Confiteria Ideal, open since 1912, was one of the venues I attended during my first trip to Buenos Aires in March 1996. Our tour group went to the class/practica by Zoraida Fontclara and Diego Alvaro, followed by a milonga.
Currently, the milongas are held on the main floor while the first floor is undergoing renovation. It’s probably more convenient for the seniors to use the main floor and not have to walk the stairs to the first floor. Both floors are the same size.
El Abrazo Tango Club is held on Friday from 15-21 hs. at Suipacha 384 near Avenida Corrientes in the heart of the theater and business district of the city. I attended on July 24 for my friend Jean’s birthday celebration.
Floor: seamless, polished stone
Sound system: Excellent.
Deejay: Mario Orlando, a veteran deejay in the tango scene.
Entrada: 50 pesos
Seating: Men and women’s tables alternate throughout the large salon, facilitating cabeceo use. The bent wood chairs are originals.
Dancers: It’s mainly a retired senior crowd who enjoy an afternoon of socializing and tango.
There is no air-conditioning or ceiling fans unless they are an addition during the renovation. Check first before attending on a hot, summer afternoon.
A champagne toast to Jean for her birthday celebration with friends.
Sept 2016: Confiteria Ideal is closed for major renovation. El Abrazo Tango Club is held in El Beso on Riobamba and Corrientes. Consult hoy-milonga.com for details.
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