This Black-owned members-only club is adding luxury into co-working spaces

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  • Published on March 21, 2023
  • Last Updated May 15, 2023
  • In Culture

Opening on April 1, DC’s newest members-only social club, HQ DC House, will provide members with a penthouse-style co-working space and more perks.

DC’s social club scene will be growing next month. HQ DC House is the city’s latest member-only club, opening April 1 inside Penn Quarter’s historic Oriental Building Association space. The new club is looking to set itself apart from similar members-only clubs, such as Cosmos Club and The Metropolitan Club, by creating a more home-like atmosphere rather than a co-working space.

The Washingtonian spoke with owners John and Mike Burns about their mission to create a “safe space specifically for Black and Brown professionalsto work and socialize with others like them.”

“We’ve always felt that there was a void for a place that we can go to network, collaborate, and grow,” John said.

The brothers are the owners of the DC-based consulting and marketing agency, The Burns Brothers. The HQ DC House is their first social club.

The owners thought of everything to transform the 10,000-square-foot space into the perfect backdrop for Black professionals. The second floor provides an ample seating area and a conference room. Aside from the full bar, this floor is the closest to a traditional co-working space. The fourth floor has more space for working, but is the spot for those that want a more “chill” vibe. The outlet reports that an in-house barista will serve the members “coffee, tea, and breakfast pastries.” The fourth floor also serves as a wellness space for members who want to partake in yoga, boxing, and spin classes.

After leaving the mood-setting lights from the fourth floor, members will find a penthouse lounge on the fifth floor. The area is equipped with “multiple bars and a 16-foot LED video wall for movie nights.”

John commented on the reasoning behind the impeccable interior design “We’re trying to create a home where people can come in the morning and do some work, then transition to a happy hour moment or watching the game on the big screen upstairs,” he said.

Chef Eric Tyson of DC’s Très Creole Catering will serve up Creole-inspired light bites and create 3–4 specialty cocktails available to members every day.

The location amenities aren’t the only perks of joining the club. The Washingtonia states that “members can also bring up to eight guests every month and get access to a weekday chauffeur service to anywhere within three miles of the club, as well as events like “MTV Unplugged”-like live performances, spa days at Salamander Washington, DC, and group dinners at local restaurants.”

Those interested in joining The HQ DC House must complete an application and undergo mandatory pre-screening. The brothers claim that members aren’t selected based on salary or status, but on how much of an asset the advisory board thinks they will be to the community.

“We want to have a mutual value exchange,” Mike said. “A lot of people coming to HQ are normally those who everyone’s asking to tap in their network, and we want them to be able to receive the same amount of value from others.”

Membership fees include a $250 one-time initiation fee and $299 monthly dues if accepted. The club has capped its membership at 500, and with 75 of DC’s best already on the list, the spots will only last for a while.


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