Sunday, September 28, 2008

Another Mango's Bachelorette Party

Hosting Bachelorette parties at Mango's is always a blast.  I love the energy that they bring to the bar, the girls always seem to have a blast and the games/activities keep everyone else at the bar(and the staff) entertained.  The Banana Lounge at Mango's in Alexandria seems to be the perfect spot for Bachelorette parties and our per person cocktail buffet option seems to be a favorite.  Let us help you plan your brides party.

Here are some shots from our latest party (looks like food runner Leonel got a little more than he bargained for while restocking the cocktail buffet...see bottom photo).  Thanks girls, I hope to see you again when the next one ties the knot.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

All Paws on Deck Alexandria

The Rain slowed us down but it didn't stop us.  This years Animal Welfare League of Alexandria Fundraiser didn't get the turnout like last year,  (since it rained the entire day most dog owners opted to stay in). However a few dogs and owners braved the rain and came out to support the Animals.   Mango Mike's also donated a portion of the Saturday Sales to this wonderful local charity.  Thanks to all the Volunteers that helped,  we are looking forward to next year.

 Mango Mike's is always interested in helping local Alexandria Charities, Contact Mike Anderson at for details.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Another Mango Wedding

This year has been a busy year for weddings in Bethany Beach.  We have hosted over ten 
rehearsal dinners and a couple of wedding receptions this year. I always have a blast organizing these because it is a chance for us to show off and break out of the norm! They had an amazing dinner: A petite Filet Mignon with Chilean Sea bass with baby scallops and shrimp. Here are a few photos from the last wedding from September 20th. I am sure Mango Mike has plenty more photos. Just a side note....Teddy Sears, star of the hit TNT show "Raising the Bar" was in attendance as the brother of the bride. He has also starred C.S.I Miami and the recent film "Fire House Dog". Check out the show on Mondays on TNT.  Mango's has become quite the celebrity hot spot this year, as Luke Wilson visited us for two weeks in July. Cool Stuff...For any information about booking your wedding reception or rehearsal dinner at Mangos, Call or email Alex.,, or 202.302.2325

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Mango Blogger Milestone

The Mango blogger has reached the 10,000 unique visitor mark.  Thanks to all you blog readers keeping up with the Mango Mike's Action. 

Mango Mike's Fantasy Football Draft

Even though our draft was several weeks ago, here are some shots from the 5 annual Mango Mike's Fantasy draft.  Fantasy Football season always keeps the sports arguments at the bar lively.  Commish/ Bartender Brian keeps things under control. Ex Bartender Corey had to drop out this year (We missed you Corey). Good Luck to this years team owners.  by the way I have started the season 0-3, so I'm already looking forward to next year. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Happy Birthday Tee

Top Thai Server celebrates her birthday pre- shift at Mango's in Alexandria.  Thanks for everything you do Tee and Happy Birthday!!!!

Steelhead Fishing with Dad

I took a few days off from Mango's to get away to Oregon for some steelhead fishing with my Dad.   The scenery was over the top along the Dechutes River in Oregon.  The fishing was great and the weather was even better.  It is amazing how many stars there are in the sky once you get away from the cities.  Here is a few pics from the trip.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Plasma Mug

I have to say this is pretty neat.

I wonder if works with Blue Moon?

From their website:
Plasma Mug
The Plasma Mug induces an orange plasma between the walls of an evacuated double-walled glass mug.

This creates an eerie orange glow (best appreciated in low light) at the bottom of the mug while it's sitting on its electric coaster.

When you touch the mug to pick it up, you'll also see fiery traces if a finger touches the outside wall.

Place it on the electronic coaster and orange plasma lightning radiates inside the mug.

Simply touch the mug to gather the orange plasma lightning to your fingertips.

When the mug is removed from the electronic coaster, the orange plasma lightning stops.

The mug is clear hand-blown glass.

The electronic coaster is black and has a on/off switch.

The plasma mug is suitable for use with any hot or cold beverage.

Being wireless and battery-powered it's completely portable.

Ideal for parties, home bar or just for fun.

The electronic coaster uses 8 AA batteries (not included) or an AC adapter (not included).

The plasma mug is 5.5" high and 3" in diameter, and the electronic coaster is 5" wide.

$19.95 click here


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Obesity by States

With all that great Mango Mike food I'm surprised Virginia (25.5) isn't higher on the list. Colorardo is the lowest at 18.4. And if you live in Mississippi, time for Jenny Craig.

Where does your home state stand?

Check it out here!

Thanks Book of Joe. He's link is up there on the right.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Hurricane Ike Special

Another Hurricane, another deal at Mango Mike's.

Hurry In before the swell hits.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Mango's Road Trip

I have been too busy to get this up, but now we finally have some time down here at the beach. A group of Mango's staff including myself, Zach McCarthy, Joe Garner, and DJ Baines drove all the way to Louisville KY to see My Morning Jacket in their home town. Known as a true rock and roll band, MMJ rocked out on the Louisville Waterfront to over 15,000 fans. They played for 3 and a half hours straight for nearly 30 songs without a break!! Beat that Jimmy Buffet! Cheers to Zach, my fellow bartender, who worked two 15 hour doubles in a row....then drove 11 hours straight through the mountains of West Va. It was one of the more memorable moments of my career with Mango's....good times....and even better company! Looking forward to our next road trip together....perhaps just to DC to see the Kings of Leon in November.  The picture attached is a photo we all took in the elevator before the show. Oh...and we all grew mustaches for the show. It just felt right! 

