Macau has so many nightlife options to choose from it can be hard to know where to start. We recommend ten of the best bars and clubs in the city for drinks, ranging from a quiet cocktail with a view of the spectacular city skyline to heading underground for electronic music at the city's most renowned DJ clubs.
With a modern Thai feel, the lounge at the Banyan Tree is a cosy spot for a rendezvous, whether a business meeting or a social gathering. The interior décor of the lounge echoes the main theme of the hotel: elegant and exquisite. Guests can opt for wine by the glass from the well-stocked list, together with cocktails, including the selection from Ssaffron, the adjoining Thai restaurant. Guests will find a surprising selection of champagne cocktails, as well as Thai-inspired cocktails such as the spicy Tom Yum C, where lime juice, lemongrass, and chilies are spiked with vodka and a drizzle of syrup to mellow out the sharpness.
Banyan Lounge, G/F, Banyan Tree Macau, Galaxy Macau, Avenida Marginal Flor De Lotus, Cotai
+853 8883 6061, banyantree.com
The Black Sheep
Restaurant and bar The Black Sheep, located in Areia Preta, boasts one of the most comprehensive beer lists in Macau, with more than 100 varieties. Among them are quirky beverages that sound more like bottled desserts, including Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale and Banana Bread Beer from the Charles Wells Brewery Company, and Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, all from England. Other options include fruit-flavoured beers, as well as a plethora of lagers and wheat beers. The distinctively bittersweet Black Sheep Ale, from the Black Sheep Brewery in Yorkshire, northern England, is a customer favourite.
The Black Sheep, Rua da Pérola Oriental, Villa de Mer (Block V), R/C Loja AE, AF, +853 2876 3663, facebook.com/theblacksheepmacau
At the Casa Roosevelt bar, signature cocktails come classic or frozen—in XXL size should you wish to share. The retro-cool watering hole, with plump leather club chairs, elegantly carved wood walls and European chandeliers, boasts a wide selection of rums, and a 60 label-strong wine list that includes French favourites, well-priced vintages and Magnums. Casa Roosevelt also hosts monthly themed parties, headlined by the planet's hottest DJs and live musical entertainment, as well as light shows, cutting-edge catwalk fashion shows and special private concerts from A-List artists.
Casa Roosevelt, The Macau Roosevelt, Avenida Dad Asia Oriental, Taipa
+853 2882 0100, themacauroosevelt.com
Club Cubic at City of Dreams was the first mega-club to set Macau ablaze when it launched with the mother of all parties in April 2011. Headlined by rapper Flo Rida, the event drew a host of celebrities, including Christie Wo, Pauline Yam, Gigi Fu, Fanny Sit, Anna Ueyama and Steve Wong. Since then the party has never stopped. Multi-levelled and multifaceted, the 30,000-sqft venue’s surreal decor, impressive performance stage and laser beams immediately attract a legion of fans, who revel in being dubbed “Cubicans”. Three bars—one devoted solely to champagne—and a collection of VIP rooms set the hospitality standard as high as the decibels.
Club Cubic, Level 2, City of Dreams
+853 6638 4999, cityofdreamsmacau.com
For a more chilled evening out, China Rouge is a salubrious lounge featuring live music and all things grain and grape, and an admirable marriage of Eastern style and Western pizazz. The club’s swish, sumptuous interiors are bedecked with art works by the likes of photographer Chen Man and digital creative Bu Hua. House jazz band Eclipse provide a melodious backdrop with contemporary faves and old standards, while the cocktail menu adds a touch of exoticism. Popular on the list is the Shanghai Iced Tea, which mixes Absolut vodka and Bombay Sapphire gin with Cointreau and Bacardi Superior rum, which are then shaken with a hint of Chu Yeh Ching Chiew liquor, topped with Coca-Cola and served with a fresh sugar cane stick.
China Rouge, G001, G/F, Galaxy Macau, Estrada da Baia de Nossa Senhora da Esperanca, Cotai
+853 2888 0888, galaxymacau.com
Macallan Whisky Bar & Lounge
Galaxy Macau is ostentatious in many respects, so it is particularly pleasing to know that the sprawling casino-resort behemoth also houses a discreet, and very good, whisky bar in its upper levels. As the venue’s name suggests, there is a healthy number of drams by the iconic Scottish distillery, though there are plenty of tipples sourced from around the globe. The bar’s knowledgeable staff will explain the geographical differences of the more than 400 whiskies it stocks. A visit offers a rare opportunity to enjoy the world’s best malts, ranging from the popular to the rare. Happy hours on Sunday and Monday allow you to enjoy a discount based on the age of the eldest person in your group—so invite your oldest friend for the party. The largest discount offered thus far has been 79 per cent.
