Drinking and nightlife in Macau

  • Nightlife in Coloane

    Hon Kei Hand-Whipped Coffee

    At this thriving cafe next to shipyards, instant coffee is hand-whipped with sugar to create a peanut-buttery texture. The owner Mr Leong was a shipyard worker who built this shanty with old wood after an arm injury left him unfit for his job. Besides coffee (MOP$20), patrons enjoy egg sandwiches and noodles with Spam at shared tables in the semi-open space.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Taipa

    Goa Nights

    With lotus-shaped light stencils on the walls, intimate Goa is a cocktail bar that plays on the Portuguese-India theme. The menu, resembling an ancient map, introduces nine aromatic concoctions that allude to Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama through ingredients such as raw turmeric and chorizo fat. The most interesting, we felt, was the smooth, fruity and spice-fragrant 'Lisbon'.

  • Nightlife in Macau Peninsula

    Mico Cafe

    Macau's most elusive bar is not so due to its location (a few doors up from Che Che Cafe) or that it's unknown, but because whether one gets in depends on the current mood of the owner Pedro. The quiet, half-lit space feels artsy and secretive. We think it's that, and the fine Portuguese wines, that make people keep trying to get in.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Cotai

    Macallan Whisky Bar & Lounge

    Macau's best whisky bar is a traditional affair featuring oak panels, Jacobean rugs and a real fireplace. The 400-plus whisky labels include single malts from Ireland, France, Sweden and India, and a 1963 Glenmorangie. The 5pm to 8pm happy hour means you get your age in years discounted as a percentage from your drink (30 years old = 30% off, 100 years old = free).

  • Nightlife in Coloane

    Hann Cafe

    A takeaway coffee shop so aromatic you can smell it before you see it. Operating in a tiny corrugated metal shed, Hann excels at single-origin brews, espresso and Vietnamese coffee made with sticky sweet condensed milk. The beans are lined up in glass bottles on the counter. You can take a seat outside the shop or along the promenade.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Macau Peninsula

    Beer Temple

    As the name suggests, the craft beer selection here is huge. If you can't decide, tell the staff your preference – fruit-forward, dry and bitter, or smelling like a pine forest – and they'll pick something out for you. Consume in the bar area with the high ceiling, loud music and shiny black surfaces.

  • Nightlife in Macau Peninsula

    Che Che Cafe

    Owned by a member of post-rock band Why Oceans, Che Che is reassuringly dimly lit and laid-back. A faux-antique world map and a neon sign lamenting 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' jump out from dark walls. You may see culturally minded youth discussing film over a bottle of sake or pints of frothy beer.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Macau Peninsula

    Macau Soul

    An elegant haven in wood and stained glass. On most nights, Thelonious Monk jazz music fills the air as customers chat with the owners and dither over their 400 Portuguese wine options, including some rare varietals. Opening hours vary; phone ahead. Cash only.

  • Nightlife in Cotai

    McSorley's Ale House

    A friendly place for a satisfying, if a little costly, meal of fish n' chips and a pint of Guinness. Live sports broadcast available.

  • Nightlife in Taipa

    Bella Taipa

    A chic Italian restaurant converted from an old two-storey house, with plush wicker sofas on the roof for high-angle views of Taipa Village against a backdrop of towering residences and casinos. Bella stays open till late, especially on Friday and Saturday. We recommend coming here for a glass of Prosecco or an Italian beer on the roof.

  • Nightlife in Macau Peninsula

    A Porta da Arte

    An amber-lit cafe with open frontage operates from a 60-year-old low-rise. Buy your pour-over or craft beer, head up to the 2nd floor, and make yourself comfortable on the retro sofa. On cooler days, you can bring your drink to the roof, accessible via a steel door in the make-up artist's studio on the 4th floor.

  • Nightlife in Macau Peninsula

    Terra Drip Bar

    The younger sibling of Terra Coffee House is known for their aromatic single-origin drip coffee and creative pairing of flavoured ice-cream and espresso. Located in the peninsula's northeastern corner, Terra Drip Bar is a nice hideaway for those wishing to work in quiet. Their all-day breakfasts will do the trick should you need a pick-me-up.

  • Nightlife in Macau Peninsula

    Cafe Philo

    Olive green walls surround a bar area and a couple of pine-wood tables at Cafe Philo, which roasts its own beans to make good crema espressos and nuanced single-origin pour-overs. They also do refreshing espresso martinis when the owner has time to play mixologist. You can spend a relaxing afternoon here reading under warm-bulb industrial lights or talking coffee with the owner.

  • Nightlife in Taipa

    Boom

    Macau's only gay bar has pastel-coloured wall art and wire fences, bar-height tables for mingling and cosy corners for tête-à-têtes. There's live music most weekends and themed nights on other days, such as Techno Night and Red Night. It also stages go-go dance shows and the occasional singing contest. If the door is closed, be sure to ring the bell.

  • Nightlife in Taipa

    Common Table

    A large (for Macau) bistro serving good coffee and gourmet pastries (and proper meals too, although we think there are more interesting places to eat in Taipa). The high ceiling and pairing of industrial chic with long wooden tables and dried florals make for a pleasant environment for a pick-me-up, although it gets a little noisy when full.

  • Nightlife in Coloane

    Cafe Dos Amigos

    Between chic bulbs and a concrete floor, Cafe Dos Amigos serves decent coffee, including thirst-quenching iced coffee laced with Bailey's. The phone chargers under the chairs are a bonus. Cafe dos Amigos operates from an old residence close to the Chapel of St Francis Xavier.

  • Nightlife in Cotai

    Club Cubic

    The massive and flashy Club Cubic at the City of Dreams has themed bars, colour-coded zones and upstairs VIP rooms with balconies overlooking a laser-streaked dance floor. There are DJs mixing hip hop, techno and K-pop, pumped out of the club’s top-notch sound system.

  • Nightlife in Taipa

    Old Taipa Tavern

    A location near the Pak Tai Temple makes laid-back OTT a sublime spot for a sundowner or two. You can enjoy the live sports broadcast over beer and pub grub, or take your drink to the temple courtyard and watch the comings and goings in the centre of Taipa Village.

  • Nightlife in Cotai

    China Rouge

    What used to be an exclusive members-only club is now open to all. China Rouge flirts with 1920s Shanghai and adds a splash of casino glamour to its contemporary chinoiserie, which touches everything from cocktails to decor. There's a quick change act and dance show at 11.45pm nightly.

  • Nightlife in Macau Peninsula

    Terra Coffee House

    This tiny haven overlooking pretty St Augustine Sq will make you forget you're only a five-minute walk away from heaving Largo do Senado. Stop here for a strong and carefully crafted cuppa after visiting the nearby Sir Robert Ho Tung Library.