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.
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 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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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