If one were to take a hot air balloon above Ocean Drive on a Saturday night around 12:30am, the neon vibrations would visibly resonate through the clouds toward the heavens of tropical pleasure. There is no other place in the world quite like it, and rightfully so considering the City of Miami Beach is progressively marching toward 100 years of lavish mayhem and cultured creation.
The Latin rhythms of Mango’s Tropical Café have been the epicenter of Ocean Drive nightlife since 1991. Located at 990 Ocean Drive and operated by father/son duo David and Joshua Wallack, it’s almost impossible to walk the strip and overlook the madness that is Mango’s Tropical Café.
To say the least, you’re sure to get an eyeful of sinful sweetness at Mango’s with its tropical-themed cabaret show. Aside from being the longest running show in Miami Beach, Mango’s boasts a dance club experience like no other. It is not unheard of for staff members to climb atop the tables and engage in the seductive movements of the Latin and Reggae inspired rhythms.
For the romantic dinner date, Mango’s Tropical Café provides a distinct gourmet cuisine with sultry salads and simple, yet sophisticated Latin favorites. Among the modestly sized menu is Mango’s Famous Mambo Chicken Wings, which pack enough zest to wake the dead. Accompanying their signature dishes are more classic Latin selections like their Churrasco with fried sweet plantains, traditional style black beans and chimmi churri sauce.
Overall, the Haitian-Cuban fused interior will cause even the grumpiest of grumps to crack a smile and if you’re in search of a laid back atmosphere, before 9pm is perfectly suited for you and that special someone. But be warned; once the clock hits 11pm the heat gets turned up and the animals are let lose on the patrons, professionals and pop star wannabes of Miami Beach.