Is Happy Tango still a useful book to own? The latest news!

Post updated 6th April 2018, updates in RED!
And one update added 11th April 2018 in green!

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It’s 2017 2018. Ten Eleven years since I first danced in Buenos Aires. Seven Eight years since Happy Tango was first published. And five six years since the Second Edition came out in paperback! Incredible… where does the time go?

I’m just thinking about the possibility of a Third Edition. I think a Third Edition is unlikely to happy at this point. Last year (2017) we considered it, but, on reflection, I just felt that I wanted to leave the book at its own moment in time. Perhaps in the future I’ll feel differently, but for now, there’s no update in the pipeline.

Meanwhile, is it worth buying a copy of the Second Edition if you’re headed to Buenos Aires? People tell me YES! And I think YES!

An Amazon UK buyer wrote in January 2018,

“Although I’d read a lot of the general advice before on Sally’s blog, it was worth the purchase to get it all together in one place.

The tango scene does change in BA and it has been a while since this book was published, so don’t depend on it for things like times or addresses. However most of the well known milongas mentioned are still there and the advice on them is still spot on.”

Thank you Randy for taking the time to review the book!

Soooo, the friendly advice in the book still stands and will help you navigate your way through the tango scene, especially if you’re a first-timer. Of course some places have closed and some milongas have closed or changed homes or days of the week, but the great website and app ‘Hoy Milonga‘ keeps you easily in the picture with its up-to-date daily schedules of milongas and classes. So use Happy Tango in combo with that and you should be good to go.

Also, to help you, I’ve decided to make a simple list (and actually it’s fairly short as you will see) here of any of the 20 Places to Try First given in Part 3 of Happy Tango that have closed or changed… that should help too. So here goes… as of July 2017 early April 2018

Of the 6 ‘Tourist Circuit’ places given special mention in the book:
(see the book for my definition of Tourist Circuit)

Confiteria Ideal  is currently CLOSED. I truly hope this is not forever. Meanwhile, El Abrazo Tango Club has moved to El Beso on Friday afternoons.
Porteño y Bailarin is now happening just once a month and is in Centro Region Leonesa in El Beso on Wednesday nights, see their Facebook updates here.
Centro Region Leonesa is CLOSED (I’m super sad about this), open again and Milonga de Los Consegrados is moving back there on Saturday 14th April. Yira Yira continues in La Nacional as far as I know. Check the Facebook pages via the links (or check with the organisers) before setting out!
Club Sunderland is currently CLOSED for milongas.

A more recent option in this category is Milonga Marabu in Maracaibo at Maipú 365 on Thursday nights, there is usually a live orchestra and/or exhibition, and the salon is central and kind of historic in terms of tango Buenos Aires (and in the basement!); I think it might be cool to visit this place once just to see the venue if you haven’t already been, because it’s different. There is dancing there on other nights too, but it’s ‘all rhythms’… cumbia, cuarteto, rock; some nights there is a bit of tango thrown in, but not always.

Of the 7 ‘Traditional’ places given special mention in the book:
(see the book for my definition of Traditional)

Nuevo Salon La Argentina has CLOSED. El Arranque did move to another home but sadly it CLOSED there too.
Boedo Tango has CLOSED. The Sueño Porteno milongas now run in Club Gricel on Wednesdays and Sundays, see their Facebook Group here.
Plaza Bohemia has CLOSED.
In place of the closed venues, you should definitely check out Obelisco Tango at Entre Rios 1056 which hosts trad-style milongas most nights, including El Maipu on Mondays and Wednesdays (previously in La Nacional), Milonga de Buenos Aires on Fridays and Cachirulo on Saturdays.

La Nacional has seen a lot of changes in its milongas, but you could try Mi Refugio on Saturday nights, when folkloric and rock tandas are also danced.

Of the 7 ‘Informal’ places given special mention in the book:
(see the book for my definition of Informal)

ALL the venues are still OPEN and operating, though there may have been some changes in organisers, times, or days of the week, so check ‘Hoy Milonga’ and if necessary other current sources before setting out!

Most notably Milonga10 (Praktika8) has moved from Club Fulgor and is now at Vera 574, Villa Crespo on Saturday nights, see the Facebook page here is CLOSED.

If I haven’t mentioned a place above, it means it’s still open for tango, as far as I know. Though again, there may have been some changes in organisers, times, or days of the week, so check ‘Hoy Milonga’ and if necessary other current sources (like see the Facebook pages of the milongas or Whatsapp the organiser) before setting out!

If you’ve enjoyed reading Happy Tango, do recommend it to someone else who would enjoy it too. Thank you!