Madrid is known as one of the most gay-friendly capitals in the world, with the fabulous neighbourhood of Chueca as the epicenter of the scene. Here, the top 7 best gay bars in Madrid beloved by the locals. It would be unforgivable not to visit one or several of them.
1. Why Not
This gay bar is one of the legendary spots in Madrid’s LGBT community. Why not is a popular first stop for many guys heading out for a night of fun and mainly during the week. You know you’re in Why Not as soon as you cross the threshold thanks to the baroque decor and the photos of Golden Age actresses hanging on the walls. They usually play pop, disco and house music to get the party started in the always-fun surroundings. They also welcome a growing straight clientele.
Between the areas of Malasaña and Conde Duque is where you’ll find Cazador Bar. Retro but not kitsch, the 70s furniture, hanging tapestries and taxidermy (Cazador translates to hunter) sets the scene for a laidback, pre-party before you move on to a more high-tempo spot. It’s a familiar gay bar that mainly attracts a hipster and bohemian crowd. It’s also known for its Sunday brunch.
Opened in 2013, BoyBerry Madrid has rapidly become one of the most popular cruising gay bars in the Spanish capital. The venue is a modern fun space, with internet terminals, cabins, glory holes, darkrooms, a sex shop, and a video club, with regular underwear parties. Age tends to be a bit younger here. Open 365 days a year, Mon to Thu, 12:00pm to 03:00am; Fri 12:00pm to 03:30am, Sat 15:00pm to 03:30am, Sunday from 15:00pm to 03:00am.
4. Lucky Dragon
Located in the heart of Malasaña, this alternative bar is inspired by a Chinatown alley with lanterns, neons and plenty of friendly in-house dragons on the main floor. The lower level, where the karaoke is located, is inspired in Beijing private clubs with silk drapes and murals reminiscent of the Mandarin Empire. There are DJ tables on both floors. They usually play a variety of salsa, Italo disco and house music. More than a strictly gay bar is a gay-friendly bar frequented by an artsy crowd.
5. Válgame Dios
Located in the heart of Chueca, Válgame Dios is the place to be, where more famous faces per squared meter you can find. A bistro-style venue to see and to be seen with an impressive gin list for the most demanding clients. The walls are decorated with a huge collection of celebrity portraits that have already enjoyed its cocktails as well as fashion items. The menu gives traditional cuisine a modern twist with simple, fresh ingredients. Ideal for a relaxed aperitivo.
6. Marta Cariño
It is a bar and a club within an emblematic building that once was a cinema, and that has been restored to give a second life to the Luchana Theaters. Marta Cariño is modern, spacious, fun and full of beautiful guys who come at any time. 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 of Chueca and find this vibrant gay bar in Chamberí neighborhood.
7. Fulanita de Tal
Fulanita de Tal is loud, proud and overwhelmingly feminine. Although known for its primarily lipstick lesbian clientele, this small Chueca bar welcomes all patrons and is now recognised as a brand of Spanish LGBT scene. Here the music favors popular Spanish and international hits picked to get the crowd pumped and dancing. As a result, people aren’t afraid to dance in the reduced amount of space available on the two floors. Besides the club scene, Fulanita has events like karaoke nights, live music, live comedy and watching important local soccer matches.
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