posted Oct 24, 2010, 8:23 AM by Migdalia Romero
updated May 1, 2012, 7:54 PM
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)