An Insiders Look at Where to go Tango Dancing in Buenos Aires

Whether you’ve already caught a tango show or not, since you’re in its hometown Buenos Aires, you might be feeling inspired to pick up a bit of the fancy footwork yourself. Whether you’re mal coordinated with two left feet, or you’re a natural on the dance floor, Buenos Aires has plenty of places where you can easily give the dance a go.

While stepping into a milonga  (tango ballroom) could feel intimidating, tango culture in Buenos Aires is actually incredibly friendly and open – beginners needn’t worry.

If you’re looking for a dance partner there’s no shortage of willing accomplices (particularly for women) and one on one classes are readily available at affordable prices.

For those who haven’t yet adjusted to the Argentine clock (it’s nocturnal) be prepared to hang on a little – classes are late in the evening and if you’re looking to see the pros, the action doesn’t tend to get going in milongas until well after midnight.

La Catedral



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A bohemian take on the traditional milonga, La Catedral is based in a disused dairy factory. The outside is fairly non-descript – you could easily walk by none the wiser of what’s going on inside. Its walls are adorned with locally created art and draped with red fairy lights. Full of tango dancers of all levels, it attracts a particularly international crowd – perfect for those making their first foray into the dance. If you’re looking to learn the basics head to one of their group classes, on from around 8 PM, (be prepared to wait a little as the place isn’t really known for punctuality). Later on performances and live music kick off from around midnight, leading on into the early hours. The kitchen is also known to be excellent with a vegetarian menu – not so common in this carnivorous capital.

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Queer Tango


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For those who hate the idea of following a stiff gender code, head to San Telmo’s Buenos Ayres Club on a Tuesday night for a LGBTQ milonga night. Turning tango on its head, and shaking up gender roles in this typically male-led dance, the night brings in dancers of all levels who aren’t afraid to challenge tradition and want to leave dated gender roles at the door. A great way to take an alternative look at the changing local scene.

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Bar Los Laureles


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One of the city’s historical bares notables, entering Bar Los Laureles is like taking a trip back in time to the 19th century. Located in Buenos Aires’ southerly Barracas neighbourhood, it’s a little out the way for most of the city, but worth the trip to see a true remaining part of Argentine heritage. Throughout the week it’s a neighbourhood watering hole but come the weekend, it transforms itself into a lively milonga.

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La Viruta


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If you’re not keen on rubbing shoulders with pro dancers and just want to give learning the basics a go, La Viruta, based in the Armenian Cultural Centre is a good place to start. You’ll find a whole mixture of tourists and locals who come here to learn – throw your fears to the side and prepare to dance. Lessons tend to take place a little earlier here, from around 6:30 PM, later on, be prepared to sit back and let those in the know take over the floor.

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Salón Canning


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An iconic Palermo haunt, Salón Canning is well known on the professional tango circuit. Dance lessons are available earlier on in the evening but by midnight the place will be packed out with the city’s finest tango dancers swirling across the venue’s polished wooden floors. If your moves don’t quite cut it, there’s always space for spectators who are welcome to sip at a drink and soak up the atmosphere.

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5 Ways to Experience Tango in BA


PH: Zabara Alexander

With the Tango Festival and World Cup in full swing (more information here) ’tis the season to glamour up and get into the tango groove. Whether you’re more for the dance or for the music, here are our suggestions of 5 ways to experience tango while you’re in BA!

Take a tango class

Those that like to experience through participation will love learning the basics of this renowned Argentine dance, or taking their skills further with some lessons. Some suggestions are taking a class with Lucía and Gerry or heading to La Catedral in Almagro where you can stay on dancing the night away after learning your moves!

Watch a tango show

For those that prefer to watch and enjoy a meal, the city is full of tango shows to choose from. Café Los Angelitos and Piazzolla Tango at the Galería Güemes are great traditional spots, Gala Tango is another great option, otherwise Faena’s Rojo Tango is well known as an extravagant and all out experience.

