Tango shows - Tango places, Buenos Aires
This is a proclaimed tourist attraction with a Tango Show in the basement and historic cafe on the main floor. There are many VT tips so what could I add? Almost by chance I noticed poster with pictures and reviews of a regular Tango singing performance at 9 on Thursday night. ( When you visit it could be something else, but the tip is to check it out.) It happened in a royal burgandy lined room on the main floor with wooden french cafe styled chairs, I arrived 10 minutes early and had my choice of tables. The audience with only a couple of possible exceptions was made of Argentinians who seemed to be afficionados of the lady singer. Her singing was masterful. I had the thought that it was as if the Frank Sinatra of tango was singing to us in our livingroom. The musicians, all well known professionals, reportedly came out just to play for this lady, and they applauded as vigorously as the audience.
I later had coffee with some Argentinians in the regular cafe. When I read VT comments about this place being very touristy, I did not know what they were talking about.
Dress Code: Dress nicely. I saw no coded requirements.
Esquina Homero Manzi ( Homero Manzi Corner) is a very beautiful restaurant/bar where u can feel being in the times of Homero Manzi.It is located at the junction of San Juan and Boedo streets which is a historical corner of Buenos Aires steeped in local tradition. The bar that was built on this site in 1927 became a symbol of the urban culture of the Forties, hosting many of the popular musicians who turned tango into the foremost artistic expression of Buenos Aires
Poet, journalist, scriptwriter, playwright and film director, Homero Manzi revolutionized tango, turning lyrics into poetry.
At the end of the show you will be entertained by the famous song- SUR.One of his most popular tangos. It evokes themes which are dear to him: the city, the pampa on the horizon, lost love and the persuit of hapiness. It is also one of the last tangos written by Manzi, during his dying days.
At price USD$40 per person. (incl transport pickup from & to Hotel) for show only i'd give the tango show 4 out of 5
Every day: Dinner 9 pm; Show 10 pm.
Duration of the show: 1 ½ hours.
Parking and transport service available.
Address: Av. San Juan 3601 corner of Boedo, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Capacity: 400 guests
Private balcony tables: 4, sitting 12 people each
VIP Section: 80 guests
Dress Code: No sign stating specific dresscode but i'd suggest for you to be well-dressed.people in Buenos Aires knows how to.So should you.
Check with your hotel concierge regarding the Ideal Confiteria's weekend dance party which happens on a Saturday night. Milongas begin at about 10:30 pm and go to 4:00 am!!
Dance to a live orchestra in a beautiful old concert hall type building. Be prepared to Tango!
Dress Code: No Jeans or Sneakers, nice smart casual attire required. Preferably dresses for ladies and gentlemen with jackets & ties will not be turned away!
This is not about night time entertainment or at least it seemed to me this way since I saw this performance during the day. It happened on the pavement of the Florida Street and there was no entrance fee. However, donations were expected. I figured it was quite the deal and looking more authentic and spontaneous than any glitzy show for 200+ tourists in a group-oriented restaurant. Consider the fact that this can be your artsy shopping break and everything will fall into its place.
Dress Code: The Elements are the judges. Any outfit, weather permitting.
The food was spectacular, the ambience VERY sophisticated, and they preserved the bohemian style of a suburbian Buenos Aires when the great names like Gardel and Le Pera used to stop to sing or just to stroll around the bars of that time...The show really gave us an idea about how wonderful Tango is. We were so delighted to hear great songs, spectacular dances, and right in the end I met, the main performer of the show, the one who introduced us to the UNIVERSE OF TANGO in such an unforgetable way....
Fernando Soler, one of the most important Tango Interpreter of Argentina, the one who gives the world the real maining of their culture. Fernando started singing when he was just 7 years old, and today he is one of the most famous Tango Singer in the country, he is considered as THE VOICE OF BUENOS AIRES, he took his show to the best opera and music halls of the world. The government trusts him the title of the Argentinean Music and Culture Embassador and his house is part of the city tourism attraction, in his house you will know everything about Tango, and you will have the opportunity to taste the best of the local food and the incredibly gorgeous wine!
