Gay milongas, (tango dance parties) have popped up everywhere in Buenos Aires in recent years. Queer tourists have known Buenos Aires is one of Latin America’s best destinations for years, but since 2010’s legalization of gay marriage even more gay travelers and expat residents have descended upon the city.
One of the best neighborhoods to learn tango is San Telmo, the neighborhood that lays claim to the birthplace of the sultry dance. Straight females take notice — gay milongas as the best places to learn, without the macho ‘are-you-good-enough-to-dance-with-me?’ attitude found in some straight tango establishments.
Tango Entre Muchachos
A big draw for gay tango enthusiasts who are just starting to learn the dance is Saturday Tango Entre Muchachos. This reasonably priced two-and-half hour class takes place at San Telmo’s oldest gay guesthouse, Lugar Gay. The crowd is mostly an international mix of guys, but women are welcome as well.
• Sat: 5:30—7:30 p.m.
• Cost: AR$$
Tango Queer has been going since 2007 at Buenos Aires Club. The low-key black and white tiled dance floor is a nice, non-intimidating place to practice your steps, whether gay or straight. This is the best place for lesbian milongueras (tango dancers) in San Telmo, as they are usually plenty of females in attendance.
Buenos Aires Club
• Tuesdays: 8:00 p.m.—2:00 a..m.
• Cost : Free
This queer milonga and peña (folk club) started in San Telmo but has since moved to the nearby Congreso neighborhood. It is a good option for those interested in learning tango as well as other types of Argentine folk dance in a festive environment. Founder, Mariano Garcés also runs the week-long Buenos Aires Queer Tango Marathon.
Lessons begin at 8:00 p.m. and the milonga really gets going around midnight.
• Wednesdays: 8:00 p.m.
• Cost: varies
• Saturdays: 12 a.m.