Scene Guide:
A Regional Listing of Area Clubs

For DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Richmond, & the Mid-Atlantic Region


The Regional Club Guide is focused more toward those opportunities that are generally open to the public or commercial in nature. More private venues of a closed forum have been placed to GroupsMainstream opportunities are listed specifically in Mainstream.

Please note that the list is constantly evolving & subject to change. Interested parties are encouraged to submit listings & are asked to report dead links or changes in the information provided.

Listings are first segmented by region, then coded & categorized by the nature of their interest:
  
- Alternative Music & Culture in Rust.           - Lifestyle & Swinger in Green.
   - BDSM & Fetish in Red.                                  - Gay, Bi, & Transgender in Purple.

Some crossover will often exist, so the club in question will be listed by the nature that most predominantly reflects the general practice of its events. Any listings in 'Italics' carry a status that may be in question & needs to be confirmed.

[Status for all listings have been confirmed as of  Spring 2014 - exceptions are noted]

Club Listings for DC & the Metro Area (Baltimore, Philly, & Richmond Follow Below):

Bound  (Bound.org):  DC's longest running GothicBDSM Theme Night is held in the upstairs club space at Phase I in Dupont (1415 22nd St. NW DC). They also host several key events throughout the year: SMB, Hell Ball, & N.Y.E. Perv Ball.

B.A.D.A.S.S. Raves  (Facebook):  DC's most prolific promoter of Rave Format Events in the DC & Mid-Atlantic Region.  Comprised of a number of affiliated production companies & DJ's in the area, they host some of the area's largest & most well known events for the Rave Scene.

3D Productions (Facebook): DC based Promotion/Production Company specializing in Underground EDM & Rave Format Events & Club Nights. They are now expanding by throwing larger underground events in Northern VA, Richmond, & Baltimore.

Essence Productions (Facebook): Based out of Baltimore, Essence produces some of the most high end Raves in the area. Events & productions tend to be specific to the DC / Baltimore region & carry a direct focus in Dubstep & EDM as well as Drum & Base.

One World Muzik (Facebook.com/oneworldmuzik): A cross-genre production company with deep roots in EDM, Dubstep, Electronica. They perform hundreds of shows throughout the year w/ a deep effort to positively impact the electronic culture.

Deja Vu (Facebook.com/dejavu): 80's dance night hosted by 'The Angel' in Arlington. On occasion they promote live acts from the area, but the weekly standard is focused on a dance night with resident DJ's Angel & London Shadows.

Midnight (DCMidnight.com): One of DC's longest running Goth & Alternative dance nights is now held on a monthly basis. Generally they'll be held of the 4th Saturday of each month but this is not a set schedule. Please check the website for more up to date information.

S.A.S.I. / Society for the Advancement of Steamtopian Ideals (Facebook):  Social Society developed for those holding interest in Steampunk, Neo-Victorianism, Retro-Futurism, & associated subjects. In addition to their online presence, they have also begun to organize events, outings, & meet-ups. Also listed on Steampunk Empire.

Open Hearth Foundation (OpenHearth.org):  An open & active organization focused toward the pagan community.
N.Va. Gamers (www.NoVaG.org): One of DC's oldest & most respected hobby gaming organizations.
Darkon (www.darkon.org): Live action medieval war gaming club for DC & Baltimore. See website for details.

 
 
The Black Rose  (BR.org):  Self-described as a support, education, & social group for those who share interests in Dominance & submission, Bondage & Discipline, Fetishism, & Cross-dressing (to name but a few). They are not a swingers group. They do, however, sponsor various workshops, discussion groups, & socials gatherings on a very regular basis. Also see: Fetlife.com/groups/1593

The Crucible  (The-Crucible.com):  Located at 16 M St. NE DC, The Crucible offers on-premise events for various cultures of the alternative community. The quantity of equipment is extensive & all play is monitored by on-site staff. Their new occupancy agreement requires membership previous to attending any events (readily available through their website). Also see:  Fetlife.com/groups/5600
Risque (Facebook): EDM dance night / full-on BDSM play party. Held the Final Friday of each month. Hosted by DJ Cosmo.
College Park Kink (Fetlife): A special College Night Play Party hosted the 2nd Friday of each month at The Crucible.
Crucible Lifestyle: (CrucibleLifestyle.com): Please note that both Starz & Rites of Bacchus have been merged into one unified group called "Crucible Lifestyle." All events have thus been folded into an ongoing schedule hosted by The Crucible.

