Black and White
Black and White has been a popular nightclub in Madrid since the 1980s. The venue has a basement dance floor and a stage for drag shows upstairs, the highlight of any night here. On the ground floor, the large and lively bar is the main gathering spot.
Calle de la Libertad, 34, Madrid, Spain, +34 915 31 11 41
Why Not? is a fun place to grab a cocktail and mingle with locals. Essentially, this venue is a classic LGBT dance hall. A lot of its contemporaries have fallen by the wayside but this place, which also attracts a small heterosexual crowd, remains a firm favorite with the local community.
Calle de San Bartolomé, 7, Madrid, Spain, +34 915 21 88 03
Truco is a small bar that’s often crowded and usually with young and loud party people. The music here is varied, with hits from the 1980s and ’90s alongside contemporary sounds. The venue is popular with lesbians, though you’ll also find gay men and straight customers here too.
Calle de Gravina, 10, Madrid, Spain, +34 915 32 89 21
Fulanita de Tal
Fulanita de Tal is a small, tidy, and colorful space divided into two floors. The front side of the club is a large window, brilliant for people watching. It’s a great place to have drinks and enjoy a night with your friends in a comfortable setting. Fulanita de Tal has become a national reference point for nightclubs, as what started out as a pub has now turned into a recognized brand for the LGBT community.
Calle Regueros, 9, Madrid, Spain, +34 915 220 206
Revoltosa is a great neighborhood tapas bar in Chueca. It is very different from the rest of the nightclubs and bars in the district of Chueca as it’s more of a casual low-key venue; the ideal place for a quiet, relaxed night over a couple of beers with friends.
Plaza del Rey, 4, Madrid, Spain, +34 915 319 096
El Tigre bar is a loud and lively place, which is always full of people; but it does disprove the theory that there’s no such thing as a free lunch; tapas is free with your drink. You’ll find a great atmosphere and service here to complement.
Calle de las Infantas, 30, Madrid, Spain, +34 915 32 00 72
In front of Plaza de Chueca, Ángel Sierra can get very lively during the weekends and in the evenings when the customers spill out over on to the plaza. It’s a particularly popular spot to meet up with friends for a first round of drinks before going on somewhere else.
Calle de Gravina, 11, Madrid, Spain, +34 915 31 01 26
Somewhere between a 1950’s American diner and a cocktail bar, Harvey’s is the perfect venue to grab a bite and get the first drink in before heading out to enjoy nearby Malasaña’s renowned nightlife. Harvey’s is a cozy location with good prices all-round, and many say it has better music than anywhere else in the district of Chueca.
Calle de Fuencarral, 70, Madrid, Spain, +34 910 817 825
Bambalinas is an LGBT-friendly bar that plays show tunes and musical numbers all night long. Sing along while watching your favorite stage shows, from Rent to Moulin Rouge, throughout the night. This little bar makes you feel as if you’re in a private party. The owners, José Luis and Frieder, make everyone feel welcome from the minute they walk through the door, and by the end of the night you will know everyone in the bar.
Calle Pelayo, 74, Madrid, Spain, +34 649 85 36 71