Macau Entertainment and Nightlife

Macau Nightlife and Entertainment introduces the recreation of Macau such as the nightlife and all kinds of popular activities and all kinds of casinos, cafes, bars and other entertainment places in Macau. A flourishing clubbing scene is slowly but surely emerging within the city, putting the tacky hostess bars that are placed on the casino strip in their place. For pub crawls head down to Lan Kwai Fong, where the bars sit in close proximity to one another. For something a bit more up market The Docs and casino bars are a great place to enjoy a Martini in chic surroundings, albeit an expensive one.

Casinos in Macau

For people who are non-gamblers, they are also very happy in the casinos in Macau. In order to cater a large of Asian clients, the casinos are extremely creative in games and slot machines, which you can’t have the experience in Las Vegas. Slot machines with Chinese Zodiac signs, animals, and characters are always a hit, as no one really knows what’s going on, but the randomness of the games are an experience in itself. Or head over to one of the tables that offer Chinese traditional dice games, where foreign on-lookers try and figure out the game and revel at how the progressively drunk players navigate their winning strategy with no apparent skill and 100% enthusiasm. Macau (also known as Macao) has long been Asia’s gaming capital. In the past, the casinos were all owned by billionaire Stanley Ho but in 2002 a new era of Macau began. The Chinese government stepped in and halted the monopoly and has since opened its doors to many new investors including foreigners who brought billion-dollar establishments to the island (Macau now has at least 34 casinos).

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Children-Friendly Attractions in Macau

As the only area in China with legalized gambling and revenues dwarfing that of flashier Las Vegas, the influx of U.S.-based casinos has ironically made the area a lot more kid-friendly. Macau has lots to offer as a destination for a weekend family getaway and this pick of our favorite family-friendly attractions will help you plan a holiday the whole crew will love!

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Night Markets and Entertainment Venues in Macau

Popular Activities at Night in Macau

Stroll along the Cotai Strip

The Cotai Strip is a stretch of land located in the Chinese enclave of Macau. It’s packed full of casinos, hotels and entertainment venues. It was originally named by the US-owned Las Vegas Sands Corporation, which has played a key role in the growth of Macau over the years. The vision right from the start was to replicate the layout of the Las Vegas Strip.

Take it to the next level

Literally. Soak in picturesque views at the top of Macau Tower, before leaping off into the night to end the experience with a shot of adrenaline racing through your body. At 233 m (764 ft), this is the highest bungee jump in the world. Yes, you can do this during the day too, but there’s something about bungee jumping at night that injects a bit of romance and charm into it. Also, the package gets you photos and a video, documenting every second of what is sure to be a memorable experience.

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See the Guan Yin statue at night

Emerging from a lotus-shaped dome housing a small ecumenical center, Statue of Guan Yin is dedicated to the Buddhist goddess of mercy. The bronze statue glimmers in the sunlight unsheltered, rising to a height of 20 m (65 ft) at the edge of the harbor, oddly facing away from the sea, unlike other statues dedicated to Kun Iam. Inside the lotus dome is a small visitor center, where you can read up on Buddhism and take a few pamphlets home.

Most Popular Shopping Areas

Downtown of Macau

The downtown of Macau offers all kinds of markets, shopping malls and local shops, which make it the first shopping places in Macau. For people who want to pick up fresh local products, handicrafts and delicate ornaments, the downtown of Macau is the best place for shopping. What’s more, this place is also the area to delve into the fascinating world of antiques and you will be sure to come across some hidden treasures when exploring the back lanes of Macau.

Senado Square

With countless shops and souvenirs stores appealing to tourists, Senado Square has always been a busy commercial shopping area for long time. The well-preserved two or three-story Chinese and western-style houses with long history are the most precious. What’s more, western-style buildings, such as the Rosary Church, Holy House of Mercy and Leal Senado, and Chinese-style temples, such as the Third Street Center all lie around Senado Square. The modern local lifestyle and the old buildings are very harmonious.

Macau Inner Harbor

Compared with downtown of Macau and the outer harbor, it is a different shopping experience at Inner Harbor. Markets here are concentrated on the local shoppers and offer the cheap products. Red Market is an important junction where you can buy food, vegetables, fresh meat, cooking ingredients, etc. Flora Garden offers a variety of goods including clothes, jewelry, cosmetics, electronic items. If you want to buy the luxurious products, visitors can be recommended to stroll along Avenida do Infante Dom Henrique and Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro in downtown and they will not be disappointed. 

