El Viejo Almacen

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El Viejo Almacen
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8:00 PM - 12:00 PM
Monday
8:00 PM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 PM - 12:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 PM - 12:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 PM - 12:00 PM
Friday
8:00 PM - 12:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 PM - 12:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 PM - 12:00 PM
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In the neighbourhood of San Telmo it is located the most classic house of tango of all times, El Viejo Almacén. It offers shows since 1969 and preserves the architecture and atmosphere of tango culture. The house has a unique magic in which the cultural barrier between different nationalities ceases to exist and we all joined by one of the greatest expressions of any culture: the language of music. It has a proposal of Dinner & Show, with a menu of international cuisine a la carte and an extensive wine cellar with the best national wines. Then, any member of the public is delighted with an excellent show of tango composed by prestigious dancers, the famous Quintet of El Viejo Almacén and two highly recognized national singers, who play some of the traditional songs of tango´s history. The most acclaimed tango show in the world accompanied by fine cuisine, recalls the bygone era of tango and takes us back to times of outlaws and suburbs in the ground where tango has its roots ... Buenos Aires.
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Neighborhood: San Telmo
Characterized by cobblestones and narrow streets, San Telmo is defined by the tango, the dance that made Buenos Aires world-famous. Tango is a fusion of many different cultures: a true child of immigration, much like the city itself. Nowadays, it comes alive after dark in the milongas (dance parties) attended by both locals and visitors alike, who dance until the wee hours of the morning. During the day, the antique shops and classic cafés and bars around Plaza Dorrego dominate the scene. The emblematic Bar Plaza Dorrego, with its green awnings, checkered tile floors, and wooden interiors, takes you back in time the moment you step inside. For true porteño traditions, San Telmo is the place to be.
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BobandMaggie60
Willerby, UK143 contributions
Couples
Booked a tango show with dinner and after reading reviews was apprehensive about the quality of the food . My recommendation is to choose carefully. The empanadas were delicious, the cheesecake starter lacked flavour. The chicken stack main course was over cooked with a sauce which hadn’t seen any citrus, the mushroom risotto was bland and needed more mushrooms. We chose the Almacen special desert which was not good... so sweet. The waiter did offer us an alternative but we chose to decline. The wine was cheap but acceptable.
The tango dancing was excellent the extra parts to the show were ok but I would have preferred more tango displays.
Written February 24, 2020
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Reservasviejoalmacen
Dear customer, We are very grateful that you send us your comments about dinner after visiting EL VIEJO ALMACEN. They are very useful when it comes to improving our services in the 50 years we have lived. We hope to receive you again soon. Luis Hector Veiga Presidente
Written February 27, 2020
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CdnWorldTraveller14
Toronto, Canada32 contributions
We booked this before we left, emailing Sheila who was very helpful. We were picked up from our hotel and taken to the restaurant which is across the street from the show venue. The ambiance was lovely. We had booked the Traditional three course set meal which we enjoyed with some nice wine. Loved the desserts of Almacen Cake and Flan dulce de leche. The pinnacle of the evening of course was the amazing show featuring Tango, local singers and musicians. A very enjoyable evening and this experience was the highlight of my trip to BA.
Written January 25, 2020
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99Wanderer99
Vancouver, Canada114 contributions
Friends
My friends and I agreed that this was one of the highlights of our time in Buenos Aires. We opted for the show-only tickets with free drinks. Service was outstanding and our glasses were never empty! The show itself had great variety - lots of tantalizing tango (both traditional and modern) with music from a live band, cultural performances, vocal performances, and some history. Sure, there were some cheesy moments, but that's to be expected. The space is cozy and intimate - didn't seem to be a bad seat in the house. Great value for money! We highly recommend it.
Written March 22, 2020
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Reservasviejoalmacen
Thank you very much for your opinion on our services. We appreciate your words to improve our services. Have a great year!
Written June 11, 2020
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Fayzeh Hafi
Nazareth, Israel133 contributions
Couples
We been at the tango eve in the 7.1.2020..
We had the VIP option, despite that we don't know what happened with the transparwnt that should take us from the hotel, the good thing that we regestered the show from the hotel so they could arrange everything for us.
The dinner was so dellicious, and the wine was perfect.
After the dinner we went to the show, took picture for us and we buy it as a wounderful memory of the place..
The tango was brilliant and the two shows of best singers were amazing.
One of thwm was the most famous singer in buenos aires "hugo maecello"..
It was unforgettable eve, special and let us know argentina's art in a good way
Written January 9, 2020
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swinny_70
Montesano, WA22 contributions
We booked a dinner and seats at the Almacen tango show as part of a package through our hotel in Buenos Aires. The package included transportation from our hotel, dinner, and the tango show. The price was U$S180.00. First, let me say that tango show was excellent and the dancers and musicians were wonderful. The dinner was *horrible*. We were given the choice of about 4 entrees, our fish looked like some sort of bottomfeeder that had more bones than meat. The other dishes that fellow patrons were ordering didn't look any better. What ruined our dinner more than anything was a couple sitting next to us that chainsmoked through nearly a pack of cigarettes between them. With both our asthma and allergy problems, we couldn't have tasted the food even if it was good. Fortunately, smoking is not allowed at the tango show, and we enjoyed seeing the aforementioned dinner smokers throw a bit of a fit when told they would have to go outside to smoke.