Entre Nous  (EntreNousDC.com):  Held each Saturday, flexible rules are offered for couples & women to meet & greet. Their location often moves around so check for updates. You must be a member to attend. No single males. Also see: Facebook.com/EntreNousEvents

DC Polyamory TNG (DCPolyTNG.org): A membership network dedicated to providing a forum for "polyamorous, curious, & friendly people 35 & younger of age and under to meet, socialize, & talk about matters of common concern."  Formerly known as CPN TNG, (affiliated with the Chesapeake Polyamory Network), CPN stopped sponsoring groups in late 2010 so they went out on their own.

    

Code DC (CodeDC.com): Held the first Saturday of each month. Its focused toward those into Latex, Leather, Uniform, Gear, & Kink/Fetish with an orientation to the city's younger TNG Crowd. With a strict dress code & a live erotic showcase, it's made a major impression in a scene that's already seeing a strong resurgence.

Spank DC (SpankDC.com):  Self-described as "DC's hottest male/male spanking party!" Bring your paddles, straps, belts, & canes for an afternoon of spanking fun. Held the 3rd Saturday of each month (4pm-8pm) upstairs at The Green Lantern (NW DC). Also on Facebook.

Vitruvian Men (Vitruvianmen.org): Discreet art gallery on Capitol Hill hosting all male nude social & play parties. These include but are not limited to Capitolbate, nude male sketch sessions, & naked yoga. Donation is minimal & parties are scheduled weekly.

The Academy of Washington (TheWashingtonAcademy.com): Longtime organizers of drag events for the region (est. in 1961), The Academy is one of the oldest organizations of its kind in the country.

Ziegfelds & Secrets (Ziegfelds.com): DC's biggest & best emporium for drag shows & male dancers has returned to the scene. True to its roots, it now resides at half Street in the NE corridor of DC (same space as was formally club Lime). 

TOWN (TownDC.com): Brought to you by the former owners of Nation, TOWN Danceboutique offers one of DC's better venues for the all male club crowd (2009 8th St. NW DC). Nightly drag shows start at 10pm. And be sure to tell Anne the bartender Rick says hi!  ;-)

Crew Club (CrewClub.net): Gay male bath house on 14th Street (1321 14th St. NW DC). The last of its kind in DC.



Club Listings for Baltimore, MD. & its Surrounding Area (Philly & Richmond Follow Below): 

Electroschok (Elektroschock.net):  Formally on alternating Saturdays, they've now held on the First Saturday of each month at Grand Central (1001 North Charles Street). By far one of Baltimore's best Gothic-Industrial dance nights. Also see Facebook/Elektroschock.

Nu Fusion (Facebook): Underground Band Showcase hosted by Flock Baltimore. DJ & Live music featured at Club Sonar in Baltimore.

S.H.E. Productions (SheProductionEvents): Event production group in Baltimore specializing in LGBTQ parties for over 6 years. They also produce  functions, benefits, & dance nights for various aspects of the alternative cultures throughout the area. Also on Facebook.

Club Orpheus (Facebook.com/ClubOrpheus): With an eclectic blend of Alternative, Darkwave, Progressive, Electro, Punk, & 80's Retro, Orpheus hosts many of Baltimore's underground & alternative club nights. They maintain a monthly schedule of theme events for a variety of tastes. This includes special nights for the Fetish crowd as well. 

The Baltimore Playhouse  (Fetlife):  Located at 3010 Washington Ave. Baltimore, MD - The Baltimore Playhouse represents one of the area's oldest & most resilient organizations. Offering on-premise events for various cultures of the alternative community, they boast a 12,000 sq.ft. facility, quantity equipment, full play.

B.E.S.S. / Baltimore Education & Social Society  (BESS-MD.org):  An educational social society for the Baltimore BDSM & Fetish Community. BESS is a Pansexual organization (all genders /orientations welcome). Its goal is to provide a safe, friendly, & discreet environment for the education & encouragement of adults interested in safe, sane & consensual BDSM. Attendance is limited to contributors & members of reciprocal groups (WHIP & Black Rose) & guests. Also see: Fetlife.com/groups/280

The Attic (Facebook): Underground Play Party hosting fetish theme nights on the 1st Friday for every month.

