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Local Experts: Buenos Aires, Matt Chesterton

By Local Expert Matt Chesterton

Best Milongas in Buenos Aires

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La Glorieta

La Glorieta

This is the city’s only open-air milonga, and it’s held in a splendid old summerhouse in Barrancas de Belgrano—a sloping park dotted with palms, oaks and London planes. Milongas (free, but donations appreciated) take place on weekend evenings, preceded by a two-hour class. This is an excellent place for beginners to dip their toes in the water.

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Salón Canning

Salón Canning

This spacious hall hosts traditional milongas— as well as shows and special events—every night of the week; tango classes are offered, too. Admission is cheap, the beer is even cheaper, and everyone gets a raffle ticket on the way in. Stick around for the draw at 4 a.m., and you could win a beer for the road.

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Buenos Ayres Club

Buenos Ayres Club

The biggest draw here is the young house band, Orquesta Típica El Afronte, whose string section, pianist, and quartet of bandeonistas (the bandoneón is a type of concertina) create a throbbing, soulful wall of sound. The milongas are hip and relatively informal, so beginners won’t feel intimidated. At the time of writing, milongas and classes took place Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays.

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Club Gricel

Club Gricel

Couples have been revolving counterclockwise around this venue’s 110-square-meter dancefloor since 1994, backlit by the club’s trademark neon sign. At this classic venue, beloved by serious milongueros, dances and classes are held every night of the week; raffles are held on the last Saturday of the month. Note that the dress code here is “elegant sport”—no jeans, no sandals, no tees. 

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Café Vínilo

Café Vínilo

This cool little concert venue in Palermo specializes in folk and jazz, with gigs most nights of the week. Monday is milonga night, with a class followed by dancing and rounded off with a special guest performance. The live orchestra is excellent, and admission is a la gorra (whatever you feel like paying).


Visit the Best Milongas in Buenos Aires

Café Vínilo
Gorriti 3780 (e/ Jerónimo Salguero y Bulnes), Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
8.3/10

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Café
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Club Gricel
1180 La Rioja, C1221ACN Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires F.D., Argentina
0/10

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Dance Studio
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Buenos Ayres Club
Perú 571 (e/ México y Venezuela), Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires F.D., Argentina
6.9/10

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Music Venue
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Salón Canning
Scalabrini Ortiz 1331 (Cabrera), 1414 Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires F.D., Argentina
7.2/10

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Nightclub
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La Glorieta
Barrancas de Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires F.D., Argentina
6.5/10

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Scenic Lookout
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