For DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Richmond, & the Mid-Atlantic Region
The Regional Club Guide is focused toward those opportunities that are generally open to the public or are commercial in nature. More private venues of a closed forum have been placed to Groups.
Mainstream opportunities are listed specifically in Mainstream.
Listings are segmented by region, then coded & categorized by the nature of their interest:
Some crossover will often exist, so the club in question will be listed by the nature that most reflects the general practice of its event. Any listing in 'Italics' may be in question & need
to be confirmed.
[Status for all listings have been confirmed as of Fall 2019 - exceptions are noted]
Club Listings for DC & the Metro Area (Baltimore, Philly, & Richmond Follow
B.A.D.A.S.S. Raves (Facebook): DC's most prolific promoter of Raves for the 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 Company specializing in Underground EDM, Raves, & Club Nights. They are currently expanding into larger underground events for Northern VA, Richmond, & Baltimore.
Balaibalan (Facebook): Featuring two levels of production for DC every other month. Boudior Boheme offering a high end event w/ exotic atmosphere & feel, balanced by Fidelium, a private guest-list only party with an erotic edge, They offer a high end product that caters more to the mainstream crowd of Capitol Hill who seek an edge of something more ‘risque’ in life.
Kindlers of the Sacred Rhythm (SacredRhythm.org): Pagan-based organization offering a social & spiritual forum to explore a deeper connection to Spirit (& each other). As practitioners of the Ordeal Path, many are part of the BDSM & Pagan community. While they do not seem to be as active as years past, most of their current focus lies with SuspendDC. Efforts have also moved more toward a commercial orientation.
Dandies & Quaintrelles (Facebook): With a focus on fashion & esthetic of an era gone by, D&Q hosts vintage-inspired, stylistic events in & around the DC area. Founded on the ideals of refined style and purposeful living, each event is partnered w/ a noble cause to act as a fundraiser for benefit to all.
S.A.S.I. / Society for the Advancement of Steamtopian Ideals (Facebook): Social Society for those with an interest in Steampunk, Neo-Victorian, Retro-Future, & associated subjects. Also
listed on Steampunk Empire.
N.Va. Gamers (NoVaG.org): One of DC's oldest & most respected hobby gaming organizations.
Darkon (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
DC Speakeasy (Fetlife): Fully developed play parties hosted at a beautiful location in Rockville. The crowd is diverse, welcoming, & the parties generally offer a very high degree of energy & play.
The Crucible (The-Crucible.com): Located at 412 V 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 & Facebook.
Club Shadows (SwingLifeStyle): On-Premise brick & mortar club offering 5,000 sq.ft. in the heart of Hyattsville, MD. You must be a member to attend but one day memberships are available. Open to couples & single women only. They previously had a reasonable online presence but have since moved all activity to a forum on SwingLifesyle.
Distrikt-C (DistriktC.com): DC's biggest & best gay dance fetish party. Formally at the DC Eagle, they have since moved to Karma (2221 Adams Place NE) & host 2nd Saturdays. Based in Philadelphia, they have also launched full efforts there as well as NYC. See site for detials. Updates are also found on Facebook.
Cum Union DC (CumUnion.com): International sex
club for gay or bi men 18 years of age or older. Parties are held on the 1st Saturday of each month at The Crew Club. Membership is not required to attend. Cost is $25 entry.
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.
T-Girl Nation (TGirlNation.com): Hosting parties for the TV/TG community, their friends, admirers, "& anyone who can put up with us." Events are open to all. No membership or cover required. The only rule is be nice! Locations change but are often hosted at Bar Rouge (NW DC).
DC Bear Crue (DCBearCrue.com): Billed as the nation's largest Bear event. Currently hosted at Uproar Lounge. Also holding other events & gatherings throughout the year. Please see site for details.
DC Prime Timers (PrimeTimersDC.org): Local social group for older gay or bisexual males & those who admire them. In addition to a healthy schedule of annual events, they also host a weekly gathering each Wednesday at Windows above Dupont Italian Kitchen in DC.
Vitruvian Men (Yapsody): Discreet 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. Please install Yapsody App for Updates.
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).
The DC Eagle (DCEagle.com): Located at 3701
Benning Rd. NE DC, the DC Eagle serves various aspects of the LGBT community with a general focus toward gay male leather. However, they often host select nights for various aspects of the
alternative cultures. The new facility is lavish with secure parking & weekly club nights. Please check their calendar as they keep an active & evolving schedule.
Crew Club (CrewClub.net): Gay male bath house on 14th Street (1321 14th St. NW DC). The last of its kind in DC.
Hummer (Facebook): Club night focused toward those into Latex, Leather, Uniform, Gear, & Kink/Fetish with an orientation to the younger TNG Crowd. With a strict dress code & a live erotic showcase, it's gone through a few renditions of who, where, & what it was over the years. Currently it's held at the DC Eagle & Baltimore Eagle as a monthly club night.
