(Photo by Christian Haugen)
If you’re visiting Buenos Aires chances are tango is on your agenda. Of course due to the popularity of this music genre and dance there are innumerable places to go to for live music, dancing, and tango shows. We’ve put some of them together to point you in the right direction.
Complejo Tango: Complejo Tango is one of the most popular tango shows in the city and for good reason. They offer superb tango as part of their show, and also a tango lesson prior to it, plus, the food is good. Av. Belgrano 2608, Buenos. Aires. 4941-1119. firstname.lastname@example.org
Rojo Tango: This stunning and intimate show is set in the flamboyant Faena Hotel and is one of the best, albeit pricy, tango shows in the city. For those who like elaborate costumes and choreographies, then this is the place. Faena Hotel & Universe. Martha Salotti 445, 5787-1536.
Piazzolla Tango: A treasure cove of mischief and distorted fantasies, the basement of the Pasaje Guemes, with its cabaret, theatre and restaurant, has charmed its eclectic public during the 1920′s throughout the 50′s. Now a days Piazzolla Tango offers the chance to visit the beautiful interior of the cabaret, theatre and restaurant whilst serving dinner and staging great tango shows! San Martin 170 // Florida 165, downtown. 4344 8201.
Confitería La Ideal: This beautiful confiteria is one of the oldest in the city. Built in the early 1900’s it is graced with high ceilings, vitrauxs, chandeliers, a marble staircase and an old lift reminiscent of a past magnificence. The gorgeous coffee house is also one of the nicest places to go for tango lessons, live tango shows and milongas. Suipacha 380, Downtown, 5265-8069
Salon Canning: For those who are looking for a more authentic and local tango experience, then an evening at Salon Canning should definitely be on the agenda. This Palermo centered milonga is THE place where local tango veterans dance the night away. Scalabrini Ortiz 1331, Palermo. 4826-8351
La Catedral: This somewhat grungy alternative tango hall in Almagro is popular amongst the younger more laid back tango crowds which start the night early with a tango class and then dance the night away into the early dawn. The ample space, the mismatched chairs, the Carlos Gardel shrine add to its appeal whiles its vegetarian restaurant is loved by some and hated by others (eating can always happen else where at the nearby Pierino for example, a family restaurant owned by Italians). All in all, a great place to take a tango lesson and dance all night afterwards in a laid back and fun atmosphere. Sarmiento 4006, Almagro. 155-325-1630.
Live Tango Music
Los 36 Billares: This traditional cafe on Av. De Mayo is an old city treasure that regularly stages tango shows for its local and foreign guests. Also close by is the famous Cafe Tortoni, where shows are also occasionally staged. Av. De Mayo 1265, Downtown, 5353-6670 email@example.com.
El Bar de Roberto: Gardel and other tango-passionates frequented this traditional bar, which was bought by a Spaniard from Asturias in the 1930s. Now a days it’s still kept as in the day, with the same bottles adorning the walls and late night live tango sessions to charm the intimate and usually crowded bar. Bulnes 331, Almagro. 4862-0415
Orquesta Tipica Fernandez Fierro: This youthful and energetic tango orchestra delivers an alternative tango sound at many local popular venues. They are well worth taking into consideration both for the tango and the cool vibe of their shows.
If watching tango dancers out in the fresh air is more to your liking, then you can find talent on San Telmo’s Plaza Dorrego on Sundays. You can also find milongas and tango lessons at La Glorieta in the Belgrano neighborhood where a more local crowd gather to dance under a charming arbor.