Flora Garden

Beyond the Red Market is the Flora Garden at Guia Hill, Avenida de Horta e Costa, another of the city’s main shopping streets, specialising in electronics, clothes, jewelry and cosmetics. The renowned Sam Jan Dang – Three Lamps District begins at Rotunda de Caros da Maia and covers several blocks. This is where visitors can immerse themselves in a network of enthusiastic street vendors and quaint shops selling various goods at competitive prices.

Red Market

The Red Market(Chinese: 紅街市大樓; Portuguese: Edifício do Mercado Vermelho or Mercado Almirante Lacerda) is located on the corner of Avenida Almirante Lacerda and Avenida Horta e Costa, amongst some of Macau’s most fascinating 20th century architecture, the market itself is an architectural heritage site. It was built in 1936 by Macanese architect Alberto Basto in an Art Deco style, the market owns its name due to the surrounding red architecture. Here, you can buy the best and most inexpensive fruit and dried food, fresh products, fish and meat.

Outer Harbor

The outer harbor is definitely an area where you can test the strength of your money. This place is a heaven for shopping. Here, you can buy antiques and home furnishings at a reasonable price.Whether you are a bargain hunter, antique collector or real big spender, the Outer Harbor sets the stage for some conspicuous consumption, all at duty free prices.  

Macau Fisherman’s Wharf

The vast assortment of shops at Fisherman’s Wharf rivals any of the world’s shopping capitals. The first large-scale addition to Macau’s shopping scene beyond the casinos, it features over 150 stores and making your way around them all can take some time. Once a peaceful fishing community Fisherman’s Wharf nowadays is anything but, and is on the list of top worldwide one-stop entertainment destinations.

New Yaohan

New Yaohan(Chinese: 新八佰伴) is a department store in Macau, China. It was established on September 18, 1997, from the Macau branch of Yaohan, which was the first department store on the island. New Yaohan is a fully owned subsidiary company of Sociedade de Turismo e Diversões de Macau (STDM). The store is located on Avenida Dr. Mário Soares, Praia Grande, with one outlet store in Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal.

Wine Museum

The Macau Wine Museum is co-located next to the Grand Prix Museum. The museum includes displays of Portuguese wines, shown in accordance with the vintage’s respective region of origin, and a wine tasting station. The Macau Wine Museum is another interesting place to visit while you are here. Get to know about the different varieties of wine and their brewing and even sip your favorite ones. The shop at the Macau Wine Museum is the perfect place for you to familiarize yourself with and buy some of the finest varieties of Portuguese wines.

Wynn Macau

Wynn Macau (Chinese: 永利澳門) is a luxury hotel and casino resort in the Macau Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China with two towers containing a total of 1,008 rooms and suites, approximately 273,000 square feet (25,400 m2) of casino space, over 59,000 square feet (5,500 m2) of retail space, eight casual and fine dining restaurants, two spas, a salon and a pool. The resort boasts three entertainment experiences, including Macau’s only choreographed Performance Lake.

Taipa Island

Taipa Island is joined to Macau by three bridges being the Sai Van Bridge, Macau Taipa Bridge and the Friendship Bridge. Tapai and Coloane where once separate islands, but the two are have been joined as one land mass due to the land reclamation and formation of Cotai.

The Venetian Macao

The Shoppes offers the most diverse range of Luxury Duty-Free shopping in Macao all under one roof. Ranging from, designer brands at the elegant Shoppes at Four Seasons to the array of offerings among the romance and grandeur of the Shoppes at Venetian, to the family atmosphere of the Shoppes at Cotai Central.

Taipa Village

With Macau’s status as gambling hub, high-end shopping options naturally follow suit. Nearly all of the recently opened casinos include shopping areas where the world’s leading brands can be bought at duty-free prices. Beyond the more contained, air-conditioned malls, the local market in central Taipa Village sees a crowd emerge to work their way through the quality produced crafts, leather, jewelry, clothes and scrumptious delicacies. Shoppers can revel in the contrast between the two main shopping areas; one as a symbol of Macau’s ever burgeoning prosperity, another of its still existing past.