In 2001, Fernando Soler made a concert at the most traditional and classic Teatro Colon, being one of the fewest tango performer to make such a show, bring to the Theatre great names of the local culture elite such as Anibal Troilo, Astor Piazzolla, Osvaldo Pugliese and Mariano Mores, being recognized as one of the most important presentation in such a place!
So I was very happy to met Fernando, and I told him that I already loved Argentina, but after seeing his show, I love Argentina even more!
Señor Tango in my opinion is really a home of the culture in all over Argentina.
September 21st, 2005
Dress Code: Casual, it is a well off place, but no compulsary dress code, jsut feel god and be beautiful!:))))
Get your pocket prepared, it is parhaps one of the most expensive shows of Tango in Argentina but the shows worths every little penny you paid for the most spectacular show of Tango you will ever see in your entirely life. I am a Tango Lover, everybody knows that, and for sure since the very beggining you will get absolutely impressed and overjoyed.
You will see the main characters of the tango scenery nowadays, like the incredible master conductor Ernesto Franco, the meeeting of the very old generation of Tango with the Young Orchestra which one of the performers has just 17 years old!!!
This people really take very seriously that wonderful rhythm that tells the whole story of the Nation.
Señor Tango will be one of your greatest experience in Buenos Aires, for sure, it was one of mine and I will always go there at least once a year!
Sep 21, 2005
Dress Code: Casual, people are really elegant over there! :)
Señor Tango is one of the biggest Tango House in Buenos Aires, one of the most traditional too, going there you can be sure you will see the best performers of Tango, great and old Conductors are there to give you a detailed idea about Tango Music, the sensual dance of the Couple Dancers, the game with the hands and the legs and the strong and deep lyrics of this lovely argentinean rhythm.
In the end of the show you will understand why you love Argentina so much!
They end with a great interpretation of NO LLORES POR MI ARGENTINA!
Dress Code: Casual as usual!
Buenos Aires and tango, you cannot think about the two separately, impossible. Every porteñno, native of Buenos Aires has a favourite tango song, and this country had excelent musicians who always concerned about showing to the world, their culture, their custons, and their daily life. Tango tells you many stories, tango shows how much a person can suffer from love and nostalgy, tango shows you the love of your home land, and the life of a certain time in Argentina. Some tangos also tells you updated news, tells about your life today. TANGO NEVER DIES....
They say that SEÑOR TANGO is tango for export, because it is a very sophisticated place, for sure not so cheap, and they have like a BROADWAY production.
You know how much I hate artificial stuffs, when I travel I like being close to the people and live their cultures...
Well, the production is signed by a very famous Buenos Aires performer called Fernando Soler, and they have original tango dancers, and they really perform the TANGO MUSIC with the soul, and the production let us back to the past when Argentina had a bohemian life, when Argentina simply began with the indians, the spanish, the gauchos and when finally the TANGO started to be heard in the docks of the city!
From Gardel to Piazzola the journey through the TANGO WORLD is simply fantastic from that house!
My friend Steve from New Orleans, myself, and two friends from Argentina, Aida and his son Martin who lives in Mexico were there enjoying a very pleasant evening!
Dress Code: You really have to be casual, it is a very sophisticated house!
La Estancia is a famous restaurante, but on the first story every fridays and saturdays from 21:30 hs (9 pm) they offer a good show of tango and argentine folklore.
The place is a comfy room decorated "all uso nostro", some of the artists are famous professionals and someothers are new talents looking for his place in this universe of the music and dances.
At all, traditional dances, tango and singers, perfect to know somethings about us with a glass of an excellent glass of red wine
Dress Code: Nothing special, but try to avoid hawaian style clothes ;-D) so, be a bit formal.
Cafe Tortoni . Don't leave town till you have paid a visit to a very authentic tango parlor. The show is a trip, very resonable, not a tourist trap. A local hang out. When the audience was invited to shout out where they were from, it was like the UN General Assembly.