Do a tango tour

To get to know the circuit of city milongas, which are the tango dance saloons, your best bet is a tango tour. Some options include Tango Streets,  Narrative Tango and Tango Trips.

Listen to live tango

If tango music is more to your liking than the dance itself, then you should definitely stop by for a drink at El Boliche de Roberto in Almagro or at Café Vinilo. For a more alternative experience, head to Club Atlético Fernández Fierro (CAFF) to watch a live tango orchestra. 

Shop for tango records

If you want to take back home a tango vinyl record, head to  Parque Centenario to browse the Sunday fair, or head to Tango Cerouno which is near the Recoleta cemetery.

Buenos Aires Agenda: August/ Agosto




5-6 August: Food Fest BA  will take place at La Rural in Palermo for those who want to stop by and grab a bite. Av. Sarmiento 2704, Palermo.

5-6 agosto: Food Fest BA se llevará a cabo en La Rural en Palermo para quienes quieran pasar a degustar algún plato.   Av. Sarmiento 2704, Palermo. 

10-23 August: The Tango Festival and World Championship will take place in different venues around the city and will also be featuring a tango fair to take back home a good pair of dance shoes.

10-23 agosto: El Festival y Mundial de Tango se llevará a cabo en diferentes lugares de la ciudad y también ofrecerá una feria de productos tangueros donde elegir un buen par de zapatos de baile. 

23-25 August- BAF Week will take place at the end of August at La Rural and is a great chance to check out the local fashion trends for the upcoming spring-summer season.  Av. Sarmiento 2704, Palermo. 

23-25 agosto: A finales del mes en La Rural se llevará a cabo la BAF Week donde se podrán apreciar las tendencias de moda local para la temporada primavera-verano 2018. Av. Sarmiento 2704, Palermo.



Luis Felipe Noé- Estamos en el siglo XXI

MALBA: The MALBA is showcasing two new exhibits, one of renowned photographer Diane Arbus, and the other of Peruvian artist Ximena Garrido-Lecca who works with copper . Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

MALBA: El MALBA está exhibiendo dos muestras nuevas, una de la reconocida fotógrafa Diane Arbus, y la otra de la artista peruana Ximena Garrido-Lecca que trabaja con cobre. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

MAMBA: Last chance to visit Tomás Sarraceno’s amazing spider web art and Diego Bianchi’s spooky “intertextual”  installation that are being showcased at this beautiful San Telmo centered museum. Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo

MAMBA: Última oportunidad para ver la obra de telaraña de Tomás Saracceno y la espeluznante instalación “intertextual” de Diego Bianchi que se encuentran actualmente en exhibición en este hermoso museo de San Telmo. Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo

MNBA: The Buenos Aires Fine Arts Museum is showcasing an exhibit of Luis Felipe Noé’s works, as well as a William Kentridge exhibit.  Av. Libertador 1473, Palermo.

MNBA: El Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes está exhibiendo la obra de Luis Felipe Noé y de William Kentridge.  Av. Libertador 1473, Palermo.

Parque de la Memoria: Parque de la Memoria or Remembrance Park is showcasing an exhibit of Hindu artist Anish Kapoor’s work. Avenida Costanera Norte, Rafael Obligado 6745.

Parque de la Memoria: La obra del artista hindú Anish Kapoor se encuentra exhibida actualmente en el Parque de la Memoria. Avenida Costanera Norte, Rafael Obligado 6745.


5 Creative Ways to Practice Spanish in Buenos Aires

After a dozen flight hours, a taxi from Ezeiza airport, and a hot bath, you face your first real choice in Buenos Aires. What do I do next? Whilst mulling over it,  glass of wine in hand, that funky Latin feeling starts to tickle you into practicing your Spanish. Here are five suggestions to make it all the more fun, and some tips to master the local lingo.

