Macau Nightlife Guide

(Last updated: September 1, 2023)
 
I lost interest in the clubbing scene 20 years ago.  Or perhaps you could say I just got old.  Anyway, my man in the field Carbine hits it hard and he’s got Macau nightlife cased.
 
Here’s all you need to know about what happens after-hours.

Rules

  • Only Fridays and Saturdays are sure to be busy. After that, surprisingly Sunday, since many overseas workers don’t work on Mondays.
  • Macau is Late Night – the earliest the action gets going is 10:30 pm and some venues don’t get lively until well after 1:00 am.
  • Yes, there are lots of hookers but far less than only a few years ago. Westerners please differentiate – not all attractive Asian women are hookers.  There are no excuses for inappropriate behaviour just because you are in Asia.  And just about every minute of action in clubs in Macau will be instantaneously on Facebook and YouTube LOL

An influx of naive Western guys who assume that all sexily dressed women are hookers leads to problems.  If you are a new visitor reading this remember that many of the people in the clubs are reasonably, if not very well-paid workers, from the hotel and the travel industry.  If you misbehave the local community and the security staff will close down on you very quickly.  Have fun, but be safe please.

Let’s start with the nightclubs first before hitting the bars.

Nightclubs

Post Covid, Macau is down to only two legitimate clubs: Club Para and D3.  The best one in town used to be Showhouse, but it’s long gone now.

Club Para

Club Para is open everyday but expect it only to be busy on the weekend.  Saturday is Ladies Night and the only time that there’s a cover charge, which is $250 after midnight.  Aside from that, the club struggles to maintain an audience and I’ve never thought the layout was conducive to hard core clubbing.  There are too many tables, not enough space and no proper dance floor. 

The security staff and front door personnel have the well earned reputation of being cocky as hell, and those vibes seem to rub off on the clientele as well.  Expect a club with barriers, a club that’s cold, and a club that’s not much fun to be in.  

Club Cubic Macau

I’ve yet to check out Para since it switched over from Cubic, but will have an update done sometime in September.

For the meantime, here’s a part of their old drink menu: Shooters: $55 to $140, Cocktails: $85 to $120, Martinis: $100, Sangria: $100 to $150

Location: City of Dreams

D3

With D2 now dust, D3 is the only club left standing at Fisherman’s Wharf.  Like Para, it’s open daily but only guaranteed to be busy on weekends from 3:00 am to 5:00 am.  Kids these days, I tell you.

While scoping the place out, I spotted a few specials advertised on posters inside the club.  Sundays through Fridays from 10:00 pm to 2:30 am they have free flow beer for only $120, which is obviously a great deal.  On Fridays, bikini clad hotties get 1 Free Drink as do Gentlemen, sort of making it the opposite of Ladies Night.

On special nights with DJ’s they may have an entry free for $180 that also gets you 3 free drinks, which doesn’t really make it an entry fee at all. 

I don’t know how good D3 is when it really gets going, but at least it won’t cost a lot to find out.

Location: Fisherman’s Wharf

BARS

Anyone who’s spent any kind of time on this site knows how I feel about MacauSoul.  It’s the pinnacle of life, the best bar in town, and you absolutely must visit it when you’re in Macau.  What it’s not, however, is the second coming of Party Central, so if you’re looking for a louder, more raucous scene, definitely consider another venue on this list.

Only two bars in town are extremely popular with Westerners, so let’s start there.

Old Taipa Tavern 

Located in the heart of Taipa Village, the Old Taipa Tavern (or OTT) is generally considered to be Macau’s best expat bar.  Often rocking a very good business, it’s the top option in town for Westerners to meet over a few drinks and a bite to eat. 

The food gets high marks and goes beyond standard pub fare, with tapas, wraps, steaks and salmon all available.  The drink list is extensive and reasonably priced to boot, with beers $39 to $57, pints of draft $64 to $117, and bottles of wine are $180 to $360.  If you prefer single glasses, reds and whites range from $50 to $99, while most spirits are just $41 to $100.

As for food, appetizers are only $49 to $89, while burgers and pies are $85 to $98, and mains $78 to $200.

Old Taipa Tavern outside

Current special is Buy 1 Pie, Get 1 Free, which happens daily from 6:30 pm until they sell out.

OTT isn’t the place for cheap gimmicks and marketing mumbo jumbo about new ways to experience an apple cider, which is probably why it’s as successful as it is.  Blue collar all the way AND the blue blood of bars in town, start here if you want a proper pub type experience.

Location: Beside Pak Tai Temple in Taipa Village

Roadhouse Macau

Roadhouse is sort of in the gutter post-Covid, as rooms at Broadway Macau aren’t even being sold anymore.

