Taylor Swift wasn’t the only performer from the Eras Tour who lived it up in Buenos Aires last week.
On Friday, a thunderstorm forced the pop sensation to postpone the evening’s concert until Sunday, November 12. Swift’s dancers made the most of it, taking in a dinner tango show at El Viejo Almacén in San Telmo.
Declared a place of cultural interest by Argentine Congress in 1982, El Viejo Almacén is a place to enjoy traditional Argentine gastronomy like asado (barbecue) and its national dance, the tango. The restaurant celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019, and the tanguería has hosted some of the country’s most distinguished tango singers, from Aníbal Troilo to Osvaldo Pugliese.
Tango was born at the end of the nineteenth century along the Río de la Plata. A product of the immigrant cultures of Europe and Africa, it was originally conceived as a dance for the lower classes. Over time, it spread to every socioeconomic sector of Argentine society, and today it’s the country’s most recognizable art form. In 2009, UNESCO added the dance to its list of intangible cultural heritage.
Taylor Swift performed three sold-out shows in Buenos Aires between November 9 and 12, despite Friday’s bad weather. She has called her choice to launch her Eras Tour in South America the “best decision possible” and has heaped praise on the Argentine crowds, thanking them for providing the “most electric, magical memories.”
El Viejo Almacen is located on 299 Avenida Independencia in San Telmo.