In the Argentine language a peña simply means a party, although a lively one. Folklórica can refer to singing, dancing, and music in the traditional style of old Argentina. This style comes from a mix of influences from indigenous tribes, European settlers, and African rhythm.
Not so Fast! Don't prejudge peña folklóricas.
If you think that a peña folklórica is just another concert, or just another place to tango, you'll be missing out. While there may be some old strains of tango twirled around the floor, you're more likely to see dances going along with music styles such as chacarera, chamamé and zamba.
The vibe is also completely different at a pena compared to a tango hall (milonga) or concert. In some instances, amateur guitarists get to perform on-stage at a moment's notice. Mingling and mixing is encouraged and the general sense is to relax and enjoy yourself.
You must not forget about the traditional dishes that are often found at these events either. You're likely to find piping hot bowls of locro, steamed sweet humitas, and, of course, a pile of empanadas. In traditional pena fashion, you should wash all of this down with a bottle of red wine, and preferable an Argentine Malbec.
Some Popular Peña Folklóricas
La Peña del Colorado
Güemes 3657, Palermo, Buenos Aires
Showtimes: Shows $25. Everyday 10pm-4am.
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- El Empujon Del Diablo
Carranza 1969, Buenos Aires
- Peña Los Cumpas
Solís 485, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Showtimes: $35 entry, Second Saturday of the month 9pm-7am
- Los Cardones
J.L Borges 2180, Palermo, Buenos Aires
Showtimes: Everyday 9pm-5am. Shows Wednesday to Saturday.
- De La Ribera
J Diaz De Solis 2289, Olivos, Buenos Aires
Showtimes: $30 entry, Second Saturday of the month.