Included in this page are updates to "Tango Lover's Guide" on new and discontinued tango venues including shoe stores, clothing stores, milongas. teachers, special services and tours, .
- Argentina Tango is a 7-year old business that organizes complete tango packages to Buenos Aires, some specifically targeting women traveling alone. Visit their website at www.argentinatango.com/service.php
- SU Tours is a business run by Susana, an Argentine milonguera. It consists of a variety of tango related services including shuttle service to and from the airport, accompaniment to milongas, chacarera classes, and personalized tours. Numbers in BsAs: Tel 4931-7096; Cell 15-6248-8902.
- Tours de Diseno (Design Tours) is a personalized tour service that focuses on the fashion boutiques and showrooms in San Telmo or Palermo. Tours are private and planned with the client. Many of the businesses visited feature one-of-a-kind clothing, shoes, or accessories that lend themselves to tango lovers. Details of the service are available at www.badesigntour.com.ar. There is a special mention of my book, Tango Lover's Guide to Buenos Aires, under their discussion of shoes and leather in Buenos Aires. See the link: http://badesigntour.com.ar/site/?page_id=35
posted Sep 23, 2010 10:13 AM by Migdalia Romero [ updated Oct 10, 2010 8:54 PM ]
These entries are additions and corrections to those that appear in Chapter 4 of Tango Lover's Guide to Buenos Aires:
- There is a new milonga on Saturdays that draws more singles, i.e. more than most other milongas for a Saturday night. It is at La Nacional (Alsina 1465) and it runs from 8PM till 4AM. Check local listings, as startup times sometimes change. The locale has also added three more milongas - on Mondays at 6 pm, Wednesdays at 9 PM and Fridays at 11 PM.
- Club La Independencia (Independencia 572) is relatively new to the milonga scene. It hosts a milonga on Wednesday beginning at 9 PM. On some nights it features live music.
- Chique at Casa Galicia (San Jose 224) has added a milonga on Tuesdays. Their Thursday milonga is very popular and gets really crowded, while the Tuesday milonga is still picking up its clientele and therefore has more dancing room. Both nights offer a class before the milonga.
- New milonga with live music by Orquesta Tipica El Afronte, Mondays and Wednesdays, on Peru 571 (Barrio San Telmo) beginning at 11 PM.
- Lo de Celia (Humberto Primo 1783) offers 3 nights of milongas starting at 6 PM. They are on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Their Friday night milonga continues beginning at 10 PM.
- The new Plaza Bohemio (Alsina 2540) offers milongas on Tuesdays and Sundays after 6 PM)
- Boedo Tango (San Juan 3330) now has a Sunday milonga beginning at 7PM. In addition, the organizer, Julia Doynel, has added a traditional milonga Fridays beginning at 10 PM.
Shoe Stores - additions to Chapter 6, pp 150 - 153.
- Bertie, a tango shoe store, has opened a new location at Venezuela 1593. (www.bertiebsas.com.ar) This store has a nice line of lower heeled shoes for those dancers who are uncomfortable with the more popular thin heels. However, they also carry the classic heel.
- Darcos Shoes has added another store on Sarmiento 835. This is in addition to the one on Suipachi that is already mentioned in my book. www.darcosdanceshoes.com
- Mirtha Paulo Shoe Store, also mentioned in my book, has moved one door down to Esmeralda 473. It too has a nice line of lower heeled dance shoes.
Goods and Services - additions to Chapter 6
- Obelisco Norte Passage, locale 9 and 51 - Shoe Repair and color - under the obelisco are two underground crossovers with kiosks providing goods and services. The book lists two under the Obelisco Sur entrance. The ones in the obelisco North passage repairs shoes and changes soles to convert shoes for dancing.
- El Perseguidor (Corrientes 1718) - is an old book store full of stalls that carry a nice selection of posters, books, DVDs, CDs, and even LPs, many related to tango. For tango history buffs, there is a small book with text and many vintage photos documenting the history of tango in Buenos Aires from 1900-1940. It is entitled "Buenos Aires Antiguo - Tango" (Ask for the bilingual edition)
Specialized Clothing Stores - additions to Chapter 6, pp 146-147
- Asignatura Pendiente is a specialized tango clothing store that opened after the publication of my book. It is located on Av Corrientes 2176. Their signature clothing is also carried by the shoe store Tango Leike (Sarmiento 1947), and by Todo Tango (Suipacha 251) (www.asignaturatangovip.com.ar)
Tango Practice Studios - additons to Chapter 3
- Ensueno Espacio de Tango (Hipolito Yrugioyen 2341 in Barrio Balvanera) is a new studio run by Roxana Suarez and Sebastian Achaval, two beautiful dancers who are well known throughout Europe and Asia. Private and group classes are given here by the owners and by other well known dancers.
Teachers - additions to Chapter 3, pp 69-70.
