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Gay Scene Guide to Madrid
One of the most vibrant cities in Spain, Madrid has a reputation for fun, fiestas and flamenco. The gay scene is also very animated, with a huge pride festival held every July and a world-famous gay clubbing district.
Gay Clubs in Madrid
Chueca can be seen as the ‘gay village’ of Madrid as it has a high concentration of gay bars, clubs and shops. Located in the middle of the city, this neighbourhood is very compact, with most of the establishments at Plaza Chueca or Calle Pelayo (Metro Stop: Chueca).
Clubbing tends to start late in Madrid – earlier in the evening, the local guys tend to hand around and people watch from the trendy restaurants of Playa Cheuca. Popular clubs here include Escape (for a young crowd), Mito and Sunrise. Sachas is the largest in Chueca.
There are also several popular nights on in other parts of the city – try Shangay Tea Dance on Sunday at Cool Club or Strong Center on a Saturday.
Gay Bars in Madrid
There are also plenty of gay bars in the Plaza Chueca area. Troyans is a large, friendly bar that’s great to get the party started, whilst LL Bar gets busy later on. There’s also Clip Bar, and Eagle Madrid (a leather bar, with a darkroom) a few blocks along. Nearby lies the Leather Club (Pelayo 42) which holds various fun theme nights, although it does have a dress code.
Young gay travellers can head to Black & White and Rimmel, hidden away in the streets near the main square of Chueca.
Black & White (Libertad 34) is another popular venue with strippers from Thursday to Sunday.
Gay Restaurants in Madrid
For a romantic date spot, candlelit El Armario (meaning ‘The Closet’) in Chueca is a great choice, serving up modern Spanish delicacies.
Cafe Oliver is another trendy spot in Chueca, serving French, Italian, Spanish and Moroccan cuisine. Downstairs, there’s a cocktail bar that hosts local DJs – great for a warm-up drink or a lazy evening after dinner.
Gay Hostel Puerto del Sol is a top-rated cheap stay, right in the heart of Madrid. Offering clean, comfortable accommodation to gay travellers, it’s an excellent base for exploring the city.
Alternatively, Gay Pizarro Hostal is perfect for those looking to eat, drink and party in Chueca as it’s located in this neighbourhood. Welcoming and friendly, they provide advice and discounts on entertainment in the area.
Gay Events in Madrid
The Madrid Gay Pride is one of the biggest and most colourful gay events in Europe, attracting a crowd of around 1.5 million people every year. Held in July, there’s a big, vibrant parade from the Plaza de la Independencia and a long weekend of street parties and special club events.