Cocktails & Spirits

Tiki Horror Nights Comes to Blue Starlite Drive-In

Calling fans of so-bad-they're-good movies and classic cocktails.

Tiki Horror Nights is coming to Blue Starlite Drive-In at the Coconut Grove Playhouse. By the way, this is not a tropical-themed haunted house. Tiki Horror Nights can best be described as a live version of Mystery Science Theater 3000 with booze.

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The series is the brainchild of Robert V. Burr (Rob's Rum Guide, Rum Renaissance Festival) and Andrew Lazo, both fans of rum drinks and the kind of B movies that involve ninjas, giant spiders, giant amazon women, killer botany from outer space, and five-dollar budgets. As Burr puts it, the idea came to the friends because "good tiki drinks and bad movies go together really well."

The duo had been screening movies with cocktails on a small scale, but now have partnered with Blue Starlite to screen movies on a larger scale.

Each movie will be paired with two tiki drinks carefully curated by Robert Burr to match the theme of the movie and crafted by nearby Taurus bar. In the future, guest bartenders will join the scene, making their own takes on tiki classics.

Anyone who's a fan of B movies knows part of the fun is making snarky comments on the brilliant use of a diving bell and a gorilla suit to make a space creature. In fact, Mystery Science Theater 3000 created a franchise of having a man and his robot do just that. This time around, Burr and Lazo will provide the color commentary during the movie, which will be added to the movie soundtrack. Don't want to hear the witty banter? There's a separate channel where you can listen to just the movie.

The kitch kicks off on January 14 with a special invite-only performance. The first event open to the public is January 22 at 7 p.m. with a showing of Strange Brew, the classic beer comedy that features Canadian brothers Bob & Doug McKenzie's mishaps at the Elsinore Brewery at 8 p.m.. The 1983 cult classic features SCTV and Saturday Night Live veterans Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis as the hapless McKenzie brothers. The drink menu will feature dark & stormys and a "strange brew" or two straight from Canada.

Additional Tiki Horror Nights will happen every two weeks -- check the Blue Starlite website for movie lineups.

Tickets for Tiki Horror Nights are only $15 and include two drinks. A car slot, including drink tickets for two people is $40. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door the day of the event.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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