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.
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