Macau, a city that never sleeps

For those who travel to pursue their passions, these after-dark experiences in Macau offer a way for you to turn day-trippers into overnight fans.

A dazzling projection mapping on the Ruins of St. Paul’s is one of the highlights of the Macau Light Festival in December.

A dazzling projection mapping on the Ruins of St. Paul’s is one of the highlights of the Macau Light Festival in December.

A dazzling projection mapping on the Ruins of St. Paul’s is one of the highlights of the Macau Light Festival in December.

Most day-trippers visiting Macau as part of a two-city tour have probably never experienced Macau’s nightlife, which is every bit as vibrant – and perhaps even more diverse – than what its neighbours offer.

In fact, although a trip to Macau is often packaged together with Hong Kong, clients who are concerned about the latter’s current political situation may be looking for alternatives.

This is an ideal opportunity for travel agents to recommend longer stays in Macau, made possible by interesting experiences that reflect the destination’s unique vibe.

Convenient transportation options – think high-speed rail links, ferry services and land connections – also mean that it is easy to include Macau as part of a multi-destination itinerary to the Greater Bay Area (comprising Hong Kong, Macau and nine cities in southern China).

To start, we’ve rounded up some of Macau’s unique late-night experiences, which you can offer to excite clients of different interests and travel styles.

1. For flavour seekers

Late-night dining at local restaurants is a tasty way to get acquainted with Macau’s nightlife.

Late-night dining at local restaurants is a tasty way to get acquainted with Macau’s nightlife.

Late-night dining at local restaurants is a tasty way to get acquainted with Macau’s nightlife.

An easy way to start discovering Macau’s distinctive East-meets-West heritage is to sample its cuisine, featuring Portuguese flavours as well as Macanese and Chinese ones. While most travellers may head for Michelin-star restaurants, you can show off your expertise by suggesting more unique spots.

Open since 1986, Fernando’s Restaurant is a hit with locals and tourists alike thanks to its location on breezy Hac Sa Beach and its cosy alfresco bar. Here, guests can enjoy traditional Portuguese dishes including freshly grilled seafood and vegetables from the restaurant’s own garden, washed down with Portuguese wines.

Then there are the dining establishments that have remained under the radar thanks to their suppertime hours: Va Fung Dim Sum Restaurant serves up piping hot plates of dim sum 24 hours a day at both their Macau and Taipa outposts, while One Brother Food’s fabled crab congee and cheung fun steamed rice rolls can be enjoyed till 3.30am.

The House of Dancing Water is one of dozens of acclaimed shows that grace Macau’s stages and screens.

The House of Dancing Water is one of dozens of acclaimed shows that grace Macau’s stages and screens.

The House of Dancing Water is one of dozens of acclaimed shows that grace Macau’s stages and screens.

2. For theatre aficionados

Macau’s film and theatre scene can be said to be the best in Asia. Original productions and international classics are available all year round at world-class venues, representing the city’s East-meets-West heritage.

The 1,800-seat Venetian Theatre at Venetian Macao, for instance, is known for showing world-renowned performances such as Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake and Broadway musical CATS. Then there’s the House of Dancing Water at City of Dreams resort, a family favourite: skilled dancing and acrobatics, water effects, and even motorcycle stunt displays will captivate viewers of all ages (the show is open to children 7 years old and above).

By tapping on show schedules as well as Macau’s exciting calendar of events, you can draw clients to the city with fresh itineraries all year round. Upcoming on 5-10 December is the 4th International Film Festival & Awards Macao, featuring special presentations by directors to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Macao SAR’s establishment.

3. For drinks connoisseurs

At places like the Ritz-Carlton Bar & Lounge, travellers can sample a selection of Macau’s finest drinks.

At places like the Ritz-Carlton Bar & Lounge, travellers can sample a selection of Macau’s finest drinks.

At places like the Ritz-Carlton Bar & Lounge, travellers can sample a selection of Macau’s finest drinks.

If your clients love sampling rare whisky and wine, they’ll want to pay a visit to the Macallan Whisky Bar & Lounge at Galaxy Macau. Not only does it house a collection of over 400 whiskeys, but it also boasts some of the Macallan Distillery’s rarest vintages. Whisky lovers can even attend activities and workshops led by experts.

A fruitier spirit reigns over at the Ritz-Carlton Bar & Lounge, which is the only bar in Macau specialising in gin. Guests can indulge in a perfectly paired gin and tonic while watching the sun set over Cotai from this 51st-floor perch.

Finally, craft beer fanatics will appreciate a tip-off to visit Funny Eye Brewing (formerly known as 2048 Brewing Bar), home to Macau’s first locally brewed craft beer. At their Tasting Room, customers can enjoy a line of tea-flavoured pale ales along with snacks and late-night live music.

4. For music lovers

Visitors can rock to Macau’s indie music scene at Live Music Association. Photo: Live Music Association/Rex Manhole

Visitors can rock to Macau’s indie music scene at Live Music Association. Photo: Live Music Association/Rex Manhole

Visitors can rock to Macau’s indie music scene at Live Music Association. Photo: Live Music Association/Rex Manhole

Music is a big part of Macau’s identity. While concerts by big-name artistes often attract fans to the city, the city also draws indie musicians from the region. Live Music Association in the northern part of Macau is perhaps the best-loved underground music venue in the city, featuring performances from classic rock bands and electronic artists alike.

The end of April also marks the HUSH!! Full Music festival, an annual concert that has been a hallmark of the city’s commitment to the local and Asian music scene. Not only is it free, but it’s held at Hac Sa Beach in Coloane – making it one of the most appealing experiences for travellers.

Macau is home to some of the best nightclubs and dance clubs in Asia, including China Rouge. Photo: Galaxy Macau

Macau is home to some of the best nightclubs and dance clubs in Asia, including China Rouge. Photo: Galaxy Macau

Macau is home to some of the best nightclubs and dance clubs in Asia, including China Rouge. Photo: Galaxy Macau

5. For party fanatics

The abundance of events in Macau also means that partygoers are spoiled for choice when it comes to star-studded bashes. For fun-loving clients who are on the fence about booking a trip, the prospect of raving with their favourite artistes may win them over.

World-renowned Club Cubic at City of Dreams boasts a cavernous two-storey space that has hosted the likes of American rappers Lil Jon and Nelly, Dutch DJ Quintino, Korean rapper GRAY, and more. Over at Studio City’s newly opened Show House Macau, guests can expect electrifying themed nights accompanied by top Asian DJs.

For clients seeking an exclusive experience in Macau, offer them entry to Galaxy Macau’s China Rouge. This members-only club combines a contemporary art gallery, lounge, and nightclub into a space invoking the opulence of Old Shanghai, so guests can savour exquisite cocktails or simply dance the night away.

There are parties that are friendly for all ages, too: throughout December, the annual Macao Light Festival will once again bring spectacular light installations, projection mapping shows, and interactive games to four different local districts. While exploring, travellers will get to capture photos of attractions like the Ruins of St. Paul’s and Taipa Houses as they’re transformed into unique works of art.

With endless special experiences on offer, Macau is certainly a unique destination that can be explored over many days. The destination also provides convenient access to the 11 cities in the Greater Bay Area via high-speed rail links, ferry services, regional airports and land connections.

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