1. Don’t…go to a tango show.
Tango shows are the lazy and overpriced way to see this important part of Buenos Aires culture. Catering to tourists, these shows are grand theatrical spectacles watched while having dinner and guzzling never-ending wine.
Do…go to a milonga.
This is where tango really comes alive. Milongas are dancehalls where lifelong tangueros and novices alike take to the floor with a partner and breathe life into those old, sad, and sexy songs. There are hundreds of milongas in Buenos Aires, some more serious than others. If you want a more relaxed, less pressured ambiance, go to La Catedral — a cavernous, rustic space where just observing is as rewarding as participating. If you’re more confident in your tango skin, La Viruta or Salon Canning are two Villa Crespo institutions, but they’re definitely not for wallflowers.