Monday, September 08, 2008

The Bike Ride and Hanna - Washed Out

This was the weekend for the big bike ride along the C & O canal to raise funds for the Alzhiemers Association. My brother Paul had driven 500 miles from Michigan to participate in this challenging 100 mile ride. (There was a 184 mile version also, but the Anderson brothers wussed out on that one.)

Looking out the bus window on Saturday morning we knew the day was going to be tough.

The bus dropped us off on the canal at Bills Bait and Brew, where in the rain we got our bikes, a quick lunch then hit the trail.

By this time it was raining pretty hard and the trail was muddy and loaded with puddles. We were ready for it and actually enjoyed the mud. Hitting every puddle with vengence.

More Bike Ride

We travel only 16 miles along mud alley, arriving at Hancock, MD, to find out the bad news. Due to even worse weather down downstream, (the weather that DC had just experienced) they were calling the ride for the rest of the day. We had to wait for the busses and truck to show up to collect us and the bikes for the return to the Red Roof Inn.

We were able to find a hose behind a shop to rinse off, it was good until the shop keeper nixed the plan.

Here' my buddy Carolyn in all her mud splendor. Carolyn and I and 198 other cops, firemen and EMS folks participated in the RIde to Remember. A emotional and challenging bike ride from Ground Zero in NYC to the Pentagon on the one year anniversary of 9/11.

Bike Ride for Alzheimers Association

They wouldn't let us on the bus until someone had purchased enough garbage bags to cover all the seats. Earning the name the "Condom Bus".

After cleaning up they treated us to a great pasta and chicken dinner, with plenty of brewski's, then dropped the bad news. They were cancelling Sundays' ride. Somewhere down stream Hanna had wiped out part of the trail and it was impassible.

Everyone was really bummed. Even with the rain and mud all these riders were ready to hit the trail regardless of conditions.

We wake up Sunday morning to just an incredible day, as they always are post hurricane.

Brother Paul has to fire up the Smart Car and make the long drive back to Michigan, to explain to all those good folks who pledged money to see him bust his butt for a 100 miles -only to report he had done only 16.

As the bus pulls down the Cabin John on this perfect day, we see scores of people enjoying the DC portion of the C & O.

.... There is always next year.

Note: Although the ride may have been cut short, the fundraising was an over the top success, with reports of $300,000 being raised.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Hurricane Hanna Special

With the weather heading this way, Brunch will be one way to spend Sunday out of the rain. Come on down and enjoy the Steel Drum Sounds of Michael George - From Trinidad.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Sunday in Bethany - Over the Top

Simply one incredible Day.

It doesn't get any better than this.

If you missed this beautiful day because of the bridge fiasco, then you have my permission to run the toll next trip to the beach.

Photos of the beach next to the Indian River Inlet. A favorite spot for the surfers and those that don't want to hassle with the beach in town.

If you have a local fishing permit, you can drive your 4x4 right down on the beach. The only requirement being you have to be actually fishing and not using your 4x4 because you're too lazy to carry down that cooler full of Corona's.

There's even a State Run RV park located right on the inlet.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Bartender of the Month

Longtime Mango Mike's Bartender Jessica was chosen to be Bartender of the month, by OnTap Magazine.  I've always known that we have a great bar staff here and it is about time we got some recognition.  Congrats Jessica

See the full article in OnTap Magazine or click here to view online.

Bike Ride for Alzheimers Association

Tour de Canal

The Tour de Canal is a challenging bike ride fundraiser to benefit the Alzheimer's Association, National Capital Area Chapter. This off-road bike ride takes place along the scenic Chesapeake & Ohio Canal starting in Cumberland, MD and ending in Georgetown in Washington, DC.

I've participated in this ride for the last couple of years. 84 miles the first day and 100 on the second. By the time you see Georgetown your butt is mighty happy and that cold beer in Chadwicks taste pretty dang good.

This year I've convinced MangoBrother Paul to join me.

However, we're going to wuss out on the 184 mile trip and do the 50/50. 50 on Saturday and 50 on Sunday - should be a breeze.

Here's Uncle Paul with his new Smart Car, bike racked and ready to ride.

Any donations to the Alzeimers Association would be appreciated. You can even designate it for Team Mango.

Alzheimers Capital Area Chapter
11240 Waples Mill Rd. #402
Fairfax, Va. 22030


Labor Day Weekend - Bethany Beach

Sunday night for the end of season finale, the Town of Bethany Beach hires an Elvis Impersonator (Jesse Garron) for one last blow out show.

As you can tell by the size of the crowd, Elvis is a hit. In fact this show is the biggest draw the bandstand has all season. A real crowd pleaser.

I'm not a big Elvis fan (before my time), but I have to say he sang just like the King.

Bonus: Mango's staff photos.