Buenos Aires Tango Shows & Activities

For many, tango is synonymous with Argentina.

Seeing a tango show in Buenos Aires is one of those obligatory tourist activities 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 levels are high and the shows are a fun night out on the town to enjoy Argentina’s most famous cultural export.

Many of the professional performers are local legends and have participated in the Buenos Aires Tango Festival and World Cup.

Mora Godoy, choreographer of the Tango Porteña show listed below, famously danced with former U.S. President Obama when he visited Buenos Aires in 2016.

Almost all of the shows include an Andean folkloric segment in addition to tango, so the shows encompass a wider overview of traditional music and dance in Argentina of which tango is just one genre.

Below is a curated list of Buenos Aires’ tango shows.

There are a variety of shows on offer, from smaller, intimate theater-like shows to large, splashy productions with dozens of singers, musicians and dancers.

This list covers most of the shows since there is no accounting for taste — only a few that have gained a reputation for providing poor value have been intentionally left off

Best Buenos Aires Tango Shows

Rojo Tango Show

Two women and a male dancer perform a tango move at the Rojo Tango Show.

This dinner show, set in a sultry 1920s-style cabaret, is also celebrated for its high-quality three-course meal that begins with champagne and continues with excellent wine.

The ambiance is enchanting, with dim lighting, plush seating, and a live orchestra setting the stage for an unforgettable evening.

The dancers, dressed in revealing costumes, move with a seductive grace, captivating the audience with their skill and passion.

It’s a night of indulgence and sensuality, where every detail is meticulously curated to transport guests to the ‘golden age of tango.’

Tango Piazzolla Show

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

* The VIP option of Piazzolla, which includes front area seating and higher quality wine, isn’t available to book online, get in touch with us below to book the premium dinner tango show.

 

Señor Tango

A pair of tango dancers do an acrobatic move at the Señor Tango Show.

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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 Tango Porteño

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 Troilo and Pugliese. Dinner is a three-course meal with several optional entreés,  paired with Argentine wines.

Get in touch below to book the Tango Porteño Dinner & Tango Show

 

Cafe 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 of tango’ feel and features a talented quintet, 14 well-choreographed dancers and two singers.

Book the Cafe de los Angelitos Tango Show & Dinner now

 

Madero Tango

Dancers onstage at the Madero Tango Show

One of Buenos Aires’ largest and glitzy tango productions, Madero Tango in the Puerto Madero neighborhood 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 including tango-jazz fusion and ‘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 extravaganza is for those looking for an energetic Broadway-style tango production.

The dinner service staff is professional and attentive as well. This show is popular on Christmas and New Year’s Eve, as visitors are able to join the party and view fireworks in the neighborhood after the show.

Book the Madero Tango Show with Optional Dinner online now

 La Ventana

A bandoneon player on stage at the La Ventana Tango Show

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 cowboy skills and a patriotic, if predictable, ‘Don’t Cry for me Argentina’ climax.

Get in touch below to book La Ventana Tango Dinner Show

Querandi Tango Show  

Four pairs of costumed dancers on stage at the El Querandi Tango Show

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 the 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 one of the better ones among the tango shows.

Get in touch below to book the Querandi Tango Show & Dinner

 Tango Esquina Gardel

Tango dancers below a raised orchestra onstage at the Esquina Carlos Gardel Tango Show

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.

Get in touch below to book the Esquina Carlos Gardel Tango Dinner Show online

 El Viejo Almacen

El Viejo Almacen tango house

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.

Dancers performing on stage at the Viejo Almacen Tango Show in Buenos AIres

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.

Get in touch below to book Viejo Almacen Tango & Dinner Show

 Alibe Tango Show

Two pair of tango dancers, with musicians in the background at the El Aljibe Tango Show

The Aljibe Tango Dinner Show is a newer show 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 in Monserrat, 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.

Get in touch below to book Aljibe Dinner Tango Show

Tango Classes, Milonga Tours &  Activities in Buenos Aires

Those looking to dip their toes in the tango waters can visit one of Buenos Aires’ many milongas (such as La Viruta, La Catedral or La Milonga del Indio in San Telmo‘s Plaza Dorrego) take a tango class, and learn about the tango ‘codes’ of the local dance halls accompanied by local experts.

