From its world class nightlife and entertainment to its living Portuguese-Chinese culture, Macao is one of Asia’s most exciting and fascinating destinations. While its neighbour Hong Kong is only 40 miles away, Macao can more than hold its own when it comes to out-of-this-world choices for a drink with a view.
From chic rooftop lounges overlooking the glittering skyline to picturesque waterside terraces, this “east-meets-west” pocket of Asia is the perfect place for a relaxing aperitif or night on the town with friends. Here are six great options:
SKY 21 @ AIA Tower
Located on the 21st floor of the AIA Tower, SKY 21 is one of Macao’s most cosmopolitan bars. Along with a restaurant serving modern pan-Asian cuisine, SKY 21 features a chic lounge bar with an alfresco deck offering stunning views of the Macau Tower and Nam Van Lake. After trying the many cocktails and spirits available, head one level up for live music and DJ performances – don’t forget your dancing shoes!
38 Lounge @ Altira Macau
Unrivalled views of Macao’s dramatic skyline set the scene at the stylish rooftop 38 Lounge bar. Located on the 38th floor of Altira Macau in Taipa, 38 Lounge features an extensive drinks list on which the finest (and rarest!) champagnes, whiskies and cognacs can be found as well as a menu of light bites. Head to the outdoor terrace to enjoy the full panorama across the city, while indoors there are live music performances.
The Ritz-Carlton Bar & Lounge @ The Ritz-Carlton, Macau
Located on the 51st floor of the all-suite The Ritz-Carlton, Macau, which opened last year, The Ritz-Carlton Bar & Lounge is a sophisticated bar offering uninterrupted views of lively Cotai – Macao’s most popular entertainment area. Evenings feature a live band and pop-up parties, while an interactive bar serves classic cocktails and Asian tapas, as well as a signature gin and tonic menu.
Vida Rica Bar @ Mandarin Oriental Macau
With sleek marble, crystal and chrome and double height windows giving fantastic views over the South China Sea and Nam Van Lake, Vida Rica Bar at the Mandarin Oriental Macau is a chic place where cool urbanites meet. With its stylish and relaxing ambience it features three interactive bars, including the champagne and tapas bar where guests can sample delicious tapas. The bar’s signature cocktail, the Litchi Martini, is made with blended lychees shaken with their own bar-made vodka – cheers! www.mandarinoriental.com/macau/
The Terrace @ Pousada De São Tiago
Originally a fortress built by the Portuguese in the early 17th century, Pousada de São Tiago is now a charming boutique hotel located next to the famous A-Ma Temple. From its picturesque terrace, you can enjoy lovely views of the Inner Harbour and the Pearl River Delta while sipping a cocktail. For something different, enjoy the hotel’s famous afternoon tea, washed down with a glass of champagne, of course!
360° Café @ Macau Tower
For a unique experience, head to 360° Café, Macao’s highest and only 360° revolving restaurant. Located on the 60th floor of the 338m Macau Tower, this memorable venue rotates fully every one-and-half-hours. Head here as the sun goes down and Macao lights up and get ready to see a different view of Macao’s skyline every time you raise your glass or take a bite!