Monday, August 9, 2021

Dark Factory's Guide to Books & Booze

Time to grab a book and get tipsy!!!

Books & Booze challenges participating authors to make up their own drinks, name and all, or create a drink list for their characters and/or readers using drinks that already exist. 

BOOKS & BOOZE with Dark Factory’s Ari Regon (and Kathe Koja)



Dark Factory is a dance club: three floors of DJs, drinks, dancing, and state of the art customizable reality. And Dark Factory is Kathe Koja’s new novel, in collaboration with indie powerhouse Meerkat Press, bringing together Kathe’s award-winning writing and her experience in live immersive events. The book hits print (and ebook and audio) in 2022, but the story has already started at

Ari Regon is the club’s star floor manager and party guru. Come and join him for a tour of the club, and a drink! Or two.


Dark Factory’s a total nightlife experience, everything that you see and hear and feel, it’s all totally customizable. I’ve been working here, doesn’t feel like “work” but I’ve been here since the very beginning, and the party just keeps getting better. We have power users who come every weekend, some of them come every night, one of our lead dancers started out as a power user. And DJs from all over the world—You can leave your bag there, just click that Lock It tab, the red tab, right.


We’ll grab a tiara for you in a minute, you like Y? The techs are rocking those glitch flowers tonight, gold and dirty pink, touch one and it turns into fireworks. And we’ve got the onbody interactives too, you want to feel more, you can, just scroll the menu and turn it up. People put together some wild experiences, it can get pretty crazy sometimes, pretty sexy. Last night we had a threesome up in the graffiti room, and they—Anyway. First let’s get you a drink. On the house, to celebrate your first time at the Factory.


There are bars on every floor, so—The mix lab? No, wish I could but it’s actually hush-hush in there, the mixologists are always putting together some cool new beverage. Their newest thing, we’re taking it live this Friday—don’t tell yet, but they’re calling it the 24 Karat, tequila with real edible gold, gold shimmer dust on the rim with the salt, are you salty? Or how about a Shot of Heaven? That’s mainly gin and Creme Yvette—Creme Yvette, it’s a liqueur, it smells like violets, sweet but not too sweet. Flowers, more drinks should have flowers . . . My own favorite? Right now it’s the BPM, Irish whisky and espresso with a little chocolate, it smooths you out and wakes you up at the same time.


Do I love it here? Fuck yes, I—Why do I love it? Because it’s where I want to be, all the time, it’s—That beat, hear it? Third floor DJ’s starting up, let’s go. You ready for that tiara, now?


[Due to Dark Factory internal policy, the actual recipes for the 24 Karat, Shot of Heaven, and BPM are proprietary.]



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