Buenos Aires: Tango Lesson & Milonga Tour

The tour then heads to the on Avenida de Mayo and is followed by a final stop at , Buenos Aires’ oldest cafe. People dancing in a milonga, or tango dancehall in Buenos Aires

A milonga tour with an expert guide beginning with a professional class and a visit to a milonga (tango dance hall) at a traditional tango La Confitería Ideal.

Book the Buenos Aires: Milonga Tour with Tango Lessons by contacting us below

Buenos Aires VIP Tango Experience

Couples embraced, dancing tango in a Buenos Aires milonga

A five-and-a-half hour tour led by professional tango dancers and teachers. This tour starts with a private class, followed by snacks and a discussion of the social ‘codes’ of the milonga.

Guests then head to a professional tango dinner show where they have preferential seating. Tour includes snacks, dinner and pickup and drop-off.

Get in touch below to book the Buenos Aires VIP Tango Tour

Buenos Aires Tango Night Tour

Couples dance tango with an orchestra in the background in a Buenos Aires milonga

A perfect tango excursion for a couple, this tango tour allows visitors to blend into the milonga scene as if they were locals.

The tour includes pickup and transport to an authentic milonga in San Telmo, and a group class followed by the chance to hit the dance floor with locals while a live tango orchestra plays.

An expert guide explains the ‘codes’ of how to ask or accept a dance and informs visitors about the current trends in Buenos Aires’ tango scene.

This four-hour tour starts at 8:30 p.m. and includes transportation. Minimum of two people.

⇒ Book the Buenos Aires Half Day Milonga and Tango Night Tour now

Tango in Buenos Aires: Four-hour Milonga Outing

A woman looks on as couples embraced on the dance floor dance tango in a milonga, or tango dancehall of Buenos Aires

Head to a Buenos Aires milonga (tango venue) with a professional, bilingual tango dancer.

Get an inside view into the Tango subculture, learn about the unspoken rules of conduct, the music, dance and history.

Depending on customer preference, the tour will take you to a traditional or gay milonga. This tour includes pickup and is for a minimum of two people.

⇒ Book the Tango Night in Buenos Aires Tour

Three-hour Tango, Tango, Tango tour

As people sit at tables in the foreground, a roomful of couples dance tango in the background at a Buenos Aires milonga, or tango dancehall

A comprehensive tour covering many of Buenos Aires’ well-known tango hot spots. This tour starts at the Obelisco, then goes by one of the city’s oldest milongas.

After some dancing, the tour continues along the famous Avenida de Mayo, by the National Academy of Tango (home of the World Tango Museum).

The tour then heads to the ‘Temple of Tango’ in San Telmo, and the Viejo Almancen (show listed above) tango house. The tour ends in Plaza Dorrego where visitors can grab a drink and watch some tango.

Three-hour Tango, Tango Tango! Tour by contacting us below

Private One-Hour Tango Class in Palermo

Two couples practice tango in a Buenos Aires tango class

Those staying in Palermo who really want to jump into the tango scene might want to try a one-hour private class with experienced professional dancers.

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 participant’s 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, San Telmo or downtown Buenos Aires (*Price lowers with each additional participant, so recruit your friends!)

Half-Day Authentic Tango Experience

a picture of a milonga (tango dancehall) with musicians in the foreground and couples dancing tango in the background.

Take a lesson to get a handle on the tango basics and learn what you practice on the dance floor with local milongueros in the bona fide tango neighborhood of San Telmo.

Throughout the evening you’ll be in the company of an expert guide familiar with the local scene and able to explain the ‘codigos‘ (codes) of the dance floor.

This tour is available in English or Spanish. Transportation and one non-alcoholic drink is included.

Get in touch below to book the Half-Day Authentic Tango Experience

Book a Tango Show or Activity

To inquire more about the tango shows and milonga tours, as well as other events, please get in touch via the contact form below.

Read more about tango in Buenos Aires:

La Catedral Bohemian Tango Hall

La Viruta, Buenos Aires’ First Stop for Tango Virgins

Buenos Aires Tango Festival & World Cup

Dancing through Time: The World Tango Museum

Gay Tango in San Telmo

Street Tango in San Telmo

Veja todos os passeios e atividades de tango em Buenos Aires

Tango Classes, Milonga Tours &  Activities in Buenos Aires

Those looking to dip their toes in the tango waters can visit one of Buenos Aires’ many milongas (such as La Viruta, La Catedral or La Milonga del Indio in San Telmo‘s Plaza Dorrego) take a tango class, and learn about the tango ‘codes’ of the local dance halls accompanied by local experts.

