South America Living

How to Get Free Drinks in Buenos Aires & Tango

by Molly McHugh, Former Editor/Publisher of South America Living.     About the Author

When I read “Canilla Libre de Bebidas Todo La Noche” (“Free Drinks All Night Long” in English) my heart skipped a beat. Allright, that is an exaggeration but I did perk up a bit.

All night? I can put away 5-6 in a five or so hour period if I’m having a good time so that’s a $25-$35 USD ‘night on the town’ savings. Canilla means “tap” in English.

Choreographed Live Tango Show in Buenos Aires

That’s ok, you can pour from a kegger… don’t need any fancy wine bottles here. Where, when and what do you need to do?

What I had read was a brochure from our hostal by Sabor a Tango, a dinner show theater. When you buy dinner, the drinks are on them. I think I’ve made a new friend.

There is seating at the venue for 500 people, with a theater at the front. Tango is the entertainment on display, and I am sure lots of good music to go with it. It was the photographs of the Tango dancers on the brochure that really caught my interest (but free drinks are more fun to write about) – I’ve yet to see a live show and think the dance is spectacular. You can book online with the link above.

I wasn’t able to attend this visit to Buenos Aires, but is top on my list for next time traveling through. Thought it was worth a mention.

One of the best resources for tourists for a night of Tango – whether it be a dinner show or at a local milonga – is “Tango Cherie”, an American expat who has lived in Buenos Aires for years and will chaperone visitors with her partner Ruben. Her website with more information is located here.

Cheers, Molly




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