The Museo del Vino, despite its name, is not a museum. It is a tiny wine-bar offering local Uruguayan wines and world-class live bands located in the centre of Montevideo.
The bands are usually of the highest calibre tango, folklore and Uruguayan rhythms.
Wednesday nights are tango milonga nights, when the locals come to dance tango. There is live music from Thursday to Saturday nights, with shows starting around 9pm and 11pm (when there is a double bill – you pay for the two shows if you stay for both) or 10pm if there is just one show.
A cover charge for the music is generally very modest, anything between 80 and 250 pesos depending on the band. That’s less than 10 USD.
Order a bottle or glass of tannat – the grape you should be checking out, it’s winning prizes all over the world – and a picada (a selection of cold meats, cheese and bread).
It’s a good idea to reserve a table as seating is limited. You can reserve via their Facebook page if you don’t speak Spanish. Direct your message or post to the owner, Miguel, and do tell him you found out about the Museo through this site.
A must while you are in Montevideo.
Museo del Vino, Maldonado 1150 on the corner of Gutierrez Ruiz, Montevideo. Tel: 2908 3430.