area so you can really enjoy your view and drinks without being squished shoulder to shoulder.
So – Sirroco or Octave?
Personally I think Octave was the better choice but it really comes down to personal taste. The floor plan at Octave is open and the drink and food menu is reasonably priced, happy hour being from 5-8 pm as well. You can see Bangkok in every direction you turn and the vibes are much more relaxed than Sirocco in the sense of you can “let loose” a little (as in sway to the music without people looking at you like you’re a weirdo). But if you are looking for a romantic night to remember maybe head over to Sirocco for dinner and then have a few original drinks at Octave.
A simple way to put it – both bars are amazing, one is just refined and one is just relaxed.