La Viruta is a super-popular tango place in Buenos Aires. Apparently, everyone in BsAs who is into tango has been there. Early in the evening, they give dance lessons - not just tango and milonga, also salsa and rock&roll. They split the dance floor into several levels (from beginner to advanced) for each lesson and have 2 teachers (a guy and girl) teaching each level (many of the teachers also speak languages other than Spanish, probably because lots of tourists go there). Usually, they'll do a little demonstration of the dance style they're about to teach, then split the group and give the lessons. After this, people can practice their dancing. Later on, they will sometimes have a live band playing music.
Dress Code: Mostly casual. I wore something dressy and felt over-dressed.
CAFE' DE LOS ANGELITOS: CENA & TANGO SHOW
From Monday to Monday, this emblematic meeting place for outstanding national celebrities from culture, politics, sports and arts, is proud to open its doors to receive new visitors.
With a series of 350 especially selected photographs placed on its walls, a stage box where, at some moment during the day, a live large accordion can be heard, and a moderate and elegant decoration, it will recreate the atmosphere and the environment of the 20th century for the visitors.
Live witness of more than a hunred years of the history of Buenos Aires
Today at the forefront of Tango
With its show it goes through a whole era in a luxurious and distinguished way
And it writes the first page of the next history...
Every night 21 artists on stage invite you to share a unique night.
Dress Code: ELEGANT
Milonga, 'tango party', is a place or an event where tango is danced; people who frequently go to milongas are sometimes called milongueros. There are endless varieties of milongas available throughout the city every day, with a greater concentration on weekends. Each milonga has its own style, ambient and clientele. Most of them often begin with dancing classes and many have presentations by professional performance dancers. Three to five songs are usually played in a row followed by a short brake when they can change partners.
Same place hosts different quality milongas on different days of the week, so it's a good idea to look at the program (you can get it in tango shoes shops, tango music shops and milongas), before you decide for one. The link below is the most up-to-date list of milongas of Buenos Aires. My favourites were:
It is a preferred place for the younger public where people attend dancing classes before the dance.
phone number: 011 4774 6357/4779 0030
Scalabrini Ortiz 1331, Palermo
phone number: 015 5738 3850
Dress Code: tango shoes and a nice dress would be fine
Show + History + Tango + Gourmandise…
Through the most original, classic & modern live Tango, Evita Vive! will allow you to learn and experience a large part of Argentinean History and the life of Eva Duarte de Peron in particular: how she became the greatest and most controversial icon in our culture. With more than 14 musicians, dancers and actors this most innovative proposition in Buenos Aires is supported by printed material and documental projections to allow your clients to objectively understand the biography of the most famous woman in Argentina’s history.
Eva Peron, her life, her passion and her influence within our society captivated the widest range of people in Argentina and around the world: From history scholars, politicians, artists, to the common people, ‘those without a voice’.
(This is an 100% original production and not a version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Opera Evita)
The term “Milonga” has several meanings:
It is the typical music of the cities that are near the shores of the Rio de La Plata (Argentina and Uruguay). It is the dance that starts up almost spontaneously. It is the place where dancers and amateurs go to in order to dance and feel the tango. Those who are experts and enthusiasts of this dance are called milongueros.
The Milongas are not all the same and there are many to suit all tastes. On the one hand, there are the traditional Milongas, where the clothes, the dancing level and the choice of music occupy an important place, and on the other hand, there are the more laid-back ones, where the milonga prevails as a meeting point. There are Milongas for couples and for singles (both men and women). Some are gay friendly and the queer milonga it is no exception.
The Milonga has its own and strict codes. It is the realm of the relationship between men and women, between two dancers. It is the dance of the proposal, of the invitation and the seduction. It is the total giving of oneself in the three minutes the dance lasts. It is the union and the space between the bodies. It is feeling in the soul the emotion that awakens Buenos Aires.
In the Milonga it is not compulsory to dance and you can remain seated around the dancefloor drinking something. But a Milonga it is not a tangueria where you listen and appreciate a choreographed show. Each day of the week there is a series of Milongas in different places, for any kind of audience. The nature of the Milonga does not depend upon the place, but upon the organizer and its audience.
A cool little Theatre and Bar locater very close to the Abasto Shopping complex. I'm including both as one tip because they are in the same building. Of course going to a huge big-budget theatre production can be fun, but I prefer going to some of the smaller houses, where one can take a look at the stars of the future.
A friend that is acting in a play and her boyfriend the director introduced me to this house. (Paula and Javier). The play is called Mil Cuentos Para una Noche, and I highly recommend anyone in Buenos Aires to check it out. Certainly at 4 pesos, the price is right.
After a performance, stick around for a drink at the Dell Tango Bar for a Quilmes or Coffee. Comer, Escuchar, Aprender, Recordar, Jugar and yet still 98% Portreno... whatever that means.
Dress Code: None
There are many many Tango venues in B.A. Grab a free BA Tango or el tangauta. These are hard to find. They may have one in your hostel or hotel. They are also in Tango shoe stores.
A great web site is http://www.tangodata.com.ar/
You can find info on classes and on dances. A good way to go is to find a dance that gives lessons before the dance begins. Then you may have an opportunity to meet more people as they switch partners during the lesson.
