After compiling this list of bars in Macau, I’m beginning to wish I’d been able to spend more than one day there. Considering how small the city is – relatively speaking, it’s no tiny rural outback – I didn’t expect to find dozens and dozens of bars when I started my research. But hey, it was a lot of fun poring over them. It also helps me to build up my own list of new places to go and cool drinks to try. Not that I really lack for boozing, but it’s good fun.
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Where To Stay in Macau
A good chunk of these bars are located in hotels, so it only seems fitting to include one of those hotels here. And, since the Ritz-Carlton Macau has one of the snazziest bars in the city, it wins the prize for today. This luxury hotel is super classy both inside and out, and provides some amazing views from its suites.
They’ve got all the high-class amenities you’d expect – spa, outdoor pool, fancy restaurants – plus a water park. Definitely a weird flex for a hotel, but hey, I’m not complaining.
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Coolest Bars in Macau to Get Your Drink On
1. The Ritz-Carlton Bar & Lounge – Classy and Elegant
As you might expect from the Ritz, their bar is turned up to the nines as much as the rest of the hotel. Marble countertop, leather armchairs, modern art – an overall elegant style without being too stuffy or traditional.
The real stand-out is the service. Almost every review I read of this place praises the service up and down: warm and welcoming, considerate and informative. The only bad review I could find was someone complaining they couldn’t get the seats they wanted because they hadn’t made a reservation. So, if you plan to stop by, be sure to book ahead.
- Closed Monday
- Need a reservation if you want to get in before 6 pm (or even after, to be safe)
- Open Tue-Sun from 2:30 pm – 1 am, with the bar opening from 6 pm
- Address: 51st floor of the Ritz-Carlton Macau, Galaxy Macau, Estrada da Baia da Nossa Senhora da Esperanca, Macau
2. Prem1er Bar & Tasting Room – Fun and Foreigner-Friendly
The Prem1er Bar is owned by Irish and Mongolian expats and is very welcoming to locals and foreigners alike. It has a friendly atmosphere and, oftentimes, live music, which is a nice bonus while enjoying a good craft beer. If you’re hungry, they also offer a lot of good food, not just snacks, so you can stuff yourself on anything from artisan pizzas to Indian curry in between libations.
Their Mongolian vodka and infused gins are especially popular – and no surprise, given the owners. It’s always nice to see people taking a little bit of home and spreading it across the world.
- Open daily from 5 pm to 4 am
- Address: No. 86 Rua Direita Carlos Eugenio, Taipa Village, Macau
3. The St. Regis Bar Macao – S-Class Stunning
Best word to sum up the St. Regis Bar: stunning. Probably one of the most stunning bars in Macau, and not just because of how it looks. It does get top marks there too, but also in service, atmosphere, and – most importantly – tasty drinks. It’s the epitome of luxury, basically pampering you every step of the way. And what’s the point of traveling if you’re not going to pamper yourself a little?
- Closed Tuesday
- Open Wed-Sun from 2 pm to 1 am; on Monday, open from 2 pm until midnight.
- Address: The St. Regis Macao, The Londoner Macao, Estrada do Istmo s/n, Cotai, Macau
4. The Macallan Whisky Bar & Lounge – Comfy and Relaxed
As you’d probably guess from the name, this is the go-to for whisky lovers. The Macallan Whisky Bar & Lounge serves up a mean whisky, and even hosts Whisky Masterclasses on occasion for true liquor connoisseurs.
Even without that, though, it’s a nice place for drinks in its own right: live entertainment, relaxed atmosphere, tasty snacks, and all without completely emptying your wallet.
- Closed Sunday
- Open Mon-Sat from 6 pm until midnight
- Address: 203, 2nd floor of Galaxy Macau, Cotai, Macau
5. Sky 21 – Nightlife with a View
If you’re looking for bars in Macau that also serve you a full meal, look no further than Sky 21. While the restaurant half specializes in delicious Italian, Chinese, and Japanese food, the bar half serves some refreshing libations.
It can get a little pricey, but I think that’s mainly due to the fantastic view. Being up on the 21st floor has nice perks like that. Plus, it gives you a taste of Macanese nightlife; the bar rocks an almost clubbish atmosphere with the lighting and music. Guessing they want to encourage guests to drink up and get their party on.
- Open Mon-Thu from 11:45 am to 3 am; Fri-Sat from 11:45 am to 4 am; and Sunday from noon until 3 am.
- Address: 21st floor of AIA Tower, 251A-301 Avenida Comercial de Macau, Macau
6. Rendez Vous Lobby Bar – Sophisticated French Libations
Looking to French it up? (Don’t look at me, I don’t know what it means.) Rendez Vous is themed like a old-fashioned French café, complete with the best of France’s desserts and drinks. Their wine and oysters make for an especially flavorful combo. Not something to miss out on, especially with such affordable prices!
It closes a bit early compared to most bars, so it definitely has more of an “afternoon sip” or “martini with dinner” vibe, but it’s still nice.
- Open Sat-Thu from 3 pm to 6 pm, and Friday from 3 pm until 10 pm.
- Address: 1st floor of Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16, Rua do Visconde Paco de Arcos, Macau
7. Pool Bar – Cool and Laid Back
Having been in Macau during a heat wave, I can tell you it gets HOT. I wish I’d known at the time about this poolside bar, because I would have loved to visit. Bland name notwithstanding (I can almost feel the apathy radiating off of it), all the reviews of this place emphasize the welcoming staff and the gorgeous setup around the pool.
As for food, it’s mostly burgers, barbecue, and seafood, and the option of some lively cocktails and mocktails on the side. There’s also a Jacuzzi on standby if you get bored of the pool.
- Open daily from 10 am to 7 pm (their website actually says 10 am to 7 am… but I’m pretty sure that’s a typo)
- Address: 3rd floor of JW Marriott Hotel Macau, Galaxy Macau, Estrada da Baia da Nossa Senhora da Esperanca, s/n, Cotai, Macau
8. 38 Lounge – Cocktails from High Up
38 Lounge is another of many hifalutin bars in Macau. Located smack-dab in the center of Taipa and set up on the 38th floor, you better believe it’s got a breathtaking view of the city. If you can snag a seat on the outdoor terrace, do it – it’s seriously worthwhile.
For drinks, stick with the cocktails. I’ve read some pretty meh reviews on their gins, but the cocktails are made from scratch and get a lot of positive feedback.
- Open Wed-Sun from 7 pm to 2 am
- Address: 38th floor of Altira Macau, Avenida de Kwong Tung, Taipa, Macau
Know Any Better Bars in Macau?
Like I said in the beginning, Macau is home to tons of watering holes. This small list only has eight, but there are plenty of bars in Macau worth a visit. Comment your favorite if you’ve ever been, or whichever from this list you’d like to check out. Be sure to follow me for future updates!
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