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The first week back at mango!

Posted by Rachel Davis on 24th Nov 2020

What a busy week our first week was! It was so lovely to see all of your faces again, and to have a conversation (in person)! We were overwhelmed with ...
Staying COVID safe at mango

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 11th Nov 2020

We’re finally at the other side and reopening on the 18th November! With many government regulations and guidelines in place, we’ll be doing things a little differently! Our capacity is ...
The mango team are like family

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 11th Nov 2020

As Scott Morrison said, 2020 will be the hardest year of our lives for many Australians. The year has brought with it unprecedented challenges in our personal and work lives. ...
Could this be the other side?

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 27th Oct 2020

Another month has passed and finally our reopening is in sight! Despite the recent uncertainty, restrictions have now eased with hospitality venues in Metro Melbourne permitted to open with density ...
When will we be shaking cocktails?

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 30th Sep 2020

We’re 6+ months into this pandemic which has now turned into Australia’s biggest financial crisis, arguably since the great depression. I guess we weren’t expecting much more but the premier ...
Don't forget to tag us in your merch!

Posted by Rachel Davis on 13th Sep 2020

We hope you are all getting the sun when it shines, and getting that daily walk in to avoid going stir crazy! Once you’ve thrown on your mango merch and ...
Happy Dad day + remember to tag us!!!

Posted by Rachel Davis on 9th Sep 2020

Our little bar on 17 Hall Street in Moonee Ponds has been a bit quiet since we closed in March. We are wishing all the fathers/dads/pops/papas out there a very ...
Our tips to mix a great old fashioned...

Posted by Rachel Davis on 2nd Sep 2020

Anybody can make an old fashioned, but there’s a couple of tricks to the trade of creating a great one! The list of bourbons that could be used in an ...
Your last chance for mango merch!!!

Posted by Rachel Davis on 26th Aug 2020

The final boxes of mango merch have arrived! Hoodies for $65 and T-shirts for $35 with the Mango Lounge Bar logo on the front, available in sizes S, M, L ...
Covid19 Mango Lounge Bar update part 5

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 12th Aug 2020

Just when we thought it couldn’t get worse, case numbers climb and Melbourne plunges into stage 4 restrictions. Never would we have imagined work permits or curfews in our everyday ...
Back across the border to Mullumbimby

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 22nd Jul 2020

The COVID environment has brought with it many challenges and it's due to these unforeseen circumstances that our lovely Isobella has made the tough decision to move back her home ...
Tips for Kris! Wait sorry... tips from Kris!

Posted by Rachel Davis on 15th Jul 2020

Wanting to make the perfect marguerita? Yep it’s marguerita NOT margarita! Firstly, don’t use crushed ice to shake, it’ll dilute your drink! Following on from this, shake..and shake some more! ...
Coronavirus Mango Update Part 4

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 7th Jul 2020

Wow, we’ve been closed for 3 months and just as our reopening gets into sight Melbourne takes 3 steps backwards! With more COVID-19 hotspots emerging Melbourne is now back into ...
Purchase your very own Mango merch!

Posted by Rachel Davis on 21st Jun 2020

The final order of mango merch is happening, so you better get in quick! Hoodies and T-shirts with the Mango Lounge Bar logo on the front, available in sizes S, ...
Mango has changed a lot over 19 years...

Posted by Rachel Davis on 1st Jun 2020

We’ve taken the time to reflect on where we came from, and how far we’ve come during this isolation period. Click on this link and have a look at ...
A birthday in the mango team this week!

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 13th May 2020

This time in May we’d be gearing up for our birthday celebrations with mango turning 19 this year. But as the world struggles in this temporary reality we’ll all be ...
The mango crew getting back to work!!!

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 29th Apr 2020

We're 5 weeks into our close period but after almost 2 decades it's already feeling like a lifetime! The mango team are getting to work behind the scenes to make ...
COVID19 Mango Lounge Bar Update Part 3

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 16th Apr 2020

It was great to see so many of you while picking up a wine or beer over the last couple of weeks! We really appreciate the support but also the ...
Last chance for takeaways at Mango!!!

