A freelance writer and bargain hunter with wanderlust, recently moved to Perth from Brisbane.
Published February 4th 2013
The cheesier the better
There is just something about themed dining and entertainment that captures and holds our interest. Maybe it is a form of escapism, a feeling of camaraderie between a shared community or the opportunity to do something unique and different. I am one of those people who are drawn to cliché and cheesy touristy situations because of its light and fun atmosphere and the promise of being thoroughly entertained. To me, it is a journey of the senses. A mini Disneyland for adults.
If you like laughing yourself silly with a group of friends, see below for a list of themed dining places in Brisbane and places within driving distance such as the Gold Coast, where you can act as goofy as you want and the wait staff will entertain you and even egg you on.
One such place is Dracula's Cabaret Show in Gold Coast. Their shows vary and change but you can be promised acerbic comedy and dry, wicked humour while you dine on bloody Marys or horror themed food. If you haven't been before, entering the premises is just like visiting a haunted house with a gothic ghost train bringing you on a wonderful ride, as if you were in a theme park! The haunted house has ghoulish thrills around every corner, stopping by at the bar where you can indulge in themed gory drinks. Fancy drinking fake blood, anyone?
The wait members are incredibly cheeky, some totally in-your-face and it just adds on to the energy charged atmosphere. A vampiric waitress even asked me if I "wanted to be banged tonight" while handing me my rich chocolate cake for dessert. The entertainment is hilarious, with the actors poking fun at the audience and acting as bizarre as possible. Only a 1 and a half hour drive from Brisbane, get ready to have an amazing night as the vampires entertain you and your group of friends at 1 Hooker Blvd, Broadbeach QLD.
Stage Door Dinner Theatre at 4 Cintra Road Bowen Hills has an entertaining dinner theatre with different themes and plays. The Rocky Horror Picture Show made its debut on the1st and 2nd of February and the next entertaining number on its list is the cheeky "Dare To Be Bare" comedy where Priscilla meets the Full Monty from the 14th of February to 30th March. Hilariously amateur male stripping coupled with a tale of friendship and life makes it an entertaining show. On Friday and Saturday nights, tickets are $64.50 including a three course dinner and show.
Enjoy entrees such as prawn shumai, basil pesto pasta, popcorn chicken and greek salad. Delicious mains include roast pork, battered flathead fillet and baked chicken.
Located at either South Bank or Bulimba, Ahmet's turkish themed restaurant will have you whisked to Turkey for the night. The ambience is dark, with vibrant rugs and lanterns adorning the walls, adding to the mystique of the Middle East. The traditional Turkish music and dining setting will leave a lasting impression.
On Friday nights, there is belly dancing and gypsy music. A gypsy duo serenades guests from 5.30pm to 8.30pm. Be prepared for laughter as you and your friends are roped in to try it out, you may find that you have a hidden talent you were not previously aware of.
They have a wide variety of food, with wonderfully aromatic and rich flavours reflecting the Turkish culture. You can try Ahmet's Vegetarian Feast for $34 per person which includes Turkish bread with dips, meze platter (falafel, eggplant dolma, roasted capsicum with rice and pine nuts & roasted eggplant with tomato), vegetarian guvec) casserole of slow cooked eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms), yesil salad and Turkish delight. You can also try Ahmet's Sultan Feast which comes with a mixed grill platter of lamb cutlets, chicken, lamb and adana skewers as well as chicken and lamb guvec with rice. Ahmet's South Bank is located at Shop 10/168 Grey Street, South Bank (07 3846 6699).
I've been to Draculas several times and always had a good time. I've been for work Christmas parties (with 10 people) and also with a small group of friends (four of us) and the atmosphere is great. The staff are as in your face as you want them to be. Definitely a great night out.