MADRID Gay Friendly Restaurants 2021

You must be forewarned that Madrileños like their supper late. By late, we mean dinners that often begin at 11 p.m. or even midnight. Then, after, the Madrileños go out and paint the town.

Tapas in Gay Madrid

Enjoy a night out in the town hopping from Tapas bar to Tapas Bar… at the end you pay for what you have eaten (just keep the toothpicks as a count for the cashier)

Gula Gula Madrid

Enjoy a great show with some delicious food at Gula Gula… the staff are fun, frisky and sexy too!

Our guide to dining out in Madrid

Food is such an important pleasure in this sensual city, it’s really hard to go wrong. In fact, you could easily pass an entire visit living entirely off tapas, knocking around from café to bar and watching the little plates pile up on your table. And you can dine out on these while you enjoy fine Spanish wine almost any time. Gay restaurants in Madrid are of a high quality and get very busy.

While that option certainly has its charm, any number of good restaurants merit a detour should you find yourself in the mood for something a bit more substantial.

Carmencita in the Chueca quarter is a restored tavern dating from 1850. Stylishly redecorated, it features excellent meat and fish dishes. If you’ve overdone the shopping a bit, it’s good to know that the lunch menu is cheaper than that at dinner – for the same good food and the same vintage zinc bar.

For a meal that nourishes the soul as well as the body, hit up Gula Gula (c. Gran Via, 1; +34-91-522-87-64;; 30 EUR); it has an outrageous salad bar/buffet, but only half as outrageous as the nightly drag shows and the hunky, punky waiters. The crowd can skew more straight than gay, but it’s a guaranteed wild night regardless.

At Vinoteca Barbechera (Gravina 6) wine bottles line the walls, and the tapas will amaze you with unexpected taste combinations (salmon with honey, slices of rump roast in a fig sauce, hazelnut bisque).

El Rincon de Pelayo (Pelayo 19) is not a tapas bar but an excellent restaurant with a small terrace out front. The menu del dia is a great way to have a three course meal with wine or coffee for around 10 euros.

Mama Inez (Hortaleza 22) is busy all day with locals and tourists. They serve beers and snacks as well as teas and coffees. Salads have huge portions of veggies and start at six euros. This is more of a coffeeshop with food available.

El Estragón (Plaza de la Paja 10) is a vegetarian restaurant that aims to impress even non-vegetarians. Believe us…even the meat lovers amongst us were suprised.

  • Dining Tips!

    Dining out in Plz Mayor is really a tourist trap. A much better option is the La Latina neighborhood just south of Plaza Mayor, especially along the Cava Baja street. If you want to find a restaurant on your own you should try wandering through the area bounded by the Alonso Martinez, San Bernardo, Noviciado and Chueca metro stops. There are a number of tasty, reasonably priced restaurants in this area along with a lively nightlife

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La Latina Madrid

Head away from the tourist areas of Plz Mayor to “La Latina”, a quaint barrio offering a more authentic taste of Spain.

Tapas at Santa Ana Square

Head to Plz Santa Ana at around 11pm to take in some delicious tapas. Then head to the rooftop bar at the Me by Melia Hotel.

Anyone for Tapas?

Tapas has existed as a pleasant and healthy custom in Spain since the 13th century, when the Castillian King Alphonse X (“the Wise”) forced bartenders to serve something to eat when customers ordered wine in order to prevent the harmful effects of alcohol on an empty stomach. His intention was to protect the people who could not afford to order food when they had wine in a bar.

Any area in Madrid has these bars offering tapas, but there are some neighborhoods whose bars and taverns are known for their tapas with a Madrid flavor.

Tourists and Madrileños usually choose the Cava Baja and Latina as their favourite destinations to eat tapas. Besides tapas, specialties of each bar and larger side-dishes to share may be ordered.

Around the Santa Ana Square, the Paseo del Prado, Fuencarral Street, the multicultural neighborhood of Lavapiés, or the elegant neighborhood of Salamanca, you can find many people in the bars at around 11 a.m. (“la hora del aperitivo” or “the snack hour”).

Our recommended restaurants in MADRID

Our editors have spent the past year researching the very places to eat! Here are there recommendations.



Viridiana, Madrid has a superb menu that changes every two weeks!
Mercado San Anton

Mercado San Anton

Visit Mercado San Anton, Madrid, where you can enjoy freshly prepared tapas from different venues.


Santceloni, Madrid, is perfect for those looking for an intimate and elegant dining experience.
Carmencita Bar

Carmencita Bar

Carmencita Bar, Madrid is a great place for Brunch especially when you sleep through breakfast
DiverXO Madrid


DiverXO restaurant offers a world class experience, where dinner becomes a theatrical affair.

Gula Gula

Gula Gula is the most popular Madrid,s Drag Queen show. for more than 20 years they have made millions of people laugh

El Rincon Guay

El Rincon Gay is a gay café bar restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner or even just a snack, in Madrid.

Mama Inés

Mama Inés is a smart cafe serving breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as sandwiches and tapas, this is a good place to stop off for a bite to eat as you explore Madrid

Map of MADRID Gay Friendly Restaurants

Most of the recommended restaurants in Madrid are located in the Chueca District.

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Recommended Hotels in Madrid

If you can, try and get a hotel as close to Chueca as possible, right near all of the gay bars and clubs. Madrid has some stunning designer hotels especially along Gran Via.

Gran Hotel Inglés
Style & Service, 5 Star

Gran Hotel Inglés

Located in the Barrio de las Letras, Gran Hotel Inglés is set on a 19th century building, All rooms feature a stylish décor remembering its original art-decó style

NH Collection 4 Star
Great Location

The stylish rooms and suites in the hotel are fitted with a coffee machine. The rooftop terrace includes a lounge area with views of the Gran Via and an interior bar cafeteria for your comfort.

Hotel De Las Letras
Great Design, 4 Star

Iberostar Las Letras

The hotel has a literary theme, & includes a library. Rooms have high ceilings, large windows & a seating area. They are individually decorated with quotes by famous writers & poets.

Room Mate Oscar
In Checa! 3 Star

Right in the heart of the gay area of Chueca, featuring chic décor with bright colors throughout. Each of its air conditioned rooms is spacious and comfortable. All have a minibar

Recommended Apartments in Madrid

Terrific Location
2 Bedrooms


This is a charming place in a FANTASTIC location, Located a few minutes walk north of the Gran Via. This is perfect for a stay in Madrid. There is plenty of room to spread out & a kitchen if you wish to cook. Highly recommend.

Gran Vía
1 Bedroom


An excellent apartment only 400 meters from Gran Vía, you can walk to all the tourist attractions of the city, Plaza Mayor, Plaza del Sol, Museums, Monuments, shops and historic center of Madrid.

Design loft
1 Bedroom


Bright apartment in the center of Madrid, in the most cosmopolitan neighborhood of the capital, Chueca. Recently renovated with an avant-garde design and attention to detail. Its esthetic makes it a unique home

Heart of Gran Vía
1 Bedroom


Apartment located in the heart of Gran Vía. Five minutes walk from Puerta del Sol and next to the Gran Vía and Callao metro. The apartment is located on the third floor – without elevator – of a 19th century building

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