Book tickets to a Buenos Aires Tango Show
Seeing a tango show in Buenos Aires is one of those obligatory tourist things visitors feel compelled to do, just like seeing a Broadway production while visiting New York city.
While most of these glamorous shows have little to do with ‘real’ social tango as it’s danced in a milonga, the production level is high and the shows are a fun night out to enjoy Argentina’s most famous cultural export. Most of the performers are local legends and have participated in the Buenos Aires Tango Festival and World Cup. Mora Godoy, choreographer of the Tango Porteña show (below), famously danced with ex-U.S. President Obama when he visited Buenos Aires in 2016.
Those looking to immerse themselves in the world of Buenos Aires’ milongas, take a tango class, or learn about the tango ‘codes’ of the local dance halls will want to check out our other tango tours and activities.
Located in the beautiful Galeria Güemes, the fully restored the Astor Piazzollo complex has a Moulin Rouge vibe in an authentic setting. Featuring the six piece orchestra of Carlos Buono and Juan Pugliano; singers, Ricardo Marin and Marisol Martinez , and six couples that are among some of Buenos Aires most renowned tangueros (dango dancers), including a couple that won at the 2015 Tango World Cup.
The balcony seats are special for a party of five or six, but there’s not a bad seat in the house. This historic venue is fully accessible for wheelchair users and offers vegetarian and gluten-free options for dinner.
→ Book the Tango Piazzolla Dinner Show now
Café de Los Angelitos
The historic Café de los Angelitos is a popular Buenos Aires attraction for both locals and visitors. In the evening, the café hosts one of the city’s most popular and gimmick-free tango shows. The dramatic show has an authentic ‘Golden era’ feel and features a talented quintet, 14 well-choreographed dancers and two singers.
Steps from the Obelisk, Tango Porteño highlights the ‘Golden Decade’ of Argentine tango, after World War II, when tango rose from the underground and became accepted by the general public.
Taking place in the theater Metro, this Broadway-style spectacle takes visitors back through a tango journey featuring the music of Canaro, Piazzolla, De Caro, Gobbi, D’Agostino and many others including the Troilo and Pugliese. Dinner is a three-course meal with several optional entreés and paired with Argentine wines.
→ Book the Tango Porteño Dinner & Tango Show now
One of Buenos Aires’ largest and glitzy tango productions, Madero Tango takes visitors through a tango journey, starting with its humble origins in the 19th century, through its popularity among the middle class, up to modern-day tango spin-offs, such as, tango-jazz fusion, ‘tangotronica’ paired with aerial dance.
The show is directed by Gustavo Zajac, known for his work on Broadway, including Victor Victoria, Tangorama and Nine. This show features some of Argentina’s most well-known dancers, Laura Fidalgo and Hugo Paty. This glamour-filled show is for those looking for an energetic Broadway-style tango production.
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Set in an elegantly refurbished tenement building of San Telmo, La Ventana is one of the more intimate tango shows. The show includes music by the celebrated Juan D´Arienzo orchestra, two tango singers, eight evocative tango dancers and great costumes. The performance touches on other cultural highlights with an Andean folk music segment, folkloric ballet, an adept gaucho showing off his cowboy skills and a patriotic, if predictable, ‘Don’t Cry for me Argentina’ climax.
→ Book the La Ventana Tango Dinner Show now
Set in a historic 1867 hall a few steps from City Hall in Monserrat, this is one of the more intimate, low-key tango shows, known for its tight quartet on accordion, piano, violin and stand-up bass. Joining them are two pairs of well-seasoned crooners and four sexily dressed couples dancing tango, following a plot line that focuses on the tango of the late 19th century until 1925. The accompanying dinner service here has a reputation of being more professional than some other tango shows.
→ Book the Querandi Tango Show & Dinner now
Tango Esquina Carlos Gardel
In the Abasto neighborhood of the late tango great Carlos Gardel, this sensual tango show runs through the history of tango decade by decade with lots of fancy footwork.
