Maldita Milonga
Maldita Milonga
4.5
Wednesday
9:00 PM - 2:00 AM
About
"Maldita" is the milonga you want to be in Buenos Aires. A space where dancing and live music vibrates together, mixing traditional spirit and new musical concepts. This place is filled with an intense vibe that comes from the mystisicm of the orchestra, the decoration and dark ambience of the room, and the fact that this place used to be the "meca" of punk-rock´s local scene in the 90s. We have tango classes for beginners and intermediates (9pm). The Orquesta Tipica El Afronte plays its live music with a powerful new sound, breaking schemes and presenting the tango from a young and genuine perspective (11pm) And regulary after midnight, a couple of proffesional guest dancer makes a brief performance. Our milonga is an iconic space in tango scene where you´ll have the opportunity of learn how to dance tango, interact with local dancers, make new friends and truly experience Buenos Aires music of today.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Neighborhood: El Centro (Downtown)
How to get there
  • Belgrano • 5 min walk
  • Bolívar • 7 min walk
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Reneepat
Jedburgh, UK21 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
Luckily we were told about this event from our walking guide Luke. Only on a Wednesday. Don’t think we would have found it by ourselves. A very inconspicuous entrance down a quiet street. Many say to book but we just turned up. Offers tango lessons. & then the chance to tango. All levels. Had a live band for around an hour and 2 professional tango couples showed us how it should be done. Enjoy watching with a glass of Malbec, cheaper than beer! Get there 9 for the lessons & 10 for the action
Written April 11, 2019
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Jesse G
Arlington, TX168 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
This is EXACTLY as advertised! It's a dance hall where locals come to dance - similarly to a country dance hall if your South/Central Texas. Go on Wednesday or Sunday. We went on Wednesday and walked from our hotel in San Telmo. If you're not staying in San Telmo then you need to take a cab or Uber. We did not make a reservation for a table and so we could only sit around the wall (consider bar seating). The later you arrive, the less chance you'll have a bar stool seat and therefore you'll have to stand. We did not attend the portion that had the dance lessons. Our entry fee was $10USD - I think. They have a bar and "bar food" - yummy looking empanadas.

- The dance lessons start at 9PM
- The milonga starts at 10:30PM - this is when the dance floor opens to the public. THESE ARE NOT PROFESSIONAL DANCERS. These are simply locals and tourists who are dancing. It's very fun to watch them. Again, the format is very similar to a country western dance hall.
- A 10 piece tango band with a singer then performs on the band stage at 11PM. This is a very good band and performance. The musicians are very talented. It's very dramatic and vibrant. Then the public continues to dance.
- at approximately 12:30AM (medianoche), they have a "professional" group of approximately 10 dancers do a 15-20 minute performance. It's called an exhibicion de bilarines - please note that aren't "ballerinas" that is simply the spanish word recital dancers.

This is a MUST DO Buenos Aires experience. Plan to stay for the entire production. We left right after the exhibicion but tons and tons of people were still around.

It is an awesome place to watch people and hang out. We also tried Fernet con Cola and Gancia con Sprite from the bar! I highly recommend you try these two Argentina cocktails - especially while at the milonga.

Don't wear shorts here. You can wear dark jeans and a dark shirt. Many locals will be nicely dressed but it's dark so don't skip out on going because you think you aren't dressed right - just go and experience it!

There is not a whole lot happening outside the milonga on Calle Peru so you could easily pass by the front door. When you get to the door, follow the stairs upward and pay the attendant when you open the door upstairs.

I don't know what you need to do to reserve a table. Perhaps you need to call or email. Perhaps your hotel can help. Sitting on the bar stool, we actually thought we had a better view for people watching.

Again, the tango band that performs, El Afronte, is amazing. They have a website - check them out!
Written March 31, 2017
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shenv
mumbai51 contributions
Mar 2015 • Family
On a Wednesday night we were walking to our B&B from Florida street when we noticed a sign in a building announcing the Milonga. Besides this sign there is no indication that anything is happening. Out of curiosity we walked up a flight of stairs and were surprised to see this big hall where Milonga was in progress. A room full of people with just standing space and a large dance floor where a performance was going on. For a small fee one can have an evening full of fun. We missed the classes but a couple of hours we spent dancing and watching people dance was fun. It is a no frill place with a lot of good music, drinks and snacks and enthusiastic dancers. People were in casual so even a regular tourist can just walk in. If you are not staying close by then transport becomes a problem as the street gets quiet at night.But the Ave Balgarno and Ave. Independencia are just a few minutes away and hence one can find a cab there.
Written March 29, 2015
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Trisha M
Washington DC, DC38 contributions
Jul 2019
My tour guide told me about the tango classes on Wednesday nights and I'm so glad I went. Each Wednesday, you can take a tango class at 9pm or so which goes about an hour. Then a fantastic band comes on and plays for about 30 minutes. The night I was there, two pairs of professional tango dancers danced for us which was great. I left around 12:30am but the night was still going. The whole evening only cost $300 pesos, great deal and a lot of fun!
Written August 5, 2019
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DaveBGreenway
Beaune, France3 contributions
Mar 2018 • Friends
Love this Milonga. Friendly. Great live band. Younger crowd than many very traditional Milonga but dancers have excellent technique and perfect floor craft which is a good thing as the floor is quite small. This will be the third year we have been back. They welcome watchers but it is really a place for dancers. You need to book a table and arrive before 10.30 as the band usually starts at 11
Written March 30, 2018
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Amy S
11 contributions
Nov 2019
Great way to see some tango while in B.A. if you don't want to go to one of the more formal/touristy Tango shows. Watch locals dance the tango while you sip on a beer or wine and relax!
Written November 22, 2019
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markbmitchell
Adelaide, Australia21 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
This is a must do in Buenos Aires. A real local experience that can be enjoyed by tourists as well. The tango dancing is genuine, and amazing to watch. The band is fantastic and the place has a lovely feiendly atmosphere. Oh, and its cheap.

Two pieces of advice, book a table, and stay after the band has finished. The night doesn't end there!
Written October 29, 2016
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Euan W
Aberdeen, UK45 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
Enjoyed a fabulous evening last night with my partner. We arrived for 2100 and had 1.5 hours of tango lesson before enjoying a bottle of Malbec and watching the locals do it properly.
Some fantastic dancing to witness, and the orchestra were just incredible.
Wine very reasonably priced.

Top tip: make sure to book a table in advance, and if possible specifically request one right next to dance floor, to get an unobstructed view!
Written October 20, 2016
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Robert-Jan B
10 contributions
Mar 2016 • Couples
This was the best night of our stay in BA. After a free tango lesson at 9PM we got to listen to the amazing sounds of El Afronte and enjoy an amazing, authentic tango night out in Buenos Ayres club at Peru 571. After that we even got to see a demonstration by professional tango dancers!

Go there with someone who can tell you about the tango culture. Order a bottle of wine and some empenadas. Sit back and watch the dance floor fill with couples or get up and tango yourself! You're guaranteed to enjoy the evening.
Written March 31, 2016
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Kiwi1103
New Zealand40 contributions
Jun 2015
Live orchestra was fantastic and was nice to see tango in action in a real life setting. Venue had a very cool feel and a good number of dancers. Although overall it seemed quiet.
Written June 30, 2015
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Maldita Milonga - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)