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 7th Apr 2020

Thanks to all of you that have dropped past to pick up a few take aways over the last couple of weeks! We still have limited stocks of beer & ...
Pick up your favourite mango knock off

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 2nd Apr 2020

With further changes to licensing you can now drop in to pick up that knock off or night cap for the weekend. We’ll be here from 5-8 this Friday, Saturday ...
Missing your favourite wine or beer?

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 26th Mar 2020

With temporary changes to liquor licensing regulations, and for a short time only, you’ll be able to pick up or have one of your favourite mango wines or beers delivered! ...
Mango Lounge Bar is closed for now

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 26th Mar 2020

It's not one we ever expected but with the spread of COVID-19 mango, along with all other bars, pubs and clubs, is now closed. This is an extremely difficult time ...
Coronavirus Mango Lounge Bar Update

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 18th Mar 2020

We’re continuing to monitor the status and impact of COVID-19 including its impact on staff and our customers. Until otherwise instructed by government or statutory authorities, we’re open with regular ...
We have a truly amazing team at mango!

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 26th Feb 2020

If you’ve been coming to mango for a while you’ve probably got to know our extended family and seen how things have changed in recent years. Balancing family and work ...
Back to Jacks for our end of year shindig

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 16th Jan 2020

It’s hard to believe that we’ve left 2019 behind and are already into the New Year! We like making cocktails and hosting that party vibe but we also like to ...
Support the little black birds in Batlow

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 16th Jan 2020

As we sit in suburban Melbourne enjoying that after work knock off Australia is battling one of the worst bush fire seasons in years. Batlow is the home Apple Thief ...
Almost open right through this New Year

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 18th Dec 2019

The warm weather and silly season are here so as you make your holiday plans we’d like to tell you about ours! Mango will be closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day ...
Mullumbimby to mango moonee ponds

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 6th Nov 2019

We’ve always been grateful for our amazing team and in some ways it feels like just yesterday that we welcomed back Kris! In other ways it feels like she never ...
Our happy hours

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 10th Jul 2019

It may have changed a bit but it’s still a great deal! 5 - 7 Wednesdays & Thursdays and 4 - 7 on Fridays get any of our local, craft ...
Wednesday winter warmers are back!

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 5th Jun 2019

It wasn’t that long ago Melbourne temperatures were creeping into the high 20’s but winter is here and we seem to be settling in to the low teens. To get ...
Martinis beats & babies part 3

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 24th Apr 2019

It’s been over 3 years since the original post in this series and things have changed again! We have a 3 year old boy that has almost mastered making a ...
Welcome back Kris

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 20th Feb 2019

We’ve always had a great team at mango but as family circumstances continue to change staff in your business continuingly become more important. And that’s why we’re so excited to ...
Another Christmas at Jack's

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 9th Jan 2019

If you’ve ever worked in the hospitality game you know that the silly season gets pretty busy with not much time for party. So, as always, the mango crew caught ...
Business as usual this christmas

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 13th Dec 2018

As we approach Christmas & the silly season it’s good to know you can rely on some things for sure! We’re open right through this year with our regular trading ...
Welcome to the mango family

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 13th Dec 2018

If you’re a mango regular you’ve probably already met but welcome Lauren to the mango family. Lauren loves travelling and exploring new places, is studying primary teaching and has a ...
Another farewell at mango

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 15th Nov 2018

We’ve got an awesome team so it’s always hard to say goodbye. But it’s time to farewell Katie from our team. With us for over a year and stepping up ...
Mango happy hour

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 18th Oct 2018

With inflation, CPI and price rises common day language in the retail arena, at mango, some things have just stayed the same. For almost a decade our happy hour hasn’t ...
Plan your Christmas breakup or event

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 20th Sep 2018

With spring racing and summer around the corner we know Christmas is not far either. So it’s time to start planning your party, work breakup or just catch up with ...
Want a $100 drink card at mango?

