If you're looking for a 'can't miss' evening venue for whatever occasion, then you need look no further than ThreeSixty at the Millennium Hilton Bangkok. Everything about this lounge is five-star and first-class. But make no mistake about it, what puts this place on the map and over the top are its fantastic panoramic views of the Chao Phraya River and Bangkok's magnificent cityscape.
Trust me on this one. You'll not only impress your date or your business partner (or whomever it is you decide to bring up there), but you'll also blow away yourself as well. Not because of the wind shear (this lounge is indoors) but because of how they have this place done up.
Towering floor to ceiling convex windows jut out from the building at a 70-degree angle provide clear, unobstructed views both out and over the surrounding area. The entire premise is bathed in swanky, low-lit, bluesy-blue lighting which both relaxes and invigorates. There are also blue spot lights pointed outward from the side of the building which helps to highlight the remarkable evening vista.
The illuminated bar blends perfectly into the layout and design of the lounge, serving not only drinks but also as a reference point as you make your way back to your table after a stroll around the perimeter.
Service at ThreeSixty is understated and low-sell and you will neither be hovered over nor ignored. When you need a menu or a refill, a smiling face will appear out of nowhere to attend to you. And when you are engrossed in a conversation or just laying back soaking up the vibe, you won't catch the staff starring at you and smiling as so often is the case in other establishments which are determined to serve you whether you like it or not.
Jazz diva Tere Howard, new to Bangkok's jazz scene, casts her vocal spells nightly at ThreeSixty. With a presence and sound that appeals to seasoned jazzophiles and lay listeners alike.
ThreeSixty has Bangkok's high profile, open-air, rooftop night spots beat for a number of reasons as well. Firstly, climate and the elements are always well managed; it's never too hot or too windy. Secondly, your field of vision from your seat is far greater than most of the rooftop joints. You are able to see both outward and downward without having to stand. Thirdly, your party's experience will be a more intimate one due to low noise levels, which make for easier communication, and the distance between tables, which ensures greater privacy.
As an aside, there are two different types of elevators that can whisk you up to ThreeSixty. I would recommend the glass-sided lift which provides something to look at on the way up and a nice rush if you have thing for heights.
Now, getting down to alcohol, the all-time classics - margaritas, martinis, whiskey sours, and Manhattans - are all done to perfection here. This may not sound like much of an accomplishment, being that these drinks have been around forever and the ingredients are not a family secret. But certain bartenders are always trying to reinvent the wheel, and in doing so, creating a classic that is no longer a classic. Not so at ThreeSixty.
A couple of the specialty concoctions were also surprisingly well done and deserve a cheer. You might want to give the Grilled Orange Margarita a whirl. It's made with Don Julio super premium tequila with pressed grilled Valencia orange and Grand Marnier, shaken with bitters and lime, and served fluffy on ice.
Hands down best of all in my book was the Amaretto & Baileys Affogato, done with freshly drawn LavAzza espresso in a bath of Baileys and vanilla ice cream, crowned with amaretto and crushed chocolate. This drink is such an easy and likeable closer.
Being so high up and so happy, you are bound to want to nibble on something. Here's what's on offer.
The 'mini-burgers' feature Pacific tuna tartar, olive tapenade, goat cheese, lemon, home smoked salmon tartar, herb salad, dill sour cream, king crab, avocado parfait and cocktail sauce. There's ravioli with fresh Scottish salmon, Oscietra caviar, Burrata cheese, warm potato mousseline and air-dried tuna eggs. Other possibilities include farfalle with black truffle butter and parmesan cheese; spaghetti with lobster ragout, tomatoes, olives and orange; oyster tempura with salmon roe and tentsuyu sauce; and prawns with capsicum chutney and coriander. There is also a happening cheese board and a very curious 'fruit pyramid' with an intriguing selection of dips.
If you prefer not to drive, keep in mind that the Millennium Hilton Bangkok has a free shuttle boat which provides safe passage across the river to and from the hotel on the Thonburi side and either River City Pier or Sathorn Pier (where you will also find the BTS SkyTrain's Saphan Taksin station) on the Bangkok side. On your ride back, you can lay back, reminisce on your evening and start planning your next night out at ThreeSixty.
Santa's view of the city
No other venue in Bangkok offers such spectacular views for a sky-high holiday season with great drinks and treats. Enjoy our whisky and champagne specials throughout December, or indulge in a Christmas drink during Happy Hour.
Celebrate Christmas under the stars in a fresh and original way with a luxurious Christmas picnic hamper at ThreeSixty Outdoor Lounge on the 31st floor. Who knows, you might even see Santa fly by on his sleigh!
And for New Year's Eve, enjoy the view at the outdoor bar, complete with fireworks display and an all inclusive drink package.
ThreeSixty is located on the 32nd floor of the Millennium Hilton Bangkok on Charoen Nakorn Road.
For more information or to book a table in advance, call +66 (0) 2442 2000 or visit www.hilton.com.
About the author
Writer: Eric A. Diadamo