Club Listings for Baltimore & its Surrounding Area (Philly & Richmond Follow Below):
Metroschock (Facebook/Elektroschock): Formally Electroschok, their host venue closed so they rebranded & launched a new night. Held on First Saturdays at Metro Gallery (1001 North Charles
Street), Baltimore's best Gothic-Industrial dance night lives on.
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.
Touch of Flavor (ATouchofFlavor.com): Offering a unique opportunity for those in the mainstream to explore the sex-positive & BDSM/Kink Cultures. Touch of Flavor provides workshops & events to teach interested parties the knowledge & skills to turn fantasies into reality. With an aggressive campaign in mainstream media, they offer an impressive outreach program for the scene. Also on Facebook & Fetlife.
The Baltimore Playhouse (BaltimorePlayhouse): Located at 3010 Washington Blvd. 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. Also see Fetlife Group.
Studio 58 (Fetlife): No longer a brick &
morter club, they now exist as a roving group to host various parties throughout the area. Formally Grove Lane Studios.
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
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. Also on Facebook.
The Private Affair (ThePrivateAffair.com): On premise club for couples, single women, & select males (depending on 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! Membership is required. All members are 21 or older. Also see Facebook.
The Baltimore Eagle (Facebook): Located at 2022 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD, the Baltimore Eagle serves various aspects of the LGBT community with a general focus toward gay male leather. After a bit of ownership scandal & questionable positioning, they have finally reopened their doors & offer a comprehensive schedule. The new facility is lavish with weekly club nights & varied themes. Please check their calendar as they keep an active & evolving calendar.
Club Listings for Philadelphia & S.E. Pennsylvania (Richmond & the Mid-Atlantic Follow Below):
Drac's Ball (draculasball.com): 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 by DJ Mighty Mike Saga. Votex offers top end alternative music in some of Philly's most recognized venues.
DJ Mighty Mike Saga (Facebook): Honestly, we don't list DJ's individually & Mighty Mike certainly doesn't fall into the category of Clubs or Groups. But frankly, we just don't know what to do with him... You see, in the city of brotherly love, Mike Saga is a one man scene machine & a force onto himself. No pun intended, but we've never seen anything like him! He's single handedly a driving force for so much of the Philly underground scene that we had no choice but to include him as his own listing. Hosting such nights as Vortex, I Love Industrial, & a host of others he's an absolute presence in the scene & worthy of his own focus.
Peek-a-Boo Review (PeekabooReview): Philly shows its sparkles w/ its own highly active burlesque troupe. Offering ongoing shows & tours, they offer a neo-burlesque review of top talent featuring high energy shows.
The Aviary (TheAviaryPhilly): Providing an improvisational & interactive theater night with a direct focus on fetish and BDSM. This gives inquisitive souls an opportunity to explore in a friendly, no-pressure environment. Currently they host a monthly night on 2nd Saturdays. No photos allowed. Must be 18+. $20 Cover. Also see Fetlife Profile.
Philadelphia Area TNG (Fetlife): 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.net): 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). Also on Facebook.
Saints & Sinners (SaintsandSinners): Located at 2533 Emery Street, Philadelphia, PA, just north of Fishtown, Saints & Sinners is an Atlantic City organization that has opened a second location in Philly. This is an on-premise establishment offering a lavish setting with playrooms, lounge areas, full service bar (BYOB), dance floor, locker rooms and much more. Also see Listing on SLS.
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.
Offering classes & educational forums for erotic engagement, sexual encounters, & kink related subjects of interest. Hosted by Passional Boutique, they also serve as a key resource for the
Philly scene. Also see Fetlife.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Distrikt-C (DistriktC.com): Originating in Washington DC & offering one of the region's biggest & best gay dance fetish parties, they have since moved beyond DC to host events in Philadelphia & NYC. See main site Facebook for detials.
Club Philly (ClubPhilly): Fully outfitted gay male bathhouse located in the heart of Center City. Offering a fully equipped dungeon, steam room, multiple play areas, glory hole, private rooms, showers, & more.
Cum Union Philly (CumUnion.com): International sex club for gay or bi men 18 years of age or older. Parties are held on the 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month. Membership is not required to attend. Cost is $25 entry.
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. Also on Facebook.
Zebulon's Grotto (ZebulonsGrotto): Offering a 36 acre estate w/ a 5 acre lake, pool, camping on the grounds & full ammenities. They offer nudist & social gatherings for men & individuals of common interest. Located just 40 minutes east of Richmond.
Club Listings for Delaware, the Eastern Shore, & 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.
Vikings Castle (Fetlife): Private playspace & retreat located in Sussex County, Del. After Doc of the "The West Wing" fell into ill health, he suspended future activities & merged his group with DelViking. Future efforts for both groups are now carried w/in Viking Castle of Deleware. With a wide range of amenities, visitors have access to the entire playspace & surrounding grounds.
The Armory (Fetlife): Small but available playspace on the Eastern Shore for use. Located in Salsbury, Md. They also host play parties.
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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