Tabu Social Club (TabuLife.com):  Baltimore's premier on-premise lifestyle club (1115 N. Rolling Rd. Catonsville, Md. 21228). Brought to you by Rick & Vicki (no affiliation to Richard A.D.), Tabu features weekly parties for the Lifestyles Community & is widely regarded as one of the fastest growing lifestyle organizations in Mid-Atlantic. Email: tabulife@tabulife.com

The Private Affair  (ThePrivateAffair.com):  On premise club for couples, single women, & select males (depending on the event). Located about 40 min. north of Baltimore in Port Deposit, MD (50 min. south of Philly). Tom & Donna have put together a fantastic venue offering an upscale nightclub-style atmosphere, BYOB service bar with various mixers, lighted dance floor w/ top notch DJs, 2 pool tables, a TV room, plenty of play space, & 20 person hot tub (towels are provided)! Membership is required. All members are 21 or older. Events are held Friday & Saturday.

Fuel Warehouse Parties (Fuel-Party.com): Fully nude all male play parties hosted in a discreet warehouse in the stadium district of Baltimore. Parties on Friday & Saturday have select door standards for young & hot, while parties on Wednesday & Sunday are open to all. Cover is $25.

The Hippo (ClubHippo.com): Baltimore's premier club for drag shows & dancing boys. Conveniently located on Charles Street.



Club Listings for Philadelphia & Southeast Pennsylvania (Richmond & the Mid-Atlantic Follow Below):

Drac's Ball  (draculasball.com):  From the producers of Nocturne Philly,  Drac's Ball represents Philly's longest running tradition for the Goth-Industrial Scene (semi-annual grand event for the Philly Underground).

Vortex (Facebook): Goth-Industrial Dance Night hosted Bi-Weekly by DJ Mighty Mike Saga. Votex offers top end alternative music in some of Philly's most recognized venues.

Ian Black's SPANKtuary - Held the First Friday of each month downstairs at Club Risque (5921 Tacony Ave. Philadelphia, Pa). Doors at 9pm - runs 'til 3am. $10 Cover. Coatroom available year 'round.

Philadelphia Area TNG  (Groups.Yahoo.com/Group/Philly_TNG): An off-premise pansexual, support, education, discussion, & social group for those who are interested in becoming or are already active in the BDSM / Fetish lifestyle (including gothic, leather, boots, food, latex, rubber, body modification, tattoos, piercings, etc). Open generally to those from 18-35 & their main focus is a forum for youth in BDSM Community.

The Pleasure Garden Club  (ThePleasureGardenClub.com/home):  Hosted by Lady Chandra, the PGC is located in a 5,500 sq. ft. complex with multiple venues of exotic intrigue to explore (this includes 4 separate areas of various themes: the cat house lounge, mystical water garden, the tribal main room, & club-style dance club with state of the art sound & lighting). Venue is for members only & BYOB. Amenities include a full kitchen manned by a 4-star chef, full service mixer bar, arcade, pool tables, & big-screen TV. Membership is required & is open to all 21 & over. Club is open from 10pm - 4am, door charge is $25 & membership can be paid at the door. Prior RSVP is required. Available 6pm-10pm for private functions. Address: 6039 Passyunk Ave. Philadelphia, Pa (Eastwick/Southwest Philly).


Friction Parties (FrictionParties.com): With a national reach, local parties & events are hosted throughout the Mid-Atlantic including DC, Baltimore, Va, & Philly (however, the group in Philly seems to be the most active in the region). Parties are Off-Premise, usually hosted in a hotel. They offer a NO pressure, edgy, sexually charged, & safe experience for erotic couples.  Also see Facebook.

Philadelphia Polyamorists (MeetUp.com/PhillyPoly): A membership network offering discussions of various topics relating to polyamory as well as 2 social events in/around Philly each month. The socials are on the 2nd Sunday and 4th Wednesday. The discussion meeting dates will vary depending on the host's schedule.

