Guide to Gay-Friendly Bars and Clubs
Besides being one of the great cities of Europe, Madrid is considered to be the gay capital boasting with some of the great bars and night clubs across the continent. Attracting more than 1.5 million people each year on Gay Pride, the Spain’s capital outreaches Barcelona. Moreover, Spain is the third country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.
Chueca neighborhood is the heart of the LGBT community in Madrid where you’ll discover the highest combination of gay bars and night clubs. The district starts at Gran Via and continues north for 1km and reaches Calle Hortaleza and Paseo de Recoletos. You might notice that drinking in local bars and can be budget-friendly in Madrid, but gay bars are notably expensive. And nightlife here starts late and continues until sun dawn. So be prepared for a crazy night out!
This year, the WorldPride Madrid falls on June 23-July 2 and presents series of street celebrations during the LGTB Pride Week. If you plan on being here, then you need to know some of the very best gay-friendly bars and clubs around town.
Tip: Remember that bars here aren’t busy until midnight and clubs, or discotecas as Spaniards call it, start to warm up after 2 am.
Usually, most clubs have the entrance fee, but this includes a simple mixed drink once you enter the venue. You can also get the beer with your ticket, but it is better to get that ‘welcome’ drink and buy beer afterward.
The price for beer is about 5-6 Euros, while mixed drinks cost 8-10 Euros. It goes without suggestion, that pre-drinking at the hostel or local bar is a good way not to spend whole money in one night. Also, some bars offer drink specials where you get a voucher for your second free drink.
As the most gay-friendly venues are situated in Chueca or within the center, you can also save money on public transportation and walk from one bar to another.
Five Best Gay-Friendly Bars
Gris – popular among an alternative crowd, the bar has two levels. The lower part is regularly empty on workdays and gets very crowded on weekends, while upper one has a very long and narrow layout.
D’Mystic – lounge bar which is perfect for a night out with friends during the weeknights. However, the party scene changes when weekend approaches. Locals love spending time with peers here before they head out to the clubs.
La Kama – Best place to be for a pre-party. Loud music and energetic people will get you in the mood before you head to the club. Despite being small and without a proper dance floor, people still enjoy the time and move their body along the beets.
LL Bar – If you want to experience something new, head over LL Bar for a drag show, which starts between 11:30 to midnight. The show is the main attraction here, so do not be surprised if it gets empty so quickly after the show.
Cazador – a relatively new hipster bar in town. It is a small venue, but people do not mind standing with a glass of a beverage in the street chatting with others. Come here for a couple of drinks during weekdays or before heading to a dance floor on the weekends.
Five Best Gay Clubs
Delirio – If your stay in Madrid falls on the weekday and you want to head to the dance floor, then Delirio is the best option for you. People tend to come here after 1 am, and it is fully packed by 3 am.
DLRO Live – a large gay dance club that is only open on the weekends. Two separate levels of the club feature different music and dance floor. You might get lucky and find promoters on the streets in the evening who pass free entrance wristbands. Come here at 2 am and expect to pay 10-15 Euros for the entrance, which usually includes a drink.
Boite – the club has an open layout and fair sized dance floor. In particular events, you can find performers on the stage as well.
MalaMala – Madrid’s gay megaclub features big gay party called MalaMala each Saturday. The Huge dance floor in the center has multi-level bars around it. The party mostly attracts a young crowd; the party features sexy boys and many drag queens.
Kluster – a regular Saturday night party with house and electronic dance music. Here, you will find a mixed older crowd, no drag queens, no girls but a very friendly people.
If you do not want to experience this alone and prefer someone to guide you along, you can also try gay nightlife tour called Rainbow Tours Madrid. The tour offers not only city sightseeing, but also a pub crawl and a night out at a club.
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