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“Very cool vibe but.... there's always a but... :)” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Maggie Choo's

Maggie Choo's
Novotel Fenix Silom, Basement Floor | 320 Silom Road, Suriyawong, Bangrak, Bangkok, Thailand
+66 91 772 2144
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Ranked #317 of 8,076 Restaurants in Bangkok
4.0 of 5 stars 119 Reviews
Price range: $20 - $50
Cuisines: Chinese, Bar
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Magical underground cabaret full of mystery, romance, jazz, reminiscent of Shanghai 1930. Maggie Choo's was named after Shanghai cabaret owner who fled her hometown in 1931 following the Japanese invasion that tore the city. Shortly after arriving in Bangkok, she found a 19th century Thai Chinese shoe box restaurant crammed into a basement 10 meters below Silom road serving authentic Thai chinese shophouse food. When one day, she discovered behind the walls in the corner of the restaurant an entrance that lead to a derelict 19th century East India company bank built in 1847 used for storing porcelain and spices that the British used to carry back to England for Queen Victoria, her past caught up with her and she converted the old bank into a cabaret, just like when she used to back in Shanghai. Today the cabaret is yet to be revived again...
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“Very cool vibe but.... there's always a but... :)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

First of all the good. The decor is the nicest i've seen in Bangkok. They hit the mark on achieving the 1920's theme in Shanghai. The actual women props situated throughout the place decked out in their Chinese garb makes up for lulls in the lack of walk-in eye candy. The drinks are good. This is definitely a cocktail place so venture out away from the usual beer if that's your drink of choice. The place didn't strike me as a pickup joint unless you hang out around the bar area. The table gatherings are fairly intimate and not something you could just crash and seem to be more reserved for a group of 4+ people to chat among themselves.

Okay the bad... the music was horrible! What do you think you'll hear when I described the theme above? I bet you would not have guessed some electro autotuned guy singing god knows what on a mic! I mean could they have picked any less of a theme than what they were trying to achieve? Anything else would have been better than an autotune singer! I would have liked to have heard the nice piano they got in the place backed up by some jazz ensemble .

I'll go back and I am hoping the music selection was a lapse in judgment on the theme otherwise may not be repeating visits subsequently.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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“Awesome concept, sexy sophisticated atmosphere, good drinks, fashionable crowd, high prices as should be expected”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

My first time to Maggie Choo's was a few weeks ago and we've been back twice since then. In all the time I spend in New York, San Fran, and Miami, I have never been to a place oozing with this much original personality and ambiance. And this is especially true considering it's a theme concept that transports you back to the glamour eta of Shanghai 1930s.

Yes, it's expensive but you'll get it once you visit. It should be expensive. The fitout and decor is thoughtful, creative, and immaculate. It's fun without being campy. It's elegant without being stuffy. It's sexy without being seedy. Can you tell how much I love this place? Drinks are good, the crowd is fashionable, and the attitude is playful. If you go, look good or you'll feel out of place. See you at happy hour.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Place to see, and be seen”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

This delightful bar tucked away next to the slightly faded Novotel Silom has paid attention to the details. Every touch makes you feel like you are hidden in a turn of the century Shanghai opium den. This is the type of place where you'll want to hang out a while, but your wallet will hate you. Look out for the ladies swinging from swings and lazing on the bar, but in a very classy way. A perfect place to take friends on their second or third night in Bangkok. The noodles next door are also, pricey, but perfectly tasty. Downside? The food is extremely average and also, again, extremely over-priced so save your stomach and head somewhere else in Silom for your meal. The other downside is there are too many staff who don't really know what they're doing. A bit of training would be the cherry on the cake, oh, and less snobbery too.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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“Fantastic new Bar in town!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

Had a couple of drinks there and the atmosphere they create is amazing! Although the drinks are quite overpriced, it is defenately worth it!

For me a new hotspot in town!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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“Maggie Choo, Bangkok's Piece of Shanghai”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

It took a little bit of finding but that only added to the anticipation. Hidden to the side of the Novotel Fenix in Silom a discreet doorway leads to a small curtained landing.

A moment of confusion as to where to turn soon disappears as an internal sirocco gently wafts the curtains and one can make out a heavily balustrade stairway that leads to a respectable looking café.

Should one descend to discover the secrets of Maggie Choo? Well I have come this far so why not step into the sanctum sanctorum; the inner chamber where the real action is. Guarded by pierced screen doors the secret of Maggie Choo is revealed. This is no ordinary bar; it is a fanciful recreation of an early 20th century Shanghai speakeasy.

It takes a while for my eyes to adjust to the darkened interior eventually red lights illuminate the way. The eye is drawn to the bare brick walls, festooned with copious large busts of Her Majesty Victoria, Dei Gracia Brit Regina, Fid Def, Ind Imp.

However, between each bust is what looks like an ironclad’s bulkhead door that opens on to a very comfortable private room suitable for intimate tête-à-têtes. A jazz combo plays while a smooth crooner’s velvety voice washes the day’s cares away down the Swanee.
Taking a comfortable Chesterfield wingback chair and settling in with a gin and tonic and a cocktail for your companion your gaze wanders over to ladies nonchalantly swaying on strategically placed swings. Dressed in ‘20s style sumptuous Chinese body-hugging dresses they lazily fan themselves while glancing at the varied clientele. Victoria really would not be amused.

But this is a fun themed bar that conveys the bygone days of good time Shanghai, when Western businessmen and Chinese good-timers mixed, wheelers and dealers all, mingled in an atmosphere of high finance and intrigue. Who knows where their next move might have been; to a drug den to finish the night perhaps.

Maggie Choo’s is a bar with a difference, a bar that will steep you in the fable of long lost Shanghai, satiate your desire for a pink gin, or excellent cocktail, and may even stimulate your inner J G Ballard.

Maggie Choo is a different drinking experience that will linger in the memory to call you back to your own inn of the sixth happiness.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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