This is Why Dracula’s Cabaret Is a Favourite on the Gold Coast
I don’t know about you, but I love a good night out. You know the type- an evening of delicious food, of drinks that just seem to harmonize your mind and taste, and entertainment that opens your imagination taking you from the real world, to a destination of laughter, engagement, and fun. Yes. That type of night. Well, while on the Gold Coast in Australia, you find all of this and more at Dracula’s Cabaret.
Upon arrival to the theatre situated in the heart of Surfer’s Paradise, you are greeted by the Draculettes. These beautiful ladies clad cleverly in dark corsets and tights, welcome you to Dracula’s Cabaret Restaurant, escort you through, and entice you with beautiful long-stemmed g-string roses for those adventurous girls in the party. If you purchased a VIP experience, you are given priority upon arrival with early entry then decorated fondly with an exclusive Dracula’s necklace.
Entering the theatre, accessorized in my VIP necklace and long-stemmed rose in hand, I was in amazement at the intricacy of the architecture depicting the haunted home of the iconic vampire. When you enter the theatre, you are underground as grave diggers on the screen above you tell you what to expect before being “buried.” The details are fantastic and the dialogue incredibly witty. It’s a perfect introduction to how your evening will unfold.
Once you exit the bottom of the grave, you are then escorted through to a display of appetizers and champagne. VIPs are certainly given the royal treatment with such savouries as Thai Chicken balls, seasoned popcorn of cider vinegar & salt, Swedish meatballs, and sweet potato crisps. These savouries are served in a delightful presentation perfectly suited for this VIP atmosphere. I was delighted with the quality of these appetizers and how well they complemented my glass of champagne. This time prior to seating gives guests a chance to mingle with the Draculettes and get comfortable with the experience as a whole.
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Next came the most interesting of all – entry to the auditorium via train! Most theatrical evenings have guests finding their seats by usher row by row…well not here at Dracula’s Cabaret Restaurant! Here, you arrive to the auditorium entrance on a spooky train ride! On your trip you pass ghouls, goblins, skeletons, and creatures of the night with a few surprises along the way. Prepare to be dazzled with what you would least expect! Two can fit in each car and you will arrive safe and sound with loads of time before the show starts. Trust me; this part of the experience one should not miss.
The Food at Dracula’s Cabaret Restaurant….
I bet you were wondering when I would get to this juicy part of the evening! Well, Dracula’s Cabaret Gold Coast definitely pulls the stops for an impressive 3-course extravaganza for all us foodies out there.
The meal begins with a delicious chicken, leek and fennel tartlet garnished with balsamic glaze. The pastry was light and the flavours divine pairing perfectly with wine or one of the many signature cocktails.
For the main at Dracula’s Cabaret, there are four choices catering to all guests’ tastes and diets. Myself and my guests ordered three different meals and all were incredible.
First, the Non-Carnivorous Delight – A vegetarian’s dream of quinoa chickpea patties served with beetroot relish and a variety of vegetables all within a skull – it was flavourful, the right size, and was presented perfectly to complement the venue’s theme. I highly recommend this dish to all guests wishing a vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free meal.
One of my guests ordered the Bram Stoker’s Beef. A delightful rump medallion served with red wine jus, accompanied by roasted potatoes and green salad. A classic meal done to perfection.
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My other guest ordered the Furnace of Fish. A beautifully baked Barramundi fillet served with lime and coconut sauce and accompanied by kumara mash potatoes. It was a divine slice of the sea full of flavour.
Dessert at Dracula’s Cabaret:
Definitely my favourite course of a meal! I was so excited to try the dessert here at Dracula’s Cabaret and it did not disappoint! For one with a chocolate addiction, you can only imagine my excitement at a dish entitled “Death by chocolate.” A dark chocolate coffin filled with lychee and honey mousse. At first, I didn’t know what to expect as lychee was a new taste for me; however, I am happy to report that it was the sweetest complement to the slight bitterness of the dark chocolate. A perfect dessert pairing of flavours and textures. Death by chocolate certainly impressed my palate and certainly will yours.