The best thing to do is to eat dinner somewhere else and then go to the show, it's well worth it!
Written January 7, 2006
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Dear User We regret that your visit to our house, has been unpleasant. The opinions of the guests are subjective anyway we value and take into account your valuable comments to improve our services. We are available for any question or suggestions, Best Regards, El Viejo Almacén.
Written May 11, 2012
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stevetanyaTexas
Denver, CO712 contributions
Couples
I have written about 130 reviews on Tripadvisor.com and take providing feedback very seriously. I believe in the power of feedback. I also believe I am very fair with my reviews...rarely giving anyone a 1 star. However, El Viejo doesn't even deserve 1 star. Please read this review and consider NOT rewarding a company that uses bureaucracy and "POLICY" to avoid providing baseline customer service.

Prior to arriving in Buenos Aires, I did a lot of research on Trip Advisor to chose a Tango show. After reading many reviews, I chose to give El Viejo a shot because of the intimate setting and the quality of the dancers. We reserved a VIP experience for 4 online that included a pick up and drop off at our hotel. We received 2 confirmation e-mails from El Viejo. The 2nd e-mail told us we would need to reconfirm our reservations on the day of the show. After making the reservation online, we logged back into their website and gave our credit card information to pre-pay for the reservation, too.

The night before the show at 7 p.m., I had a question. I asked our guide, a local, to help us call El Viejo to reconfirm our reservation and to ask a few questions. (My Spanish is limited, but I understand almost everything.) Our question was simple: What if we want to get picked up from somewhere else instead of our hotel? Using our guide as our interpretor, we were told that if we wanted to change the pickup location, we would need to call back the next day before 6 p.m., if not, we would be picked up at our hotel at 9:30 per the reservation. Our guide clearly told them we wanted to reconfirm our reservation. They told him we did not need to call back unless we were changing our pick up location. Our guide told us we were all set.

The next night we got dressed up and were in the hotel lobby at 9:30. We waited. At 9:45 I got nervous and stood in line to speak to the concierge. At 9:40 the concierge called El Viejo and after a few minutes speaking in Spanish looked up at me and said: "Your reservation was cancelled because they say you did not call today to reconfirm." He then told me the manager spoke English and I could speak with her. She began by stating to me policy that was included in my e-mail that we must call the same day. The call went like this:
"It is our POLICY and in your e-mail that you must call the same day."
"But I called yesterday to reconfirm and asked about the car." I said
"Yes, I know you called yesterday, but our POLICY is that you must call today."
"But we gave you our hotel information, our room number, and we even paid on-line"
"Your payment was not accepted because tou didn't call back...your call yesterday was about the car service, but our POLICY is you must call the same day..."
"But nobody said we had to call back today" I said
"I can send you the e-mail that cleary states our POLICY..."
"But why didn't you tell us yesterday when we called that we still had to call back?" I asked
"I can send you the e-mail" she repeated, "It clearly says you MUST call today."

I contacted our local guide who made a call on our behalf because he, too didn't understand the issue. He clearly told them we wanted to reconfirm. He called me back and told me they were offering me a 10% discount for the next night....with no apology. I told them to keep their 10% and that I would never reward such idiotic nonsense. Yes, the e-mail says to call the same day...but when we called at 7 p.m. the night before to reconfirm, nobody said anything about policy then. Nobody reminded us we had to call back. And they just didn't care.

