You just arrived at Buenos Aires, and all you can think about is tango, mate, soccer, barbeque, wine and nightlife. You´ve been told Buenos Aires has the best of all of these.
Take it easy, one at a time. This is the time for TANGO!
Luckily, you are staying at the coolest Hostel in San Telmo, one of the most historic neighborhoods of Buenos Aires.
You might think Tangos is for Argentineans what Samba is for Brazilians. Well, not really. Actually most of Argentinean young people doesn´t know how to dance it, what its origin is and where it came from.
Origin and brief history
Tango has its origins in the marginal Buenos Aires of the late 19th century. Brothels, was where people first encounter it. They even say, originally it was danced between men. The origin of the dance is related to the Europeans and “gauchos” who migrated to the city, looking for better job opportunities. La Boca, is where it all started.
One of the most famous singer and composer is Carlos Gardel, he was worldwide know and one of the first singers to take the Tango to Europe at 1930´s.
Tango was at this time applauded in Paris and it returned to Argentina with great acceptance from all the Argentinean society. This was time for ballrooms and Milongas. One of the first Tango´s Recorded by Carlos Gardel, was called “ Mi noche Triste”.
Tango kept evolving, rapidly changing until, miraculous Astor Piazzolla, in 1956, founded a revolutionary Tango octet, El octet Buenos Aires. This composer mixed classical music with Tango, exploring a new style, also mixing it with Jazz. One of his better known pieces are Libertango and Adiós Nonino.
Tango Shows and Milongas
On your first day at Buenos Aires you will probably encounter many street Tango performers at Florida street and at Caminito in La Boca.
You will also be offered stage shows at very traditional tourism prepared Tango Houses. This ones cost about U$ 70-160. They usually include Lessons, a 3 courses menu and show.
But if you are looking to experience the authentic dance off the path, you must experience the “Milongas Porteñas” where traditional Tango lovers attend. These places usually offer lessons at early hours ( between 7 pm and 10 pm). The experienced dancers only arrive after 11 pm.
Depending on the day of the week, there are some better or more attended. Below a list of some of my favorite places:
- Monday: Confitería Ideal, from 3:30pm to 8:30 pm. Lessons at 6 pm.
- Tuesday: Milonga El Arranque, from 3:00pm to 10:00 pm
- Wednesday: Maldita Milonga, in San Telmo (Peru 871) from 9:00 pm to 2:00. Lessons & Live orchestra.
- Thursday: Divertango, from 9:30pm to 3:00am
- Friday: La Viruta, from 7:30pm to 2:00 am. Lessons at 7:30 pm Live Music & Show.
- Saturday: La Catedral, From 7:00 pm to 4:00 am. Lessons at 6:00pm, 7:30pm and 9:00pm. Live music.
- Sunday: After visiting the San Telmo Flea Market, enjoy Tango outdoor show at Plaza Dorrego. La Milonga del Indio starts at 7:00pm until 11:00pm.
Now you have the recommendations it’s time to take some Tango lessons and have fun! Enjoy!