4 Free Tango Dancing Opportunities in Buenos Aires
So, you are new to BA and want to experience the most seductive dance in the world but are on a shoestring budget? You want to see some professionals dance but don’t want to spend the dough on a high-priced touristy show? Here are 4 great ways to pick up a few steps absolutely free.
Tango in Buenos Aires at Museo Casa Carlos Gardel
The museum periodically has free tango lessons in Buenos Aires offered in the courtyard by a professional tango teacher. The courtyard is a tight space for dancing but that’s all the more reason to dance apilado style. Occasionally the museum also organizes tango music concerts. Check the museum’s facebook page for upcoming events.
Tango in Buenos Aires at La Glorieta de la Plaza de Barrancas
In this open-air gazebo in Belgrano, you will find free tango dancing every weekend (weather permitting) starting at eight pm. Arrive a bit early and there is a free lesson for the basic steps. Facebook
In the heart of San Telmo almost every Sunday you can find tango dancing in this plaza to be watched, and if you are lucky, you may be asked to join in. Enjoy a glass of wine and let the professionals do their thing or bring your dancing shoes and look ready to dance. Take a look at the city’s website for more details.
Caminito en La Boca
Another great opportunity to enjoy Tango in Bueno Aires o here in the iconic La Boca barrio.
Studying Spanish with lvstudio will give you a great discount for tango classes with DNI TANGO. One Month Intensive Spanish Course + 5 Tango Classes: 1000 USD.
Buscando café de calidad más allá de un “cortado”
Estudiantes extranjeros que estudian en lvstudio escuela de español en palermo se quejan constantemente de la mala calidad del café que les sirven en la mayor parte de los bares, restaurantes y cafeterías que visitan. Si bien los porteños nos enorgullecemos de nuestros bares tradicionales, con color local y decoraciones del siglo XIX, puede ser que para el paladar de un amante del café acostumbrado a granos de alta calidad, el cortado clásico que se encuentra en esos lugares no sea lo ideal para empezar la mañana.
Es por eso que a continuación hacemos un listado de cafeterías en Palermo con granos de calidad que no te van a decepcionar, y otras atracciones cafeteras que podés encontrar en Buenos Aires cerca de lvstudio escuela de español en palermo.
LAB coffee shop (Humboldt 1542)
Tiene una estética industrial muy agradable, iluminación perfecta y buen ambiente. Ofrecen muchos diferentes tipos de filtrado del café, una gran variedad de bolsas de café recién tostado para que te lleves esos sabores a tu casa, además de servicios y asesoramiento para empresas.
LaTTente (Thames 1891) ( http://www.cafelattente.com )
El café es riquísimo y a buen precio, tienen pastelería poco variada pero de lujo, que incluye fustucas (combinación increíble de pistachos, clara de huevo y azúcar), que no se pueden encontrar en ningún otro lado. En general no hay demasiado lugar, es una cafetería pequeña, pero muchos turistas se suelen juntar allí a hacer sociales. Los domingos al mediodía podés encontrar en la puerta a Sheikob’s bagels, que hace los mejores de la ciudad. Tienen su propio blend para llevar, y el certificado de excelencia de Trip Advisor hace años.
Plus: si llevás tu propia taza, tenés un extra shot de café gratis.
LaTTente en La librería del fondo (Costa Rica 4568)
Otra sucursal de Lattente, pero al fondo de una librería hermosa en la que todos queremos quedarnos horas. Al fondo hay un patio bastante grande, para aprovechar días lindos leyendo algo y tomando un café de los dioses.
Felix felicis & Co (José Antonio Cabrera 5002)
Además de ofrecer un gran café, tienen brownies húmedos excelentes, y gracias al silencio y la barra en la ventana es una buena idea ir para sentarse a trabajar con la computadora. También venden máquinas de café y un blend molido en el momento para llevarte a tu casa.
Otras cosas que te pueden interesar:
TRAINING PARA BARISTAS AMATEURS Y PROFESIONALES que ofrece LAB: Duran cuatro horas, incluyen teoría, práctica y degustaciones.
CUPPING ROOM SESSIONS: Encontrás más información en: http://labcafe.com.ar/
FERIAS DE CAFÉ DE CALIDAD Y CONCURSO DE BARISTAS
Se realiza anualmente, alrededor de Agosto o Septiembre, se llama “Exigí buen café” y reúne a profesionales y a todos los amantes del café que quieren degustar los productos de diferentes empresas. (Más información en http://exigibuencafe.com )
Having lived in different parts of the world, I can tell you that the synthesis of cultures, entertainment, and street beauty found in Buenos Aires, more specifically in Palermo, totally resonates with my taste. This is why I chose Palermo to set up a Spanish School in Buenos Aires. The range of activities close-by are so varied, you can never be bored.
Sometimes, after Spanish school, I go with Spanish students for lunch to Plaza Armenia. My favorite place is up on the terrace at Quimbombo. They have refreshing drinks, organic food, and a great view of Plaza Armenia.
