The term milonga in Argentine dialect refers to a community venue or gathering where the tango tradition is preserved through learning and practicing the dance form. Historically, neighborhood milongas featured live music and played a central role in the community life of Buenos Aires. We celebrate that tradition today with our own contemporary milongas in downtown Washington, D.C.

Our regular rotating DJs are Yulia Kriskovets, Anthony Lara, and Jaime Montemayor, but we often have guest DJs and our milongas sometimes feature live performances by musicians from our very own Tango Mercurio Community Orchestra and others!

Tuesdays: ESL Milonga at 18th St. Lounge

18th St. Lounge (ESL) is a restored town house mansion, and an enticing environment for dancers, with original hardwood flooring, high ceilings, and comfy antique couches and chairs all around. It has been legendary in DC nightlife for years—even the entrance is secret and unmarked! The door is to the left of the Little Beet Restaurant, enter and find your way up the purple carpet stairway. We are in the Gold Room, just off the main floor. Please note: Positive ID check at the door—no exceptions.

Join the 18th Street Lounge Milonga facebook group for photos, videos and other updates. 

  • Tango Drills Class (All Levels): 7 PM - 8 PM
  • Tango Taster Class for Complete Beginners: 8 PM - 9 PM
  • Intermediate Class: 8 PM - 9 PM 
  • Milonga: 9 PM - 12 AM

Price: $15 for 1 class, $25 for two classes.

$12 for the milonga. If you take 2 pre-milonga classes, the milonga entrance is free.

Address: 1212 18th St. NW Washington, DC

2nd Fridays: Milonga de Luz

An exquisite monthly milonga that takes place every 2nd Friday at the beautiful John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church.

Free parking on a first come first served basis is available at the Garrison Elementary School parking lot at 1200 S Street NW, Washington, DC 20009. Please park ONLY on the left side of the parking lot.  

  • Tango Artistry (Advanced level) group class for COUPLES ONLY:  7:30 PM - 9 PM 
  • Milonga: 9 PM - 1 AM 

Regular pricing:
Class - drop-in $20 or use a Mercurio class package
Milonga $15 ($10 with class)

Students/seniors pricing (ID is required):
Class: $10
Milonga: $10 ($5 with class)

Address: 1615 14th St Washington, DC 20009 (intersection of Corcoran St and 14th St NW). The entrance is on Corcoran St (not 14th St).

Join the Milonga de Luz facebook group for photos, videos and other updates. 


If you have any questions about our milongas, are interested in DJing, or volunteering at one of our milongas or practicas, please contact us.