Salón Canning

Address: Scalabrini Ortiz 1331 – Palermo

This wooden floor is specially coveted by dancers; the room is large, and offers the possibility of a dinner or a drink. Both experts and tourists frequent the place, which opens seven days a week, each day hosted by a different organizer.
Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays are the days of the “Parakultural” milonga, which takes the name of a historic “under” porteño place located in San Telmo. Said place gave hosted all art expressions, tango having been added during the last stage. Its mentor was Omar Viola, who later opened a famous milonga, “La Catedral”, particular for its bohemia and relaxed environment, thus giving place, within tango, to groups that were just starting to dare in the field. It attracted a bohemian and rock-inclined audience that was ready to change their jeans and sneakers for a suit.
Nowadays, Omar Viola organizes, in this conventional room, the Parakultural milonga, which recalls the referred emblem. It attracts both types of public, with their own style and customs, with the addition that the level has improved in general due to the wide offer of lessons.
On Thursdays, another organizer takes over for the “Rouge Tango” evening-night; the rest of the week, it is simply the “Canning” Milonga, having the largest audience during the weekend.
Lessons are offered at 9pm, and milonga starts at 11:30pm, those who have paid for the lesson are able to stay for no extra charge; the prime time is between midnight and 2am.
Days: everyday Time: from 11:00pm to 05:00am.

La Viruta Tango

Address: Armenia 1366 – Palermo

It is highly popular for the massiveness of its audience, it is opened for “everyone”, in a relaxed environment whose dance floor is inviting and non-exigent, and the rookies may go out to dance beside the great dancers. It is known for being popular among the young people, and the lonely ones (who go alone, without partner or friends), who little by little find their peers and dance partners.
This milonga is a large room where all types of drinks, in addition to simple meals, are offered, and there may always be artistic surprises, such as exhibitions of great couples of dancers, music shows and all types of events that usually fill the place up.
When the lessons are over, the teachers start the milonga with an exhibition.
You can go to this milonga on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, starting at 11:30 pm, usually until dawn.
It has expanded its dancing offer to salsa, rock and folk music, even though tango is the main genre.
The lessons are offered in six levels of difficulty in each genre, as follows:
Tango: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Rock: Wednesdays and Sundays.
Salsa: Fridays.
Folk music: Thursdays
Who attends lessons can stay for the milonga for no extra charge.
Teléfono: 4779-0030 (Tu-Sat 2:30-7:30) Días de milonga: Wed-Fri-Sat-Sun Horarios: 11:30pm-6am.

La Viruta Tango
La Viruta Tango

La Viruta Tango
Young people are the main visitors of La Viruta

Gricel Club

Address: La Rioja 1169 – San Cristóbal

Among the most classic milongas in the city, mainly chosen for its parquet floor, it has a large dance floor and tables arranged in a circular layout, which lets the audience catch a glimpse of the whole scene. The abundance of red in the decoration and the neo sign saying “Club Gricel” take us back to the ‘50s.
It offers all types of drinks as well as simple meals, such as sandwiches, pizza, or empanadas.
Friday is the day of choice for Milonga experts. It also offers daily lessons at different times.
Days: Fri-Sat-Sun Time: Fri-Sat starting at 11pm; Sunday starting at 9pm

Club Gricel dance hall
Club Gricel dance hall

Club Gricel dance hall
Splendid evening at Club Gricel

Niño Bien

Address: Humberto Primo 1462 – Constitución

It is among the most traditional milongas in the city, it has the name of a tango that refers to the high-class milonga habitué. The dance floor is for experts only, novices have no room. Therefore, the level is just excellent; likewise, this is the experts’ favorite Thursday milonga.
Even if youngsters are frequently seen here in casual clothing, this milonga is peculiar for the detailed and elegant production when it comes to dressing up.
The room gets generally overcrowded, despite its size.
There is a lesson at 9pm, and milonga starts at 11:30pm, prime time being between 1 and 2am.

