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Buenos Aires Cafe Brings Intimate Speakeasy Milonga Room to East Sixth

Honoring Argentine cocktails

Milonga Room
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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Buenos Aires Cafe is turning its basement into an intimate speakeasy. The name Milonga Room stems from Argentine tango spots. With the space, co-owner Paola MG Smith "want[s] people to feel like they are lost in time," as she told Austinot. The cocktail bar will be unveiled on Friday, April 15, and Smith teases potential murder mystery games in the future.

The building, initially used for tortilla production, had a big basement, which Smith and the family renovated themselves. The cocktail program will feature Argentine drinks and spirits, like fernet. The menu is meant to honor Pichin, known as El Barman Galante, the famed Argentine bartender in the 1940s, who saw the purpose of cocktails as "not only should be shared, but respected and enjoyed sip by sip."

There were a few test runs held during March. It officially opens on Friday, April 15 with a party. Hours will be from 6 p.m. to midnight, Thursday through Saturday. Passcodes will be required to enter, which will change weekly.

Buenos Aires Cafe

1201 East 6th Street, Austin, TX 78702