Milonga Point Hotel
When Guralp told me that it would be the 11th anniversary of the Point Hotel milonga I realised that it must have been 12-13 years when I first started dancing tango. Point milonga started when was I was a beginner. Back then, we didn’t know Guralp well but a close friend of ours become a DJ. Guralp approached her and asked her to DJ at his milongas professionally. Frankly speaking, at that time no DJ was paid properly, so that was the first case in the tango community in Istanbul. Now 11 years on, Point Hotel is still going strong and is the place to go to on Thursday nights.
The location of the milonga is the best one you can get in Istanbul. Located at the heart of Istanbul Taksim area, it is easily accessible from anywhere in the city and by any kind of transport. If you arrive by car, you can leave it safely to the hotel’s valet service.
The milonga venue is a perfect vantage point and the view from the terrace is fantastic. This is the view from the place at daytime
And this how it looks at day
And this how it looks at night
Day or night, it is equally beautiful and inspiring. I know people who come to Point Hotel to have a glass of wine and just watch the hustle and bustle of the city life below. And when it comes to tango at the Point Hotel, you can be sure to meet the whole range of tangueros – not just the dancers from a particular tango school or a closed community but instead people from different studios, communities and cities. A common problem in tango world is when groups of tangueros from one community only dance with each other. This is not the case at Point. The milonga is also very well known internationally and is popular with the tangueros visiting from all around the world.
Point milonga starts at around 9:30 and the entrance fee includes one free drink. There is no dress code as such but dancers do like to dress up – as you can see from the photos that I took last night.
A friend of mine just loves to come here to have a cocktail mixed at the bar and sips his drink at the terrace while enjoying the city view or watching the dance floor, checking out who is free to dance and who is still dancing.
Usually you would expect a crowd of 70-100 people at Point but yesterday I think about 200 people turned up for the anniversary party. The place was buzzing, the energy was high and the floorcraft was really nice. Check out some of my photos from last night and see for yourselves!
I would also like to dedicate a separate section to Guralp Diner. From the moment he got into the local tango community, he has added an incredible value to it. It is his way of doing his work and his new ideas that add a fresh perspective to our tango life here in Istanbul. I never remember him bragging about his achievements, however many in this tango community continue to use and develop his ideas. Guralp is also the creator of Istanbul Tango Guide Map. Knowing the importance of bringing something new and fresh to the table, I congratulate him on his approach and wish him another successful 11 + years to come.