Top Bars and Pubs in Macau

Macau Outer Harbour

  • D2(AIA Tower)
    Add: AIA tower level 2 Macao, China
    Tel: +853 2872 3777
  • Moonwalker Bar(Vista Magnifica Court)
    Add:Napa Lote 13 (A2/h), Avenda Marginal Da Baia, S/N Edf. Vista Magnifica Court, R/C Lojas V, W&X, Porto Exterior
    Tel: +853 2875 1326
  • MP3(Vista Magnifica Court)
    Add: No.1333-Av Dr.Sun Yat Sen Edf. Vista Magnifica Court R/C, Macau
    Tel: +853 28751306
  • Sky 21 (AIA Tower)
    Add: 21/F, AIA Tower, 251A – 301 Avenida Comercial de Macau. Macau
    Tel: +853 2822 2122 

Taipa Island

  •  OTT – Old Taipa Tavern
    Add: 21 Rua dos Negociantes, Taipa Old Village
    Taipa, Ilhas, Macau
    Tel: +853 2882 5221
  •  The Macau Jockey Club
    Brief Introduction:Nighttime races are run in the cooler months, when tickets can be bought to see the flat- track racing and enjoy a few drinks before hitting the casinos. The Macau Jockey Club is surrounded by bars and pubs that punters often frequent after a meeting. The area also has a karaoke bar where you can drown your sorrows or hopefully joys with a chosen number.
    Add: Macau Jockey Club Est.Gov.Albano da Oliveira Taipa, Macau
    Tel: +853 2882 0868
  •  The Venetian Macao
    Add: Estrada da Baía de N. Senhora da Esperança, Macau, Macao
    Tel: +853 2882 8888

Performances in Macau

The House of Dancing Water Show

This show can make you experience an enchanting tale and spectacular production at the world-renowned House of Dancing Water in Macau. You can witness the world’s largest water-based production housed in its state-of-the-are aquatic stage equivalent to the size of 5 olympic-sized pools. You’d better hold onto the edge of your seat as you catch sight of the electrifying display of acrobatic performances. Please immerse yourself in the house of Dancing Water show’s captivating story featuring panoramic views in its 270-degree theater.

Crazy Paris Show

Feel and enjoy the glamour of entertainment only at Grand Lisboa! The artistic and sexy Crazy Paris Show which has existed in Macau for 40 years is definitely an unmatched attraction in Macau that truly lights up the entire Grand Lisboa experience. Brought to you by an Executive Team originally from Paris, world wide professional catch special dance shows such as the French Can Can, India Dance, Pole Dancing and the Sway which are performed daily. With an eclectic mix of modern dance and performance, a wide range of entertainment spread out over the main gaming floor and other venues can be found only at Grand Lisboa. Get on your feet now! Free shows on the stage behind the bar on the main casino floor, every 15 to 20 minutes. Great drinks menu, excellent cocktails and the bar snacks (calamari, fish balls, chicken satay etc) are very reasonably priced and very filling. Definitely worth a few hours of your time in between the slots and tables!

The House of Magic

Location: Level 2, Studio City, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Macau
Tel: +853 8868 6767
Opening Time: 4pm, 6pm and 8.30 pm, Monday to Friday, and at 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 8.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
This three-theatre arena sees some of the world’s greatest magicians perform mind-bending tricks and illusions as part of a three-show journey. Created and curated by world-famous illusionist Franz Harary especially for The House of Magic, audience interaction and high-tech stage props make for an extraordinary evening of entertainment.

The Venetian

It can’t match the House of Dancing Water in its regular slots, but the biggest names in town still play at the Venetian. The likes of Britney and the biggest names in K-Pop have enjoyed residences here, while musicals like Thriller and Phantom of the Opera (including the original cast from London) also make this their Asia stop, Still not convinced? How about headline UFC shows or the most talented tennis players on the ATP tour. Enjoy the best Chinese and International entertainment in a luxurious, intimate and exclusive venue, The Venetian Theatre! Unparalleled by any other venue in Asia, The Venetian Theatre is one of the most lavish settings in greater China, hosting world famous artists including acclaimed violinist Jue Yao, singing legend Elisa Chan, Grammy award winner George Benson, China National Symphony Orchestra, Swan Lake on Ice, and more!