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Going dancing to "milongas" in Montevideo

Tango is one of the most genuine and original cultural expressions in the Rio de la Plata, and Montevideo offers enchanting surroundings to get carried away by the rhythm of its music.
Any day of the week is fine to get inspired by the 2 by 4 rhythm in picturesque and diverse milongas in the capital.
How can we define these magical encounters of Montevideo´s night life?
A Milonga is a space dedicated specifically to the tango dance; the meeting place of "milongueros" (milonga dancers), amateurs or tango dancers, to express their passion and enjoyment for the dance.
Gustavo Bello, a dancer and teacher of tango, defines it as "a privileged place to do some dance moves, enjoy and dance, but also to share an embrace and a common feeling for the genre."
Milongas usually gather friends and acquaintances who share the same passion for tango, but also receive tourists from all over the world who are curious to experience tango on their own shoes or simply to sit and watch the dance.
In Montevideo, there are milongas of different styles and sizes. For example, on Wednesdays you can visit Museo del Vino, framed in an intimate setting characterized by sculptures, old wine demijohns and warm lighting.
Thursdays is Ché Madam, this milonga offers a dance floor and the most typical Uruguayan dishes. It is one of the few milonga options where besides enjoying the tango dance it is possible to sit down for dinner.
JovenTango, on the other hand, is usually recognized by dancers and teachers as "the institution" in the matter. Born in 1977, this cultural place aims to study, cultivate and promote the musical genre born in the Rio de la Plata. Its diverse milonga proposals are framed within a space of wide tradition as the "Mercado de la Abundancia" (Market of Abundance).
Dance lovers often praise the place´s extensive curupai hardwood floors of more than 180 square meters.
Although milongas there take place practically every day of the week - Mondays: La Lunera; Tuesdays: La Yapa -, the busiest day of the week is usually Friday, when sometimes there are more than 200 couples on the dance floor.
Another milonga of great tradition is Vieja Viola at the Ensueño Room on Saturdays. Its acclaimed dance floor has been visited by champions from all over the world.
Uruguayans have their own codes when it comes to milonga. For example, to invite someone to dance, we go to their table and it is common to see women taking the initiative. In Argentina, however, it is usually the gentlemen who ask ladies to dance and they do it with a nod of their heads, while the women wait attentively for their gestures of invitation.

Milongas every night

  • 01Monday. "LaLunera". Location: Aquiles Lanza 1290 and San Jose. Tel. 29015561 Facebook: JovenTango 
  • 02

    Tuesday. "Lo de Margot." Location: Constituyente 1812, between Gaboto and Yaro. Tel. 24106230. Facebook: LodeMargot.

  • 03

    Wednesday. "Museo del Vino" Location: Maldonado 1150. 29083430. Website: Museodel Vino. Sitio web: MuseodelVino.
    "La Callejera". Location: Plaza Líber Seregni. From October to May 1st. Facebook: "Milonga Callejera"(Street tango dancing). Facebook: "Milonga Callejera"

  • 05 Friday. "JovenTango" Location: Aquiles Lanza 1290 at San Jose. Facebook: JovenTango. Facebook: JovenTango.
  • 06  Saturday. "Lo de Margot" Location: Constituyente 1812, between Gaboto and Yaro. Tel. 24106230. Facebook: LodeMargot.
    "Vieja Viola". Location: Paysandú 1639 at Minas . Facebook: Vieja Viola

Important: Milonga schedules can change so we recommend contacting your organizers. Visit Milongashoy fan page for all the highlights each week.

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