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Entertainment & Nightlife in Macau


Few places in Asia can match Macau's mellow atmosphere a fascinating blend of European and Chinese dining and drinking cultures. Cocktails along a Coloane beach or a meal in a rustic Taipa restaurant followed by drinks along "The Docks" offer great evenings out and satisfying alternatives to losing all your money in the casinos.

Most nightlife is centred on the hotels and casino resorts, many of which have nightclubs with cabaret, Portuguese folk dancing, lively dance bands, discos, international menus and bars. Nightclub music often has local touches, with international pop sung in Cantonese, Mandarin, Thai and Japanese. In summer, there are several open-air esplanadas serving soft drinks. Locals tend to relax in the evening in some of the many lively restaurants. A lively bar strip has developed along Avenida Dr Sun Yat-Sen, near the Kun Iam Statue, with many bars offering live Filipino cover bands each night.

Gambling is a big attraction for visitors to Macau. Casinos are open 24 hours, providing famous entertainers, baccarat, blackjack, roulette and Chinese games like fantan and dai-siu (big and small).

Places to Unwind

Nightlife in Macau is famous for its variety, its frantic pace and constant change. For night owls this is a city that never sleeps, with plenty of bars, shops and restaurants, as well as casinos, open all night long. Visitors will have no problem if they wish to get a delicious meal or go dancing in the middle of the night.

For the most popular trendy discos in town head for NAPE and Avenida do Infante D. Henrique. Here the music is modern with some local touches: international pop sung in Cantonese, Mandarin, Thai or Japanese.

If you are looking for bars and pubs, you will find a great number of them along the Avenida Sun Yat-Sen close to the Kum Iam Statue and the Cultural Centre. With its picturesque location, facing the Outer Harbour and Pearl River, you can enjoy the music and the wine while watching the boats gliding by. The music is completely cosmopolitan, with bars throbbing to international rhythms. Likewise the songs will come in languages from around the world. In some bars there are live bands performing clients' request, for instance in the bars and pubs in hotels like the Landmark, Holiday Inn, Emperor and Westin.

The Avenida Marginal Baia Nova, known as “The Docks” to local expatriates, is fast becoming the top nightspot in Macau. It is a plethora of cool bars and relaxed restaurants lining a quiet boulevard beside the bay. Along the waterfront you will find the Oparium Café and the Rio Café bustling with young Chinese party-types, kids of expatriate parents, and even the parents.

There are also some popular pubs on Taipa Island, opposite the Macau Jockey Club, with a casual ambiance which will make visitors feel at home. On Coloane, you can drink under the stars on the terrace of the Pousada de Coloane or sip a glass of Port in the Westin Resort.

Cabaret-style entertainment is also on offer, with performance of the Crazy Paris Show daily at Restaurant Portas do Sol of Hotel Lisboa, while in the Jai Alai Show Palace, on the 2nd Floor of the Jai Alai Complex there are continuous performances every night from 7 pm to 2 am.

There are also plenty of karaoke clubs (mainly in the city centre, Rua dos Pescadores, Estrada do Repouso, and in Taipa Island, near the Jockey Club).They are very popular among locals and visitors. These clubs offer reasonable prices and packages (room and drinks/snacks) to customers and the atmosphere is friendly and clean. A nice opportunity to test your singing skills or a different way to spend time with friends.

Casinos abound in Macau, offering probably the widest range of games in the world, including baccarat, blackjack, roulette, boule, "big and small", fan-tan and of course, hundreds of the most glittering array of slot machines anywhere (the locals call them "hungry tigers"). Visitors to the casinos should read the sign at each entrance, urging players to chance only what they can afford. The casinos in Macau operate 24 hours a day. Players are not obliged to tip the croupiers and any request for a tip by casino employees may be ignored.

The Macau Tower has some ultra modern cinemas playing the latest international movies. In Cineteatro you can also find international as well as Chinese films in a complex of theatres. The Small Auditorium of the Cultural Centre is used to show special art and classic movies during Film Festivals, between September and December. These include the Portuguese Movies Fortnight and the European movies Festival, both of which have become popular events on Macau's cultural calendar.





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