Tango / Milongas


Tango reflects the cultural brotherhood between Montevideo and Buenos Aires. Testimony of this is the shared distinction of Intangible Heritage of Humanity, declared by UNESCO in 2009.

In the last decades of the 19th century, these cities began to experience a massive immigration process, mostly of Europeans, which modified their societies.

This multicultural mixing phenomenon was accelerated by the promotion of public education. Tango was born from that intense mixture.

Its musical backgrounds are African, Latin American and European, merged in such a way that they are unrecognizable. Its nature is totally citizen and suburb.

The lyrics of tango reflect the slang known as lunfardo, which originated in brothels, prisons and “bodegones” (restaurants) in the suburbs, where the working class lived.

The feeling of belonging to the suburb generated neighborhoods in Montevideo with tango identity: Sur, Aduana, Aguada and the disappeared Bajo Montevideo.

Today it is possible to take dance and bandoneon lessons or visit the old cafes and participate in the many night milongas, every day of the week.

In the traditional Tristán Narvaja Flea Market there are tango relics: records, scores, photos and books.

One fun fact is that in the corner of 18 de Julio Av. and Andes St., the famous tango “La Cumparsita”, by the Uruguayan Gerardo Mattos Rodríguez, was premiered in 1917.




1235 Aquiles Lanza and Soriano St.
(+598) 2901 5561 - 2908 6813

El Chamuyo.

591 25 de Mayo and Juan Carlos Gómez St.
(+598) 98 635 105

You can get more information about milongas and where they will take place by entering here.


Tango Lessons


1235 Aquiles Lanza and Soriano St.
(+598) 2901 5561 - 2908 6813

El Chamuyo

591 25 de Mayo and Juan Carlos Gómez St.
(+598) 98 635 105


Restaurants and tango shows


1389 Peatonal Pérez Castellano and Washington St.
(+598) 2915 6168

Baar Fun Fun

1229 Ciudadela and Reconquista St.
(+598) 2915 8005

Bar Facal.

18 de Julio Av. and Yi St.
(+598) 2908 7741