Address: Balcarce 725, San Telmo, Buenos Aires.
Phone: (11) 4307-6696
Openning Hours: Thursdays, fridays and saturdays from 9pm. dinner and 10.30pm. tango show. Tango classes are held tuesdays and thursdays at 7pm.
On February 14, 1931 the orchestra of Pedro Mafia, with lyrics by Horacio Staffolani, premiered at San Martin Theater, a tango that become a classic: “Taconeando” characterized as a tango milonga, heavily rhythmic especially for dance. From then on, the tango would be the favorite of countless performers and thus emerged as different versions of Carlos Gardel with its flagship version or the ones belonging to Aníbal Troilo with Roberto Grela.
On August 15, 1979, Beba Bidart a major star, actress, dancer and singer of tangos called ” the Sparrow of Buenos Aires”, inaugurated a venue in the neighborhood of San Telmo which called Taconeando in honor of the famous Argentine Tango. This woman, who in those years was considered tango essence made woman, made of Taconeando a bohemian redoubt of tango people and lovers of this beautiful and sensual music to which she added a new, in addition to the artistic show, the public had the opportunity to dance. The latter tradition was kept alive in the place until the tragedy of Cro-Magnon, therefore the place had to suspend the milongas. Here the perfect combination between a tango, a glass of wine, a friend and a song was made dance.
The current owner of one of the oldest and emblematic tango houses, in addition to fighting to keep the musical tradition alive, now is seeking even greater significance: The Ride of Tango. So Miguel Angel Battista present for months a project to the Municipality of San Telmo which consists in placing statues of the most important artists of the Argentine tango. As the neighborhood has the ride of comics, in this case seeks to represent the figures of Edmundo Rivero and Carlos Gardel, among others, accompanied by a wooden deck and walkway. This project would enhance not only the figure of Taconeando as tango house, but also two other landmarks in the industry, Michelangelo and The Old Warehouse. Battista’s intention is to be given a symbolic value to tango, as neighborhood and as city.
Beyond the project, Taconeando remains a classic enshrined in the Buenos Aires nights. It has first class cuisine with a variety of appetizers, entrees and desserts made by the chef of the house.
The show of one hour and forty-long, was declared of Cultural Interest by the Government of the City of Buenos Aires. The same is a parade of images, lights, sound, music, dances and songs based on a recounted of the tango history, combining classic and modern with a tribute to authors and composers of the genre and as the finale, a dance where the public is the main protagonist.
At first tango was danced among men. The “compadritos” of the early century dancing between them in a cobbled corner of a suburb, down the light of a lantern and the music of crickets. Gradually was adding women but should take refuge in slums, in brothels; if when they reached the courtyard of the tenement that was already considered a great triumph. That was how the tango journeyed several times until the modern tango of Piazzolla.
After dinner you can enjoy an excellent show, with performances by an orchestra of 4 musicians, 7 dance couples and 3 singers; among them Daniel Olivera that invite you to live a moment of pure pleasure and give away a bit of the Buenos Aires idiosyncrasy to be carried as souvenir.