I ask you, fellow Trip Advisor users, do not reward such behavior. I expect such idiocy from a government bureaucrat, but not from a business that depends on customer satisfaction to stay in business. Please do NOT reward them. Their employees are not empowered to think, and until that changes, they will continue to act like a government bureaucracy versus a business.
Written December 30, 2012
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Travel_wise_female
London10 contributions
I was in Buenos Aires last week for business and had Saturday to enjoy the city. Tango show was meant to put a cherry on a cake. However, it kind of failed.
El Viejo Almacen was recommended to me by hotel concierge. He told me it was a "less touristy" and is very good to see. I paid 400Argentinian Pesos for dinner and a show and transportation to and from the hotel.

Dinner and the show is actually in two different places (even though very close to each other) so don't think that you will be eating and watching at the same time. First you will be having food and then cross the street to the show venue.

1. Transportation- getting to the venue was an issue, as they forgot to pick me up. They did eventually send a car (1hr after arranged time). Transportation back was ok.

2. Dinner- felt like eating in a school canteen.Seating is very cramped; menu was very basic accompanied by vinegar wine and alluminium cutlery. Not even mentioning presentation. Service was ok but waiters pushed for tips at the end. Even though I was going to leave normal 10% tip, you felt a bit uncomfortable with unnecessary pressure.

3. Show- firstly, you are shown a short video explaining history of the venue and its owners. It would have been better if they have spent time telling you about history of the tango dance itself.

Music was ok, but musicians were squeezed into a tiny space at the back of the stage.

Dancers were ok. Out of 4 pairs- two were good, there were not, however, Argentinean.
Quality & choreography of the dance were limited by a tiny stage space. Space around the stage is also very limited and at some points during the dance you can just hope that dancer's head does not hit the top level seating!
I did feel bad for one dancer, as she ended up flying into a chair and obviously hurting herself, but being a professional performer carried on regardless!

Seating- well, if you lucky you will get an upstairs seat or the one facing the stage so you will probably have better viewing experience. I was put on the corner, next to front door so most of my time spent looking at, backs, shoes and, unintentionally, up dancers' skirts. At this point, may I add, I'm a female so probably not a best customer for that kind of a show.

"Champaign" served before the show probably came from the same vinegar grape, as the wine served during the dinner.

I agree with previous comments that the show is more of a talent show. Yes, music was good, and singers were ok, but definitely not enough tango. I've been to better shows outside Argentina.

I went to this show as it was recommended by the concierge at Sheraton hotel. I obviously forgot that concierge can get a "commission" from the place recommended. That will teach me not do some research beforehand.

Overall, I would not recommend this place to my friends. Next day, I spoke to an Argentinean lady at the airport and she told me that even though it is the oldest venue in town it is also the worst one!
Written November 24, 2010
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Olga_from_UA
Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine47 contributions
I was quite concerned while buying tickets as just the show (no dinner) is around 85 USD and I'm not a tango fan. We were recommended to book a table downstairs close to the stage to see footwork, which we did. The very first intro dance was jaw dropping. Everything in the show was perfect - musicians, singers, folklore band, and of course 8 tango dancers - and worth every penny. So glad I went here. Highly recommended.
Written November 22, 2012
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Bess
Honolulu, HI38 contributions
We were told that this was the place to go to watch traditional tango, since it wasn't too Hollywood. We had no idea that we were in the same club that tango was first made popular. I was a bit worried that it was so pricey and the show was an hour and a half, but they did not disappoint! The performers were all AMAZING, singers, dancers, and musicians. The costumes and dancers were beautiful as well. We were just awe struck at the quality of dancing and the singers' powerful voices.

I doubt you will see tango like this anywhere else in the world!!!
Written November 4, 2012
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Wesley C
Tucson, AZ7,655 contributions
This rating is an average of 5 (Excellent) for the Tango Show and 3 (Average) for the Dinner. Like many dinner theatres in the States, the show (not the food) is the main attraction. The Tango Show was terrific -- music from a live band and several very talented dancers really put on an awesome display of the tango. The theater is quite small (maybe a few hundred people) so you are seated close to the action. The dinner was served in the restaurant across the street. The food was only okay. (I didn't take any photos of my meal like I usually do, so it must not have been memorable.)
Written April 5, 2020
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Reservasviejoalmacen
We value your opinion. We share your opinion of ability on the show. Our capacity is for approximately 150 people. Our building was declared "site of cultural interest" and is located within the historical area of our city, which is why we cannot change anything about its structure. We greatly appreciate your input. We hope you come back soon! Cordially
Written June 12, 2020
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