For Bangkokians, too much is never enough. It can’t be just a skybar, just a whisky lounge, or just an alfresco bar. The city’s latest nightlife offering pairs all three. Alfresco 64 dubs itself as the world’s highest outdoor whisky bar.
Owned by whisky label Chivas, the bar is on the 64th floor of Lebua State Tower, the same golden-domed hotel that holds “Sky Bar,” the rooftop bar featured in The Hangover 2.
If you’re into drinking whisky that costs as much as your rent, sit back with a USD550 (THB18K) glass of the rare Royal Salute 62 Gun Salute as you toast Bangkok’s skyline and drink in views of the Chao Phraya river.
If you’re looking for something even rarer, take a perch 800 feet off the ground and grab a bottle of the bespoke Chivas Regal “Lebua blend,” for a bit more than USD6,000 (THB200K) for a bottle. It’s the whisky house’s first bespoke blend for a venue and only 96 bottles were made exclusively for this bar.
The bar takes design cues from the “sleek lines of a luxury yacht,” according to their website.
The bar is a 200 square meter tribute to excess. The indoor area was built to “resemble an opulent yacht cabin, featuring lacquered rosewood flooring and sunken seating,” while the outdoor section at the front is meant to look like a yacht’s bridge.
The VVIP area (because this isn’t a place for your run-of-the-mill VIPs) is for private parties and whisky tastings.
While the nearby Sky Bar is packed with tourists, each guzzling a single USD15 (THB500) lemongrass or chili infused cocktail while taking endless photos, Alfresco 64 is predictably quieter and more intimate. Probably because most people can’t afford it.