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“Historic and wonderful dance venue”

La Confiteria Ideal
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$107.00*
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Milonga Dance Lesson and Tango History Tour in...
Ranked #23 of 185 Nightlife in Buenos Aires
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: A sense of nostalgia pervades this aging but elegant club where the tango brings locals and tourists together. Afternoon lessons are a prelude to evening dance parties.
Reviewed October 8, 2012

If you are interested in tango as a social dance, rather than as a spectacle, the Ideal is an obvious first stop for the Buenos Aires tourist. I've looked at the reviews here and these people have missed the point. This is NOT a place to go for tango shows. I did see a show here years ago but that's not why people return. They come here to dance. It's an unthreatening place for people who haven't danced in Argentina before and you can just sit and watch if you want to. If you want to see authentic salon tango, it's the perfect spot. Some days are busier than others. Friday and Sunday afternoons it can be packed, other afternoons can be very quiet. There are evening dances here but it's more of an afternoon place.

It's not the best tango in town, but it's welcoming to foreigners and its shabby grandeur typifies Buenos Aires. If you don't like it, you're either an experienced dancer wanting to visit trendier, younger venues or you don't know or care anything about tango, in which case I do rather wonder why you are holidaying in this city.

5  Thank Tom W
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

My husband and I went to an evening show (9:30 PM) on the main floor. There were maybe 20 tables with customers the evening we attended. Some had dinner with the show. We elected for just a drink. The show and drink were 170 pesos per person. We had champagne and they also brought finger sandwiches which we didn't expect. There were 2 musicians who were very good as well as one singer who was also good. There were 2 couples as Tango dancers. The show was very enjoyable. It felt like you were actually back in the 1920's or 30's. When you step through the front door you feel like you stepped back in time. If you are looking for something flashy, this is not the place. It was a very intimate experience. Very enjoyable. Very well done.

3  Thank Diane J
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

This was a shocking experience. The food was totally unedible, the show was amateurish, the ambience was cold and stark and to top it all it was very expensive. This is clearly a tourist trap rip off. There are so many better places to see good tango in Buenos Aires. My advice is - stay away !

2  Thank Marc F
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Reviewed June 13, 2012

We went at 4 pm on a wedensday, it was 20 pesos per person include a soft drink, coffee or water.
There were very few people, All were 70 years plus, no exaggeration, recorded music, depressing atmosphere and nothing to really watch!
Please don't get me wrong, I think it is a fabulous idea for the locals, as it keeps the older age group motivated, and busy with something to do which they love! But as a tourist u done need to be there as there is nothing to see!
Maybe I was there wrong day, wrong time!
I still do wonder why beautiful place like this and cafe tortina cannot get their act together on their service and food!!! Such a pity!
What a waste of such beautiful historical space which could not only stop going down the ruin path but actually become a rocking place on all counts including their food!
Please avoid unless dancing!

2  Thank lm1900
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Reviewed April 12, 2012

It's like entering the 1930s! You can actually smell the past splendor of this cafe and pastry shop. There's a milonga upstairs. Try their apple pie!

3  Thank Tomas D
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