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 16th Aug 2018

Celebrating a birthday, farewell or simply catching up with friends? Looking for smooth decor, vinyl spinning on the decks plus an extensive cocktail list? Want a drink card to start ...
Time to say goodbye

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 14th Jun 2018

As I’ve often said, we’ve been so lucky with our amazing team. But things change and again it’s time to say goodbye to one of our staff. With us for ...
$12 Wednesday winter warmers

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 14th Jun 2018

Winter is definitely here! Cold temperatures, rain and that chilly wind that Melbournians have come to know. So if you’re looking to get out and warm up mid-week look no ...
A night cap in town for the core crew

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 18th Jan 2018

From 6 to 15 to 24 this year, our Christmas catch ups just keep getting bigger and bigger! It was our third celebration at Jacks being looked after by our ...
Regional Australia to Hall street Moonee Ponds

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 15th Nov 2017

If you’re a staple regular these 3 faces are now familiar but we’ve recently welcomed Katie & Rachel to the mango team! Katie has worked in a variety of cafes, ...
Passion, flair and a way with people

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 18th Oct 2017

As family circumstances change staff in your business become more important than ever. Reliability and work ethic are two attributes that make you confident in leaving the business and knowing ...
Good drinks, bad sweaters

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 13th Jul 2017

With ugly Christmas jumpers more of a northern hemisphere phenomenon in Australia we’ve been kind of missing out. But three years ago the crew at Canadian Club rectified the situation ...
Coffee, camping and cosmos

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 16th Feb 2017

It’s been sad to say goodbye to Mischa but exciting to introduce a new member to the mango team! From her café background, Giselle has that friendly hospitality character, can ...
Just one night cap at mango

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 12th Jan 2017

Well you can certainly say things have been moving at mango. With a crew of just 6 at out Christmas catch up last year growing to 15 this year the ...
Summer 2016 happy hour

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 8th Dec 2016

With summer supposedly here make the most of our extended happy hour & early open times this December. Rain hail or shine, we’ll be opening at 4pm Wednesdays, Thursdays & ...
Martinis, beats and babies part 2

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 15th Sep 2016

Can you believe it has been a year since our newest recruit joined us here at mango? We certainly can’t! Theodore has fitted in well to his hospitality born life, ...
BYO food at mango

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 11th Aug 2016

BYO food seems to be the word on the street in many suburban bars at the moment but we’ve been doing it for years. With the upcoming Caydon development, Mason ...
We love vinyl at mango part 3

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 14th Jul 2016

In a world of fads, trends & hipsters vinyl is regaining its position as a sought after music medium. In 2016 vinyl sales are at a 28 year high with ...
Great people

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 5th May 2016

Walking into your local bar after a long day and being met with a warm smile is sometimes all you need to make you feel at right at home… Along ...
Weekday happy hour

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 10th Mar 2016

With Dan’s recent mix up in our Friday open time we thought we’d set things straight. Mango opens 5pm Wednesday to Sunday except Friday with an early open of 4pm! ...
3 Dan's at Jacks

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 14th Jan 2016

Mid last year we welcomed a whole new team not to mention our youngest addition Theodore! Although we missed Monica; Mischa, Kris & Dan together with partners Michelle & Dan ...
Martinis, beats and babies

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 8th Oct 2015

A cocktail shaker in one hand and baby in the other? Not in the original business plan for Mango Lounge Bar first conceptualised more than 15 years ago. But after ...
Cider, Gin & Shiraz

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 13th Aug 2015

If you’re on our mailing list, like our facebook page, follow our instagram or simply are a mango regular you would have noticed some changes at mango ...
Artisan organic bakery in Hall street

