MJ's Bar
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Hello Everyone. For the last ten years you have all contributed on tripadvisor and made MJ's Bar number one in Lagos. You have also made MJ's Bar an extremely fun filled and pleasurable place to be in, which I am deeply grateful for. It is now time for me to sit back and relax and in so doing the bar was sold on the 2nd. of April 2019 to some very nice people, whom I know will continue to look after you, as I tried to do. Kindest Regards, Marilyn.
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Seasoned Traveller
Ireland431 contributions
Every time we go to Lagos this is the bar we spend every night in for our night caps! The owner Marilyn is most helpful, friendly and so knowledgeable and is most willing to assist in any way she can. She is the best tourist guide that one needs during their visit to Lagos. The bar is very modern so clean and tastefully decorated with a great atmosphere. Everyone is so friendly and that makes it hard to leave. Just ask for any drink and you can be sure that she has it up there on those shelves. The cocktails are to die for and the preparation and time that is put into making these are well worth the wait and definitely call for another. The music is so lively and bubbly and just makes you want to boogie which you can do here and even have a boogie with the locals. There are always lovely nibblies to whet the appetite and Marilyn will always ask if you would like some. A great venue to host a birthday party or a surprise birthday party!! Marilyn will lend a helping hand and make that special moment. Would highly recommend anyone to visit MJ's Bar as it has it all to make it the perfect bar for your night time drinks and those perfect cocktails. Look forward to a return visit.
Written May 9, 2011
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HHT_78
London, UK3 contributions
We loved this place and couldn't stay away; returning night after night.
Marilyn was a fantastic host; creating a fun, welcoming and lively atmosphere.
As a cocktail connoisseur these are not only the best cocktails in Lagos but - hand on heart - we did not have any better in the whole of Portugal.
I would thoroughly recommend this bar to anyone visiting Lagos.
Thanks Marilyn and J for helping us have a brilliant holiday. Hopefully see you soon. H x
Written April 26, 2011
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PrincessIncognito
England8 contributions
The best cocktails in Lagos hands down. Just delicious.

We loved this bar. Marilyn really looked after us and couldn't resist popping in every day during our stay in Lagos. The coctails in the other bars just didn't compare. A real find.

Thanks to Marilyn and J for a great holiday.
Written April 26, 2011
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Cosimo D
2 contributions
Don't miss much if you don't go, drinks are lousy music crap, expensive. Went In once never returned, same old story how good the bar is stingy owner get more ice than drinks virtually you drink water and mixer
Written October 2, 2014
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Hallo Cosimo D. Thank you for taking the time to write a comment on Tripadvisor. A lot of people just cannot be bothered. I am sorry to read that you did not enjoy yourself in MJ's bar. Music is a personal thing. If you had asked, we would have changed it for you, as we do for all our guests. As for accusing us of serving watered down drinks, this is something that we definately do not do.Even our fruit juices are 100%. Maybe you have been drinking in places that serve second class cheap alcohol that has a very sharp and bitter taste?? We only serve what is written on the label and henceforth it has a much mellow flavour. If you do not like ice in the glass then say so. I do appreciate honest criticism, but after looking at your profile I find your comment's somewhat suspicious.
Written October 7, 2014
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steven a
Swansea County, UK12 contributions
Friends
Received a public scalding from the owner taking me back to my school days in which I then wet myself due to the fear she provoked inside of me. All because someone looked like Steve mcmanaman. Bar is like your grans conservatory. Would go again though for the banter
Written September 9, 2017
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Hallo Steve. This is a strange one to answer. You have given me only one star. Is that because I did not make you cry? If I had, would you have given 5 stars? You certainly could not have given any stars based on the high quality and good tasting drinks that we serve because you did not have any. You came in around 1:15 in the morning on a Friday with a few other's. As we were still busy with some very happy people, your entrance was not noticed until too late. You proceeded to annoy the customers in a very antagonistic manner, causing such unease that customers started to leave. I then tried to change you mind about staying in MJ's in a polite manner, but you were far too gone to understand. The lights were turned up and the music switched off for you to realise that the night was over. Maybe this is what you remember as being grans conservatory! You kept pushing and annoying both me and the few who were still in and that was when I gave you a good telling off, which you most certainly deserved. The Special Police squad, that are drafted in to Lagos during the high season, saw and heard the commotion and wanted to arrest you. I changed their minds, saying you were just another drunken idiot. Regards, Marilyn.
