Miami will forever have my heart and soul. When I was sixteen, I told my dad I was going to move to the Magic City to pursue a career in entertainment. A year later, I danced on hit shows where I have some of the best memories ever. Since most gigs happened in South Beach, a lot of us would unwind at Mango’s. The Miami location is quite small, but it’s full of life. There’s nothing like dancing on tables with girls in leopard print body suits as a live band plays. One time, I didn’t have my ID on me, so we danced on the sidewalk and a few dancers joined us.
When I heard that they were building a Mango’s in Orlando, I had mixed emotions. Part of me wanted Mango’s to remain sacred, but I also wanted a taste of home. Before the upscale night club and restaurant opened to the public, I was invited to check it out. Obviously, my expectations were high but I needed to be fair. As soon as I walked in, I saw girls and guys in the signature leopard print get up. Reggaeton music was playing, the bartenders were dancing and drinks were flowing. After I grabbed my mojito from the bar, a live salsa band started playing on the main stage. The ensemble went from salsa to bachata so effortlessly, it felt like I was back in South Florida.
I was hooked. Mango’s Orlando became my hang out with my friends in 2016. People would comment on my SnapChat that I was always at Mango’s. DUH.
The 55,000 square foot venue has two stories, outdoor patio and can hold 2,000 people. It’s also conveniently located on International Drive.
This last Mango’s visit, I was invited by their PR to enjoy dinner with other members of the media. They took care of us and sat us in the downstairs VIP area, right at the stage. This was such a treat to be so close!
What I love about their shows is the variety. Like I mentioned above, there’s salsa and bachata, but merengue, pop, hip hop and two tributes to Michael Jackson and Celia Cruz are in the mix.
There’s also a VIP area upstairs, as well as a VIP room. One of my favorite places to dance on the second floor is the luxurious Vodou room.
Our table started off with delicious chicken wings and beef empandas.
Kathy had the chicken which came with black beans and white rice.
I’m a steak girl, so I had the churrasco, black beans, rice and maduros. Everything was cooked to perfection, our bellies were happy!
Ended the night with chocolate cake and cheese cake.
This was such a fun girl’s night. I can’t wait to go back soon. It’s quite obvious why Mango’s Orlando has had a successful first year. A special thanks to everyone for rolling out the red carpet for us. We had an amazing time!
Don’t forget to check Mango’s out here.
8126 International Dr.
Orlando, FL 32819
Have you been to Mango’s? What’s your favorite part about it?