Sometimes the drinks make all the difference. Well, here at Dracula’s Cabaret guests are in for a rare treat of a unique selection of signature cocktails and variety of wines. Plus, you can enjoy it in a souvenir glass to take home with you!
I highly recommend the Bleeding Heart cocktail. It is Dracula’s Cabaret take on the famous cosmopolitan with a delightful shot of peach schnapps giving it the perfect amount of sweetness. For the daring, this cocktail can be served in a large fish bowl with dry ice overflowing on the outside, completing this unique libation experience – a perfect choice for hen parties and other special occasions.
The Dracula’s Cabaret Show…
When many visualize a cabaret, the images that come to mind are usually of a risque and variety nature, combining music, dance, and comedy.
This show is exactly that.
A 70’s smash of iconic songs and acts, this performance surpassed many of my expectations.
First of all, the jokes were quite funny singling out audience members from around the world. The auditorium roared at each hilarious reference. My guests, local Australians, particularly enjoyed the cracks about various states in the country.
The two acts in the show that I found particularly impressive were the cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” a steep challenge for any performer, and the puppeteering of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Both iconic of the era where covers are rarely attempted or applauded, the Dracula’s team took these classics in their own hands and truly made them their own. “Stairway to Heaven” has been deemed the top classic rock tune of all time. A record-breaker in sales with the second most revered guitar solo courtesy of Jimmy Page, this song is a favourite of generations young and old. You cannot help waving a candle or light as the chords chime and the notes hit. A tall order to take on, yet the challenge was met as the Dracula’s cast nailed it.
And then there were puppets. They are definitely a few of my favourite things. I just love those little handmade creatures people that embody such imagination of their creators. I had no idea that I would be entertained by such brilliant puppeteering mastery, which, on top of that, was a unique rendition of Queen’s classic “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
The world was in mourning just over 25 years ago when Freddie Mercury passed away. A year that resembled 2016 with its many legendary losses, 1991 said goodbye to an era and a lead singer with a sound all his own. The cast of Dracula’s Cabaret Show brought the classic tune back and honoured Freddie in their beautiful presentation. It was golden.
And just when I thought my evening couldn’t get better, I got to interview the Star of the Show Rudi Testa…
FMP: How does it feel to work at a show that has been growing strong entertaining guests for more than 30 years?
Rudi: It has been an honour, a privilege and a very noble job with the pleasure of putting smiles on people’s faces. It makes me feel wonderful.
FMP: Every audience must give you a different experience. Have you seen any unique audience members give you a laugh?
Rudi: I have seen absolutely everything from shock and fear to absolute belly laughs and wonderful connections with people. Especially come the end of the evening – we take everyone on a journey and the rapport we build with them from the start to the end of the evening is wonderful.
FMP: Has there ever been any challenges along the way?
Rudi: Consistency in the performances, physical pressures to stay “performance fit” and enjoying yourself too much! The whole idea is to sustain that energy. It doesn’t get easier as you get older, but it is that happy medium of knowing what to do and keeping performance fit.
FMP: Do the shows change often?
Rudi: Once a year. We are lucky as we do one-year contracts and it’s a privilege to work 5 days a week. The seventies theme is happy and full of creativity. It screams fun and that’s what’s special about this performance.
In conclusion, I would highly recommend an evening at Dracula’s on the Gold Coast while in Queensland. It is a fun and quirky evening with laughter, music, and talent, combined with delicious food, unbeatable hospitality (in particular Voodoo – she was a fantastic server!), a grand entrance via Ghost Train, and a unique ambiance. I would definitely recommend guests choose the VIP experience as the extras make this my preferred choice. The seating is ideal for optimal viewing, the welcome champagne and savouries are a delicious beginning to an enchanting evening, and the service is just outstanding. Plus you can pose with the entire cast after the show for a memorable photograph 🙂
Important Details of Dracula’s Cabaret
- 1 Hooker Blvd, Broadbeach QLD 4218
- Closest train: Broadbeach
- Contact the box office at (07) 5563 4900
- Should you wish VIP seating, ensure you advise of this upon booking.
- Let the Box Office know in advance of any allergy requirements to ensure preparation is made in advance.
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I was a guest of Dracula’s while in the Gold Coast, Australia. All views and opinions are my own.