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Daily Milonga & Practica
Recommendations

Milongas in Buenos Aires are listed at https://www.hoy-milonga.com/buenos-aires/en/milongas. Below you'll find my recommendations and some info about the vibe. Please find the info (venue, time, contact) about each milonga on the hoy-milonga listings. Always check the listing or their instagram/facebook pages for the latest information and to find out who is performing or if there is live music that night.

Mondays

MUY LUNES

Ambiance: Casual, mostly good level of dancers, party vibe, sit wherever you want or by order of arrival, comfortable for going alone, can get very crowded, popular, not the ideal place to go with a taxi dancer, wide age range but veers on the younger side, has live performances and sometimes live music. Cabaceo can be tricky because of low lighting - best to stand by the bar to get dances and avoid back corner by the DJ booth. 

Reservation: No

Dress: Casual / nice

Refreshment: Drinks

LUNES MILONGUEROS

Ambiance: Nice outdoor milonga that happens every day but can be hit or miss. Relaxed and friendly ambience. Mix of levels and ages. By donation. 

Reservation: No

Dress: Casual

Refreshment: Bring your own water.

EL MOTIVO PRACTICA

Ambiance: Very casual, sit wherever you want or by order of arrival, comfortable for going alone, mixed level of dance, ok to go with a taxi dancer, wide age range, occasional performances or live music. Can get very crowded earlier in the night. 

Reservation: No

Dress: Very casual

Refreshment: Drinks, empanadas, pizzas, (other Argentine foods that I wouldn't recommend)

 

PRACTICA DE CAMBIO DE ROL

Ambiance: Very casual practica for those who like swapping roles, sit wherever you want, comfortable for going alone, mixed level of dance, wide age range, mix of locals and foreigners. Role exchange class before the practica

Reservation: No

Dress: Very casual

Refreshment: Drinks

 

 

Tuesdays

PARAKULTURAL

Ambiance: Elegant, traditional, mix of dance levels, wide age range but veers on middle age or older, not easy to get dances because it's a huge venue, but if you go to the pre-milonga class you can make some connections or get up and walk around to find partners, not the ideal place to go alone but if you do, ask to be seated with someone else also alone, live music and performances usually around 1 or 2am, good place to go with a taxi dancer, can get crowded after midnight, mix of locals and tourists, vendors selling tango clothing.

Reservation: Yes

Dress: Very elegant (this is the night to put on your best dress)

Refreshment: Drinks, empanadas, pizzas

 

EL GARAGE PRACTICA

Ambiance: Casual, mix of levels, usually not crowded, mix of age ranges, tourists and locals, sit where you want, small space, not the place for going with a taxi dancer, by donation.

Reservation: No

Dress: Very casual

Refreshment: Drinks

CACHIRULO

Ambiance: Elegant, traditional, high level of dancers, women and men sit on opposite sides so it’s essential to be good at cabaceo to get dances, easier to get dances if you go regularly, fine for going by yourself, okay for going with a taxi dancer, can get crowded, a favorite spot for locals and some tourists, make a reservation and go early to get seated in the front row to have better chance for dancing.

Reservation: Yes

Dress: elegant

Refreshment: Drinks, empanadas

 

MUY MARTES

Ambiance: Casual, mixed level of dancers, party vibe, sit wherever you want or by order of arrival, comfortable for going alone, can get very crowded, popular, not the ideal place to go with a taxi dancer, wide age range but veers on the younger side, has live performances. Lots of tourists. 

Reservation: No

Dress: Casual / nice

Refreshment: Great cocktails, good bar food

 

MILONGA GATO NEGRO

Ambiance: Casual, mixed levels, sit wherever you want or by order of arrival, more locals than tourists, middle aged to older crowd, friendly, by donation, usually live music or performance 

Reservation: No

Dress: Casual / nice

Refreshment: drinks, bar food

LA MARÍA PRÁCTICA

Ambiance: Casual, mix of dance levels, friendly, easy-going vibe, sit wherever you want, comfortable for going alone, not the ideal place to go with a taxi dancer, wide age range but veers on younger side, occasionally has performances.

