Best Milongas in Buenos Aires


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There are so many milongas in Buenos Aires that the Argentines invented the verb ‘milonguear’. If you come with us this August, you’ll find it hard to avoid them – but why would you do that?

 
 

Wonderful Buenos Aires milongas

During the trip, we’ll try as many as we can, with a bit of help from your new friend (cafeine, that is). We’ll go and experiment, have a great time and above all: respect the milonga, respect the dance floor, respect other dancers.

Below we’ve listed the milongas we like and a short blurb about our experience in each of them. Ask anyone else and they’ll tell you something completely different! This is fine, enjoy gathering information and forming opinions. Tango is nothing if not honest, ever changing and passionate.

 

Monday

Salon Canning
Milonga Parakultural
1331 Scalabrini Ortiz
11:00pm – 4:00am
Formal

Salon Canning boasts the best wooden dance floor in Buenos Aires. It’s smooth and in our opinion, just slippery enough. It’s also square, which makes it easier to manoeuvre (or so we heard from a local milongueroA person who regularly frequents milongas, someone who is passionate about tango. friend). True, Salon Canning can be a little bit intimidating at the beginning but it quickly grows on you. They usually have very good live music and dance performances. Probably our favourite milonga – the one we tend to resort to if we need to recover from a bad night somewhere else.

Bendita Milonga
Buenos Ayres Club
Perú 571
10:30pm – 2:00am
Casual

A nice little milonga, young and friendly. Better to wear jeans and to leave your flashy new tango shoes at home.

 

Tuesday

Salon Canning
Mina Milonga
1331 Scalabrini Ortiz
11:00pm – 4:00am
Formal

If you didn’t get enough of Canning on Monday. Same venue, different name.

Milonga 10
Club Fulgor
Loyola 828, Villa Crespo
10:00pm – 3:00am
Casual

A small venue, with a very good level of dancing but quite exclusive. Even if you don’t get to dance, you’ll still enjoy watching local porteños dance, most of them professionals or aspiring professionals.

 

Wednesday

La maldita milonga
Buenos Aires Club,
Perú 571, San Telmo
10:30pm – 2:00am
Casual

Same place as the Bendita milonga, but on another day. One is blessed (bendita), the other cursed (maldita)!

 

Thursday

Milonga de Los Zucca
Humberto 1° 1462, 1º piso
10:30pm – 4:00am
Formal

A beautiful venue, the right place to boast your new outfit or your new shoes. Appropriate knowledge of the basic milonga etiquette is more than preferable.

Cochabamba 444
Cochabamba 444
10:30pm – 2:00am

This is more of a local venue. It is very friendly, casual with a good level of dancing (lose the head turning dress or suit for a pair of jeans if you want to blend in).

 

Friday

Salon Canning,
Milonga Parakultural
1331 Scalabrini Ortiz
11:00pm – 4:00am
Formal

You really don’t have to go to Canning everyday of the week but you can if you want to.

La Baldosa
Salón El Pial
Ramón L. Falcón 2750, Flores
10:30pm-04:00am
Semi casual

A local milonga, a little bit out of the way but very enjoyable for it’s cute, localised feel. The regulars will chat the night away at this milonga. It feels almost homely.

Club Sin Rumbo
José P. Tamborini 6157
Villa Urquiza
10:00pm-

An interesting milonga to experiment. A very traditional and formal milonga. It might be hard to get in and you might want to go with a teacher. Perfect knowledge of the basic milonga etiquette is required.

TangoCool! (práctica)
Club Villa Malcolm
Córdoba 5064
11:00pm-03:00am
Casual

A friendly practica, with lots of space which tends to attract more Nuevo couples.

 

Saturday

La Milonga del Mundo
Sunderland Club
Lugones 3161, Villa Urquiza
11:00pm-04:30am
Formal

The temple of tango this is. Slightly out of the way but unmissable. The practica on Wednesdays is especially highly recommended.

Milonga 10
Club Fulgor
Loyola 828, Villa Crespo
10:00pm – 3:00am
Casual

Some porteñosAn inhabitant of Buenos Aires, usually big-hearted, friendly, chatty and a proud. say it’s the best milonga in town on Saturdays because it doesn’t host a bad tandaA set of 3 or 4 songs played in milongas. and we couldn’t agree more. Beware of couple-itis on Saturdays. The place is very small so if you go alone, go early so that you can grab a table – better get yourself a comfortable seat on a Saturday if you go to a milonga unaccompanied, that’s all we can say.

 

Sunday

Torquato Tasso
Defensa 1575
10:00pm-02:00am
Semi casual

A local, friendly milonga.

 

Everyday

La Viruta
Centro Armenio
Armenia 1366, Palermo
10:30pm -7:00am
Come as you are
from your first milonga

A great place to finish the evening as it is free from a certain hour (1 am during weekdays and 3am during weekends if we remember well), which means that seasoned milongueros tend to all gather there after their respective milongas have closed. A fun place to go, although the dance floor is not the safest – beware of ganchos, boleos and what have you. Highly recommended: Sunday morning breakfast with delicious media lunas and café con leche. Wednesday and Sunday late nights (e.g. 3 am) are good times to go as professionals tend to gather there to unwind.

Our experience is just a tiny portion of all the milongas in Buenos Aires but our feet begged to rest after these, so we did. Also, new milongas appear all the time: just how many milongas can one city host?! For a complete listing of Buenos Aires milongas (to the best of our knowledge) go to: http://www.buenosairesmilongas.com/