Madrid is well known by gay people for its social acceptance and its free spirit, and has an abundance of gay clubs and bars where the LGBTQ community can gather and enjoy a night out. The downtown area of Chueca is the main area for the LGBTQ community in Madrid, close to Calle Hortaleza, a very popular commercial street, and Malasaña, the new trendy area in the city. By day or night, Chueca is a very lively area. Gay bars are usually not busy before midnight and gay clubs usually start pumping around 2 am. From ShMadrid, this is our guide to gay nightlife in Madrid.
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Gay bars and clubs
There are a variety of different gay-focused clubs and bars in the city to enjoy on a night out. When it comes to bars, LL Bar has two floors with two very different atmospheres. Downstairs, it is a quiet bar and upstairs, you can enjoy their famous drag shows. You can find it at Calle de Pelayo, 11. Another option is D’Mystic, a very popular gay lounge bar in Madrid. During the week, you can chill and have a drink with some friends, while during the weekends people come around midnight to drink before hitting the dance clubs. At D’Mystic, the staff is always nice and the crowd is always relaxed and cool. This spot is at Calle Gravina, 5. Our last bar recommendation is La Kama, one of the most popular gay bars in Madrid. This bar, located atCalle Gravina 4, is small but very nice to go have a drink while enjoying to house and disco music. La Kama is very popular, which means it usually gets quite busy.
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If clubs are more your scene than bars, don’t worry – you’ll find a great selection of gay nightclubs in Madrid. Delirio is a small bar and dance club which is open 365 days a year. If you want to go out during the weeknight, this is the perfect place to go. Head over to Calle Libertad, 28 to dance the night away. If you prefer dancing during the weekend, go to DLRO Live, the bigger version of Delirio. It is a large dance club which opens during the weekend. Look for promoters in the streets to receive some free tickets. DLRO Live is located at Calle Pelayo, 59 and is open from Thursday to Saturday and during the holidays. Lastly, Sala Cool is a large gay dance club located near Plaza de España and Gran Vía. People from all ages get together at Sala Cool to dance and enjoy the music. Don’t miss their Churros con Chocolate event on the first Sunday of each month, a gay event to dance and sing Spanish pop songs. It starts at 6 pm and ends at 2 am, and fun performances are always scheduled during the evening. Sala Cool is located atCalle Isabel La Católica 6.
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