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Places to Watch, Hear and Dance Tango

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Tango isn't just a dance to watch: it's a form of music, and a lifestyle, and an authentic way to learn about Buenos Aires and its residents. The best places to experience tango vary between traditional milongas (tango clubs) where you'll watch the locals in action, or tango shows like Rojo Tango at the Faena Hotel. The true rite of passage, of course, is taking a tango lesson and hitting the dance floor yourself.
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San Cristóbal, Buenos Aires, Argentina
To get a real feel for the Tango culture in Buenos Aires then you must go to a Milonga (Tango club). As I walked into Sueno Porteno Milonga I felt as if I had walked back into a cheesy disco in the 70's. But instead of the BeeGees, the speakers...
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Av. Pres. Roque Sáenz Peña 864, C1110AAR CABA, Argentina
Down the street from the famed "El Ateneo" theater-turned-bookstore, is a "teach yourself tango" dance vereda - or sidewalk. It's located near Avenida Callao, down Avenida Santa Fe in Barrio Norte. Here you can learn the eight basic steps to the...
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Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Argentina
My favorite thing about Buenos Aires when I lived there was Sunday. Every Sunday, it seemed the whole city would go outside and sit. Every park and outdoor space was completely filled with crowds of people drinking mate. Sometimes there would be...
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Balcarce 431, C1064AAI CABA, Argentina
I was skeptical - a dinner tango show sounded like a touristy nightmare in Buenos Aires with mediocre food and overpriced tickets. However I decided to try this classic tourist activity because I simply wanted to see some really great tango. La...
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Sarmiento 4006, C1197AAH Buenos Aires, Argentina
Milonga references a style of dance intrinsic to the Argentine tango and Afro-influenced in style, known to be less formal and more rustic. This particular evening in Buenos Aires at La Catedral was serendipitous. I sat in awe watching couples...
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Buenos Aires, C1107CMB Buenos Aires, Argentina
The historic El Porteño building, a onetime grain warehouse made of imported Manchester bricks, was slated for demolition in 1998 before a local cultural preservation group stepped in. Soon after, Argentine fashion designer Alan Faena...
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
While exploring the city streets of Buenos Aires, you will be delighted to find the occasional 'pop up' band along the way. There is no rhyme or reason to finding them, and compared to the usual 'one man bands' you see in the states, here you get...
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San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
The attractive San Telmo barrio began as an upscale area before tenement living took over. It’s back big-time now, helped by its famous antique flea market. On Sundays tourists and locals descend upon the Plaza Dorrego and its side lanes for...
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Humberto 1º 1462, C1076 CABA, Argentina
There are two ways to see tango in Buenos Aires: at a glitzy made-for-tourists tango show (which is, to be fair, a good time in its own right) or at a milonga, or tango club. One of the best, El Niño Bien, well off the tourist circuit at the...