Time passes, Gris does not. This is probably one of the most well known gay bars in Chueca, and their historical 2×1 attracts a very mixed and interesting crowd, leaded by indie gays, lesbians and straight people. Even though their mythical second floor is not in use anymore, this place is still a solid option for starting your night, specially if you enjoy alternative music. Anyway, careful with that 2×1 as it can translate into a headache the morning after!
Sundays are huge in La Latina. After El Rastro has been dismantled, people remain in the neighborhood eating and drinking… and usually that transform into an early (for Spanish standards) night out. The cross between the streets Calatrava and La Paloma becomes, one day a week, “La Pequeña Chueca” (“The Little Chueca”). There you will find several bars that welcome a very mixed crowd (bears, gym rats, jocks, indie gays…) and from all of them, one of our favorites is Sixta. Wait until Rocío Jurado kicks into the speakers and the owner jumps into the bar for a great performance —it’s not to be missed!
3. Delirio Live
Want to party like a real Madrilian, staying up until very late at night? You might want to consider Delirio Live, one of the most crowded disco bars in Chueca. Usually filled up with a young clientele, everyone is welcomed. But foreigners, beware: there is a huge chance that you will be listening to a lot of Spanish greatest hits. But can you get more local than that?
Beards, great outfits and a very young-professional crowd usually meets in this place with very gentle music (if any, at all) but with great prices, a great decor and a lot of conversation going. Be careful, as it closes quite early, but surely don’t miss the great ambiance that is formed every weekend at this spot.
5. Fraggle Pop
Ever since it opened, the Fraggle Pop has been a breeze of fresh air in the Madrilian bear world. Or not, because this place is well known for being hot on weekends! Definitely not to be missed, as it is probably one of the most popular places for having a drink and dancing until your feet are soar. Not a bear? Don’t worry, the Fraggle Pop welcomes everyone, specially if you appreciate a lot of Spanish gay music!