Reservation: No

Dress: Very casual

Refreshment: Drinks

TANGÓTICO

Ambiance: Casual, mixed levels, sit wherever you want or by order of arrival, more locals than tourists, middle aged to older crowd, friendly, by donation, small venue 

Reservation: No

Dress: Casual / nice

Refreshment: drinks, bar food

Wednesdays

CHE MADAME

Ambiance: Nice to elegant, mixed ages, mixed levels, traditional, sometimes a hit or miss, classic Buenos Aires tango venue

Reservation: Yes

Dress: Nice / Elegant

Refreshment: Drinks

TANGO BAR PRÁCTICA

Ambiance: Casual, friendly, community-vibe, mix of foreigners and locals. Fine to go alone, not really a place to go with a taxi dancer, wide age range. Occasional live music or performances.

Reservation: No

Dress: casual

Refreshment: Drinks - Great cocktails, empanadas

LA DEL CENTRO MILONGA

 

Ambiance: Nice to elegant, mix of dance levels, good place to go with a taxi dancer or group but still okay to go alone, wide age range but veering on the middle age and older side, popular for locals and some tourists, cool venue, can be difficult to get a dance unless you go regularly, usually live music and performances)

Reservation: Yes

Dress: nice to elegant

Refreshment: Drinks, dinner, empanadas


 

 

Thursdays

DE QUERUSA PRACTICA

Ambiance: Casual, mix of dance levels, fairly friendly, fine to go alone, not ideal place to go with a taxi dancer, wide age range, popular for locals and some tourists, can get crowded. A favorite spot from people who have been on my retreat before.

Reservation: No

Dress: Casual to nice

Refreshment: Drinks, dinner, empanadas and traditional Argentine food

LA CHIQUITA

Ambiance: Casual, house-party vibe, small venue, mix of dance levels, fairly friendly, fine to go alone, not ideal place to go with a taxi dancer, wide age range but veers on younger, popular for locals and some tourists, can get crowded. 

Reservation: No

Dress: Casual

Refreshment: Drinks

COCHABAMBA

Ambiance: Casual, neighborhood vibe, mix of dance levels, fairly friendly but can be tricky to get invited as people have been going there for years and have their favorite dance partners, fine to go alone, not ideal place to go with a taxi dancer, wide age range, popular for locals, can get crowded. 

Reservation: No

Dress: Casual to nice

Refreshment: Drinks, empanadas and traditional Argentine food

 

LO DE BALMACEDA

Ambiance: Elegant, mix of dance levels, best to go in a group, good for going with a taxi dancer, wide age range, popular for locals and tourists. Can be tricky to get invited to dance - be active about the cabaceo. High level dancers usually sit by the stage. Usually has performances and sometimes live music.

Reservation: Yes

Dress: Elegant

Refreshment: Drinks, empanadas

 

LA PREVIA DE LOS JUEVES

 

Ambiance: Eat gourmet dinner while watching the rehearsal of a tango orchestra and then stay for the milonga. Not very crowded but attended by many professionals and high level dancers, with some tourists in the mix. Go for the experience, but don't expect a whole lot of dancing. Beautiful venue, delicious food, and unique experience. Good option to go with a taxi dancer. 

Reservation: Yes, especially for dinner.

Dress: Nice to elegant

Refreshment: Drinks, gourmet dinner

LA CACHILA

 

Ambiance: Traditional milonga, older crowd, fairly friendly, "neighborhood" style, good option to go with a taxi dancer, veers on milonguero style, other foreigners have commented that it can be relatively easy to be invited to dance here no matter your age, sometimes live music.

Reservation: Yes

Dress: Nice to elegant

Refreshment: Drinks, dinner options

Fridays

 

DOSO

Ambiance: Nice to elegant, high level of dancers, fairly friendly but very important to refine your cabaceo, fine to go alone, fine to go with a taxi dancer, wide age range, popular for locals and tourists, usually has performances.

Reservation: Yes

Dress: nice

Refreshment: Drinks


 

LA VIRUTA

Ambiance: Not the best for dancing but a must for seeing live music as it has the best sound quality and always the best orchestras, live music always starts at 11pm sharp, good place to go with a taxi dancer, fine to go alone, Nice in-between casual and elegant, mix of dance levels, fairly friendly, fine to go alone, wide age range, popular for locals and tourists

Reservation: Yes but not necessary if you go early

Dress: nice

Refreshment: Drinks, empanadas, pizza


 

LA DISCÉPOLO

Ambiance: Cool venue with a hip and laid-back vibe, can be tricky to cabaceo since there is very low lighting, good level of dance, wide range of ages, popular for locals and tourists, usually has live music and very good performances. When it's hot the floor can get sticky so it's good to bring different shoe options.