The Cottage  (TheCottageinPa.com):  An on premise getaway for couples & select singles. Open for play every weekend, parties offer various themed events & contests. Fridays are open to couples & singles while Saturdays are to couples only. The venue offers live DJs' & dancing. A full service bar with mixers is provided but all alcohol is BYOB. Amenities include a huge lounge area, open areas for active play, private rooms for individual play, home theater, game room, hug Jacuzzi, toy room, & available locker facilities. Dinner is served nightly. Suites are available for weekend stay (reservations required). Atmosphere is casual. Contact John or Dottie.  Email: cottage@thecottageinpa.com


The Farm  (TheFarmTravelClub.com):  Upscale on-premise club for couples, women, & select males. Located 1 hour north of Baltimore, The Farm is situated on 200 acres of private land & holds events every Friday & Saturday. Arrangements are available for weekend stay-over. Dinner is served nightly & a full bar with professional service is offered in the club area. DJs with a state of the art sound & lighting provide a high energy atmosphere throughout the evening. Amenities include: game area with 2 pool tables, large screen TV, several themed party/play rooms, & 2 separate Jacuzzis with fiber-optic lighting. The summer season allows for large outdoor heated pool, picnic areas, sand volleyball courts, & 3 separate decks for relaxation & tanning. RV hookup is available. Membership is required. Email: farm4fun@hotmail.com

TJ's Lasting Impressions  (TJsLastingImpressions.com):  An on premise upscale club available to both couples & select singles. Events are held Friday & Saturday evenings from 8pm-3am. Special monthly parties are also held on Sunday from 12pm-7pm. TJ's offers the perfect weekend getaway blending full service fine dinning followed by an evening of dancing. DJs are top notch & the club offers state of the art sound & lighting. Full service bar offers mixers & professional service but is BYOB. Amenities include a HUGE hot tub with seating for 80, large open play area, plus 12 private rooms for individual play, & 9 VIP rooms. A lingerie boutique has just been recently added. Reservations are required.


Liberty Bears  (TheBikeStop.com):  An S&M fraternal organization holding monthly socials & a very active influence in the community.
 

Club Listings for Richmond, VA. & its Surrounding Area...

Fallout (FalloutRVA.com): Richmond's premier underground club featuring Goth/Industrial & a continuous parade of alternative & fetish-based theme nights. Open throughout the week. Membership is required but can be attained at the door.

R.O.D.S. / Roanoke Order of Dominants & Submissives (RODS-Va.org): A pansexual BDSM group for Southwest Virginia & the surrounding area. They are "dedicated to providing education, support, & a social network in a safe, responsible & discreet environment."

Phyxios Mystique (PhyxiosMystique.com): A Richmond based pansexual organization for people interested in the Alternative, Fetish, & BDSM Lifestyle. See website for details.

Mid-Atlantic Couples  (MidAtlanticCouples.com):  An on-premise club holding monthly events in various Richmond hotels. Main activities take place in a public forum but open play takes place in select suites within the venue. Gatherings offer an opportunity to have fun while meeting like minded couples & single women in a safe atmosphere with absolutely no pressure. Monthly seminars are also held for those new to the culture. Single males, drugs, & those cheating on spouses are not welcome.

  

Club Listings for Delaware & Ocean City...

Asylum 13 (Facebook): Hosted in Wilmington, Del. Asylum is a weekly alternative dance party which includes various theme nights that include everything from fire performances to fetish events to live music. Indeed, the scene has moved to Delaware & Asylum is the place to be. 

Additional Club Listings for the General Mid-Atlantic Region...

C.U.F.F / Charlottesville Underground Fetish Fellowship  (Cuff.Va.com):  Hmm... Virginia seems to like its acronyms! :-) CUFF like its fellow brethren is a pansexual education & social organization for the BDSM & Fetish Community. Based in Charlottesville, VA, CUFF offers member’s socials, munches, educational seminars, open forum discussions, & Scene-play Demo’s.

Southwest VA Socials (Southwest-Va-Socials.com):  Monthly socials held in a relaxed, intimate setting. DJs are professional; all alcohol is BYOB w/ mixers provided & full service bartenders readily available. The main venue is meet & greet, but on premise play is held after the party in the group's hospitality suite.

 

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