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 13th Aug 2015

There’s a new face in town which we think you should check out! Pick up your fresh bread in the morning or enjoy a delicious stoneground pizza at mango on ...
Mango's best espresso martinis

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 15th Jul 2015

When we said bye to our longest employee Maddi last month little did we know that this month we’d also be saying bye to 2 more. Kahlia and Zach both ...
A new era at mango

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 4th Jun 2015

It feels like only a year ago that our renovations were complete and we were celebrating our 10th birthday. But as we approach the second half of 2015 we realise ...
Style, culture & art in hall street

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 14th May 2015

When Mango first opened its doors 14 years ago Hall Street was nothing more than a abandoned supermarket, a few scattered restaurants and a bunch of empty shops. And the ...
We love vinyl at mango part 2

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 16th Apr 2015

Saturday April 18th is Record Store Day in Australia. This is a day when record stores come together with artists and labels to celebrate music. With the convenience of the ...
Commerce, tequila & white wine

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 19th Mar 2015

You’ve probably noticed a new face at Mango. Kahlia is 23 years old, also studying Commerce (Accounting/Finance) at the University of Melbourne, but loves working in hospitality. Kahlia grew up ...
A world of new spirits part 2

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 19th Mar 2015

You could say that craft beer has been dominating change in the Australian liquor industry but every now and again an Australian spirit comes into a class of its own. ...
Be my valentine

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 12th Feb 2015

First associated with romantic love in the High Middle Ages, evolving into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other in 18th-century England, and now an opportunity ...
Hospitality break-ups

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 15th Jan 2015

When you’re in the hospitality game end of year break ups can happen in January. With an abundance of Christmas parties, break ups and other private functions booked at Mango ...
2014 over & out

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 11th Dec 2014

We wake up one morning and realise that we’re 2 weeks out from Christmas, we’re making plans for the New Year and 2014 is almost at an end. It’s been ...
Summer happy hour

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 17th Nov 2014

With summer on the way and Melbourne temperatures getting into the 30’s why not take advantage of our new summer happy hour?All beer, cider, basic spirits & house wines are ...
We love vinyl at mango

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 16th Oct 2014

An amazing offering of cocktails, spirits, beer and wine; a stylish fit out with attention to detail; a dj spinning vinyl in the corner.  Melbourne instigated the Australian small bar ...
Cox plate weekend 2014

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 15th Oct 2014

As Melbourneites we have seen the hype building over the last few months. In the cold dark days of winter a small window of hope, a reminder of warmer times, ...
Passionate in all things liquor

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 18th Sep 2014

Welcome Zach to the Mango team! 21 and very passionate and interested in all things liquor. Zach has easily found his place in the team. We consider him as our ...
A world of new spirits

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 14th Aug 2014

As distilling techniques evolve and new products enter the spirit arena, we are continuously being exposed to a world of exciting spirits.Starward Whiskey is just such a product and distilled ...
A new addition to mango happy hour

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 3rd Jun 2014

As the budget dominates federal politics and the debate of broadening the GST base circles the parliamentary arena here at mango we spend less time debating and more time getting ...
Kitty Martini

Posted by Michelle Semkiw on 15th May 2014

We would like to officially welcome Jordan (better known as ‘Kitty Martini’) to the mango team. Jordan is a teacher by day and martini shaker by night! She’s a passionate ...
$100 drink card for your birthday

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 16th Apr 2014

Looking for a bar with style, class, and smooth decor for your birthday drinks? Want a $100 drink card to go towards your celebration?Bring 20 friends this November or December ...
Function fun

Posted by Madeleina Dares on 13th Feb 2014

Given the silly season is over and done with and the recovery period is coming to a close we thought it was time to fire it back up again and ...
2013 out

Posted by Madeleina Dares on 5th Dec 2013

“If you think back, and replay your year and if it doesn’t bring you tears of joy or sadness, consider it wasted…” - The BiscuitAs the American tradition of Thanksgiving ...
Cox plate carnival 2013

