Two weekends ago I partied with the Emperor Caligula. He’s quite a charming fellow, if you ignore the horrific rumors of grotesque depravity and murder. And, he certainly knows how to throw a party! I mean, what’s an assassination or two among friends, right?
I should back up a bit. The party I attended was, in reality, Drunken Devil’s Bacchanalia, produced by master of haunted nightlife, Matt Dorado. Fourth in a series of events inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins, Bacchanalia explored the sin of Gluttony, set amongst the decadence, debauchery, and political intrigue in the court of the infamous Emperor Gaius Caligula.
Upon arrival, I was formally introduced to His Majesty, then encouraged to wander, indulge in free-flowing wine and specially themed cocktails, and let go of inhibitions. As the night progressed, I encountered various members of Caligula’s court and quickly became aware that all was most certainly not well under His Majesty’s reign. Something sinister was in the air. Guests were pulled aside for clandestine conversations in back corners of the room, and emerged with mysterious “protection” symbols painted on their forearms. Revelers were recruited as spies in loyal service to the Emperor. Suspicion and intrigue suffused the evening, and there was no doubt the celebration would have a bloody end.
In between the backstabbing and collusion, guests were treated to seductive burlesque performances by Miss Marquez, Erin Bridges, Brynn Route, Olivia Bellafontaine, and Miss Miranda, as well as close-up magic performed by roaming magicians Jax Kidd and Zac Young. Late into the night, DJ Kerry and DJ James Jordan kept the dance floor packed with Bacchus-hailing booty-shakers.
Drunken Devil events are justifiably popular for their unique blend of gleeful indulgence and unabashedly dark, immersive storylines. For party-goers looking to indulge in a playfully sinister evening, Bacchanalia reigned supreme.