Welcome to Madrid Spain Nightlife Gay Scene



A Different Life

Shops

A well-stocked bookshop, with some titles in English, plus magazines and a range of cheesy gay gifts. Downstairs you'll find an eye-popping range of porn videos, which can be...

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Amantis

Shops

The most discreet of the city's sex shops in terms of location, Amantis has a sunny feel and seems rather like a small-town shop. Albeit a small-town shop filled with condoms,...

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Bangalá

Adult Entertainment

It's sleek. It's black. It's red. Bangalá is the latest addition to the Lavapiés scene and promises to outdo its rivals with fetisho-licious nights such as Night of Tongues or...

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Berkana

Restaurants & cafésShops

There are books and videos in English here, and members of staff are friendly and helpful. Browsing is encouraged and you can linger over some of the erotica at the in-store café.

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Black & White

Bars & pubsClubs

The grubby upstairs bar is a hit with cocky latino rent boys and their older prospective patrons and plays host to some of the best cabaret shows in town. Downstairs things...

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Café Acuarela

Bars & pubsRestaurants & cafés

By day a quiet, mixed haven to duck into and catch your breath: curl up with a book and sample one of the teas. After sundown, sip a cocktail, sink into a deep sofa and admire...

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Café Figueroa

Restaurants & cafés

Madrid's original gay café is a sedate place where the lace curtains, 19th-century chandeliers and winding wooden staircase lend themselves nicely to a cosy destination for...

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Café La Troje

Restaurants & cafés

A romantic and popular stop, with friendly service and screens playing chill-out videos. It gets chock-full at weekends with an amiable and mixed crowd, who are generally on...

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City Sex Store

Shops

Bright, shiny and well organised, City Sex Store is a veritable supermarket of porn, with merchandise spread out over two floors.

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Colby Urban

Restaurants & cafés

It's red, it's urban, it's aspirational. Colby Urban is the flagship of a string of cool eateries and chilled-out cafés with a concept. We're not sure what the concept is, but...

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Cool

 Critics' choice
Clubs

Cool was always too stylish to be dominated by the straight crowd. And so it has come to pass that it now has a mainly gay following. Once you get beyond the stainless steel...

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Copper

Adult Entertainment

The friendly guys at this sloppy and sweaty club got tired of trying to enforce the dress code so now it's a self-styled 'nudist bar', except on Saturdays when it's Underwear...

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Cruising

Clubs

A fun, sleazy cruising club that puts the 'laid' into 'laid-back'. Upstairs there's a quieter pub-like area, and a diminutive porn cinema; downstairs there's a dancefloor and a...

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Démodé

Bars & pubsClubs

The flyers let you know what you're in for - an elegant figure reclines against a backdrop of flock wallpaper in a juxtaposition of the übertrendy and the super-cheesy. This...

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Free

Diurno

Restaurants & cafés

A minimalist and sexy film-rental café spinning all-day chill-out sounds (and occasional techno). As well as a fabulous selection of movies, there are delicious sandwiches,...

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D'Mystic

Bars & pubsRestaurants & cafés

This den of cool is located at a strategic crosssroads, with bigger-than-average cocktails that make up for the aloof staff. Watch the real world stroll by outside or gaze at...

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Eagle

Clubs

This is the nerve centre of the fetish scene in Madrid. For a visit to the Eagle, boots, leather chaps and handcuffs are all that the well-dressed devotee need worry about...

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Free

El Barberillo de Lavapiés

Bars & pubsRestaurants & cafés

A quiet, relaxed café-bar in the heart of Lavapiés. Worth a visit if you're in the area, though it rarely gets busy. There are cards and board games for those with a...

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Escape

Clubs

This cavernous dancehall draped in bullfighter red is one of the most popular destinations for women and is filled to the brim with the sexiest chicas in the city at the...

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Hell

Adult EntertainmentClubs

A tiny and rough fetish club whose denizens get down to some hard cruising. Tuesday nights are nude, while Saturdays are given over to kinky underwear parties. Wednesday is...

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Free

Hot

Clubs

Hot, hairy, homo heaven at this fun bear den for hirsute late thirty- and fortysomethings. Things get even hotter downstairs in the darkroom. Two drinks for the price of one,...

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Free

Kapital Love

Clubs

Another palace to brighten up dull Sundays. Keep your bearings as you make your way through Madrid's megaclub, and head for the gay corner of this empire of decadence and dance.

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Laan Café

Restaurants & cafés

Plonk yourself on the banquettes and you risk being smothered by giant red cushions. This otherwise slick and somewhat stark café is great for people-watching, chatting and...

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Lambda Viajes

Shops

This travel agency is aimed at a gay clientele, and can book rooms in gay hotels throughout Spain and abroad. It also offers package trips to various destinations. The helpful...

