Navigation: Leaders entering the floor, please wait for acknowledgment from the leader on the floor when attempting to enter the floor. Equally as important, please mindfully maintain your
navigation in one of three lines of the dance, and dance tango milonguero style throughout the Encuentro.
showboating in the middle of the floor will be permitted.
Nearly all of our Attendees have either been personally invited or referred by skilled tango milonguero style dancers. It is expected that all Attendees to our Encuentro have a
sound understanding of and practice the codigos of tango. Encuentro Milonguero San Francisco Bay Area 2019 is a private invitational event. If you are here, it is because we believe that you
dance tango milonguero style, and your understanding and practice of the codigos of tango will be adhered to throughout the Encuentro.
For anyone who may not be aware of the Codigos or anyone who believes the Codigos do not pertain to them: Please pay particular attention to the use of the mirada, use of
the cabeceo, accepting or not accepting the cabeceo, understanding the protocol for entering and exiting the dance floor, returning the follower safely to her table, being
mindful to fully clear the floor when the cortina begins (not blocking the view of seated dancers), wait for the tanda to begin before using the mirada or cabeceo, and mindfully
navigating on the floor in three lines of the dance. It is our expectation that all of our Attendees will honor the codigos of tango which can be reviewed
Name tags: Upon arrival, please check in with our registration greeters who will provide you with your name tag at the time you sign in. As a reminder, please wear your name tags during the
"Meet and Greet" and during our dinners. This will help those of us with a less than perfect memory to facilitate an opportunity for us to make new friends and remember their names. Also, please
use your name tags as a place holder at your table/chair during the milonga and as a means of entry into the building on Saturday and Sunday.
Attire: Evening milongas -- Upscale Dress
Attire: Afternoon milongas -- Casual dress (please no jeans/t-shirts or tennis shoes)
Seating: We will feature traditional seating with leaders on the length of one side, followers on the length of the other side, couples and 50/50 dancers in
the width of one side and a split of leaders and followers on the width of the other side. Please leave your name tags at your seat or table to reserve your spot for the duration of the
Post Supper: We will need a few minutes for Verdi Club staff to clear the tables when dinner ends and before the Sunday milonga begins. We kindly ask our guests to
remove their plates and glasses from the table when dinner ends, and take it to the bins at the kitchen.
Codigos of Tango and Navigation:
Entering the floor: Please do not impede the line of the dance by entering the floor solely at the corner of the floors. Instead, please use one of 16 points of entry to the floor (see
When the tanda ends, please clear the floor, escort your followers to their seats and quickly return to your seat to facilitate the mirada and cabeceo. Please do not stand and block the view of other
Facility and Ambiance: The recently renovated historic Verdi Club, San Francisco’s most renowned venue for Argentine tango over the past 20 years reflects an ambiance of Old World
Charm, reminiscent of the Golden Era of tango. Attendees can look forward to dancing to the best of the Golden Era tango played by some of the best tango DJs in the nation.
Restrooms: The Verdi Club has separate restroom locations for men and women. The ladies' lounge upstairs is quite beautiful and includes a powder room for changing which will be
available throughout the weekend. The men’s room is located downstairs.
Coat Racks: Coat racks for men will be available in the hallway closet just before the ballroom entrance. Coat racks for women will be located upstairs in the ladies lounge where you can
keep your purses, shoes and changes of clothing.
Most convenient and time-efficient: (Uber and Lyft)
Most cost-effective: (includes trip planner) Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), Muni, Caltrain, AC Transit and other means of public transportation. https://sfbaytransit.org/bart/planner
Club Parking: Free street parking is available on Hampshire St next to and Mariposa directly in front of the Verdi Club. Parking at any metered space is free after 6 pm. Parking on
Sundays is free everywhere.
Security Guards: Security guards will be on-premise during evening milongas
and available to escort guests to their car, Uber, Lyft or taxi during or after the milonga ends.
SAN FRANCISCO’S MISSION DISTRICT: The Mission District, a
traditionally Latino community is also a hipster haven with a lively nightlife. Mission Street, the community's main drag, runs the gamut of ethnically diverse restaurants ranging from modest
family-run gems providing, say, Chinese to Peruvian fare or the greatest burrito you've had since that one on the last block. The now gentrified street of Valencia, one block parallel to Mission St,
features a similar gamut of restaurants from low-key to trendy hipster, art galleries, bookstores, and quirky shopping. Its proximity to downtown and easy access to public transit make it one of
the more sought-after areas. All of these restaurants are a short distance from the Verdi Club.