Reservation: They don’t take reservations but get there early to get a seat (sit on a side closest to the entrance for better chance of getting dances)

Dress: casual to nice

Refreshment: Drinks, empanadas, pizzas

 

Saturdays

LA MARIA ROLERA 

Ambiance: Casual, mix of dance levels, friendly, easy-going vibe, sit wherever you want, comfortable for going alone, not the ideal place to go with a taxi dancer, wide age range

Reservation: No

Dress: Very casual

Refreshment: Drinks

 

EL VERMÚ

Ambiance: Casual, mix of dance levels, friendly, easy-going vibe, sit wherever you want, comfortable for going alone, not the ideal place to go with a taxi dancer, wide age range

Reservation: No

Dress: Very casual

Refreshment: Drinks, empanadas

MILONGA ABIERTA (LA GLORIETA)

 

Ambiance: Nice outdoor milonga. Can be hit or miss. Relaxed and friendly ambience. Mix of levels and ages. By donation. Can get crowded. 

Reservation: No

Dress: Casual

Refreshment: Bring your own water.

CACHIRULO

Ambiance: Elegant, traditional, high level of dancers, women and men sit on opposite sides so it’s essential to be good at cabaceo to get dances, easier to get dances if you go regularly, fine for going by yourself, okay for going with a taxi dancer, can get crowded, a favorite spot for locals and some tourists, make a reservation and go early to get seated in the front row to have better chance for dancing

Reservation: Yes

Dress: elegant

Refreshment: Drinks, empanadas

Additional Notes: Now charges a tourist entrance fee that is double the local rate.

 

LA COMEDIA

Ambiance: Casual to nice, mostly good level of dancers, party vibe, sit wherever you want or by order of arrival, comfortable for going alone, can get very crowded and hot, popular, not the ideal place to go with a taxi dancer, wide age range but veers on the younger side, has live performances and sometimes live music. Cabaceo can be tricky because of low lighting - best to stand by the bar to get dances and avoid back corner by the DJ booth. 

Reservation: No

Dress: Casual / nice

Refreshment: Drinks

MILONGA MALENA 

Ambiance: Elegant, mix of dance levels, a lot of couples so it can be tricky sometimes to get dances, not the place to go alone, good place to go with a taxi dancer, wide age range but veers on middle age or older, usually has live music and/or performances

Reservation: Yes

Dress: Elegant

Refreshment: Drinks, dinner

Sundays

LA ROSA MILONGA

Ambiance: Casual, friendly, good dancers, sit wherever you want, comfortable for going alone, can get crowded, popular, not the ideal place to go with a taxi dancer, wide age range, mix of locals and tourists, no performances or live music

Reservation: No

Dress: Sunday casual

Refreshment: Drinks, empanadas, pizzas

 

GENTE AMIGA

Ambiance: traditional “milonga de barrio” (neighborhood style), good dancers, classic Buenos Aires venue in that it doesn’t have much style (fluorescent lighting and visually not so aesthetically pleasing), Organizers are very friendly, can be tricky to get dances, better to go in a group or with a taxi dancer, but not terrible to go by yourself especially if you go regularly, very popular among locals and not so many tourists, age range varies but definitely more like 40 to 50+

Reservation: Yes

Dress: Elegant

Refreshment: Complete dinner available (traditional Argentine, not so good), drinks, empanadas

Additional Notes: Offers the option to pay a higher entrance fee if you have the means to support the organizers but it is not obligatory.

LA VIRUTA

Ambiance: Late night milonga, high level, usually has room, good place to go with a taxi dancer, fine to go alone, any dress style goes as its usually the milonga people end up at after going anywhere else, can be tricky to get invited, wide age range, popular for locals and tourists, no cortinas, sit closer to the bar for better chance of dancing

Reservation: No, but be extra nice to Juan the waiter and he might be inclined to give you special treatment

Dress: Anything goes

Refreshment: Drinks, empanadas, pizza

Bi-Weekly & Monthly Events

 

ALSINA TANGO CLUB

Ambiance: Laid back, casual, alternative, grungy, mix of locals and tourists. Kind of an underground place, very industrial vibe, sometimes they play alternative music.

Reservation: No

Dress: Casual

Refreshment: Drinks


 

PRACTICA GALLO ROJO

Ambiance: Casual, friendly, community-vibe, in a tango guest house so tends to attract a mix of foreigners and locals. Fine to go alone, not really a place to go with a taxi dancer, wide age range, can get very crowded, usually has performances.  

Reservation: No

Dress: casual

Refreshment: Drinks - Great cocktails, empanadas

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