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Leather Bar

Adult Entertainment

The name of this big, two-floor hangout is a bit misleading as little leather is in evidence, but the crowd is raunchy, and can be found in the large darkroom or lurking in...

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Liquid

Bars & pubsClubs

A cool, happening place in which to see and be seen, with a contemporary, minimalist interior, lit up with megascreens showing the latest dance music videos. It can seem a...

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Mama Inés

Restaurants & cafés

Another place to successfully combine a decent breakfast with plenty of eye candy. Chill-out and nu flamenco waft through this modern but surprisingly intimate café during the...

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Medea

Clubs

Recently given a facelift and redecorated in muted rainbow colours, this welcoming women's disco is one of the clear favourites on the lesbian scene. Men are admitted only in...

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Men

Adult Entertainment

A small, dowdy sauna with a perplexing door policy (though cute young guys are usually safe). Located right at the heart of the gay scene, Men is always rammed with a...

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Muse

Clubs

Britney and Madonna engaging in that famous kiss take pride of place on the wall at Musa, which is a mostly lesbian disco-bar on bustling C/Pelayo. The white walls here are...

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Odarko

Clubs

The seedy backstreets off Gran Vía make the perfect approach to this lively sex club, where chains chink, bars rattle and boots scuff the soiled floor. Dress code is strictly...

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Ohm

 Critics' choice
Bars & pubsClubs

While some nights come and go with alarming frequency, Trip Family's Ohm is one that's here for the duration. Strictly speaking it's a gay night, but it's too much fun (and too...

Bash

Olivia

Bars & pubsClubs

The decor at Olivia is nothing to write home about but this small and chatty den is chock-a-block with lipstick lesbians. Members of staff are approachable and the music is fun.

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Free

Paraíso Sauna

Adult Entertainment

Located in what used to be a popular flamenco club, this extensive, spotlessly clean sauna has maintained its original evocative mosaics. The young, hunky clients often seem...

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Queen Madrid

Bars & pubsClubs

Catering for the overflow from nearby Why Not?, this big, brash, fun discobar gets packed with a young, mixed crowd who dance the night away to an eclectic mix of bouncy hi-NRG...

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Tags: DancePopGay & lesbianBarClub

Rick's

Clubs

Expensive drinks and an expensive, older crowd are the hallmarks of this friendly late-night alternative to the discos. With hi-NRG beats and camp Spanish hits, it's...

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Royal Coolture at Cool

Clubs

The número uno place to be on Friday and Saturday nights. Snarling caged gogos, preening Muscle Marys, serious shirtless studs with sweaty torsos, spaced-out twentysomethings...

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Sala Wind

 Critics' choice
Clubs

After the closure of several of the city's finer nighteries, Madrid needed a new club. The answer, my friend, was blowing in the Wind: this old venue got a serious makeover and...

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Sauna Príncipe

Clubs

This sauna is better equipped than its rivals and caters for a varied crowd, though it's particularly popular with bears, not to mention tourists.

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Smoke

Bars & pubsClubs

Smoke? More like the whiff of diesel. This is not one for the lipstick lesbian. Nonetheless, it's a really friendly, relaxed crowd, amid the faded glamour of an old Chueca taberna.

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Tags: Lesbian onlyBarClub

Spank

Clubs

No female hangers-on here - this is a strictly all-male affair. Sala Wind is the perfect home for this popular gay night, as it's in a basement, is very dark and has an...

Sala Wind

SR

Shops

Everything for the discerning leather and fetish fan. Leatherwear, uniforms, rubber and SM gear, plus indispensable accessories - masks, slings, chains and handcuffs to help...

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Strong Center

Clubs

The dancefloor at the Strong Center is a forlorn, empty place. Don't dismay, however, as no one comes here for the music, and you're just about to discover Spain's biggest and...

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Sunrise

Clubs

If you can make it past the menacing doormen in bad suits, a smart red interior awaits you, filled with a designer-clad young crowd.

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The Paw

Adult EntertainmentClubs

Formerly known as Into The Tank, this louche little joint is off the beaten track but well worth the effort for dress code and fetish fans. If you forgot to pack your cop...

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Truco

Bars & pubsClubs

Truco is often very crowded and usually with an extremely young and loud crowd. No matter: this high-octane corner joint remains the place for gals who are looking for gals in...

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Tags: Lesbian onlyBarClub

Why Not?

Clubs

It's almost impossible not to make new friends, or indeed to avoid grinding against them, in this packed but charming subterranean dungeon. The music's great, the mixed crowd...

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Free

XXX Café

Restaurants & cafés

Quiet until the pre-dinner crowd arrives to shake it up, this is a small and popular meeting point where the staff are gorgeous and the regulars friendly. Park yourself by the...

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