This outside of the place …
The "Confitería La Ideal" was inaugurated in 1912, only 2 years after the city celebrated the centennial of its independence. In those years it worked like a tearoom, and became famous by its "Orquesta de señoritas" (orchestra of young ladies). Between 4 and 6 p.m. it was overwhelmed with girls who worked in the offices nearby; they go to drink tea, after the work schedule. Saturdays goodbyes of unmarried ladies were made, but not “unmarried boys”, since it was not advisable to mix sexes between the customers.
With the passage of time, it had to be updated to the necessities and tastes of its public, so it was varying the type of spectacles that offered. And between 1979 and 1981 the "Confitería" became coffee concert. The musical group "Los 5 Latinos" (“the 5 Latins”) sang there next with Estela Rabal; and Carlos Figari executed different pieces with his orchestra, with the singer Enrique Dumas.
It is located a few meters from the avenida Corrientes and Suipacha, a very tipical corner.
The site offers the chance of showing the secrets of this town.
Not too old, not too modern, this huge space vibrates without bothering its waiters, most of them have more than 30 years serving at this house. Their white hair gather so much history, they could mention hundred of celebrities that made it to its ball rooms. Visitors such as Maurice Chavalier, Maria Felix, Dolores del Rio, Vittorio Gassman, Robert Duvall.
Several movies where also shot at the confiteria, such as Saura's "Tango" or Madonna's “Evita”. Several Argentinean presidents and all rank functionaries enjoyed their “Copetin” (cocktails) at the IDEAL, Artists, writers, painters, and musicians from all eras visited it.
The vitreaux and lamps, the ancient imported wood that cover the walls and the opulent marble staircase and its famous and unique Pergola, evocates with not doubt Paris.
From the top floor the sound of Tango is heard. The marble staircase and the old elevator are the prelude to the first floor, the ball room of the IDEAL. The tango has been danced since 1890. Those were the days of the porteñal splendor, right around 1912. It's founder was Manuel Rosendo Fernandez, Spanish immigrant and entrepreneur.
The "IDEAL" was born as a prestigious coffee house, its decoration was art deco and its visitors a mixed of the top of the argentine burgessy with visitors from all over the world.
The ball room is today honored by the most famous local and international “milongueros”, and by the best Tango teachers.