This monthly milonga hosted by Adolfo Caszarry, has quickly become one of the most popular milongas on Saturday night. El Arrabal has a large dance floor, lots of tables along the perimeter and wine and snacks are provided. A lot of thought was put into the decoration and atmosphere and it shows. Drop in beginner class at 7pm with Adolfo and intermediate at 8pm with Diego Lanau. Held the first Saturday of every month.
Admission: $5 each class/ $12 milonga only
Parking: Fairly easy on street near milonga, please do not leave valuables in car
Bar: No, but wine and snacks are provided
Dress: dress to impress
La Milonga de Nora5855 Christie Avenue, Allegro Ballroom, Emeryville, CA map
The Allegro is a very large ballroom/dance studio with an excellent dance floor. Dancers of all levels feel welcome at this milonga. Every 2nd Saturday of the month. Class is at 8pm, milonga 9 till 2pm.
Admission: $15 class & milonga/ $12 milonga only/ $6 after 1:05am
Parking: Free parking lot in front of venue
Bar: No, wine and snacks provided
Milonga Azul at Metronome Dance Collective
1830 17th St., San Francisco, CA map
Milonga Azula is held at a dance studio in the Potrero Hill neighborhood. It has a large hardwood dance floor and the room is drenched in moody blue light and enclosed by cozy table seating. This milonga is held on every Saturday night excepting the 1st Saturday. Rotating guest tango instructors host the event and teach the drop-in class before the milonga. Guest instructors include: Guillermo Garcia, Diego Lanau, Christy Cote and more. Class at 9pm and milonga 10pm till 1:45am.
Admission: $15 class & milonga/ $12 milonga only
Parking: easy on street
Bar: No, but wine is available for purchase and snacks are provided
Dress: Dress to impress
Tango Universe at Lake Merrit Dance CenterLake Merritt Dance Center (Lakeview Hall 1 – upstairs) map
200 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA
Hosted by Ashvin and Sandy, and held in a beautiful elegant space of the Lake Merrit Dance Center. This milonga has been gaining in popularity as an option for dancing on a Saturday night in the East Bay. It also boast a great dance floor and easy parking. Ashvin teaches a class before the milonga and is also a fantastic DJ. Occasional guest instructors and performances. Class at 8pm, milonga 9-12am.
Admission: $15 class & milonga/ $10 milonga only
Parking: Easy – designated parking lot in front of building
Bar: No, snacks and wine provided
Dress: Dress to impress
All Nighter at the Beat2560 9th St. (Between Dwight and Parker), Berkeley, CA map
This event is one of the longest running North American all-nighters and attracts dancers from all over the bay area. It is held on the 4th Saturday of the every month, and is hosted by the lovely Rina (who is also a great DJ and beautiful dancer). There is a class before hand by rotating local instructors or guest teachers. Cost of admission includes delicious snacks and wine as well as hot tea and coffee to provide sustenance for the long night of dancing. Class at 9:30, milonga starts at 10:30pm.
Admission: $20 class & milonga/ $13 milonga only (Students: $15 class & milonga/$10 milonga)
Parking: Easy on street
Bar: no, but lots of food and coffee provided
Dress: Dressy, but make sure you are comfortable for the long night of dancing