Black Rose

Gateway & Dungeon 101

The Black Rose Gateway is a program for newcomers that consists of two separate meetings. The first meeting, Gateway, is held on the first Thursday of the month from 8:00-9:30 PM at DC’s BDSM club:

The Crucible, located at 412 V St NE, Washington, DC 20002

You do not need to be a member and do not need to RSVP in order to attend the meeting. BR Gateway is open to all interested people 18 and older.

BR Gateway costs $5 to attend; cash only please.

BR Gateway is a special Black Rose meeting intended for individuals (18 and older) who are either new to BDSM or new to the DC kink scene. BR Gateway is designed to facilitate getting your questions answered. A typical meeting has 30 – 75 participants with a diverse group of people.  The meeting is an informal discussion and there is nothing you have to bring. Casual or business attire is more appropriate, scene wear is not appropriate.

Parking is available on the street, but please do not park in front of the residences on 4th Street NE. The most convenient Metro stop is Rhode Island Ave-Brentwood which is about a half mile walk from the venue, either along RI Ave or along the MBT. Unmetered street parking is also available in the area, though The Crucible requests that you not park in front of the homes on 4th Street.

Please check the calendar of events for the date of the next Gateway meeting.

What to expect at your first Gateway Meeting

For further information regarding Gateway please email

The second meeting is called Dungeon 101 and serves as an introduction to BDSM play. If you have never attended a BDSM play event, it can be a bit daunting. The Dungeon 101 class is specifically designed to help you feel comfortable as you learn about BDSM.  If you attend the Gateway meeting you will receive a coupon for a discount for Dungeon 101.

Dungeon 101 is held on the Friday following each Gateway program and is also held at The Crucible.

More information about Dungeon 101 can be found HERE.