Maggie’s Bar “To reopen after the Olympics”

Maggie’s, the popular drinking haunt of many expatriates and foreign visitors to Beijing, is set to open “once the Olympics are over” according to a source close to the establishment’s senior management today.

The bar, which has been a stalwart of the Beijing club scene for close to 15 years, has long been a combination of both popular and notorious. Located nowadays in a minor royal courtyard property close to the main Embassy area of Beijing, on the edge of Ritan Park, Maggie’s Chinese owners – ex-PSB officers – found that a combination of loud 70’s rock music and voluptuous girls from Mongolia were a winning combination amongst the city’s expatriates. The Mongolian girls themselves fulfill a different role from their Chinese waitress counterparts in the bar – the local girls being employed as waitresses designed to extract money via encouraging purchases of drinks. Prostitution is of course illegal in China. Mongolian women however, due to the predominantly dairy diet of the countries inhabitants, tend to be naturally more curvaceous than Chinese women and as foreign nationals in the PRC are not subject to the same social issues that prostitution brings to Chinese. Ulaan Baatar, the capital city of Mongolia, is a 90 minute flight from Beijing, or alternatively a 24 hour train ride south across the Gobi, and is closer to Beijing than Shanghai is.

Accordingly, the scene of many young and attractive women in a busy nightclub packed full of expatriate men has lead to accusations of inappropriate behavior occurring, one reason why it is largely off-limits to Embassy personnel. Tame by other Asian city standards, such as Bangkok, Manila, Pataya and elsewhere, Maggie’s has however pushed the envelope as regards the type of image Beijing wishes to project during the Olympics, and the bar has been closed since the end of May. The Chinese are well aware that foreign journalists could make an issue out of the more testosterone-driven aspect of the capital city’s nightlife, thereby effectively denying the expatriate single, male population an outlet to get a bit wild over a Friday and Saturday night. Its reopening mid-September will be a cause of major celebration amongst many of its die-hard regular customers.

Meanwhile, the club that during Maggie’s recess has picked up a lot of business has been “Suzie Wongs”, near Chaoyang Park, to the North-East of the city, which remains less controversial in terms of its image, yet ironically being named after the call-girl made famous in the Hong Kong based book from which it takes it’s name – Richard Mason’s 1957 novel (later a popular film) “The World Of Suzie Wong”. Poised to win several “Best Bar in Beijing” awards from Beijing’s annual “Best of” awards run by various local listings magazines every autumn, it remains a beacon for those who want to party until the early hours.

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19 Responses to Maggie’s Bar “To reopen after the Olympics”

  1. Sandra says:

    Too bad it was closed during the Olympics. It would have been such a lovely place for all the visitors.
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  2. Ahhaa!! This is time for celebration that the Maggie’s bar has reopened after Olympics. Now the Olympics actually over. I love to be there again and want to enjoy more than before.

  3. Too bad it was closed during the Olympics. It would have been such a lovely place for all the visitors.

  4. Ernie says:

    Oh yes indeed. Well, alot of the visitors anyway.

  5. Ahhaa!! This is time for celebration that the Maggie’s bar has reopened after Olympics. Now the Olympics actually over. I love to be there again and want to enjoy more than before.

  6. The reopening of Maggie’s bar have really brought a lot of excitement to the minds of the people as it was closed during the Olympic period.

  7. Well, a lot of the visitors anyway all over the world!

  8. yeah it would have been an awesome place for the visitors of the olympics really a nice place to hang out

  9. i guess it might be open by now.. am i right ?? please notify

  10. Ernie says:

    Yes OPS, yes it is. Your dream girl awaits.

  11. A pity that was closed during the Olympic Games. It had been a nice place for all the visitors.

  12. Ernie says:

    Sure is, and the offerings are strictly to the low carb side. Lots of Mongolian beef.

  13. i guess it might be open by now.. am i right ?? please notify

  14. Anonymous says:

    OH YEAH, going to Dalian for a few months so I will definitely have to revisit Maggies for the first time in 9 years…sure wish I would have kept in touch with my Beijing Hottie that brought me there

  15. This is very helpful site for people who are planning to visit China. Awesome

  16. Ernie says:

    We abhor sarcasm here, sir.

  17. Really, leave it to China to impose her iron fist. They are all about perfection and dignity.

  18. Sam says:

    used to go to maggie’s but not anymore.Because now it’s not same as before,they changed a lot..like not letting the mongolian beauties and only letting in chinies b—–s. Now maggie’s same as any other bars, nothing specific.My suggestion is go to Mongolia and feel real fun u ever had.

  19. Ernie says:

    And Sam fulfills our creepy expat quotient for the next six months!

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