I love spending time in Bangkok, as tiring as it maybe there is something very special about the Big Mango. I will usually spend around 5 or 6 days a month and set up temporary home in a hotel for the period. I still have my main office in Pattaya but increasingly I am making the shortish two hour commute to the Capital. Bangkok without question is the only real place in Thailand to do business, other regions just play at it by comparison. That is no disrespect to other regions, but Bangkok has some huge players and operators in it.

Play Hard in Bangkok at Maggie Choo’s

So after a hard days graft moving from meeting to meeting I like to find somewhere nice to go in the evening. Most of the time I am in Bangkok I stay at the Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside hotel, immediately alongside the Chao Praya river and a stroll from the very pleasant Asiateque – perfect for some food and drink after a hard days work.

For some time now I have wanted to visit Maggie Choo’s in Silom, it is less than 15 minutes by taxi (and around only 60 baht fare) from Ramada Plaza hotel, but I have always felt too tired to motivate myself to go. Well this time, along with my wife, I forced myself to go. And I am very pleased that I made the effort.

Maggie Choo’s is a famous themed bar in Bangkok, serves food and drinks along with daily performances of live bands. The choice of spirits and cocktails is huge, however I am a seasoned beer drinker so it was a little disappointing that the beer range was fairly limited and not available in draught; still the ambience and live music more than made up for it.

I must say Maggie Choo’s encapsulates the spirit and diversity of Bangkok. It was in someways a little magical as the live acts on stage went about the great job of playing Jazz, whilst the Geishe-esque girls put on shows intermediately. For me, this is a place to go where you want to experience something a little different.

Prices were not too bad all things considered, largely what you would expect from a hotel I guess – perhaps even a tad cheaper.

Do give it a try next time you are in Bangkok. Here is the address: 320 Silom Rd, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500. It is open 7 days a week from 730pm until very late…the DJ starts a midnight! So you can in every sense of the phrase ‘play hard’ at Maggie Choo’s!


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