The Mogambo

The Mogambo was in what is now China Town and consisted of a coffee bar fronting the main street with a chinese restaurant/cafe to the rear.

In 1966 - 67 it was the meeting place for the arty sixth formers who had passed the previous night at the Wheel and wanted to relax with a coffee and splif. A great favourite at the time was Geno Washington's 'Michael' which seemed to be played none stop.

John Kew

I used to spend a lot of time down there. Most of the Wheel crowd met there - myself and best friend (ALAN MOORE).

I was in town one saturday morning when I met Allie - he worked behind the bar at the Mogambo - I think he dished out thousands of cup's of coffee. I used to go out with the waitress from Wythenshawe called Jess Adams - sadly passed away now.

I still have 400 northern soul records and play them load's - jumping round the flat still doing the splits, not bad at 57.

If anyone has heard from Alan Moore, please let me know - haven't seen him since Ii was best man at his wedding. He got married and moved to Australia to start a new life. Would love to hear from him.

To all you Blue Note people - stay soulful.

Ray Turner

Hi, does anyone out there remember K.C.Singh?

Fiona Hall

Mogambo's was a magical place! Arabic music on the jukebox, Ali behind the bar & Coco, the Armenian letting you in and showing you downstairs.

Fiona, YES! I Remember K.C Singh! What a character!!

I used to go with friends from college. Mainly 63-67. Lot's and lots of great memories. Seeing this page has brought all the good memories flooding back!

Manchester, at that time, was a special place. I attended Southall Street Nursery Training College between 63-65 and hung out at the Mogambo bar A LOT!!

Veronica Jessop

Wow the Mogambo...loved it there...meeting place for the best parties .. friendly trendy arty people back in the day 67. My friend and would land after the New Century Hall ... the aroma of fine coffee and pheremones...beautiful people mad trippy parties./

Anyone remember the Alderly Edge night rides prancing around trees till dawn. One remaining memory of a party - the chimney breast had real gold coins embedded in the stone...yeah cant remember names unfortunately.

My days at the mad parties ended for my friend and when we were dropped of home sunday morning in Moss Side ...the driver whose mansion we had been to many times was flabbergasted at our humble dwellings and became hostile inflammatoty.." to think said he you have been in the company of fine wealthy people...did you case my joint? Ha! Ha! He was a one off..and lacking of working class wealth...thankfully he stood alone and nobody else shared his outrageous dont make the man!!

Phyllis Keegan

A party guaranteed every Saturday - Didsbury, Bramhall and Alderley Edge figured often as did Prestwich and Broughton Park in North Manchester. Great memories of Marietta, Rita Rose and Mal Reynolds - lovely girls!

John Kew

I think The Mogambo was a coffee bar on Cross St, just off Market St. in the early '60s.  Don't remember anything special about it, we spent more time at the Cona.  I remember Amigo's, too but I can't place it.  John Dalton St, Brazennose St maybe? 

Chris Jones

My friend Beryl and I were waitresses at the Mogambo in the 60's. I can remember George Best and a couple of his friends coming in for a coffee that we served them! It is my recollection that the cafe was on Moseley Street below street level.

We also used to go to Mr Smiths on a Saturday night where George visited too. I hope this jogs a few memories.

Margaret Littler

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Topic: The Mogambo
Lucette Tucker says...
The Mogambo was on Mosley Street, beneath street level. I spent many hours there until the mid-sixties. There was no Chinese restaurant behind it nor was it in Chinatown as mentioned elsewhere. I also recall a coffee bar called Mokarlos but not ... Read More
16th March 2014 5:45pm
Mary Grant says...
You are right, Lucette, it was on Mosley Street on the left hand side going towards St Peter's Square and next door was The Catacombs with drawings of fish outside. I always noticed that. I remember going downstairs one Sunday lunchtime with my ... Read More
7th February 2016 12:35am
Jonno says...
The Mogambo was in what is now the edge of Chinatown - Moseley Street and the front was a coffee bar and the rear a cafe / restaurant. I was in there almost every Saturday in 66 - 67 because it was the place to get invited to a party in the evening.
5th August 2016 11:15pm
Signe Hagen says...
I was an au-pair girl in Manchester in 1966-67. I used to go to Mogambo whwn I had a free time. Went to the Wheelers and danced to Gino Washinnton. Went to a pub called Rowntrees. I had a fantastic year in the city. Have never forgotten
26th October 2016 11:11am
tom says...
Hi Signe,
We must have been in the Mogambo at the same time at sometime...
my friend Roy Crusholme R.I.P and I were there most nights, it brings back fond memories .
5th January 2017 3:42am
Signe hagen says...
Good morning. Thank you for the reply So many good memories!!! I tasted my first Chinese meal in Mogambo. Remember the little restaurant behind some bamboo sticks. My friend Kathy used to share a meal. Fried rice and chicken. 12 shilling, 6 shilling ... Read More
8th January 2017 8:21pm
Chris Rigby says...
My friends and I used to visit the Mogambo regularly in the 1960's, usually calling in for a coffee or coke on the way to one of the many other clubs and discos in Manchester city centre. In 1967 I was working for a company that won the contract ... Read More
2nd August 2014 6:03am
Mike Cooke says...
University mates and I went there in 1959-60. Met waitress Pat Hogan there; she also worked at the big cinema (?) box office.
18th April 2016 2:13am

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