The cultural centers are great way to get good lessons at a very reasonable price. Check out their schedules by using the above.
Carlos Ricciutti is a very enthusiastic teacher at the Recoleta Cultural Center who speaks english. He taught there on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.
Check out my Tango Travel Log for more info and picture on the Tango scene.
Dress Code: I would say in general, look good when you go out in Buenos Aires. The locals are very fashionably dressed. Tango is danced by the young and old, and for the most part they all look good. Coat and Ties are not necessary but blue jeans and sneakers wouldn't look good. Wear shoes that you are comfortable dancing in. Most places don't have a nice wooden floor, so nice street shoes are usually the best.
Well it's Buenos Aires, the world's home to Tango........it's a shame that it has become such a HUGE tourist trap......The price's range from $40 to $55 US dollars per person.....We attend a place called Senor Tango..the price includes pick up from you hotel, dinner followed by a show. The meal is simple and plain, beef, chicken or fish......as they sit you with 10 total strangers in a very uncomfortable table. The food was not very good. Then you are seated on a railing to watch a show, which is very entertaining, but as you are watching the show....the waiters come around asking for there tip....The service very impersonal, and not very good. I gave the waiter the customary 10% tip and the waiter seem offend, He did his best to tell me that wasn't enough in English, but to his great surprise I responded in fluent and PERFECT Spainsh and I told him what I thought how poor his service was and how I felt it was enough......Then, to my ANGER !!!!! I find out that we could have just come and watch the show, and skipped out on the crappy dinner and the cost would have been half.....that was very upsetting, and no one gave me the option when I made the reservation....Would have eaten a far better dinner somewhere else and came and just saw the show and not have to put up with 10 strangers and the bad service my lady and I recieved !!!!!! The Show otherwise was great !!!!!!
We stumbled upon this place quite by accident. We were looking for a good steakhouse and our hotel sent us here. We were surprised to see the lineupoutside ,not realizing we were at the famous landmark tango cafe.
I think it is far too touristy and not at all the kind of place we were looking for....no steak barbeque on the menu either..
It is gorgeous inside though and we were glad we took a peak.
Dress Code: casual
This show suited us perfectly .It is smallenough to be authentic but prosessional and entertaining throughout.
There were three performing couples ,all wonderful as they danced their way through the history of Tango.There were a coupleof sultry singers and musians helping tocreate the mood.
Dinner is included.The stak huge and good. The wine selection is good and reasonable priced.
The cost was 90pesos each including transportaion.
Dress Code: smart casual
The milongas are probably your best bet to view "real" tango and my recommendations for some good ones are ...................in addition here is a link for most of the milongas in the city
* Las Glorietas, an outdoor milonga held on Saturday afternoons in a gazebo in a park in Belgrano, totally charmed me. It attracted lots of onlookers, and people were even taking pictures, which is usually a no-no at milongas. Nobody seemed to mind. I have heard there are lessons but don't know when they start. The link I posted says it takes place (and offers lessons) Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but check when you get there; I thought it was only Saturday afternoons, but I could be wrong.
* La Catedral is an interesting experience. If you plan to dance, do not wear your new shoes -- the wooden floor is pretty torn up. The venue is unique, to say the least. When I went, there weren't many people dancing, but lots watching (it was Halloween and there were a few performances, so that may have had something to do with it). I believe it's open every night but can't confirm that -- call to check. It's at Sarmiento 4006 in Almagro. Phone: 4342 4794
* Confiteria La Ideal is by far the best venue I saw for people who just want to watch (or even take beginner lessons). It helps that the building in which it's held is gorgeous and dripping with history. They often have live music, and I believe most of the instructors speak English. This not my favorite milonga for dancing, but I would not hesitate to recommend it as the genuine article to someone who would like to see real tango in action.
I found Milongas to be a bit tight as places. Milonga "le Marshall" was nothing of the sort. It was a fun, relaxed gay milonga where everyone danced with everyone else.
Dress Code: there is no dress code just take your tango shoes along!
The Old Almacen Tango Theatre offered a great show....however as we were vigilant about thievery while on the streets we never expected to be annoyed to pay the bill while the theatre was pitch black. Finally with the light of a cell phone we got together the $420 admission for eight of us and the a waiter took the cash. When the show was over, the waiter came and demanded payment. The police arrived, no one allowed us to us a phone, handcuffs were banged onto the table and there was no one who spoke english. To avoid the cost of a lawyer and a night in jail we had to pay again. Be forewarned. Avoid this place. It seemed like the Almacen and the police were together in this. By the way, we are 8 grandmothers....not the sort to skip out on the bill.
Forget the expensive touristy Tango shows, if you want a taste of Tango in a cosy atmosphere head straight to Cafe Tortoni. This busy little place in Microcentro is far cheaper than some of the more well known Tango venues, the small size of the salon means you get a lot closer to the action too. Shows are held at 2130hrs and 2300hrs but make sure you get there early as there are a limited number of spaces
Esquina Homero Manzi is one of many options to watch good tango. I prefer the smaller, more selective restaurants rather than the big broadway like shows. But I heard some of them can be quite spectacular. So the choice is yours.
Dress Code: Smart.