After Hours Electricty: El Viejo Almacen and the Tango
Buenos Aires, Argentina
The sights and sounds of Buenos Aires will keep you busy all day, so put on those walking shoes and head out early. Check out the Teatro Colón, one of the world’s finest opera houses. Visit the Casa Rosada, the city’s presidential palace. See the Cemetery of the Recoleta, where Eva Peron is buried.
Just remember to pace yourself so you’ll have ample energy when the sun goes down. That’s the time to see the sexiest, most electrifying spectacle in this city: the tango.
One of the best places to take in Argentina’s signature dance is at El Viejo Almacen in the historic San Telmo district. The restaurant/club offers famed Argentine meats or an international menu. Then the bandoneon player starts his sexy, mournful tunes and the dancers take the stage. They posture, strut and swivel, glide and pivot, always with a look of profound emotional pain etching their faces.
The dramatic moves that have captured the world’s imagination began on the seamy side of this port town. Italian, French, Spanish and German immigrants melded their own musical influences with those of local gauchos, blacks and Indians, historians say. Thus was born a provocative dance expressing longing, both sexual and for the homeland. To witness the tango in this historic venue is to be mesmerized by its power.