For many years, Macau's only nighttime entertainment outside gambling centered on hotel bars and lounges. While these are still recommendable for a drink and live entertainment, one of the few benefits to have arisen from the otherwise hideously sterile reclaimed-land development on the Outer Harbour is the Docks, a string of sidewalk cafes and bars lining Avenida Dr. Sun Yat-sen near the Kun Iam Statue (locals also refer to it as Lan Kwai Fong, after Hong Kong's famous nightlife district). It's a great place for a drink and watching the parade of people file past. True to Macau's Mediterranean roots, the action doesn't start until after 10pm and is at its most frenetic after 1am. For a suggestion, try Moonwalker (tel. 853/2875 1326), open daily from 4pm to 4am (to 5am Fri-Sat) and offering happy hour daily until 9pm, free Wi-Fi, and live music Wednesday through Monday nights from 10pm.
If you've had dinner in Taipa Village, consider ambling over to the Old Taipa Tavern, 21 Rua dos Negociantes (tel. 853/2882 5221), popular with the expat crowd. Open to the street with sidewalk seating, it offers a good selection of draft beers and cocktails. It's open daily from noon to midnight, with happy hour from 5 to 8pm.
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