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The 10 Best Bars In Chueca, Madrid

The 10 Best Bars In Chueca, Madrid
In recent decades the lively district of Chueca in Madrid has blossomed with independent shops and bars, many of which cater to the gay community. We list the best bars to visit in this LGBT-friendly district of the Spanish capital.
Madrid skyline © barcex/Flickr

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?

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


Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
Truco, Madrid
Truco, Madrid | © Fernando da Rosa/WikiCommons
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.
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Mon - Thu:
10:30 pm - 3:00 am
Fri - Sat:
10:00 pm - 3:30 am
10:15 pm - 6:00 am

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

Ángel Sierra

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


Bar, Cocktail Bar, Diner, American, $$$
Harvey's | © Franco Folini/WikiCommons
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.
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Bambalinas Bar

Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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.
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