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Drinking and nightlife

Top ChoiceBar 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...

Top ChoiceBar 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...

Top ChoicePub 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...

Top ChoiceBar 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...

Top ChoiceCoffee in Macau Peninsula

Single Origin

This airy corner cafe opened by coffee professional Keith Fong makes a mean shot of espresso (coffees from MOP$30). You can choose your poison (single origin, of course) from a daily selection of 10 beans. If you...

Cafe 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...

Bar 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...

Cafe 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...

Bar 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...

Irish Pub 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.

Bar 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...

Cafe 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...

Cafe 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...

Cafe 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...

Gay 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...

Cafe 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...

Cafe 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...

Club 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...

Pub 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...

Bar 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...