 1)    Spanglish Exchange


(Terence Chang)

It’s like Speed Dating, but without the obliged romantic interest! You’ll have five 20 minute conversations (10 minutes per language) with locals wishing to practice their English. They currently meet in 3 locations and you can find all the details at

2)    Spanish Futbol Camp


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Whether you’re for Messi or Cristiano, there’s no doubt that Argentina’s soccer players are amongst the best in the world.  Imagine being able to learn Spanish while taking futbol lessons in a professional team’s complex with its youth players and managers. With a variety of options according to your stay time, it’s a must for any sports fan.

3)    Eat! And Listen


(Diego Torres Silvestre)

Nothing better than a taste of Argentina’s world famous Bife de Chorizo to soothe your appetite, or you can learn the name of other meat cuts here, and then tour the city parillas looking for your cut of choice. Mastering the menu in Spanish may be challenging, but the mozos (waiters) are usually friendly and offer a helping hand. You can’t leave the country until you’ve learnt how to say chimichurri properly. 

4)    Tangoke!



Tango lyrics are as passionate as its music. Learning their meaning is a way into the heart of Argentina’s culture. Google translate in hand, you can beef up your Lunfardo skills while you drink a glass of Malbec wine and sing along to melancholic tunes. There’s tons of playlists, for example Karaoke Tangos for you to practice before you hit the milongas, and if you really want to master the art you can take a tango singing lesson in the nostalgic Almagro neighborhood with Anna Franken

5)    Volunteer

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(Leo Grübler)

If helping others is your thing, BA Volunteer is a great chance of knowing the country through and with those in need. While you learn Spanish, you’ll also help leave a sustainable impact on the organization you volunteer for.

5 Lugares para aprender tango en Buenos Aires

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Los eventos de tango abundan en la ciudad este mes, gracias al Campeonato de Tango que se lleva a cabo hasta el 15 de mayo. Seguramente luego de ver a los mejores bailarines de la ciudad bailar, surjan las ganas de aprender y practicar. En el programa del campeonato se ofrecen por supuesto clases, pero para tener más opciones, acercamos esta selección de 5 opciones para aprender tango en Buenos Aires.


Las milongas son salones de baile o eventos donde se reúne la gente para pasar la noche bailando tango, y la milonga misma que es otra variante de este tipo de danza. En la mayoría de los salones se ofrecen clases ante de que comience el evento. Nuestros recomendados son:

La Viruta

En La Viruta se ofrecen clases de tango y también clases de Rock n’ Roll y Milonga. Los domingos, desde las 18 a las 20hs. hay una orquesta en vivo y se abre el espacio para prácticas. Armenia 1366, Palermo.

La Catedral

La Catedral es un lugar relajado y muy bien ambientado donde van las generaciones más jóvenes a tomar una clase, bailar o incluso comer algún plato vegetariano.  Sarmiento 4006, Almagro.

Confitería La Ideal

Aunque en este momento está temporalmente cerrado por reformas, este recoveco tradicional del tango que abrió en 1912 es un lugar hermoso para tomar clases, quedarse a ver un show de tango o simplemente para tomar un café a la tarde.  Suipacha 384, microcentro. 4328-7750.

Clases particulares

Otra opción para aprender a bailar es tomar una clase particular de tango. Lucía y Gerry se dedican hace más de veinte años al tango y tienen siempre muy buena críticas (más información aquí). Otra opción es tomar clases con Alejandro Gee que tiene un acercamiento interesante a la danza porque viene de familia de tangueros y como es psicoanalista aplica conocimiento de psicología a la danza (más información aquí).

5 Spots to Learn Tango in Buenos Aires

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With the Tango Championship taking place until the 15th of May, tango related events in the city abound, and surely, after watching some of the city’s best dancers perform, you will be tempted to try out some dancing yourself. Of course, the Championship program includes lessons, but in case you want to further your instruction, here are 5 spots for tango lessons in Buenos Aires.


Milongas are dance halls or events where people get together to spend the night tangoing. Most of them offer lessons before the event starts and our top three picks are:

La Viruta

This spot offers tango lessons, but also lessons to dance other styles such as Rock n’ Roll and Milonga per se (which is also a dancing style). On Sundays, from 6pm to 8pm you can also head over to practice with a live orchestra. Armenia 1366, Palermo.

