Salón Málaga of Medellin

Salón Málaga of Medellín preserves the magic of other lucid years, of tango and elegance, that once characterized the city. It is a social gathering cafe, a bar where you can share a beer with friends; the canteen of the music lovers of yesteryear; a corporation that believes in art to preserve memory; a trunk of memories and icon of Medellín.


Stopped in time, in Salón Málaga, you can still hear the voice of the immortal Carlos Gardel with his poems made tango. Its walls with photographs of celebrities who once visited it are relics that the curious and passionate about history fall in love with. Tables are filled every night with beer, rum, and brandy, and the dance floor welcomes couples of all ages.


On Saturdays, the applause of the spectators, who joyfully enjoy the live musical shows, break with the daily life of the city. For fans of good music and memories of Medellin from the last century, this is the most welcoming of destinations.

History of Salón Málaga

Gustavo Arteaga, born in Caramanta Antioquia, was 24 years old (1957) when Salón Málaga opened to the public. His dream was for it to be the ideal space to meet, share good music and have social gatherings; And as if it were a vision, today it is the favorite place for those who want to talk about the culture and the beautiful memories of past decades.

Where is Salón Málaga?

Located at Carrera 51 # 45-80, Salón Málaga is on Carrera Bolívar, in the Center of Medellin. This passage now has the pedestrian as the protagonist, and in its intention to be a more friendly space for the citizen and the environment, it can be traveled on foot or by bicycle.


During the day, the sector fills with merchants and hundreds of people who travel to go to work or who must do shopping and errands in the city center. At night, however, the Saló Málaga takes center stage, with its music, dance, joy, and tradition.


To get here, the best option is the Medellin Metro, since it is next to the San Antonio station. You just have to go out, locate the entrance of the Tram and turn to the right, there you will see the lights and magic that the place radiates.

What to do at Salón Málaga?

In this space you can share with your friends and loved ones your favorite liquor while listening to the music of yesteryear shared by Gustavo Arteaga, who stands out in Medellin for his collection of around 7,000 78-revolution discs, being one of the most complete collections in the city. Here boleros, porros, bambucos, waltzes, operas, and other musical genres are heard.


Salón Málaga and its space welcome all tango dancers, from those who are just starting out or have been doing it for years for fun, to the most professional. So if you don’t do very well on the floor, you are sure to enjoy an incredible dance performance. On the other hand, on Saturdays, generally, there are orchestras and music groups that make a memorable live show.


On some occasions, gatherings and tango classes are held. To be aware of its programming, you can check its blog.


Also, if your thing is to travel back in time, contemplating the dozens of photos that are always on display is an excellent way to do it. You can see the glamor of some artists who performed at Málaga in the second half of the 20th century.


  • Be aware of their schedules: Monday through Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. and on Sundays until 12:00 a.m. For more information you can consult their website or call this telephone number: (054) 231 26 58.


  • Although the Medellin Metro is the best way to get to Salón Málaga, keep in mind its hours from Monday to Saturday from 4:30 a.m. m. at 10:30 p.m. m; Sundays and holidays from 5:00 a.m. at 10:00 p.m. Remember that you can not enter if you are under the influence of alcohol. If you want to enjoy the party until the end, the idea is to take a taxi.


  • With the latest renovations of Paseo Bolívar, it is not feasible to park private cars nearby. Consider leaving it in a parking lot, but it’s not the friendliest option. A good idea is to get there by bicycle since Salón Málaga has a nearby cycle path.


Málaga is currently run by the family of Gustavo, its founder, who continues to work so that new generations fall in love with the songs of yesteryear, those that made the grandparents and parents of Medellin vibrate and that continue to captivate the most bohemians and music lovers from the city.


Remember that with your visit you contribute to the endurance of this cultural project, Medellin’s heritage. We will wait for you!



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