With a history dating back to 1969, El Viejo Almacen de Buenos Aires is one of the city’s oldest tango shows. An atmospheric 18th-century building, the intimate venue hosts nightly performances featuring a cast of 20 tango dancers, live musicians, and a variety of tango styles.
Tango shows are held at El Viejo Almacen each evening and last around 1.5 hours. Visitors can opt to attend the show with drinks included, enjoy a 3-course pre-show dinner of traditional Argentine cuisine and wine, or upgrade to VIP tickets and make the most of the open bar. Many tickets also include hotel pickup and drop-off.
Things to Know Before You Go
- There is no dress code, but most guests wear smart-casual attire.
- Dinner menus include meat, fish, and vegetarian options and are accompanied by red or white wines.
- The venue is wheelchair-accessible.
How to Get There
El Viejo Almacen is located on Avenida Independencia in the San Telmo district of Buenos Aires. The closest metro station is Independencia (line C), about a 15-minute walk away.
When to Get There
Tango shows are held nightly year-round and typically start around 10pm with dinner held before the show. Shows finish around 11:30pm, so it’s worth opting for a tour that includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
The Argentine Tango
Argentina’s national dance became popular in the 19th century, starting in the bars and brothels of Buenos Aires’ working-class neighborhoods, La Boca and San Telmo. Today, the dance is honored on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List, and there are a number of ways that travelers can experience tango in the city. Enjoy a tango show at one of the historic venues, learn the basic steps during a tango lesson, watch street dancers performing at San Telmo’s Sunday market, or join locals at a milonga (dance hall). Buenos Aires also hosts the International Tango Festival each August.