La Catedral

 An easy going spot with great ambience where younger tango crowds go to take a lesson, stay for a milonga, or grab a vegetarian bite. Sarmiento 4006, Almagro.

Confitería La Ideal

Although it is temporarily closed for restorations, this traditional tango spot which has been open from 1912 is a lovely place to take a lesson, stay for a tango show or just to stop for coffee in the afternoon. We will update when it reopens. Suipacha 384, downtown. 4328-7750.

Private Lessons

Another option for tango lessons is to book private lessons. Lucía and Gerry have over twenty years of experience dancing tango, and always get great reviews (more information here). Alejandro Gee is another great option to take either English or Spanish tango lessons, and he has an interesting approach to the dance as he comes from a tanguero family and is a psychotherapist as well (more information here).


Top Mobile Apps for Travelers in Buenos Aires


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Technology has made travel all the easier, and there are a great variety of very useful mobile apps to help us when we are in a new city. Below, we’ve selected a few of those that we think are practical for people travelling to Buenos Aires.


If you need a Spanish app, of course Google Translate is the most immediate option, however, we recommend Porteño Spanish  which will help you with the language and the local lingo.

Also, if you’re learning Spanish, or any other language, Hello Talk allows you to connect with native speakers to practice.


Two useful apps while travelling anywhere are XE Currency, for exchange rates, and ATM Hunter, to help you find the closest ATM.


There are many apps to help you around the city in terms of transport. Como LLego offers you transport options and directions for getting from one place to the next, BA Subte  is the local subway app, Trenes en Vivo is a useful app for those who travel by train and lets you know at what time the next trains are coming in, Easy Taxi is an international Taxi app that also works in Buenos Aires for calling cabs, BA EcoBici lets you know where you can find public city bikes and bike paths.

City Guides

International city guides are available from Trip Advisor that offers offline city guides, including one for Buenos Aires, from Travel Guides by Triposo and a GPS guide by Digi Guide.

Dining, Wine-ing, Dancing

Guía Oleo and Restorando are two apps that offer restaurant listings and reviews that will help you pick out the best places to stop for a bite and make reservations.

Otherwise, try CookApp for closed door dinner options.

Argentina Wine App, in English, and Vinomanos, in Spanish, are two wine apps that specialize in Argentine wine and are useful to pick out and discover some of the best local bottles.

Hoy-Milonga is an app for Tango enthusiasts that want to know when and where the BA milongas are taking place.

LightOut is BA’s nightlife app for those that like to dance till dawn.




Buenos Aires Agenda- January/Enero 04-10 2016



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The international Human Bodies exhibit is taking place at La Rural in Palermo and is the perfect chance to get to know more about your own biology. Buy your tickets here.

In the afternoon, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, you can stop by the Fierro Hotel garden and grab a couple of cocktails at the UCO  happy hour! 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

You can also head to the Centro Cultural Konex where famous percussion group, La Bomba del Tiempo, will be carrying out their Monday show starting at 7pm. Sarmiento 3151, Almagro.

La Rural en Palermo está exhibiendo la muestra internacional Human Bodies que permite el acercamiento a un mayor conocimiento de la biología humana. Entradas aquí.

A la tarde, desde las 17.30 hasta las 19.30hs., abre  el jardín de Fierro Hotel para ofrecer cócteles en el happy hour de UCO restaurante. 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

También a la tarde, a partir de las 19hs., se presenta la orquesta de percusión La Bomba del Tiempo en el Centro Cultural KonexSarmiento 3151, Almagro.

Tuesday/ Martes

If the weather forecast is right and it should rain, check out our recommended rainy day activities in Buenos Aires.

In the evening, Daft Punk and Radiohead on holophonic speakers and in complete darkness at the Centro de Teatro Ciego. Tickets here.

Si el pronóstico del tiempo acierta y llueve, hay una lista de actividades recomendadas para hacer en Buenos Aires cuando llueve aquí.