You must go see one of these shows. You can have dinner there, but I think it is best to eat elsewhere. There are so many, just ask you concierge to recommend. Such gorgeous performances, gorgeous women, the singers and the orchestra will be worth this great experience.
Dress Code: Dress well!
There are several places to see tangos - at stage shows or at milongas....but at milongas everyone can dance. But, I would not get on that floor unless you know at least a few basic steps. It is amazing to watch all of the local everyday folks all whirl around the crowded dance floor....they make it look so easy!
There are always several flyers passed around on the street daily about the best local spots in town. Or, just ask anyone...they all know where to go....just specify milonga if you want to see the regular folks dance in an intimate local place.
See the great tango show, then stay for the milonga and join in on the dancing upstairs. Historic place!
Dress Code: I would wear something nice - not a jeans and t-shirt place, but an uptight place either, but this place has class.
Saturday, the day after our failed attempt at the Cafe Tortoni, found us at the Japanese Gardens restaurant in a completely different part of Buenos Aires. In the course of our meal, I struck up a conversation with an elderly gentleman sitting by himself at a table next to ours. He turned out to be a wealthy American, from the state of Washington, who was completing a pole-to-pole circumnavigation of the world! Our conversation drifted to Tango shows and he began to wax eloquently about the musical show 'Tanguera', which just happened to be playing in BA at the moment! He said that he had already been through both it and the Tortoni experience, and there was no comparison.
That conversation led us to have our return taxi drop us off at the Teatro Astral, which happened to be located only 3 blocks from our Hotel !! We changed our Tango plans and bought two of the best seats in the house for the evening performance at 9 PM (A$40 each or US$14). It was a fantastic experience on Buenos Aires' equivalent of New York's Broadway!
Dress Code: The musical told the story of the hard life of young women who emigrated to Argentina in the early years, quickly succumbing to the trials of prostitution under the heel of the male-dominated working-class areas. The dance sequences and music were amazing as the story of control was played out between the 'pimp' and the true lover of the young lady. A Diego Romay production with choreography by Mora Godoy and starring Esteban Domenichini, Maia Nieves and Dabel Zanbria.
We were not disappointed by the results of our lunchtime conversation! The photo shows the ticket office to the right, beneath the show marquee.
It was a Friday in the big city, so we figured that we had better get ready to Tango! During the afternoon, we had made a stop at an internet cafe to catch up on emails from home. While Sue was doing that, I checked out possible Tango sites on VT !! Arriving back at our hotel in early evening, the desk manager confirmed my VT hit on Cafe Tortoni as the spot to check out.
It was about 9 PM by the time we had eaten and got ourselves dolled up for an evening out. A quick taxi ride along the 10 city blocks to the Tortoni and we were in an obvious 'hot-spot' of Argentinian night-life. However, when I checked with one of their waiters about their Tango shows, held in a separate back room, he said that the 8:30 PM performance had just ended and the 11:30 PM one was booked up. We were able to make arrangements for the 8:30 PM performance on Saturday night, so we were happy with that!
The Cafe Tortoni is a really classic spot, with it's walls covered with old photos of celebrities. The tables were full and a constant stream of people were coming and going off one of Buenos Aires' main streets - Av. de Mayo. I ordered a large Heineken beer (US$3) while Sue sipped on an Argentinian white wine (US$1.30) to go with our table snack of nuts. It was good fun to simply sit there and watch the early night activity in Buenos Aires! By about 11 PM, we decided it was time to head back to the hotel. This time, we walked down Av. de Mayo and across the world's widest street - Av 9 de Julio. It was amazing to see the streets crowded with people at that time of night, early in the evening for Buenos Aires!
Cafe Tortoni is at Av de Mayo 825/9, Telephone 4342 and web-site 'www.cafetortoni.com.ar'.
In the end, we did not get to see our show (next Tip) even though we tried one more time on our final night in Argentina - after we had been to Iguazu Falls and the Andes Mountains.