Gay Clubs in Madrid
19 April, 2016 - Clubs
A few years ago, the slogan “Madrid, the city that never sleeps” appeared very often in media when talking about the Spanish capital city. We have to admit the campaign was not only brilliant but also true. During the 80s, Madrid had a very active nightlife, the very well-known Movida Madrileña. The 90s weren’t as great as the preceding decade was, however, the new millennium took back Madrid’s life to a new golden age: the economy was growing considerably, and many young people from the rest of Spain migrated to Madrid to study or find a job. Besides, many new students and young workers arrived from the other side of the Atlantic.
At the same time, Chueca consolidated itself as the gay neighborhood in Madrid and became the perfect destination for the gay and lesbian community from all over Spain. The increase of the young population revitalized Madrid’s nightlife, and Chueca, the location with most of the gay bars and clubs in Madrid, rapidly became one of the main hotspots for party-goers. In this article we give you some tips about gay clubs in Madrid so you won’t sleep either when visiting this beautiful and lively city:
When Cool opened its doors, it instantly became one of the favorite gay clubs in Madrid among the gay community. At first, it was not addressed to the gay public but it finally became mainly gay. The good music sessions and an astonishing decoration have turned Cool into the most popular venue among fit, topless guys who love dancing to house music. After remaining closed for a while, Cool is back to the Madrid’s night scene and organizes gay parties every week, like the LOL gay party.
Despite being one of the most popular gay clubs in Madrid, Polana is not the trendiest club in the city. The music is usually mainstream, with many hits from the 80s and 90s. The audience is a mix of people from all ages and sexual identities. Its fun atmosphere (and the high volume of pheromones in the air) may be the key to Polana’s friendly vibe. It is not the place to find shirtless muscled guys. Polana is rather the place to find people who just want to have fun and be themselves.
With such a suggestive name (it literally means “Dance, darling!”), Baila Cariño is one of the newest gay clubs in Madrid. Everything in Baila Cariño works to make this venue a different alternative to other centric clubs located in Chueca. First of all, it is located out of the traditional night party areas (but not far away from them). A risky and a bit baroque decoration gives the venue a distinctive stylish point. Additionally, it is open to a much more diverse audience than other clubs in Chueca. Among its recurrent clients we can find gay and straight, young and mature, no attitude, hipsters… Baila Cariño is breath of fresh air for Madrid’s night scene.
La Boite’s agenda is basically fully booked. They organize from Djs sessions to flamenco shows or theatre plays. In fact, La Boite is probably the most active gay club in Madrid. The public attending this venue is as diverse as the wide range of shows it hosts.
All ages and sexual orientations are more than welcome. La Boite is a little oasis with a hint of the 80s, a place where getting bored is almost impossible.
Located in the heart of Chueca, Studio 54 is the favorite gay club in Madrid for middle-aged guys. It is particularly popular among those who enjoy working out and wearing tight clothes. It is only a few meters away from the Liquid bar, so many of this cool bar‘s customers continue the party in Studio 54 when the bars close down. The DJs play mainstream house music in this very stylishly decorated venue. Among Studio 54 regulars, you will find straight, gay, and bicurious guys, most of them gym lovers.
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