Other days, there’s an independent designer fair close to Plaza Serrano, where you can find all sorts of things from skirts to accessories with an alternative look… When the weather is good, having a picnic by the Rose Garden in the Palermo Park is beautiful… Just beware of ducks stealing your food! 🙂
At night, my thing is dancing Tango. Popular places are La Catedral del Tango, La Viruta, Buenos Ayres Club. To dance salsa I go to La Salsera or Azucar. Now, if your thing is electronic music here is a good site to check out where to go techno dancing.
If you prefer a more quiet night, there’s a wide variety of restaurants, cafés, bars, to enjoy a good wine, music, and meet new people. For instance, on Thursday nights, lvstudio hosts an event at Birmania Bar, up on the terrace when the weather is good. You can drink a beer while a teacher is there to help you practice what you’ve learned in Spanish class, and meet Argentines doing the same in English!
Hasta pronto! See you soon at lvstudio Spanish school in Buenos Aires!
As I was strolling through the streets of Palermo one day, I saw a billboard advert which made me stop and stare. This rarely happens but the difference today was that the advert in question was promoting one of Brazils’ finest musical exports, Sepultura, whose heyday in the late 80s to 90s saw them churning out thrash/death Metal. Now, Sep may not be quite so well known in Argentina but in Brazil they’re very famous. I’ve been listening to them for 16 years and for one reason or another have never been able to see them play in London, my home city. The second I saw the advert, I knew I had to go. What’s more, is that it’s their 30th year anniversary. It seems that one of the first bands that got me into metal, who happen to be south American, are also going to be the first I see live in Buenos Aires and that’s a pretty special thing. After discovering this concert’s existence, I inadvertently began to discover other musical events which were happening in the city. In the space of about a month, there will have been five or so metal concerts. Some big (Sepultura, System of a Down) and some much more underground (Arkona). I had read that south America’s metal scene was pretty strong but it’s even more encouraging when you’re there and able to see the evidence for yourself!
That’s just my imagination, but I encourage you to daydream with me. Cue the Tango. In Argentina, it is mid-summer. Today’s forecast for Buenos Aires is mostly sunny with a high temperature of 82 degrees. Sounds nice, eh?
Our friend Tim is a fully deputized Washington Beer Blog Correspondent. Tim is currently on assignment in Argentina. I am guessing that his adventures don’t match my imagination. Tim is on vacation and is generously reporting to us about what kind of beer he finds as he bounces around the country between Buenos Aires and Mendoza. In a country where wine reigns supreme, Tim has managed to find some craft beer – cerveza artesenal, as the locals call it.
“I knew about Buller Brewing and sought them out,” says Tim via email. “I went to one of their pubs – the one right across the street from the Recoleta Cemetery, where Evita is buried.”
If there is a craft beer revolution happening in Argentina, and that is a big if, Buller Brewing started it. In operation for more than a decade, Buller Brewing operates two gastropubs in Buenos Aires: one near the famous cemetery and the other downtown. They are slick, urban establishments that morph into lively night clubs after dark. According to our reporter, Buller Brewing is not exactly like your cute, little neighborhood pub. After all, Buenos Aires makes Seattle look like a sleepy little one-horse town.
The beer lineup at Buller Brewing includes Light Lager, Blonde Ale, Honey Ale, IPA and Stout. Tim reports that the beers are serviceable but nothing like he is used to drinking at home (Seattle). That is, he’s not complaining. “Honey Ale is a big deal here in Argentina. It’s basically a blond ale with a sweet taste. Also, the IPAs here taste like malt and not hops.”
One more beer stop in Buenos Aires: Cerveza Atresenal Antares. Located in the Palermo neighborhood, this is one of several Antares locations in Argentina (at least a dozen). Again, this place is urbane, big and swanky. Unless something was lost in translation, the company’s main brewery is in Mar del Plata, where it produces beer for both domestic and export markets. Each location in Argentina has its own brewery, which comes complete with the individual brewer’s creative flair. Antares is not exactly small, but it is crafty and produces a full compliment of beer styles ranging from Kolsch to Stout. Yes, and a honey beer.
But it is not all about the big city. And my imagination runs wild again.
A dirty little kid with a big smile is totally unaware that I’m watching as he uses a stick to push a tireless bicycle wheel down the dusty street. Across the way, a group of more dirty kids chase a half-flat soccer ball and a cloud of dust around a vacant lot. I walk into a place that looks like it might be a bar. Everyone stares. I struggle to remember the words, knowing that a few precious phrases are essential for my survival. “Disculpe, señor, necesito una cerveza, por favor.” The beer is barely cold, it is closer to tepid, and the glass is dirty. Everything is perfect. “Muchas gracias.”
Ah, I can dream.
Tim tells us about the next stop. “The next brewery, we just happened to stumble upon,” Tim explains. “We found Cerveza Artesanal Pirca along the roadside in an area called Colonia Suiza as we approached the city of Mendoza. It’s on the other side of the county, up against the foothills of the Andes. Pirca has a rustic beer garden and taproom.”
The beer selection at Cerveza Artesanal Pirca was simple: a Rubio, a Rojo, and a Negro (blond, red, and black). Again, Tim describes the beers as adequate, but given how far away from home he is, they are welcomed and refreshing.
We’ve turned Tim loose now. Maybe we will hear more from him. We hope not. Just go have fun, Tim. Leave us to our daydreaming.
Photos by Tim West