Posted by Madeleina Dares on 24th Oct 2013

When someone brings up Cox Plate I always get a warm fuzzy feeling. Not only is it a huge event on Mango’s annual calendar but it is spring, the days ...
A new invention

Posted by Caitlin Lutton on 1st Oct 2013

May I introduce to you ‘The Bobby’ Whats The Bobby you ask? Well thats exactly what i’ve come here to tell you. The Bobby the latest cocktail creation, made for ...
The staff favourite

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 16th Sep 2013

In today’s beer climate of an abundance of craft beer alternatives and small breweries springing up in many Australian country towns, how often does a good product cement itself as ...
Fast cars, fast cocktails & speed

Posted by Jacob O'Connor on 17th Mar 2013

Gentle ladies & gentlemen please start your engines, espresso martini’s best dressed and sultry for you all and lets do anything but go near Albert park whilst the formula 1 ...
Beats @ mango lounge bar

Posted by Jacob O'Connor on 14th Mar 2013

Live Beats & Banter @ Mango lounge...Live music for most of us is a rarity; it’s a special night out or a music concert, perhaps it’s a busker battling on ...
Drinking is a religion and god bless Australia on a regular basis - amen

Posted by Jacob O'Connor on 14th Mar 2013

Welcome Pope Francis! The very first Francis, wow I bet the Vatican is partying tonight and the red wine is flowing. The best for Francis with bottles of Penfolds & ...
What we do on the turps! Drink responsibly

Posted by Jacob O'Connor on 5th Mar 2013

It often strikes me sideways when a conversation is started by, “please don’t take this the wrong way” or “I am not meaning to be critical” because the person knows ...
Lost in translation, thought, or taste?

Posted by Jacob O'Connor on 26th Feb 2013

You know when we are born we generally are delivered with 10,000 taste buds dressed upon our lovely tasting mechanisms being of course our tongues…. and as we age gracefully ...
Functions

Posted by Jacob O'Connor on 7th Feb 2013

Mango Lounge is a popular spot for Saturday functions, an opportunity if you like to explore the bar on a more personal level and have the run of the place ...
The beauty of fresh & clean fruit & the attention to detail of a good cocktail bar owner

Posted by Jacob O'Connor on 16th Jan 2013

Often when the sun sets…. more so than when the dawn breaks a cocktail in hand, good company and the promise of a fruitful night is something to smile about… ...
A new year...

Posted by Jacob O'Connor on 13th Jan 2013

Time is of the essence, a day wasted is a day lost and the beginning means there will always be an end… however after 10 plus years Mango lounge bar ...
Our passion for music - especially for vinyl

Posted by Dan Semkiw on 22nd Mar 2012

Dear children of the beat,Recently Mango has playing hostess to some of more renowned and and yet cool DJ’s around the ol’ Melbourne town. From the grumpy yet salubrius electronix ...
Cox plate 2011

Posted by Madeleina Dares on 17th Oct 2011

Well it’s my favourite time of year; the Mango Cox Plate After Party is only 5 sleeps away! For those of you who haven’t been to Mango lately (firstly shame ...
Mango is open for business!

Posted by Madeleina Dares on 29th Jul 2011

We here at Mango have been busy little bees getting the bar all beautiful and new for you all. And last Friday it finally all came together. It started off ...
8 more sleeps...

Posted by Madeleina Dares on 14th Jul 2011

We had an exciting moment today, we actually got booze in the bar!!! While this might seem both obvious and a little benign to you all, to us it was ...
Mango makeover part 1

Posted by Madeleina Dares on 18th May 2011

Mango is mid makeover, hopefully by now you would have joined our Mango Facebook page and signed up for our mailing list to see how things are progressing. For those ...
Our very first post

Posted by Madeleina Dares on 18th May 2011

Hello esteemed Mango readers, welcome to Mango Lounge Bar’s first ever blog post! For those of you who are new to Mango let me give you a little background of ...
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