Name: Cabaret Supperclub
Location: 38-42 Upper Arthur Street Belfast, BT1 4GH
Our experience: Looking for something fun to do to celebrate our friend’s 30th birthday made us realise how few venues in Northern Ireland provide an ‘eatertainment’ experience.
We were after somewhere that had good music and plenty of craic, but as a group now in our third decade, we didn’t much fancy clubbing.
Cabaret seemed the perfect combination of a grown-up dinner venue with crowd-pleasing soundtrack and the opportunity to throw some shapes.
We went on a Saturday night, which meant a burlesque show. We availed of the offer of a main course and entertainment for £29.50pp.
As we headed through the velvet doors, we were looking forward to the performances, but didn’t hold out too much hope for the food. Often when entertainment and food are combined, the latter is the casualty.
In this case, the meal was surprisingly good. The promotional menu was limited in its options, but this meant that what they did do, they did well. I had the chicken supreme and Robert the slow cooked beef. Both meals were tasty and satisfying. Robert also went for the cheese board (£8.50) which was really well presented and had a good mix, but a little on the small side and we would have loved to have seen a local cheese or two on there. My lemon torte (£6) was zesty and sweet. I couldn’t finish it all but I did enjoy what I ate of it.
We split a bottle of wine and had a few beers with the meal, followed by cocktails after it. The drinks could quite expensive – a bottle of Casillero del Diablo was about £25, but cocktails were a fairly standard price for Belfast, £7-9.
The show contained a mix of drag acts, burlesque dancers and singers. The compere for the night was a local girl, who was fun and vivacious mixing well with the crowd. While the liberal sprinkling of profanity may not have been to everyone’s taste, the tunes had the crowd all up dancing by the end of the night.
Overall, a fun night out with friends with a good few laughs but certainly for a special occasion this offers diners something a bit different.
Best bits: Entertainment was fun, Great atmosphere
Worst bits: Extra supplement costs for the meal, Drinks are pricey
Service quality: Service was average – different waitresses all they time – got our drinks order wrong twice!
Opening hours: Evenings from 8pm – 1pm – please contact the restaurant directly for more information
Facebook: Cabaret Supper Club Belfast
Atmosphere: Fun, raucous and a little naughty!
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Food hygiene rating: 5 out of 5 (July 2016)
Price/Special offers: http://www.cabaretbelfast.com/promotions-2016.html