Written September 22, 2017
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nld
Ontario459 contributions
Couples
My husband and I visited Lagos in early June and we were looking for a bar for after dinner drinks. We came across this bar on tripadvisor. It had great reviews so we decided to stop by one night after dinner. We are so happy we did because this place was great. We ended up coming back the next night- our last night in Lagos. We wish we would have discovered it earlier in our stay because we would have come every night. The music, atmosphere and drinks were all excellent but what really made the difference is the owner/bartender Marilyn. She makes you feel welcome from the minute you walk in the place. She has a great sense of humour and we enjoyed just chatting with her. Plus she makes great cocktails. Our second night there she remembered exactly what my husband was drinking the night before and took great care of us again.We even got to know a few of her regulars and have remained in contact with them since we got home. So we even made new friends while there. You will not regret going to this bar. It is a definite must visit if you are in Lagos. Thanks Marilyn for great memories and great times at your bar! Lorenzo and Nancy.
Written July 9, 2018
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Hallo Nancy and hallo Lorenzo. Thank you very much for taking the time to write your tripadvisor comment. I am glad that you both thoroughly enjoyed yourselves in MJ's Bar with all that was on offer. We try to make everyone feel comfortable and happy no matter if you are with us just for one night or a week. A pleasure to read that MJ's Bar helped to make your visit a memorable one. Regards, Marilyn.
Written July 14, 2018
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KRae86
1 contribution
Friends
This bar saved our holiday! Amazing cocktails at even better prices.. MJ is a goddess behind the bar. I stayed in salema with 5 of my friends and after realising there was not a lot of choice in nightlife we took a taxi to Lagos and found this wee gold mine and never looked back! MJ’s bar quickly turned into our local and worth every penny in the taxi fair most evenings. We were well looked after and I would travel to Lagos just to go back to this bar. MJ is a legend thanks for a great time you will definitely be missed!!
Written May 18, 2018
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Hallo KRae86 And what a party we all had. Dancing, Laughing, Drinking. Please MJ, can we have some more?? I enjoyed myself with you lovely ladies. It was a pleasure making sure you all had such a good time in MJ's Bar and that the drinks I made were to your liking. I'm always creating new Cocktails and combinations, so you will just have to return to sample more amazing tastes. Regards, Marilyn.
Written May 24, 2018
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George S
15 contributions
Friends
Got back last week from 3 nights in Lagos, went with a mate and stayed at the Sol a sol hostel - had an absolutely brilliant time, we went to MJ's every night for predrinks (the hostel barcrawl even stops off here early on). Cocktails were the best I've ever had, Marilyn is so cool! I think the Blue Kiss cocktail was probably the fav (you can be horribly hungover and it's still so easy to drink & pretty strong!!). Would definitely head back for this bar if for nothing else!!
Written September 18, 2017
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Hallo George. Yes, you did have an excellent time with us. As you have discovered, you need more than 3 nights to sample everything that's on the cocktail list. Glad to read that we helped to make your stay in Lagos worth remembering. Hope you can make it back for more of the very good stuff that MJ's provides. Regards, Marilyn.
Written October 4, 2017
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Natalie S
26 contributions
Couples
This was a really lovely friendly bar. Brilliant atmosphere and the price of the cocktails was so cheap for the quality. The owner was really friendly and amazing at her job and I would highly recommend this bar. Very attentive and great service.
Written October 1, 2016
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Hallo Natalie Thank you for writing your Tripadvisor comment. Glad to read that you thoroughly enjoyed your time in MJ's Bar and appreciated our service and friendliness, let alone the high quality drinks on offer. Hope you find the time to come and enjoy yourself again with us. Regards, Marilyn.
Written October 10, 2016
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Jane G
Limerick, Ireland11 contributions
Friends
Well what can I say.... if you want to meet the best barmaid in Lagos MJs is the place to go, fabulous cocktails and drinks, amazing service and prices and great stories you have to meet Marilyn and Michael :) as far as I am concerned they are the heart of Lagos x They through me the best 30th birthday with great music and company , thank you so much :)
Written August 7, 2016
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Hallo Jane G. You are only 30 once, so you came to the right place to celebrate. 3 nights of Birthday Celebrations and what a Hoot it was. We all thoroughly enjoyed decking the bar out just for you and the family. It was also a lot of fun for us to see you all having such a good time. The boys are still crying since you all left. Hope we do not have to wait too long till you are back having more fun. Regards, Marilyn.
Written August 15, 2016
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