Category Archives: latin america

Gay Tango at La Marshall and Tango Queer

A masculine sharply-dressed man passionately leading a beautiful woman with a flowing dress is instantly recognizable around the world as the tango, the iconic dance from Argentina.

For some, the idea of gay tango may seem like a radically new concept.  However, as proven by the photo on the Wikipedia page for the history of the tango, male couples have been dancing since the early 1900s.

The tradition of same-sex tango is kept alive and well in Buenos Aires at two places which welcome tourists. Continue reading Gay Tango at La Marshall and Tango Queer

Fiesta Jolie

An effervescent young crowd fills Palermo every Wednesday with an energy so infectious that it’s impossible to not have a good time.

Avenida Juan B. Justo 1658
Buenos Aires, Argentina    Google Map »

Wednesday 9PM – 5AM

On any night of the week, doors may open at 9pm to hang and watch the latest episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race, or a film festival of campy comedies from Spain. The only real way to know what you’ll find on any given Wednesday is to check out Fiesta Jolie on Facebook or Twitter. Later on in the evening, the dancefloor heats up, and line of 20 and 30 somethings in search of a good time on a miercoles begins to multiply.

Drinks are relatively inexpensive (which is even better considering the is often no cover fee.) At Fiesta Jolie the boys love to make out, and so do the lesbians (who can comprise up to 40 percent of the crowd on any particular Wednesday.)

Como Se Dice? Twenty Words and Phrases En Espanol

Most bartenders and doormen in Latin America do not speak English, but most can put together a few words and play a bit charades to communicate the basics.  Don’t be afraid to go out if you’re not fluent in

  • activo – the role of the “top”
  • agua – water (in bars, you’ll need to specify “con gas” if you want it with gas, or “sin gas” without
  • bano – bathroom
  • barra libre – open bar / free drinks
  • boliches – nightclubs
  • cerveza – beer
  • canilla libre – open bar (see also “barra libre”)
  • chupito – a shot of alcohol
  • cuánto? – How much? (can also use Cuánto cuesta?)
  • cubierto – “cargo por cubierto” – literally “cover charge” (see also “entrada”)
  • entrada – entrance fee / cover (see also cubierto)
  • passivo – the sexual role of the “bottom”
  • sin azucar – sugar free
  • sin gelo – without ice (pronounced “seen yeilo”)
  • “taxi boys” – male escorts / prostitutes
  • tragos – mixed drinks / cocktails