After a big week in Bangkok I was so ready for bed following dinner the other night. My colleagues were urging me to come out and my will power stayed in tact until one of them suggested a "1930s Shangahi-style bar". I knew I had a to go.
Maggie Choo's is just breathtaking. The second you enter and walk down the wooden stairs into the themed restaurant you know you are about to be wowed.
The first thing to greet you as you enter the dark and mysterious bar is an immaculately dressed girl swinging on a swing, and as your eyes get used to the light you notice that more girls are lying across the bars, piano and more swings. OK this may sound slightly tacky or dodgy, but somehow it's not.
The bar is surrounded by a cage and the staff are busy preparing all manner of cocktails for the thongs of people.
There's live music with a grand piano... the music was a little odd with a European guy playing some soft electronic music, which gave a strange modern edge to the place.
Everything about this place is done well - the atmosphere is just spectacular, the drinks are great, it's got a great mood - I even got a go on one of the swings (by Australian standards I expected to be told to get off immediately, but it seems that anything goes here!)
Definitely worth a visit.