Restaurants (Trendy to Low Key comfort foods) and Coffee Shops:
The Morris: 4.8 stars Excellent Bistro with a daily changing menu located 50 feet from the Verdi Club. Critic review: However far you’ve traveled, it’s going to be
worth it. The Morris looks a lot like a laid-back neighborhood place, but it’s actually a destination restaurant in disguise. Some favorite small plate dishes are the fois gras dumpling, shrimp
toast, spicy squid and broccoli, incredible whole smoked duck, and for dessert, try the buckwheat doughnuts in whiskey cream sauce. Seasonal options are switched in and out pretty frequently, too, so
don’t ignore the specials - especially the crab salad or charred baby favas if they happen to be available. Address: 2501 Mariposa St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Beretta (Modern Italian) Zagat rated 4.4 with critic comment: Crazy packed all the time“, this ”hipster“ Italian turning out ”really tasty“ thin-crust pizza, ”amazing small
plates“ and ”fantastic“ craft cocktails continues to be the go-to spot for ”launching a night out in the Mission“ or enjoying ”outdoor brunch“ with friends; ”service can be spotty“ and it ”couldn't
be any louder“, but those ”lucky“ enough to ”snag“ a bar or communal-table seat insists”it’s all worth it“; P.S. ”go with a party of six or more" to make a reservation. Address: 1199 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110 Open Fri, Sat, Sun till 1 am.
The Sarap Shop Food Truck 4.5 stars serving Adobo and other Filipino dishes located in the SOMA Food Truck Park, in the midst of several other Food Trucks serving various
American and Ethnic comfort foods. Address: 428 11th Street in the SOMA Street Food Park Open till 10 pm
Fri and Sat.
Live Sushi Bar 4.3 stars Wood-paneled Japanese neighborhood venue serving rolls, sashimi, live preparations & bento boxes. Address: 2001 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94103 Open till 11 pm Fri and Sat
Tacolicious 4.3 stars Tacos, small plates & tequila drinks are on offer at this popular local chain’s Mission outpost. Address:741 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110 Open till Midnight Fri and Sat.
Cha Cha Cha Tapas Restaurant 4.1 stars Long-standing & lively Mission eatery with exposed brick serves Caribbean small plates & sangria Address: 2327 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 Open till Midnight Fri and Sat.
Pancho Via Taqueria 4.4 stars No-frills counter-serve joint with ample seating for burritos, tacos & tortas, plus agua frescas. Address: 3071 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103 Open till Midnight Fri, Sat, Sun
El Hamra (Pakastani) 4.2 stars Meat, seafood & vegetarian curries, plus tandoori & more in a simple, tiled space. Address: 3083 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103 Open till 11 pm Fri, Sat, Sun
Arabian Nights 4.2 stars A Middle Eastern menu including some Lebanese dishes & freshly baked pita bread. Address: 2345 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 Open till Midnight Fri and Sat
Alba Ray’s 4.5 stars Bustling dinner spot serving New Orleans classics, drinks & late-night bar eats in a dynamic space. Address: 2293 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 Open till 11 pm Fri, Sat, Sun
Southpaw BBQ Brisket & Ribs 4.2 stars Pair with American whiskeys & house-brewed beer at this upscale barbecue joint. Address: 2170 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Pica Pica Arapa Kitchen 4.3 stars Arepas & other Venezuelan eats provide the Latin flavors at this casual spot. Address: 401 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103 Closes 10 pm Fri, Sat and 9 pm
Rite Spot Café 4.5 stars Cozy, candlelit self-described dive bar has drinks, local art, live jazz & basic Italian food. Address: 2099 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Burma Love 4.6 stars Spin-off of a famed local Burmese restaurant serves shareable plates in a modern space with a bar. Address: 211 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103 Open till 10:30 pm Fri and Sat and 10
Locanda 4.4 stars Italian classics, cocktails & a formidable wine list round out the menu at this local favorite. Address: 557 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110 Open till 10 pm Fri and Sat
Loló restaurant 4.5 stars, is a beloved Mission District institution. Loló Pachitas Salvadorian Restaurant 4.5 Stars Pupusas in a variety of
flavors offered along with other Latin American staples in a humble space. Address: 3091 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103 Open till 2:30 am Friday and Sat
Critic review: Loló is family-owned and operated by Executive Chef Jorge Martínez. Loló's bright and vibrant interior is uniquely San Franciscan and fits perfectly with the cultural spirit
of the neighborhood. For the interior, wife of Jorge Martinez and co-owner, Lorena took inspiration from rural Mexican culture and from her childhood growing up on rancherías in Torréon, Coahuila.
The interior evokes the cultural and creative spirit of The Mission, using locally found objects and fabrics to create an atmosphere that is unapologetically bold and playful. And the creative
cuisine at Lolo matches the interior for an unforgettable dining experience.
