In the heart of San Telmo, at the corner of the streets Av. Independencia and Balcarce, stands the restaurant El Viejo Almacén.
The building dates back to 1769, to before Argentina's independence from Spain, when it served as a store. In 1969, the singer and composer Edmundo Rivero bought the venue and converted it into a one of the city's most important venues for tango music, and many tango greats have since performed on its stage. It was declared a Site of Cultural Interest by the city government in 1982.
The venue now offers a tango dinner-show every evening, with an international menu and extensive wine list.
After originally serving as a neighbourhood store (an "almacén"), the building housed the city's British Hospital in the 1840s, and the first surgical operation to be carried out in Buenos Aires using ether was performed here in June 1844.
Through the 1850s and 1860s, the national customs office functioned in the building, and wounded soldiers were nursed here during the Paraguay War (1865-1868).
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