A la noche en el Centro de Teatro Ciego se pasa música de Daft Punk y Radiohead en parlantes holofónicos y en total oscuridad. Entradas aquí.

Wednesday/ Miércoles

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The sun should be back out on Wednesday so try a Parrilla Tour and taste all the typical local cuts, or book your place for a Foto Ruta tour to get to know the city through your camera lens, or take an Off the Beaten Path Tour with Elisa and see where it takes you!

Later on, La Catedral is the place to go to learn to dance some tango.

Probá los cortes de carne típicos de la Argentina con Parrilla Tour, reservá con Foto Ruta para conocer la ciudad a través del lente de una cámara, o explorá los recovecos menos conocidos de la ciudad con Elisa en uno de sus Off the Beaten Path tours.

Más tarde, La Catedral es el lugar ideal para ir a tomar una clase de tango.



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Centro Cultural Konex launches its summer Parador Konex events which include live music, art shows, dance and more.

Also, at 8pm, The Dandy Warhols will be playing in Niceto Club. Tickets here.

El Centro Cultural Konex inaugura los eventos de verano de Parador Konex con música en vivo, exposiciones de arte, danza y más.

Además, a las 20hs. se presentan los Dandy Warhols en Niceto Club. Entradas aquí.



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Colonia is a charming historical town in Uruguay well worth visiting. You can either stay there overnight or make a day trip with tours and a nice lunch included. More information here.

Colonia es un pueblo histórico en Uruguay que vale la pena conocer o en un fin de semana, o en una salida de un día con tours y almuerzo incluido. Más información aquí.

Saturday and Sunday/ Sábado y Domingo


(Francis Alys)

Book your place at UCO´s delicious weekend brunch, with a great Irish version as well! 3220-6800Soler 5862, Palermo.

Some great art exhibits to check out right now include Francis Alys at the MALBA, Marta Minujín at the MAMBA, Roberto Plate at the MNBA and Jeremy Deller at Fundación PROA!

Hacé tu reserva para degustar el brunch de UCO restaurante que  ofrece también una variante de desayuno irlandés. 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

Algunas muestras de arte que vale la pena ver en este momento incluyen las de Francis Alys en el MALBA; Marta Minujín en el MAMBA; Roberto Plate en el MNBA y la de Jeremy Deller en Fundación PROA.

This Week: 22nd- 28th of June 2015



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If you’re planning to visit the city center to see the Obelisco, stop by the Palacio de Aguas Corrientes (palace of running waters) on Cordoba Avenue and Riobamba. The stunning building is now Aguas Argentinas´ (the local water company headquarters) and is also a museum. Open from 9am-1pm. Riobamba 750 – 1° Piso.  6319-1104.

In the afternoon, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm you can stop by the Fierro Hotel garden and grab a couple of cocktails at the new UCO after office event! 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

You can also stop by Centro Cultural Konex where famous percussion group, La Bomba del Tiempo, will be carrying out their Monday show starting at 7pm. Sarmiento 3151, Almagro.



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Take one of Foto Ruta’s Street Scape tours and learn some photography tips while discovering the city from a different angle. More information here.

Try some mate, practice some Spanish and meet new people at the Tuesday Mate Conversation Club that starts at 6.30pm. Sign up at . Uruguay 862, downtown.


Stop by the Casa del Bicentenario to check out the new exhibit, Legado Vivo, which showcases elements from Wichi and Maori cultures. Riobamba 985, downtown

Later on, at 10pm in the Abasto Neighborhood, the contemporary tango group Orquesta Típica Fernandez Fierro will be staging a live show. Sánchez de Bustamante 764, Abasto.



(Lucharemos hasta borrar la ley- Sebastián Diaz Morales)

The MALBA will be inaugurating two new exhibits, one of renowned Argentine artist Rogelio Poleccelo, and the other of a collection of video art by different artists that depict controversial historical events. Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

At 8pm, the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra will be presenting clarinet pieces by John Corigliano and Antonin Dvorak at the Colón Theatre. Tickets here.



