Tango in Buenos Aires is much more than a hobby, it is part of the identity, and dancing Tango is a lifestyle. Tango is much more than dancing itself, its rules, its codes, its politics, its drama, etc., transform the culture of Tango into something much deeper and more complex.
The places to dance Tango are popularly known as Milongas, old cafes or clubs where since many years the dancers meet and, for hours and hours, dance around the dance floor passionated and hypnotized by music and dance. Local people and tourists, young and old, are all captivated by this sensual dance that dominates the Buenos Aires night.
In these tango temples, modern and classic music is heard, echoing the great icons of the history of Tango as Carlos Gardel, Aníbal Troilo y Astor Piazzolla. Some of these Milongas offer classes for beginners and newbies, so you don’t have excuse to dance Tango.
Tango has a spell capable of catching everyone who contemplates it. It may be the passion, the harmony of the couple or the energy that their steps give off. The important thing is that this dance is deeply rooted in Buenos Aires and it would be unforgivable to visit this city and not enjoy one of its clubs to enjoy tango. Let’s get to know the best places to dance tango in Buenos Aires.
1. La Catedral. Club to dance Tango
Sarmiento 4006, Barrio Almagro, Buenos Aires
Monday to Sunday from 6:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
It is located in a beautiful building built at the end of the 19th century, with an impressive 12-meter roof and wooden floor. This place is pure bohemian. Dim lights, walls full of paintings and the most original furniture where not a single chair is repeated. Its two rooms bring together all the essence of Argentina. Here, tango becomes religion. It offers learning classes and daily milongas.
2. Boca Tango
Brandsen 923 – La Boca
From Tuesday to Saturday from 08:00pm
Located in the picturesque and tourist neighborhood of La Boca, this place is criticized by some locals for being a show for foreigners. It may be so, but they cannot deny that their great tango lounge with live music, as well as singers and dancers on stage, is of excellent quality. Boca Tango also offers the possibility to enjoy the show tasting a dinner with typical Argentine dishes.
3. La Ventana – Barrio de Tango
Balcarce 431, Barrio San Telmo.
Monday to Sunday from 9:00 p.m.
In an elegant building in the San Telmo neighborhood, with the interiors thoroughly restored, La Ventana is a good opportunity to savor the tango and the exquisite Argentine cuisine simultaneously. It has three impressive halls, in which its 32 artists, including musicians, singers and dancers, make an authentic ode to tango and the cultural essence of the country.
4. La Viruta Tango Club
Armenia 1366, Buenos Aires
Monday to Sunday
It is a space dedicated to the teaching of dance and at the same time a room where you can listen to live orchestras and dare to go to the dance floor. With a young audience and many foreigners, they open the place from Tuesday to Sunday under the motto of “back walking… you go dancing”
5. El Querandí
Peru 322 – Monserrat
Monday to Sunday from 12:00 to 4:00pm- 08:30pm to 00:00. Dinner from 8:30 p.m, show from 10:15 p.m.
Since 1920, this place located in an old house completely restored, is considered a benchmark of tango in the city of Buenos Aires. It offers the possibility to dine and watch your particular tango show, or opt only for the show. The show has the peculiarity that its dancers represent five historical moments of tango, showing different costumes and styles. The bet to fuse dance with theater brushstrokes, works great.