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Macau city Nightlife

Macau has a rich and varied cultural scene and nightlife reflecting both its Chinese and Portuguese heritage. The city is especially known for its casinos.

Tickets for many events in Macau can be booked through the Macau Cultural Institute (tel: +853 2836 6866; www.icm.gov.mo), or via www.macauticket.com.

Bars in Macau city

Cinnebar

Cinnebar, on the ground floor of the Wynn Macau, is the place for an intimate tête-à-tête. This chic, cozy bar is decorated in warm fuchsia, orange and honey-onyx colours and offers both indoor and outdoor seating, overlooking the hotel's elegant garden and pool area.

Address: , Rua Cidade de Sintra, Macau,
Telephone: +853 8986 3663
Website: http://www.wynnmacau.com

Old Taipa Tavern

The Old Taipa Tavern (known as 'OTT') on Taipa Island has an English pub-style ambiance, with all the trappings that would suggest, from sport on TV to a decent choice of beers and ales. Unsurprisingly, it's a popular spot among expats, and gets busy at weekends.

Address: , 21 Rua dos Negociantes, Taipa Island, Macau,
Telephone: +853 2882 5221

Vasco

Set in one of Macau's older hotels, this is a refined, relaxed spot for those in search of an alternative to pounding speakers. Named after Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, it has an extensive selection of wines and spirits, as well as good champagne cocktails. Tapas and other food is served.

Address: , 956-1110 Avenida da Amizade, Macau,
Telephone: +853 8793 3831
Website: http://www.grandlapa.com

Clubs in Macau city

D2 Club & Lounge

D2 Club & Lounge is where local lovelies strut their stuff and international DJs hold court. It runs ladies' nights and happy hours. It's based in the corporate AIA Tower (an unlikely location for a nightspot like this) and is set across two storeys, with a balcony overlooking the dancefloor.

Address: , Macau Fisherman's Wharf, Edificio New Orlens III, Macau,
Telephone: +853 2872 3777
Website: http://www.d2club-macau.com

Pacha Macau

Bringing a taste of Ibiza-style nightlife to Macau, this Far East outpost of the globe-straddling club brand forms part of the Studio City complex. It specialises in beat-heavy dance nights, and has an outdoor lounge as well as a large indoor dancefloor. It opened in early 2016.

Address: , Studio City, Macau,
Telephone: +853 8865 6699
Website: http://www.pachamacau.com

Live music in Macau city

Cotai Arena

Part of the Venetian Macao complex, the vast indoor Cotai Arena is where big-name international acts tend to perform – the Rolling Stones, Katy Perry, Celine Dion and Justin Bieber are among those to have played here. Capacity can stretch to 13,500, and the venue is also used for sports.

Address: , Estrada da Baia de Nossa Senhora da Esperanca, Macau,
Telephone: +853 2882 8888
Website: http://www.venetianmacao.com

Dom Pedro V Theatre

Built in 1860 as the first western-style theatre in China, the Dom Pedro V Theatre hosts drama productions and classical and chamber music concerts. The theatre is part of the UNESCO-listed historic centre of Macau. The main performance hall holds less than 300 people, and retains a special feel.

Address: , Largo de Santo Agostinho, Macau,
Telephone: +853 2893 9646
Website: http://www.wh.mo/theatre/en

Macau Soul

A world away from the bright lights of the casinos, this wine bar is run by a British couple and complements its more than 400 different Portuguese wines with an eclectic live music line-up. Expect anything from jazz, country, blues and old-time to folk, Texas swing and even classical.

Address: , 31A Rua de Sao Paulo, Macau,
Telephone: +853 2836 5182
Website: http://www.macausoul.com

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Harbourview Hotel

Drawing rather incongruously on 18th-century Prague as a basis for its style and design, this 389-room hotel is nevertheless a smart, well-rated place to stay. Perks include a Jacuzzi and indoor pool, as well as a cocktail bar. It offers good value for money, and sits close to the Sands Macao.

Grand Emperor Hotel

With a gilded chariot at the entrance, doormen dressed as Buckingham Palace guards and myriad chandeliers, the Grand Emperor doesn't go in for subtlety. The rooms are more restrained, with wall-mounted plasma screen TVs and large bathrooms with walk-in rainforest shower. Facilities include a business centre, fitness centre and five floors of gaming.

Hotel Royal Macau

This newly renovated Macau hotel may be a little removed from the action, but it's all the more attractive for that reason. It's just up the hill from the wonderful Clube Militar de Macau restaurant and offers some good-value packages. It sits at the foot of Colina da Guia, Macau's landmark hill and the site of the historic Guia fort and lighthouse.

Ole London Hotel

This very pink, six-storey block with 60 rooms near the Inner Harbour boasts smart and spotless (if small) rooms. All rooms have private bathroom with hair dryer, TVs and a mini bar. Breakfast is included. Given its location and rates, the Ole London Hotel offers one of the best deals in town.

Parisian Macao

Open on the Cotai Strip since mid-2016 (and echoing its Gallic namesake in Las Vegas), the Parisian Macao features a half-size replica Eiffel Tower, complete with observation decks and nightly light shows. The hotel itself has a mind-boggling 3,000 rooms and suites, all furnished to a high standard, and there are numerous dining, shopping and entertainment options.

Grand Coloane Resort

Formerly the Westin Resort Macau, this five-star getaway overlooks gardens and a sandy beach on Coloane Island. It's long been favoured by visitors seeking a bit of peace and quiet in upscale surrounds. Each room has a sea or beach view, and there's an excellent spa and an adjoining golf course.