Niño Bien
Niño Bien

Niño Bien
Exterior façade of Niño Bien

Niño Bien
Stairs

Niño Bien
Interior of Niño Bien

La Nacional

Address: Adolfo Alsina 1465 – Monserrat

This is among the favorite Wednesday milongas. Lessons start at 9pm, and milonga starts at 11pm; the floor is for experts, and only those who know will dare to dance.
Days: Wednesdays as from 11:30 pm.
Dance Hall
Dance Hall

El Arranque

Address: Bartolomé Mitre 1759 – San Nicolás

It is located in the very downtown, this is the best afternoon-evening milonga, among the witnesses of the fact that any time of day is good in Buenos Aires for dancing tango. Some habitués are those who escape their obligations tempted by their will to dance a tango.
Mondays from 3pm to 10pm.

Orchestra of El Arranque
Orchestra of El Arranque

Orchestra of El Arranque
Rehearsal of the orchestra

Orchestra of El Arranque
The orchestra, in a performance

Orchestra of El Arranque
Orchestra

Orchestra of El Arranque
Dance hall

Shusheta & La Milonga de los Dinzel

Address: Piedras 936 – San Telmo

They are located in the hub of San Telmo, these milongas belong to the glamorous theme hotel Dandi Royal.
This very elegant room offers 9pm lessons after which the milonga gathers tourists as well as milongueros in a sequence of tangos that goes on until dawn.
Wed starting at 11:30pm

Milonga Susheta
Milonga Susheta

Milonga Susheta
Milonga Susheta

Milonga Susheta
The Milonga de los Dinzel and La Susheta are located in the heart of San Telmo

Café Tortoni

Address: Av. de Mayo 825 – Monserrat

Founded in 1858, in the corner of Esmeralda and Rivadavia Sts., it was thought up by a French man called Touan, based on the idea of honoring the Parisian Tortoni. Only during the 1880´s “El Tortoni” was moved to the other corner, where it stayed, boasting about its prestige and history.
Its decoration maintains the warmth and magic of its origins due to the marble tables, the characteristic armchairs, the stained glass ceiling and the many details that make it the cozy place that attracts passers-by.
Between the ´20s and ´40s its basement was the venue of the “Peña del Tortoni”, famous artistic event where important intellectual and artistic characters would take part, among them Benito Quinquela Martin, Alfonsina Storni, Marcelo T. de Alvear, Luigi Pirandello, Federico Garcia Lorca, Xul Solar, and Juan de Dios Filiberto.
Currently, we can find “La Bodega del Tortoni” in the same place, hosting different shows and concerts. There is also a small back room where all types of music expressions are shown, mainly tango and jazz.

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La Esquina de Anibal Troilo

Address: Paraguay 1500 – Recoleta

As the story goes, this bar has been the source of inspiration for many of Great Anibal Troilo’s tangos; he would spend many hours here rehearsing drafts of scores, that is why this corner inherits his name.
On weekdays it is a typical “porteño” bar, becoming on Friday and Saturday nights a restaurant that offers a top-level international tango show.
The place displays pictures, objects, writings and scores belonging to the “Bandoneon Master” that keep him alive.

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Bar 12 de Octubre

Address: Bulnes 331 – Almagro

It opened as a simple grocery store in 1930 under this name. However, it is popularly know as “El bar de Roberto” (Roberto’s bar), its owner, who has made this little place a home to his friends, putting his warmth into its manners and rituals. His passion for literature becomes evident by seeing the library “at hand” for those guests who wish spend their time reading a poem. It also displays old bottles of full-bodied drinks that accumulated as much dust as legends of the regular clients that would stop at the bar for a gin on their way to the “Mercado de Abasto” (the neighborhood was named after this whole-sale market, and it is located where the Abasto mall stands).
During the afternoon, the neighbors gather for a card game. And, from Thursday through Sunday, the night revives the bohemia of yesteryear, with rather young people that converge in search of the most genuine tango truth. All-time singers play “unplugged” some eternal classics, as well as some of those forgotten treasures that the audience sing along and celebrate. This is a genuine place where the porteño simplicity ritualizes through the meeting ceremony.