I'm going to be in Buenos Aireson 4th and 5th September. I would like to spend an evening watching authentic Tango in a dark and dingy milonga! with dinner before/after... I know I can't really avoid the tourist aspect but would welcome suggestions on any good (or bad!)experiences!
When will you be down in BsAs? My girlfriend and me arrive around the 4th of august; I know the scene, and I´d be happy to take you along. A few general remarks (which can also be found in other threads):
- milongas start to get interesting late; arriving before midnight is not much use, unless you want to dance yourself (Argentines don´t like you to disturb their dancing at later hours, unless you´re very good)
- call in advance to reserve a table, otherwise you´ll be put in the farthest corner of the room, where you don´t see a thing
- go somewhere else for dinner. Authentic milongas don´t offer dinner, only picadas (snacks) to go with your wine/whiskey; the ones that dó, are usually of the touristy kind
- counter to touristic myth, the origins of tango do not lie in San Telmo, but in poorer barrios in El Sur
- milongas are known by their own name as well as by the name of their venue, which don´t often coincide. This makes finding the proper place a bit tricky. Some milongas changes venue, some venues change milongas.
- depending on the day, different milongas/venues attract different crowds. The darkest, most ´authentic´ places usually attract only senior dancers (which are, by the way, a real treat to watch)
- milongas with live music are scarce. One that you shouldn´t miss is La Trastienda (Balcarce, San Telmo), which often has live music on mondays (orquesta tipica Fernandez Fierro, unequalled Pugliese-style tango). Otherwise, you might be lucky and catch los Reyes del tango (they hardly play anymore, but it´s terrific)
- practical info and a searchable database of milongas can be found on www.tangodata.com.ar. Always verify their information by phone, because it is often outdated.
PM me for more information, enjoy,
Oh what a shame! - we will be in BA on 4th and 5th September only. You have so much information! and what a fantastic website - I can't believe I haven't joined sooner..
So, if we want to (try!) and get it right, as we really only have the Monday/Tuesday night to have a good Tango experience, which place would you recommend, and how does the reservation process work?? should we get the concierge at our hotel to try and make a reservation for us??
Thank you once again for very informative response! I'm sure you contributions will help us to have a more enjoyable holiday...
Hi With my sister we went to señor tango and was really good with a fabulous argentinian meat. We even been able to take pics of us with the dancers. The transfer from the hotel was included.
One of the best dancing show we did.
Ps Wine was included too.