- Ruben and Cherie, are well known for their dancing, and their teaching. They conduct classes in English and Spanish, as needed. They are also well known at the milongas and will accompany students to get them on the dance floor. Tel: 4932-5027 (English) http://tangocherie.blogspot.com/2007/01/tango-lessons-tango-tours-tango-taxi.html
Museums - changes to Chapter 5, pp 130-133.
- The Academia Nacional del Tango (aka World Tango Museum) has moved its entrance to Av de Mayo 833, 1st floor. This treasure of a museum and all of its services are described on page 131 of my book.
The places listed on this page did not make the last edition of "Tango Lover's Guide", but will certainly be added to Chapter 2 and/or Chapter 5 in the next edition.
- SANATA BAR (Sarmiento 3501) is in the heart of Barrio Abasto on the corner of Sanchez de Bustamante. It is a tango bar that serves drinks and light fare and offers live tango performances nightly. On Sundays there is a practica, preceeded by a tango class. On Wednesdays, there is a pena (open mike for tango aficionados). I went recently and really enjoyed the music and the ambience. Very relaxed. (www.sanatabar.com)
- CATULO TANGO is a new dinner-show venue in barrio Abasto (Anchorena 647, corner Zelaya). I was there on opening night (Sept 1, 2011) and enjoyed the food and the show. It was a bit less touristy than other cena-shows I have visited. (www.catulotango.com)
- AIRES TANGUEROS (Av Rivadavia 1392) is a new tango venue with multiple services. The space on the first floor includes a bar, tables, and a dance floor where classes are given and where practicas and milongas are held. On some nights there are live performances. In addition, ongoing recorded music allows patrons to dance at any time. The walls serve as an art gallery, with some space taken up with a small display of books, cd's, and instructional videos.
- LA AURORA DEL TANGO (Corrientes 3600) is a new addition to the tango scene - a restaurant, cafe, and tango bar offering dinner shows on Saturdays, milongas on some nights, and an open mike (pena) on Wednesday nights for aspiring tango singers. Tango photos, art work, and memorabilia cover the walls. It is both intimate and informal.
- CASA NACIONAL DEL BICENTENARIO (Riobamba 985), a government sponsored space, ocassionally offers tango concerts and exhibits related to tango and argentine folklore. It also offers free tango classes. (www.casadelbicentenario.gov.ar).
- BAR EL FARO (Constituyentes 4099 in barrio Villa Urquiza) is an historic and very traditional local bar (bar notable) that hosts a pena (open mike) every Saturday from 4:30 - 8:30 PM. Here tango aficionados share their passion and support each other in song. The sense of comraderie and community at this pena is palpable. You only pay for what you eat or drink. On some fridays there is a tango show. Two of their most celbrated local stars, Cucuza Castiello (voice) and Moscato Luna (guitar), perform regularly and sometimes spontaneously with audience participation. Youtube has some clips of them at the bar. I had the opportunity to hear these two performers at Torquato Tasso (4/5/2012). The energy they brought to the stage and the way they engaged their audience was wonderful.
- LA BOHEMIA DEL TANGO (Yerbal 1657) is a relatively new club within the tango circuit. It offers a tango concert on Wednesdays as part of their "Ciclo de Tango" beginning at 9:30PM. Other genres are featured on the other nights of the week. (www.labohemiaelconcert.com.ar) (40 pesos as of 4/2012)
- CLUB ATLETICO FERNANDEZ FIERRO (Sanchez de Bustamante 764) is a hot spot for young tango artists coming up. The well known Orquesta Tipica Fernandez Fierro plays regularly on Wednesdays. Other groups perform on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Shows begin after 10 PM. (40 - 60 pesos)
Plaza Bohemia (Maipo 444, page 102) has been shut down. Some milongas have found new homes.
El Beso (Riobamba 416, pages 105 and 107) has been shut down. All milongas at this locale were discontinued as of April 17, 2012. Most organizers have moved to other spaces.
Bien Porteño (Rivadavia 1392, page 119), a tango bar, restaurant, and milonga has closed its doors. The business is under new ownership under the name "Aires Tangueras".
DNI dance studio (page 60) has closed one of its 2 studios, the one on Corrientes. However, classes and practicas are running full steam at their 3 story townhouse on Bulnes 1011/1013. The Saturday practicas usually fill to capacity and sometimes have guest dancers or musicians.
El Vesuvio Resto Cultural (Av Corrientes 1187, page 44)) has closed its doors.
El Vesuvio Confiteria/Heladeria (Corrientes 1181, page 47) remains open as an ice cream parlor with a great deal of tango history adorning its walls. However it no longer offers free tango shows on Monday nights.
The impact of inflation was felt as soon as I arrived in BsAs in Sept of 2010. It continues to rise and as of this update (April, 2012) the cost of the ride from the airport to the center of BsAs, door to door, is about U$S45.00 or 180 pesos. The increased cost of gas, parking, and tolls necessitates the raising of rates.
Even the milongas with live music are charging approximately 30 pesos. Milongas with only recorded music now charge approximately 20 - 25 pesos.