Macallan Whisky Bar & Lounge, 203, 2/F, Galaxy Hotel, Estrada da Baia de Nossa Senhora da Esperanca, Cotai, +853 8883 2221, galaxymacau.com
The Asian iteration of the global dance club phenomenon, which initially gained fame on the Spanish party island of Ibiza, Pacha Macau is the perfect amalgam of unfettered Balearic hedonism and Macanese hi-so sensibilities. Grafted on to Studio City, Pacha’s curvy chrome ceilings, intimate private rooms, comfortable outdoor terraces and 1,000-sqft dance floor are lorded over by some of the planet’s hottest DJs, including Paris Hilton, Fatboy Slim and trance legend Ferry Corsten of the Netherlands.
Pacha Macau, Studio City, , Estrada do Istmo, Cotai
+853 8865 6699, pachamacau.com
PREM1ER Bar & Tasting Room
Run by Irishman Niall Murray, PREM1ER Bar & Tasting Room is the promised land for whisky, or whiskey, connoisseurs. Murray has assembled the largest selection of Irish whiskeys in Asia, ranging from Teelings, Wild Geese and Glendalough to Yellow Spot, Red Breast and Black Bush. He also serves a very rare collection of 21, 26 and 30-year old Irish whiskeys. For those who have a perpetual thirst for Scotch—and the finer things in life—Murray has acquired the only remaining bottles of some of the world's best Scottish whisky such as The Last Drop - 50 Year Old, 48 Year Old, 1967 Gen Garioch, voted the best in the world by Jim Murray's Whisky Bible.
Guests can also purchase bottles of their favourites and keep them under their name, under lock and key, in the PREM1ER Bottle Bank. What’s more, the bar is also the only place in town to offer bespoke whiskey tasting flights every day, and regular tasting sessions for guests making it the ideal venue to bond with like-minded folk who share an undying love for the liquid gold.
PREM1ER Bar & Tasting Room. 86, Rua Direita Carlos Eugenio, Old Taipa, +853 2882 7109, prem1er.com
The Ritz-Carlton Bar & Lounge
Perched on the 51st floor, the lounge offers a spectacular view, while the main bar is ideal for a rendezvous over fine libations—the gin trolley is worthy of special attention with its excellent selection of gins, flavoured tonics and aromatics, from rose petals to star anise. Cocktails are creatively presented, such as a Japanese-inspired drink that comes with slices of pink grapefruit masquerading as slabs of tuna sashimi resting atop a fragrant shiso leaf.
The Ritz-Carlton Bar & Lounge, 51/F, The Ritz-Carlton Macau, Galaxy Macau, Estrada da Baia de Nossa Senhora da Esperenza, Cotai, +853 8883 6705, galaxymacau.com
St Regis Bar
The St. Regis Bar features three distinct areas: The main room features a stunning mural by local artist Gil Araujo as its centerpiece; Decanter is a semi-private space boasting more than 180 wines and 23 Riedel Crystal decanters; and The Vault, a private with leather and wood fixtures and comfortable seating for up to 20 guests. What’s more, the bar pulls out the stops in its approach to mixology. There are carts for martinis and for mojitos, punch decanters that look like something from a mad scientist’s lab, and ornate bowls from which to drink. Here, flexibility according to personal taste is a given, and individual flasks holding 1.5 cocktail servings allow drinkers to pour their own beverages over the style of ice they choose. Another round, please!
St Regis Bar, St Regis Macao, Cotai Central, Estrada Do Istmo, Cotai
+853 2882 8898, sandscotaicentral.com
Sleek modern design, TVs showing sporting events and staff dressed in colourful Hawaiian-inspired shirts set the tone for a atmosphere more lively than your traditional hushed whisky bar. The range of tipples is solid, including plenty of aged single malts, though it lacks any of the rarities that can be found in competing Macau establishments. For cigar smokers and those who want some air, there’s a large outdoor terrace that’s ideal for relaxing and enjoying your drink.
Whisky Bar, 16/F, StarWorld Hotel Macau, Avenida Da Amizade
+853 8290 8698, starworldmacau.com
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