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Head to the new Centro Cultural Kirchner, which used to be the post office headquarters, and check out the exhibits on mail art and Sophie Calle. At 5pm, there will also be a performance by Fernando Rubio called Todo lo que está a mi lado. Sarmiento 151, downtown.

At 8.30pm, experience the Argentine football sentiment at one of the city bars with TV screens where you can drink beer, nibble on empanadas and watch the Copa America football match against Colombia with the locals.

Saturday and Sunday


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Book your place at UCO´s unique weekend brunch, now revamped with an Irish version as well! 3220-6800Soler 5862,Palermo.

Throughout June, every Saturday at 10pm, renowned Argentine folklore and jazz artist, Luis Salinas, will be playing a live show at Torcuato Tasso. Defensa 1575, San Telmo

On Saturday evening, the Colón Theatre will be staging a concert by the Budapest Festival Orchestra (tickets here), and on Sunday at 11 am, the Mendoza University Choir will be presenting a medeley of choral pieces (tickets are free- 2 per person-  and handed out on a first come first serve basis at the Theatre’s ticket office on Saturday)

Stop by the Palermo Rosedal where you can rent paddle boats to cruise the small lake alongside the ducks, and visit the Sivori Museum, which offers free tours in English and German on Saturdays at 3pm and 5pm! Av. Infanta Isabel 555, Palermo.

This Week: 27th of April- 3rd of May


The first edition of the B.15 Performance Biennial will be taking place until the 7th of June with works by renowned local and international artists including Laurie Anderson, Marta Minujín, Sophie Calle and more. Find the full program here.

In the afternoon, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm you can stop by the Fierro Hotel garden and grab a couple of cocktails at the new UCO after office event! 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

You can also stop by Centro Cultural Konex where famous percussion group, La Bomba del Tiempo, will be carrying out their Monday show starting at 7pm. Sarmiento 3151, Almagro.



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If you haven’t stopped by the International Book Fair yet make sure to head to La Rural in Palermo and join other bookworms on their quest for inspiring stories and lectures on the world of words. More information here.

Try some mate, practice some Spanish and meet new people at the Tuesday Mate Conversation Club that starts at 6.30pm. Sign up at . Uruguay 862, downtown.


tango amarillo

(Photo by Italo)

Take one of FotoRuta’s Street Scape tours and learn some photography tips while discovering the city from a different angle. More information here.

In the evening, at 9pm, the Tango Championship kicks off until the 10th of May! More information here.


bellos jueves

(Photo byMinisterio de Cultura de la Nación Argentina)

One of the city’s architectural landmarks is the famous Palacio Barolo, full of references to poet Dante Alighieri. Guided tours take place from 4pm to 7pm and evening guided tours at 8.30pm include tasting of an awarded wine and a national delicacy. Av. de Mayo 1370, downtown.

Later on, from 7pm to 11.30pm, the Recoleta fine arts museum (MNBA) opens its doors for an alternative experience of art with live music, video projections and more! av. del Libertador 1473, Recoleta.  


canto al trabajo

(Photo by David Stanley)

Friday is a national holiday due to Labor Day celebrations!

Stop by San Telmo and catch a glimpse of the stunning Rogelio Yrurtia monument to labor on Paseo Colón and Independecia Avenue.

In the evening, at 9.30pm head to Boris Club de Jazz in Palermo for a live show by Clave Cubana. Tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday 


(Photo by Tony Felgueiras)

Book your place at UCO´s unique weekend brunch, now revamped with an Irish version as well! 3220-6800Soler 5862, Palermo.

Stop by the Palermo Rosedal where you can rent paddle boats to cruise the small lake alongside the ducks, and visit the Sivori Museum, which offers free tours in English and German on Saturdays at 3pm and 5pm! Av. Infanta Isabel 555, Palermo.

The Monsters of Rock festival will be taking place during the weekend featuring live performances by Motorhead, Judas Priest and Ozzy Osborne. Tickets here.