Roadhouse Macau bar and band

Live music is down to just one day a week on Saturdays, which is the only time I’d recommend visiting, until business picks back up.

For an idea of their food and drink menu, please follow the link to the Broadway Macau review. 

The rest of the bars below aren’t especially popular nor guaranteed to be busy outside of peak weekend hours.  However, each one has something special about it that may appeal to you in some way. 

Woodhouse

Cocktail bars are the newest trend in Macau, with quite a few opening up during the Covid pandemic.  A couple of them around Tap Saec Square get good reviews, but that location is way out of the way for tourists, which is why I recommend Woodhouse instead. 

Located seconds away from St. Augustine Square in what looks like a converted house, the bar is extremely small but that’s a huge part of the appeal.  The owner Sola cut his teeth making cocktails in Taiwan, before returning to Macau to work his magic here.  Tired of working in the stiff confines of the casino bars where every drink and customer are the same, he set out on his own and opened Woodhouse in 2021.

Woodhouse Macau bar

You’ll be going to either have him invent a totally new cocktail for you on the spot, according to your palate and taste, or to try one of the many cocktail creations he’s already come up himself.  Of course, he does all of the standard numbers as well, but that doesn’t sound like much fun to me.  When on the road in a new city, go have something you can’t find anywhere else in the world!

Woodhouse Macau, cachaca with pineapple and mango
“The Maven”, cachaca with pineapple and mango

Interesting to talk to, and even more interesting to watch, Sola moves like a magician behind the bar, mixing adept hand movements and actions with the type of precision that would make a surgeon swoon.

Cocktails run between $108 and $158, while they also sell wine ($58 per glass, $238 to $728 per bottle) and snacks like mixed nuts, potato chips, chirozo and vega truffle cheese for $58 to $98.

Closed on Sundays, Woodhouse is open daily from 6:30 pm to 2:00 am. 

Facebook: Woodhouse Macau 

Mico

Mico is on this list because it specializes in cheap but good Portuguese wine, making it a (very) poor man’s MacauSoul.  I used to think it had all the ambience of an airport hangar, but it’s grown on me a lot since.

Mico Macau

The original owner Pedro was a nice guy and his wine prices were right, with some very good bottles available for just $240 to $390.  Glasses of reds, whites, and ports only go for $40, while the bar also has a decently sized sake selection for $70 to $170 (170 ml to 300 ml bottles).

Mico Macau special chorizo platter
Special Chorizo Platter ($70)

As for nibbles, there’s a small snack menu featuring items like pate ($70), cheese ($70), baby sardines ($70), and parma ham ($80).

Mico Macau liver pate
Liver Pate ($70)

Located behind Kiang Wu Hospital in a very residential district, tourists have no idea about Mico (until now), making it the most local hangout on this list.  It opens everyday except Tuesdays, from 9:00 pm to 2:00 am.

Location: Rua Tomas Viera 78 R/C

Telephone: 6661 0500

MJ Cafe

I would be remiss not to mention the MJ Cafe at the Sofitel just for their all you can drink deal that happens daily from 8:00 pm to 1:00 am.  Costing only $158 it’s ridiculous value considering you can drink for free for 6 hours, with selected beer, wine and sangria on offer. 

MJ Cafe bar

That’s the kind of deal I would have had them re-thinking twenty years ago as a young man, but one that I couldn’t put a dent in it today.  Seriously, two shots of whisky now and I’m hungover, whereas back in the day, I got up in the morning and kept going.  Sweet Lord, did I really used to drink in the shower??

Location: Sofitel Macau

Sky 21

Part club, part bar, part restaurant, Sky 21 takes up the penthouse floor of the AIA building close to Grand Emperor and San Ma Lo. 

Sky 21 Macau

The club usually needs a cover charge while the bar is free and often empty.  It’s more a local hangout without much expat action, so I wouldn’t pay it much mind.  The restaurant does get good reviews though.

Grand Lisboa from Sky 21 Macau

Website: Sky 21

China Rouge

China Rouge is currently closed, but I’ll still leave the old information up.

China Rouge used to be a private membership club but that concept bit the dust once the VIP gaming market collapsed in 2015.  Now it’s open to the public with live music performances 6 nights a week from a Chinese house band, who dabble in a bit of everything. 

China Rouge isn’t a bar in the traditional sense, nor is it a nightclub – perhaps the best way to describe it is very Chinese.  Most of the older more mature 30 plus crowd don’t mingle or mix, preferring to keep to themselves at their own table and watch the show. 

China Rouge Macau

For more information, check out the China Rouge review here: China Rouge.

Here’s a part of their beverage menu:

Location: Galaxy Macau

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