Madrid is known as one of the most gay-friendly capitals in the world, with Chueca as the epicenter of the scene and with Gay Pride Madrid. It would be unforgivable not to visit one (or several!) bars on this list. Whether you are shy or extroverted, one of these gay clubs in Madrid is made for you. Keep reading if you want to meet people, have a drink, dance, or find your next lover!
Plaza de Tirso de Molina, 1
It opened as a “clandestine club” a couple of years ago, but today it’s not a secret venue at all. It is on everyone’s lips and leads Madrid’s night scene. The concept is as follows: you enter in what it seems to be the entrance to a haberdashery store and you end up in a big club with 3 environments: the Central Area with dance-electronic music and rock & roll; the Black Room with soul, funk, and R&B music; and the Apotheke, with disco music of the ‘80s and a carefully crafted menu of signature cocktails.
But the thing that draws the attention to this club is not its varied music but its live shows (acrobatics included!) The admission ticket is expensive for the average in Madrid (€20 with a drink or up to €24 depending on the day and season), but it will be cheaper if you sign up on the guest list or buy the ticket it in advance – besides that, you will skip the line!
The atmosphere is friendly, but the funniest party is the famous gay session “Chocolate with churros”. It takes place one Sunday a month, starts at 6:00 pm and always with a different theme. A perfect plan is to eat chocolate with churros, dance to national and international pop hits and finish the weekend with lots of laughter. If you need an extra reason to go: It’s sooooo close to both Cats Hostels!
Calle de Regueros, 5
It is the best bar in Chueca for bears and friends of bears. No phony people, no dress code, and no restrictions, -heteros welcome! – It is a tiny bar but has its own personality, and its sessions are fun and make you want to dance.
It opens every day and the prices are very affordable. They call them “fraggel prices”. If you are a fan of pop music and Eurovision hits, this is your place (also, if you like to watch video clips on a big screen). It is the perfect venue for your first drinks, but many people like to come a bit later for their DJ sessions, which usually start at midnight.
On the other hand, they have a monthly event for those who are going to bed early: “The night is not for me”, which is an afternoon session, with free entry, starting at 6:30 p.m. No excuses!
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LA KAMA BAR
Calle de Gravina, 4
La Kama Bar is another one of the popular gay clubs in Chueca, although it is more than just a nightclub, it is also the kind of bar you go to early to have a drink in a chill environment. But, at midnight the music goes up, so you can dance! It has a very fun atmosphere and is lively every day of the week. The place allows you to meet new people and their waiters are very nice and inspiring (ahem, have we already mentioned that they are shirtless… and they start dancing?)
Practice your Spanish with them asking for a “polvo de media noche” (that means in Spanish midnight sex) Oh wait! You dirty mind, that’s the name of the cocktail!!! The mixology menu has an excellent quality-price ratio.
Don’t get confused between this bar and LaKama Café (which belongs to the same owners and it is also in Chueca) where you can go to in the morning. If you dare, invite a Spanish guy to have breakfast in bed, saying: tomar el desayuno en la “cama” – that sounds just as la “kama”!
Calle de Tetuán, 27
Many people know this venue for being a concert hall in the afternoons and evenings, but from midnight on it becomes in one of the most uninhibited gay clubs in Madrid. There are different music sessions depending on the day and the guest DJ, but they usually play house and techno music. You should be aware of the electronic session on Sundays, which surprises lovers of this genre.
It is the perfect place to go from Thursday to Sunday after all the gay bars in Chueca have closed!
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Calle Pelayo, 11
If you are looking for entertainment and enjoy a show, this is your place. They have daily performances of drag queens and strippers that surely will impress. Its claim is that it is a bar for everyone, “be as you are”, and they do know a thing or two about entertainment since they have been open almost 24 years, creating fun nights in Madrid! It opens every day of the week from 8:00 p.m. and its shows start at 11:30 p.m.
DLRO Live Chueca
Calle Pelayo, 59
In Delirio Club there’s always something happening. If it is not a DJ contest, it is a karaoke session, or a Drag Race contest, or Spring Queen contest, or Traffic Light Party (where attendees wear red, green and yellow bracelets that give clues about their availability). And besides all these original activities, it is a nightclub with very good vibes and the most varied music.
They host themed parties that you will not want to miss, like a Barbie party whose motto is “find your Ken”, or the House Bunny party to bring out the college girl inside of you. All these parties have performances and everything you need to have the best time! The people who come here are plural and diverse, with both men and women. Undoubtedly, one of the funniest gay clubs you’ll find in Madrid!
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Calle de las Infantas, 9
It is one of the oldest bear bars in Spain and is always lively. They have a dark room, good music, and quality drinks. Perhaps precisely because it is for people “old enough” who don’t want cheap booze! That’s right, the crowd is mature, and we assure you that this will not matter at all if you come to have a good time. But if you do not like the daddy bear atmosphere, maybe this is not the bar for you.
It is open every day and the DJ sessions start early, at 7:00 or 8:00 p.m., for those who like to start the party soon. In fact, you can just go there for a coffee (it’s open from 1:00 p.m. on). In addition, they claim to be another option where you can watch the Champions League matches. Do not miss their sessions on Sundays, and also take a look at the bar across the street, Enfrente Club- same owners and they have parties and drinks deals!
Calle de Silva, 4
It is a bar and club within an emblematic building that once was a cinema, and that has been rehabilitated to give a second life to the Luchana Theaters, a multi-purpose space that maintains the spirit and original decoration.
This place is modern, spacious, bright and full of beautiful people who come at any time. It is open for lunch, a snack, for the first drink… and the second or the third! Many people who attend the theater feel attracted to the place and end up staying there for dinner. You can go every day of the week, but only on weekends is it open until 2.00 a.m.
Without any doubt, it is refreshing to leave the prime gay neighborhood (Chueca) and find this hetero-friendly environment in Chamberí neighborhood. It has something special that you will have to discover by yourself!
Credit: Marta, Cariño