Christmas and New Year tango in Buenos Aires 2013/2014

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Here is the Christmas post from Happy Tango: Sallycat’s Guide to Dancing in Buenos Aires.

Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day fall on Tuesdays and Wednesdays this year. If you’re visiting Buenos Aires over the festive period, and using Happy Tango (2nd Edition) as your guide, here are a few places from the book, or from recent updates to it, that are promising Christmas and/or New Year tango (but with some adjustments from their normal routine). I’m also including the closures that I’ve seen published; there may be others.

Remember that public transport and taxi availability will be reduced, especially on 24th and 31st (the nights of the traditional family meals and celebrations in Argentina), so you might end up having to walk a bit further than usual; do take care as you go, especially as there will doubtless be lots of fireworks going off in the streets and from surrounding rooftops and balconies. As always, make a phone call or check the organiser’s website before setting out, to avoid disappointment!

Salon Canning (Parakultural
Open on the night of Tuesday 24th into 25th at 00.30am and night of Tuesday 31st into 1st at 00.30am.

La Viruta (
Open on Tuesday 24th from 00.30am, and on Tuesday 31st at for a New Year special dinner (reservation only, see website for full details) then open to everyone else for a milonga from 00.30am.

Inolvidable in Obelisco Tango will open on Wednesday 25th December and 1st January from 6pm INSTEAD of Tuesdays 24th and 31st when the venue will be CLOSED.

Lo de Celia open as usual on both Wednesday 25th December and Wednesday 1st January from 6pm.

Cachirulo normally Tuesdays, will be CLOSED but will open INSTEAD on both Wednesday 25th December and Wednesday 1st January from 7pm to 2am in El Beso.

Sueño Porteñ0 will be open on Wednesday 25th December from 7pm, with a theme of red!

La Piccola is CLOSED on Wednesday 25th (the milonga was on 23rd instead) and 1st January, but it will open on 1st January 8th January.

Unitango Matinee in La Ideal is CLOSED on Wednesday 25th (the milonga was on 23rd instead) but it will open on 1st January.

La Milonguita in Sala Siranush is CLOSED on both Wednesdays 25th December and 1st January. Back on 8th January.

Milonga10 is CLOSED on Tuesday 24th, I’m not sure about 31st yet and 31st.

If I hear of updates to these or additions, I will try to add them. It’s very hot in Buenos Aires right now, and there have been power cuts, sometimes long ones, which can mean no internet, and occasionally, unscheduled milonga closures.

Thank you to everyone who has purchased or recommended Happy Tango in 2013. Do remember to tell your tango-dancing friends that the book is now available on Kindle as well as in paperback from Amazon worldwide.

May joy in tango and in life be yours over the festive season and in 2014!