Our purpose at RVA Rope Bite is to create a safe and welcoming place for those who are interested in rope bondage to explore, learn, practice, innovate, and share their collective knowledge about rope in a non-judgmental environment.

Upcoming Rope Bite Events

september

27sep6:30 pm9:00 pmRope Bite Skill Share6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Fallout, 117 N 18th St, Richmond, VA 23223

october

11oct6:30 pm9:00 pmRope Bite Skill Share6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Fallout, 117 N 18th St, Richmond, VA 23223


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Rope Bite meets regularly (usually every other Thursday evening) at Fallout in downtown Richmond to provide a place for local rope bondage enthusiasts to socialize, practice, and share their skills.

While we do offer direct instructions at some meetings, we primarily consider ourselves a social skill-share and practice group. All levels of experience and approaches to rope are welcome at our meetings. You can come alone or with friends or partners. You can watch, self-tie, tie, or be tied. Or you can just come to meet and hang out with local rope enthusiasts.

We model ourselves after the founding principles of Rope Bite International, which are:

  • focus on rope bondage
  • inclusive and open to all
  • part of the larger community (not in place of or in competition with)
  • non-political (actively avoiding community drama or group politics)
  • meetings range from food and talk to hands-on practice to education

The Rules

We ask participants of our rope events to follow a few rules in order to keep everyone safe. The rules can be summed up in this: Be safe. Be polite. Share. But to spell them out a bit more …

  • Our number one rule is safety. No one is allowed to participate if they are not going to follow safety procedures. Rope is dangerous. We don’t want anyone to get hurt, nor do we want to associate with anyone that is going to get people hurt.
  • Tops and bottoms are responsible for practicing negotiated consent at all times.
  • Please leave your ego at the door. This is a rope practice group. People have different learning styles, and some people assimilate information faster than others. We accommodate all those eager to learn. We provide a safe and comfortable space for you to learn to tie and/or be tied.
  • All body types, levels of physical ability, levels of experience, and types of rope are welcome to explore rope bondage here.
  • Fallout does not allow nudity or photography at any time, and we must adhere to those policies when meeting there.
  • Please don’t walk on the mats with anything but bare/socked feet or very soft-soled shoes.

Strongly-Worded Suggestions:

  • If you plan on tying, please be considerate of those being tied and cut or file your fingernails. As is always the case, attention to personal hygiene is appreciated.
  • This is a rope bondage practice group. If you wish to discuss religion, debate politics, promote your business, or “hook-up,” this is not the place to do it.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m new to rope and not sure I want to tie or be tied. Can I just come to watch?

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Absolutely. You are always welcome to watch and should feel free to participate as much or as little as you’d like … including not at all. In addition, we hold most of our events at Fallout, a goth/fetish club, and during our regular meetings, there are usually a few people hanging out at the bar who aren’t there for rope. You won’t be out of place at all.

I’d like to attend Rope Bite, but I don’t have a partner. What should I do?

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You are welcome to just watch, to practice ties on yourself, or to try to find a partner, either at the meeting or using the online group.

However, the absolute best advice we can give to anyone: show up at events, be sociable (but not pushy) and get to know people as people (not potential play partners). It goes against common social sense to agree to be tied up by someone you don’t know in a strange place, so don’t expect that. As people get to know you and become comfortable with you, they may start to let you tie them / be willing to tie you at public events. Trust and comfort takes time. People will be watching to see if you’re willing to put in that time and can be trusted over time. That’s the best and truest answer we can give.

But here are some other things you can also do …

To look for partners online, find the post for that event (always linked through the FetLife event page) and add a comment indicating the type of partner you are seeking (someone to tie, someone to tie you, etc.). You may also find that others have posted in the thread seeking partners. In addition, we have a dedicated partners thread for seeking partners that aren’t specific to one event.

To look for partners at the meeting itself, try to arrive at the start time. We usually have about half an hour of socializing time before the actual practice begins. This is a good time to meet new people and find out if anyone is un-partnered and willing to work with you. However, please respect the wishes of anyone who does not wish to work with you. Everyone has different comfort levels.

Finally, you can ask any of the group leaders if they know of someone who is also looking for a partner. If they do, and the other person doesn’t mind, they will share that information with you.

I’m new to rope but coming to Rope Bite. What rope should I get?

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Synthetic clothesline like this can make good, cheap “starter rope” for learning a few knots and basic ties. However, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT ANY SUSPENSION WORK WITH THIS ROPE!

First, you should know that we always have some practice rope available for new people, so if you don’t want to buy any rope, you can still come and have something to try out. Our practice rope is 30 foot jute rope, approximately 5mm, from RopeSpace.com.

You can also buy some cheap rope just to start learning with. That way, you’re not spending much money before you decide whether or not rope is something you’ll want to invest in. Most hardware stores have a decent variety for not much money. Try to get something flexible and not too thick … 4-6mm (about 1/4″), nylon or natural fiber will do fine.

For more information, please see “An Overview of Types of Rope” in our Rope 101 course.

Here are a few sources that some of our members use and recommend, though you should do your own research before purchasing. There are a wide variety of sources and suppliers available online.

Besides rope, what else should I bring to Rope Bite?

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We recommend you bring a yoga mat, pad, blanket, pillow or some other way to cushion your knees or keep you warm. The floors at Fallout are hard (wood and brick). We will have mats available, but they belong to the club and are in various states of repair.

We also recommend you bring safety shears or other safe methods for quick release. We will have safety shears on site for each meeting.

You may also want to bring some money for food or drinks … and for tipping our hard-working bartenders well! We also ask for donations when we have guest presenters.

Finally, please do not bring outside food or drinks. This isn’t allowed, per Fallout policy.

What should I wear?

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We recommend wearing clothes that are comfortable to tie and/or be tied in. Clothing that allows for free range of movement is best, and form-fitting clothing is typically advised for those who plan to be tied.

Fallout does have a dress code, but you are not required to adhere to it if you are attending the practices. However, Fallout does not allow nudity due to Virginia ABC laws.

To be a little more specific: you will typically see people wearing jeans and t-shirts, dresses and skirts, yoga pants and tank tops, or bras and panties (no thongs).

We also recommend that you wear little or no jewelry. Earrings and necklaces should not be worn during bondage. Also, for your safety, we suggest you remove or tape any body jewelry that isn’t otherwise covered.

I see that most of your events happen at Fallout. What is it like? Do I have to be a member to attend?

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Fallout is a private fetish club located in Shockoe Bottom. It has a full bar and kitchen, and therefore, no outside food or drinks are allowed. Nudity is not permitted at Fallout because of VA-ABC Laws; however, be warned that smoking is permitted (though it usually isn’t heavy during Rope Bite meetings). Photography is not allowed at Fallout to protect its members’ privacy. Because alcohol is served there, you do need to bring a valid photo ID and be 18 years old to enter, 21 years old to drink.

Even though Fallout is a private club, Rope Bite practices are open to the public, so you do not need to be a member of Fallout to attend practices. You also do not need to abide by the club’s “goth/punk/fetish” dress code during practices, and so you’re free to dress comfortably for tying or being tied.

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