Gateway & Dungeon 101

The Black Rose Gateway program is the first of a two-part series that is designed for newcomers. The first meeting, BR Gateway, is held at The Crucible, which is located at 412 V St NE, Washington, DC 20002 and is scheduled for:

    • the first Thursday of the month OR
    • the last Thursday of the (previous) month when the First Friday is the 1st of the next month*
    • The schedule for upcoming programs in the Newcomer series can be found on the calendar.

Please plan to arrive by 7:40 p.m., as we try to be respectful of everyone’s time and thus begin promptly at 8:00 p.m. The presentation and most of the questions are typically over and answered by 9:30 p.m., thought the presenters will frequently make themselves available for a short time afterwards in case you may have additional questions.

Tickets are only sold at the door. It costs $5 to attend. Anyone under 21 will be admitted free — just be sure to point it out to the person at the door before they ring you up.

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. Attendees at this event tend to be from diverse ages, backgrounds, genders, orientations, and more — everyone is welcome.  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. You do not need to be a member in order to attend the meeting.

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.

Thinking About Attending Gateway?

For further information regarding Gateway please email gateway@br.org


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 first Friday of each month and is also held at The Crucible.

More information about Dungeon 101 can be found HERE.