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The city’s famous tango shows top the must-see list for most first-time Buenos Aires visitors. Historians debate the true origins of the music and the dance, suggesting links to African candombe, the Cuban Habanera, the Andalusian tango, and regional Argentine music. There are dozens of shows to choose from and many hotels even offer packages and discounts.

Buenos Aires Tango

Abasto Hotel

Tango aficionados will feel right at home in this themed establishment offering daily lessons. While the 120-room glass tower lacks the architectural history so common elsewhere in the city, it makes up for it with the oak dance floors in every suite, the photos of famous musicians that line the walls, and the proximity to tango theaters and specialized shops.

Avenida Corrientes 3190, +54 11 6311-4466, www.abastohotel.com/
Tags: moderate | great value | tango

Boca Tango

Boca Tango’s three-hour program includes a thematic walk through the La Boca district where tango originated, a meal at a country-style restaurant serving typical dishes, and, of course, a show. A little bit touristy for some, though the day and night options make it convenient for those short on time.

Brandsen 923, 011-54-11-4302-0808, www.bocatango.com.ar
Tags: things to do | culture | architecture | tango

Centro Cultural Torquato Tasso

Check the agenda at this event and cultural space near Plaza Lezama where you can catch orquestras tipicas (tango orchestras) and weekly milongas (social dances). A wide range of performers, from old school crooners to new age fusion groups, make appearances here.

Defensa 1575, 011-54-11-4307-6506, www.torquatotasso.com.ar (Spanish Only)
Tags: nightlife | great value | dancing | things to do | culture | tango

Confiteria Ideal

Established in 1912, the Confiteria Ideal is one of the most famous dance halls in the city. Nostalgia unites the crowd, a mix of locals and tourists. Come for lessons and dancing throughout the week or the Friday and Saturday night dinner shows.

Suipacha 380, 011-54-11-5265-8069, www.confiteriaideal.com
Tags: editor pick | things to do | culture | dance lessons | tango

El Querandí

The historically based tango show, held in a classic Art Deco building, traces tango from its bordello roots to the more modern, sexier styles. While pricier and classier shows have been established in recent years, El Querandí is one of the most consistent and well reviewed.

Peru 302, 011-54-11-5199-1770, www.querandi.com.ar
Tags: things to do | culture | architecture | tango

Madero Tango

Expensive yes, but this exclusive tango show, backed by a dazzling view of the river, is one of the most talked about in Buenos Aires. Famed Argentine chef Martiniano Molina designed the dinner menu, while the elaborate show presents 120 outfits, 100 pairs of shoes, 20 artists on stage, and six live musicians.

Dock 1, Alicia Moreau de Justo y Brasil, 011-54-11-5239-3009, www.maderotango.com
Tags: things to do | culture | architecture | tango

Rojo Tango

The tango show and dinner at the sleek Faena Hotel + Universe hotel is anything but traditional. During the three-course meal you’ll witness one of the city’s sexiest and most stylish performances, set in an intimate 1940s-style cabaret.

Martha Salotti 445, 011-54-11-5787-1536, www.rojotango.com
Tags: things to do | culture | architecture | tango

Señor Tango

Señor Tango is the closest thing Buenos Aires has to Broadway. The massive rotating stage with everything from live horses and a full orchestra to a re-enactment of the history of Argentina is sheer spectacle. One of the largest and most well known tango performances in town – even if its DNA owes more to variety shows.

Vieytes 1665, 011-54-11-4303-0231, www.senortango.com.ar
Tags: things to do | outdoors | culture | architecture | tango

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