Limón Rotisserie 4.3 Stars Chicken highlights the modern Peruvian menu at this casual Valencia St. eatery. Address: 524 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Open till 10:30 pm Fri and Sat
Foreign Cinema 4.4 Stars Crowds eat Californian-Mediterranean fare (& a popular brunch) in an outdoor space screening films. Address: 2534 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 Open till 11 pm Fri and Sat
Lolinda 4.6 stars Modern Argentine eatery serving steaks, small plates, cocktails & wine in a vibrant atmosphere. Address: 2518 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 Open till 12 am Fri and Sat
Mau 4.4 stars Casual Vietnamese eats like pho & clay-pot dishes in a busy Valencia Street locale. Address: 665 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110 Open till 10 pm Fri and Sat
Al’s Place 4.5 stars Relaxed, modern New American restaurant for an inventive take on seafood & vegetable dishes. Address: 1499 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110 Open till 10 pm Fri and Sat
Garcon 4.3 stars Lively neighborhood bistro serving French fare with a Californian twist. Address: 1101 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110 Open till 11 pm Fri and Sat
COFFEE SHOPS -- Trendy, Industrial and
Coffee Shop 4.7 stars Locally roasted organic coffees & other brewed drinks are served alongside baked goods at this shop. Address: 3139 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 Open 7:30 am – 5 pm
Four Barrel Coffee 4.5 stars Exposed beams create a sleek & rustic ambiance for this Mission cafe specializing in drip coffee. Address: 375 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103 Open 7 am – 8 pm
Linea Caffe 4.4 stars Small, an eco-friendly espresso bar offering reserve brews along with salads. Address: 3417 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110 8 am – 6 pm Zagat: Big things
are happening at this “cute” Italian-style espresso bar in the Mission via Andrew Barnett (Ecco Caffe) and Anthony Myint (Mission Chinese) offering “well-balanced,
beautiful”micro-batch roasted coffees, “delicious” sweet and savory Belgian waffles (via Lt. Waffle inside), and other “thoughtful food”; with “helpful” baristas too, its a
"small place with a lot of character.
Dynamo Donut and Coffee 4.5 Stars Unusual flavor combinations like maple bacon mark this hip, compact stop for donuts & coffee. Address: 2760 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110 7 am – 5 pm Zagat: Delish“
donuts, notably, the ”must-try“ maple bacon variety, are the draw at these ”hipster destinations“ where the ”innovative“ treats are paired with ”strong, delicious“ coffee poured by a ”friendly“
counter crew; throw in ”laid-back“ vibes and they're worth a ”special trip.
Pinhole Coffee 4.7 Stars Storefront coffeehouse boasting a whimsical ambiance plus pastry & coffee beans from Linea Caffe. Address: 231 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
Sightglass Coffee 4.5 Stars Coffee made from house-roasted beans served along with baked goods in a bi-level, industrial space. Address: 270 7th St, San Francisco, CA 94103 Open 7am-7pm
Craftsman and Wolves 4.5 stars Pastry-whiz William Werner serves egg-filled muffins, bonbons, coffee & more. Address: 746 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Critic review: Breakfast routines are made to be broken by the infamous Rebel Within: a sausage-spiked Asiago-cheese muffin with a silken soft-boiled egg baked inside. SF's surest pick-me-up
is a Highwire macchiato with matcha (green tea) cookies; a Thai coconut-curry scone enjoyed with pea soup and rosé is lunch perfected. Exquisite hazelnut cube-cakes and vanilla-violet
cheesecakes are ideal for celebrating unbirthdays and imaginary holidays.
Red Café 4.4 Stars No-frills corner stop serving Mexican & American eats in a dinerlike atmosphere. Address: 2894 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 7am-4pm
Farley’s 4.5 Stars Coffeehouse that pairs espresso drinks with organic nibbles & displays the work of local artists. Address: 1315 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107 Open 6:30 am – 9 pm
Chloe’s Coffee 4.5 Stars Long lines form for the breakfast fare, coffee & traditional American faves at this cozy cafe. Address: 1399 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114 Open 8 am – 2:45 pm
Tartine Manufactory (French) Chic, industrial space with a bakery, Californian cafe, coffee counter, ice cream window & wine bar. Address: 595 Alabama St, San Francisco, CA 94110 Open till 10 pm Sat and Sun
Morning Due Coffee 4.3 Stars Serving omelets, sandwiches & other casual American fares in a loft-style space with outdoor seating. Address: 3698 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94114 Open 8 am – 8 pm
Robin’s Café Airy daytime cafe inside the ODC theater serving breakfast, salads & sandwiches, plus coffee, espresso & wine. Address: 1332, 3153 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94110 8am-4pm
Potrero Center (Nearby Strip Center) 16th and Potrero: Safeway, Peets Coffee, Noah’s Bagels
Grocery Store: Gus’s Community Market Spacious neighborhood spot with organic produce, groceries, sandwiches & coffee-shop basics. Address: 2111 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94110 7 am – 10 pm
Uber and Lyft are the recommended modes of private transport.
For public transport:
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART):
BART Quick Planner
CalTrain: Transit Schedule