by Amber L. on
Oh, Mangos. You were almost a winner... In all my undergrad years partying on South Beach, I steered clear of this place. There was always a mass of people at the door & the scantily-clad women just didn't appeal to me. But as host to a hot-blooded young man visiting from out of town, I figured Mango's would be good as an intro to the South Beach experience. More from nostalgia than anything, I really enjoyed the feeling of being transported back to a Samba school in Brazil. The live music and dancing was spot on! I got so excited, I ran to the bar to order a Caipirinha! *record scratches* To my horror, I watched as the bartender poured a splash of Leblon and filled the cup up w/ SODA WATER!!! NOOOOO!!! Me: "What is that?" He: (sputtering) "Oh, just a little soda water." Me: "There's no soda water in that drink." He: "Yes there is. That's how they're made in Brazil." Me: "No, there isn't. That's not how Caipirinhas are made in Brazil." He: "Yes it is. I'm from Brazil, I should know." Me: (laughing at his audacity) "Honey, I was there last year. They don't make Caipirinhas like that in Brazil." He: (again, sputtering) "Well, no, they don't use soda water. That's just something that we do to give it an extra kick..." Insert uncomfortable silence as he hands me the check and silently dares me to pay. Not wanting to cause a fuss, I pay it - I KNOW, I KNOW - and am left with a drink I'm not happy with. Longer story short, after he snakes away from the area, I flag down another bartender who agrees to remake the drink but then charges me for it! I should've left it on the counter and not paid AGAIN but I didn't want to sour my friend's time. She got a nice and very polite tongue-lashing from me, I tell you that much. Mango's had it going on until the bar fiasco, which is why I'll still give it 2 stars for the music and dancing. After my experience there, I won't be back. With a $10 cover charge and bartenders hell-bent on stealing from customers, it's just not worth it to me.
by Silas Yeisley on
I've been to the Mexican Village a half-dozen times and had a positive experience every one of them. The management goes out of its way to make sure you're happy and the service has always been attentive and friendly. The margaritas are good and they aren't stingy with the hot chips and salsa either, which keep right on coming if you want them. Good shrimp tacos and guacamole, too. I'm glad I live within walking distance.
by Domingo Schoenthal on
Did I completely miss something? Disclaimer: I've only been here once, on a Saturday night. My experience was: Waiting in line forever (and that was after cutting in line with a friend who'd been waiting for an hour already-- sorry, people behind me!), so I was expecting something awesome. I get in there and there's this awful DJ spinning-- every time he plays a bad song, he plays the whole damn thing, and every time he plays a song I actually want to hear, he mixes it with a song that has a totally different beat like 15 seconds in. No skillz! Just choppy and super hard to dance to with the beat continually changing. So then, everyone is just standing there. I'd say maybe a third of the people there TOPS were dancing at all. Me, I like to dance, so even though I was sober and the DJ kinda sucked, I started getting down. Hey, whatever. Within 20 minutes, 3 different people spilled their beer/ drink on me, and two of those people kinda glared at me afterward. Umm...? YOU spilled your drink on ME buddy! (My point: Not the friendliest crowd, nor do they seem to be very coordinated). I don't know, it was just kind of a lame see-and-be-seen-even-though-the-scene-sucks kind of scene. I ditched out and went down to Zuzu's to enjoy the last of Soul night. Waaaaaaay more fun! Please enlighten me if I've missed something. At the moment, I don't plan to go back.