Nov
18
2009

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Buenos Aires Tango Tours – DIY tours

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We promised to update our blog fans with further information about do-it-yourself Buenos Aires tango tours.

You might have already gleaned from our various blogs that we are not great fans of the big, glitzy tango shows, but some of our clients love the glitz.  So remember, our view is just a matter of taste.

We prefer to immerse ourselves in the real Buenos Aires tango scene, and so our tango tours provider, an accomplished ‘tanguero’, takes our clients on rip-roaring Buenos Aires tango experiences.

Buenos Aires Experience tango tours are unique, but they are not cheap!  The tours can be ”all-nighters”.  They include a great Argentine supper.

If you are not up for the all night tango tour extravaganza, then here are some Buenos Aires tango sightseeing tips and joints that will help you catch the ‘flavor’ of  tango dance born in the slums of the Rio del la Plata Basin (we say that, because the jury is out as to just where tango has its origins and our Montevideo mates give us hell ).

Buenos Aires tango tours and tango shows are quite expensive for budget travelers. Our advice – do book shows at the larger venues, eat before you or after the show, as we read many complaints about the quality of food and our one visit (with friends who dragged us) to Senor Tango kind of proved that point (cold, chewy meat).

You will know from even the most wonderful events, that cooking for lots of people and trying to get three courses of  food on the table, at the same time, even with the wisest choices, usually means at least one hot course of cold food of suspect quality.

For many, the Tango is a way of life in Buenos Aires. It characterizes the passion and intensity of Buenos Aires city and is a true expression of Buenos Aires’ very essence.

Tango dance and tango music constantly evolve, its reincarnations capturing the hearts of souls of every new generation.  No dance form rivals the Tango’s sophistication and sensuality. Check out these venues, clients should just ask our concierge [at] buenosairesstay.com what’s on, where.

The venues

Bar de Roberto (no telephone), corner of Bulnes and Peron in Almagro. For aficionados, this dingy dive hosts impromptu gigs by guitarists, singers and bandoneon players on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays after midnight.

Bar El Chino (4911 0215), Beazley 3566, Nueva Pompeya. Out-of-the-way bar-restaurant where heavily made-up divas strut and shout while you eat steak.

Cafe Tortoni (4342 4328, www.cafetortoni.com.ar), Avenida de Mayo 829, Centro. One of the world’s most beautiful cafes, with shows – usually singer and band – most weekends.

Club del Vino (4833 0048), Cabrera 4737, Palermo Viejo. Winetasting and tango, jazz, and folk gigs – the quintet led by maestro Horacio Salgan performs on Fridays.

Teatro ND Ateneo (4328 2888), Paraguay 918, Retiro. Showcase and record label for the very best, including Adriana Varela.

Milongas (dancing/lessons)

Centro Cultural Torcuato Tasso (4307 6506, www.tangotasso.com), Defensa 1575, San Telmo. Looks dingy but sparkles inside – milongas (dances) take place most nights and gigs range from old-style orchestras to Daniel Melingo and his quartet.

La Catedral (15 5325 1630), Sarmiento 4006, Almagro. Hiply alternative hangar for dancers of all levels – piped music but the MC, Omar Viola, is a tango genius.

These are the shows that most clients recommend who write to us after they visit Buenos Aires.  On that note, your notes really help, no need for well considered pros, headlines for our records and  your kind information helps us write blogs helps that help others!!!!

Shows

Bar Sur (4362 6086, www.bar-sur.com.ar), Estados Unidos 299, San Telmo. Small, intimate, in a lovely part of town.

La Esquina Carlos Gardel (4867 6363, www.esquinacarlosgardel.com.ar), Pasaje Carlos Gardel 3200, Abasto. Currently the tourist favourite with fine steaks and wine and flawless dancing.

El Viejo Almac en (4307 7388, www.viejoalmacen.com), Avenida Independencia 313, San Telmo. Legendary venue – once managed by the singer Edmundo Rivero – now a handsome, popular show.

Piazzolla Tango (0810 333 82646, www.piazzollatango.com), Galeria Guemes, Florida 165, Centro. The grand, new spectacle – with a museum and live Astor Piazzolla sounds.

Museums

Museo de Carlos Gardel (4813 5906), Casa del Teatro, Avenida Santa Fe 1243, Barrio Norte.

Museo Casa Carlos Gardel (4516 0943/0944), Jean Jaures 735, Abasto.

Museo Mundial del Tango and Academia Nacional del Tango (no telephone number), Rivadavia 830, Centro.

Buenos Aires Experience tango tours are unique, but they are not cheap!  The tours are all-nighters or when tiredness takes you home.  They include a great Argentine supper.  If you need any further information , just email concierge [at] buenosairesstay.com.

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