Dance enthusiasts won’t want to miss a show at El Milongón, an ideal spot for a romantic evening—or just lively night in Montevideo. The show includes more than 30 singers, dancers and musicians, and offers a great introduction to a variety of styles, from candombe, an Afro-Montevideo art form, to energetic folk dances. The theater provides a complementary welcome drink, and you can upgrade your ticket to include an optional dinner of typical Uruguayan dishes to enjoy while you watch the show.
Things to Know Before You Go
Shows at El Milongón last 1.5 hours.
To guarantee entry and reserve your seats, book tickets in advance.
Upgrade your ticket to enjoy a full Uruguayan dinner.
This attraction may not be suitable for very young children.
El Milongón is both wheelchair and stroller accessible.
How to Get There
El Milongón a 30-minute walk from both Montevideo’s Old Town and Barrio Sur, and many visitors will find it easiest to make their way to the venue on foot. El Milongón is also surrounded by multiple public transport stops—check the schedules and route most appropriate for you departure point.
When to Get There
Doors open to the public at 8:30pm Monday through Saturday, and the performance begins at 9:30pm. Arrive early to grab the best seats in the house—unless you have prepaid for your tickets and reserved seats in advance—and enjoy a glass of Uruguayan wine before the performance begins.
Culture in Montevideo
Montevideo—Uruguay’s capital city, which sits on Montevideo Bay—offers lots of options for culture-curious visitors. Make sure to sample some mate, the traditional tea-like Uruguayan drink served in a gourd, and stroll the streets of Ciudad Vieja. Before catching the show at El Milongón, you can dine onchurrasco, a local form of barbecue made up of thickly sliced meats (like steaks) that are often grilled over hot coals.
- Montevideo Legislative Palace (Palacio Legislativo)
- Montevideo City Hall (Palacio Municipal)
- Montevideo Agricultural Market (Mercado Agrícola de Montevideo)
- Salvo Palace (Palacio Salvo)
- Montevideo Independence Plaza (Plaza Independencia)
- Gateway of the Citadel (Puerta de la Ciudadela)
- Torres García Museum (Museo Torres García)
- Solís Theatre (Teatro Solís)
- Andes Museum 1972 (Museo Andes 1972)
- Rambla of Montevideo (Rambla de Montevideo)
- Montevideo Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral de Montevideo)
- Football Museum (Museo del Fútbol)
- Pre-Columbian and Indigenous Art Museum (MAPI)
- Montevideo Cruise Port (Puerto de Montevideo)