Buenos Aires: Tango Lesson & Milonga Tour

People dancing in a milonga, or tango dancehall in Buenos Aires

A milonga tour with an expert guide beginning with a professional class and a visit to a San Telmo milonga (tango dance hall) at a traditional tango La Confitería Ideal.

The tour then heads to the World Tango Museum on Avenida de Mayo and is followed by a final stop at Café Tortoni, Buenos Aires’ oldest cafe.

Book the Buenos Aires: Milonga Tour with Tango Lessons by contacting us below

Buenos Aires VIP Tango Experience

Couples embraced, dancing tango in a Buenos Aires milonga

A five-and-a-half hour tour led by professional tango dancers and teachers. This tour starts with a private class, followed by snacks and a discussion of the social ‘codes’ of the milonga.

Guests then head to a professional tango dinner show where they have preferential seating. Tour includes snacks, dinner and pickup and drop-off.

Get in touch below to book the Buenos Aires VIP Tango Tour

Buenos Aires Tango Night Tour

Couples dance tango with an orchestra in the background in a Buenos Aires milonga

A perfect tango excursion for a couple, this tango tour allows visitors to blend into the milonga scene as if they were locals.

The tour includes pickup and transport to an authentic milonga in San Telmo, and a group class followed by the chance to hit the dance floor with locals while a live tango orchestra plays.

An expert guide explains the ‘codes’ of how to ask or accept a dance and informs visitors about the current trends in Buenos Aires’ tango scene.

This four-hour tour starts at 8:30 p.m. and includes transportation. Minimum of two people.

⇒ Book the Buenos Aires Half Day Milonga and Tango Night Tour now

Tango in Buenos Aires: Four-hour Milonga Outing

A woman looks on as couples embraced on the dance floor dance tango in a milonga, or tango dancehall of Buenos Aires

Head to a Buenos Aires milonga (tango venue) with a professional, bilingual tango dancer.

Get an inside view into the Tango subculture, learn about the unspoken rules of conduct, the music, dance and history.

Depending on customer preference, the tour will take you to a traditional or gay milonga. This tour includes pickup and is for a minimum of two people.

⇒ Book the Tango Night in Buenos Aires Tour

Three-hour Tango, Tango, Tango tour

As people sit at tables in the foreground, a roomful of couples dance tango in the background at a Buenos Aires milonga, or tango dancehall

A comprehensive tour covering many of Buenos Aires’ well-known tango hot spots. This tour starts at the Obelisco, then goes by one of the city’s oldest milongas.

After some dancing, the tour continues along the famous Avenida de Mayo, by the National Academy of Tango (home of the World Tango Museum).

The tour then heads to the ‘Temple of Tango’ in San Telmo, and the Viejo Almancen (show listed above) tango house. The tour ends in Plaza Dorrego where visitors can grab a drink and watch some tango.

Three-hour Tango, Tango Tango! Tour by contacting us below

Private One-Hour Tango Class in Palermo

Two couples practice tango in a Buenos Aires tango class

Those staying in Palermo who really want to jump into the tango scene might want to try a one-hour private class with experienced professional dancers.

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 participant’s 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, San Telmo or downtown Buenos Aires (*Price lowers with each additional participant, so recruit your friends!)

Half-Day Authentic Tango Experience

a picture of a milonga (tango dancehall) with musicians in the foreground and couples dancing tango in the background.

Take a lesson to get a handle on the tango basics and learn what you practice on the dance floor with local milongueros in the bona fide tango neighborhood of San Telmo.

Throughout the evening you’ll be in the company of an expert guide familiar with the local scene and able to explain the ‘codigos‘ (codes) of the dance floor.

This tour is available in English or Spanish. Transportation and one non-alcoholic drink is included.

Get in touch below to book the Half-Day Authentic Tango Experience

Book a Tango Show or Activity

To inquire more about the tango shows and milonga tours, as well as other events, please get in touch via the contact form below.

Read more about tango in Buenos Aires:

La Catedral Bohemian Tango Hall

La Viruta, Buenos Aires’ First Stop for Tango Virgins

Buenos Aires Tango Festival & World Cup

Dancing through Time: The World Tango Museum

Gay Tango in San Telmo

Street Tango in San Telmo

Veja todos os passeios e atividades de tango em Buenos Aires

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