Malasaña / Chueca, Madrid.
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With its grid of streets packed with bars, live music venues, and alternative shops of every kind – all centered around the picturesque Plaza del Dos de Mayo – the neighborhood of Malasaña is home to one of the hottest and surprisingly most affordable nightlife scenes in Europe.

The area inherits its fame from La Movida, the cultural explosion of art, music, and sexuality that was unleashed in the late 70s and early 80s after decades of oppression under the Franco dictatorship. The revolution rages on in this edgy but welcoming barrio where people both posh and poor, cosmopolitan and counter-culture come to party all night, every night.

And just next door to Malasaña is the open and tolerant neighborhood of Chueca, an equally vibrant area considered the heart of Madrid’s gay community and an oasis for gay visitors from around the world.

But like Malasaña, Chueca offers something for everyone, from raucous, good-humored drag shows to chic, upscale lounges and some of the best ethnic restaurants in Madrid.

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