We all know that Spain is one of the most progressive countries when it comes to gay rights. Madrid is often crowned as the best gay destination in Europe, but just how friendly is it to the rest of the LGBTI community? In this guide, we’ll explore how you can meet LGBTI people in Madrid!
LGBTI Meetups in Madrid
The LGBTI community activity is on the rise every single year in Madrid and you can find more and more meetups and groups where you can meet like-minded people. The best place to meet LGBTI people in Madrid is without a doubt Meetup. You’ll be able to find anything from a LGBTI Language Exchange group to Gay Travel Junkies group and more.
As the LGBTI population in Madrid is nowhere near as big as in London, the groups might be smaller, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to have a good time and find a new group of friends and, who knows, maybe even a soulmate!
Don't forget to attend Madrid Pride, the world's largest LGBTI Pride parade where you can definitely meet even more people and have a good time being you!
LGBTI Apps in Madrid
LGBTI online dating is slightly more different in Madrid than it is in other bigger cities. As the city is much smaller, the demand for creating more LGBTI dating apps is quite limited. Most people stick to the three most popular apps around.
Grindr is one of the most popular apps for gay men around the world, but it recently also introduced a filter for everyone that belongs to the LGBTI community. While it still mainly caters to gay men, you can definitely find other people on the app.
Tinder is without a doubt one of the most well-known and quite controversial apps around. Although it was essentially created for everyone, many LGBTI people use this app to meet and date those from their own community. As Madrid has a large population of expats, they’ll most likely know Tinder before they use any other app.
OKCupid is a popular website and an app, catering to all sexualities. The app is very much in use in Madrid and a perfect solution for those that aren’t really fans of Tinder or other one-night-stand-focused apps. OKCupid is perfect for those looking for a long-term relationship!
LGBTI Clubbing in Madrid
LGBTI cubbing in Madrid is alive and well. This city caters not only to gay men - lesbians can also enjoy plenty of bars where they can meet new people. Luckily for you, most of these places are located in Chueca, also known as Madrid’s LGBTI neigbourhood. There’s a good chance you’ll be able to meet new people just by stopping pretty much anywhere in this area. But if you’re looking to combine meeting people with good music, we got your back.
**These are the top 5 LGBTI bars and clubs in Madrid: **
Gris is a popular gay bar featuring a good selection of music everyone can enjoy. It’s an ideal place to start off the night or finish it - whichever it is, we’re sure you’ll have an awesome adventure.
Address: Calle San Marcos, 29, 28004 Madrid, Spain
BoyBerry is another popular gay bar, also situated in Barcelona. The bar itself has a pleasant atmosphere, ideal for striking a conversation and enjoying your night. You can always find a mixed crowd here, although it’s still very much catered to male population.
Address: Calle de Valverde, 3, 28004 Madrid, Spain
LL Bar is perfect to start off your night! It’s a popular venue if you’re looking to catch a good drag queen show and have a drink or two before heading out to other bars in the area. The bar usually hosts plenty of shows over the weekend and you’ll be guaranteed to meet new people along the way.
Address: Calle Pelayo 11 28004 Madrid, Spain
Escape is a place where gay women can meet and mingle. It’s always full over the weekend and it’s definitely one of the most popular lesbian bars in town. Although small, the bar is extremely lively and welcoming. Don’t forget to catch one of plenty boisterous shows this club has to offer!
Address: Calle de Gravina, 13, 28004 Madrid, Spain
As the name might suggest, Bears Bar is a place for bears to meet and hang out. If you’re not familiar with LGBTI lingo, a bear is a usually heavy-sat gay or bi-sexual man who usually gets mistaken for a straight guy due to his stereotypically rugged masculine look. Bears Bar provides a safe and fun party space for bears as well as any other members of the LGBTI community.
Address: Calle Pelayo, 4, 28004 Chueca, Madrid, Spain
That’s our guide to LGBTI dating in Madrid! Have you had any luck? Come share your stories in the comments!
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