Updated April 2012 to reflect recent changes in Buenos Aires.
There’s nothing worse than heading to an address in a guidebook only to find the place has closed down or doesn’t have the products that you trekked half way across the city to find. I understand this. Heaven knows, I’ve experienced it myself a few times. It was always my plan to try and avoid this kind of experience with Happy Tango, by structuring the book to be useful over the long term. This appears to have worked: my 11 Rules for Happy Tango in Buenos Aires remain relevant; the A-Z still advises wisely; and the majority of the places mentioned in the book are still going strong.
However, since I’ve been back in Buenos Aires this time round, I’ve noticed a few changes that I want to pass on. I include links to relevant websites or Facebook pages where available. Please check a second source before setting out, just in case something changes after I write this today. Impermanence is the only certainty.
El Amague tango school is now holding all its classes in Congreso at Bartolomé Mitre 1849. This is a tango school (milonguero in style) that seems to move often, so always check their blog before heading to a class. Find it at http://www.elamague.blogspot.com/
2x4alpie shoes are now focusing primarily on men’s tango shoes and practice/trainer-style shoes for the ladies. Unfortunately for me (who believed their heeled-tango-shoes for women to be the most comfortable and versatile on the planet) the only women’s shoes available are flats. Meanwhile men can enjoy a great range of styles (with the unique 2x4alpie interchangeable sole) at the store at Scalabrini Ortiz 1753 Depto 3, Monday to Friday 2-7pm and Saturday 3-7pm.
Tango Moda tango-clothes store is no longer in the stunning Palacio Barolo. The clothes can instead be found at Balcarce 961 10th floor, Apt. 4 in San Telmo and viewing is afternoons only, phone to book an appointment. Their Facebook page gives the following contact information:
Ahora los esperamos en el barrio más tanguero de Buenos Aires, el histórico SAN TELMO. Visitanos en BALCARCE 961 1o “4″, entre Estados Unidos y Carlos Calvo, a 2 cuadras de PLAZA DORREGO. Show-room: Atendemos por la tarde.
Concertar visitas al 4300-3293 (landline) and 15-4033-6746 (cell/mobile).
Another tango-clothes shop, not mentioned in Happy Tango, is Tango Imagen in Abasto at Anchorena 606; they will design something for you or you can buy off the shelf; visitors I meet seem to have enjoyed spending their pesos there, so perhaps you will too. The shop is open 11am-8pm Monday to Saturday, just drop in, no appointment necessary.
A third good option for clothes that work well on the dance floor (and I know because I have bought several items myself!) is Devora M. The Devora M. clothes are occasionally to be found for sale at Buenos Aires milongas, but otherwise viewing is by appointment, with excellent English spoken as the designer is a tango dancer living in Buenos Aires but originally from the USA. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Devora M Facebook page. To see the clothes for yourself head to etsy.com/shop/devoram where you will find me to be modelling one of my favourite skirts!
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Meanwhile, Happy Tango in Buenos Aires to you all!
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