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12 Calle Gran Vía, Madrid, 28013, Spain

What makes Madrid one of the strangest and most incredible nightlife towns in the world—the mix of ages that go out together—is summed up at Chicote, where grandmothers sip cocktails alongside hipsters in skinny jeans or a table of glammed-up drag queens. Thought it’s derided by some for its tourist-friendly Gran Via location, this bar was a mainstay of the post-Franco La Movida years and has barely changed since it first opened its doors in the 1930s. Inside, the booths are black leather, the tabletops are shiny and black, and black-and-white photos of luminaries who have frequented this watering hole over the decades hang on the wall.

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Museo Chicote

What makes Madrid one of the strangest and most incredible nightlife towns in the world—the mix of ages that go out together—is summed up at Chicote, where grandmothers sip cocktails alongside hipsters in skinny jeans or a table of glammed-up drag queens. Thought it’s derided by some for its tourist-friendly Gran Via location, this bar was a mainstay of the post-Franco La Movida years and has barely changed since it first opened its doors in the 1930s. Inside, the booths are black leather, the tabletops are shiny and black, and black-and-white photos of luminaries who have frequented this watering hole over the decades hang on the wall.