Tango Esquina Carlos Gardel features a total of 25 performers on stage including a typical tango sextet led by Erica di Salvo, along with twelve dancers and two singers.
El Viejo Almacén
El Viejo Almacén is one of the smaller tango venues, located in a 200-year-old building in a traditional 3-story ‘tango temple’ in the San Telmo neighborhood. This show is a good one for those looking for something more authentic and less Las Vegas.
The show includes a very professional sextet, precise dancing by four couples on a small stage, four singers and, as with several other shows, an interlude by an Andean folk group. The dining area is separate from the actual tango venue. While the dinner here gets mixed reviews, travelers who stick to the Argentine specialty of steak usually leave happy.
→ Book the Viejo Almacen Tango & Dinner Show now
Señor a Tango is a stylized Las Vegas-type show that continues to ride on its reputation as one of the city’s grandest tango productions. It is popular with locals, in part because it is one of the lowest-priced tango shows in the city. Due to the impassioned Spanish-only speaking parts, this production gets mixed reviews from foreigners who don’t understand Spanish.
The show is a mix of dancing, song and orchestral numbers, some veering very far from tango. Expect elaborate costumes, pyrotechnics, the appearance of live horses on stage and a spirited rendition of “Don’t Cry for me Argentina” for the finale.
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The Rojo Tango show that takes place at the cabaret of the luxury Faena Hotel in the modern neighborhood of Puerto Madero is Buenos Aires’ highest-end tango show, with spectacular costumes and dancing.
This dinner show, set in a sultry 1920s-style cabaret, is also celebrated for its high quality three-course meal that includes champagne and wine.
→ Book the Rojo Tango Luxury Tango Show now
Aljibe Tanguería Show
The Aljibe Tango Dinner Show is a newer show that is popular with families, as it has an earlier start and end time than other tango shows in Buenos Aires. This intimate show, set in a restored historic building of San Telmo, features professional dancers and musicians, and an excellent bandoneón player. This show highlights Argentina’s widely under-appreciated folkloric music and dance tradition, in addition to tango.
→ Book the Aljibe Dinner Tango Show now
Other Tango Tours & Activities
San Telmo Sunday Tango Tour
Experience a Sunday evening in San Telmo on a Sunday Tango & Milonga Tour. This tour, led by an experienced tango teacher, starts with a historic walk through the San Telmo neighborhood. The group then hits a traditional milonga (a social tango dance hall) to see dancers and learn about the ‘tango codes.’ The milonga is followed by a delicious lunch at one of the city’s famous parrilla restaurants (vegetarian options are available). After lunch, there is a group class at a second milonga, where the group will have preferential seating for the dance accompanied by a live orchestra. The tour starts in San Telmo at 7:15 p.m.
→ Book the Buenos Aires Sunday Tango Tour
Buenos Aires Authentic Tango Experience
A perfect tango excursion for a couple, this private tango tour allows visitors to blend in to the milonga scene like a local. The tour includes pickup and transport to an authentic milonga in San Telmo, and a group class followed by the chance to practice with locals with live music . An expert guide explains the ‘codes’ of how to ask or accept a dance and discussion of the current trends in Buenos Aires’ tango scene. This four-hour tour starts at 7: 30 p.m.
Private One-Hour Tango Class in Palermo
For those staying in Palermo who want to bone up on their tango, a one-hour private class with experienced professional dancers is the best way to do it. The class covers all the fundamentals of tango from the embrace, the walk, figure eight, and ‘codigos’ with a professional pair of tango dancers, including if you’re lucky one of the winners of the yearly World Tango Championship in Buenos Aires. The classes are modified depending on the participants’ level of experience and are available from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. near Plaza Serrano in Palermo.
→ Book a Private One-Hour Tango Class in Palermo (*Note, the price goes down per person in the group.)
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