Nightlife: Chueca

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Madrid's nightlife is world famous largely thanks to the joyous ambiance created in areas such as Chueca, where small bars and clubs throw big time parties where everyone is welcome.

This area burst on the nightlife scene decades ago, when the LGTBI community breathed new life into its streets and squares, which had been forgotten for years. Nowadays, this neighbourhood is open to anyone looking to party the night away in an atmosphere of respect and complicity.

Among the classic venues in this area, be they LGTBI or otherwise, there are a few names that have now practically become part of the city's cultural heritage. Museo Chicote, named the best bar in Europe several times over, is legendary and truly historic, having welcomed the great stars of Hollywood's heyday, as well as Ernest Hemingway; now it plays host to the city's top DJs and veterans of the world of art and Madrid's popular culture.

Another classic name on the Chueca nightlife scene is Black & White (Libertad, 34), a groundbreaking space for the LGTBI movement that, after 30 years in business, continues to renew its sessions every week to make sure it stays fresh and up to date. Another historic venue is Libertad 8 (located at No. 8, Calle Libertad), the birthplace of some of the most emblematic singer-songwriters on the Madrid night scene. Teatro Barceló TClub, heir to the famous Pachá, is also legendary, in spite of the change in name, as is Sala Ocho y Medio, in the same building.

Alongside these established venues, numerous new bars, pubs and clubs are opening up to feed the desire for fun in all its forms. Avant-garde spaces such as Kubrick (Libertad, 28) or LL Showbar (Pelayo, 11), which hosts some of the wildest and most frenetic shows in the area, the perfect place to discover the latest talent in their drag queen competitions. Those looking to party into the small hours can head for DLRO (Pelayo, 59), which opens until 5 am every day.

For those looking for a more specific scene, there are also specialised options. Many people who identify with the bear culture congregate at venues such as Enfrente (Infantas, 12), Zarpa (Infantas, 26), The Paso (Costanillla de los Capuchinos, 1) and Hot (Infantas, 9).

And for those looking for venues with roots in the Lesbian community, places such as Truco and Fulanita de Tal are well worth a visit.

 

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