Make hay while the sun shines. That is passe. Drink beer while the sun shines, is what we like to say in Macau. And with summer in full swing, it is only fair. Beer lovers, we’ve got you covered on this one. Here is our list of places around town where you can hang out while enjoying reasonably priced drinks and food.
The Black Sheep
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Sister branch of Royal Lemon and Lemon Lemon Cafe, The Black Sheep at Areia Preta is one of the innovators of craft beer in Macau. Featuring about 100 special types of beers from all around the world, they aim to create a comfortable, stylish and welcoming spot for people by integrating western dining culture and all-embracing beer experience. It is a spacious pub with a massive selection of beers to ciders and premium draught beers perfect for serious beer lovers looking for something different. Let their tropical sangria make you feel like you are on a tropical vacation even in the winter accompanied with their crispy pork knuckle to feel like you’re at Oktoberfest any time of the year. Local bands and artists perform live here every month.
Beer Temple Restaurant & Lounge
Tucked in a neighbourly and cosy area of the city–St. Lazarus district–it’s probably Macau’s most up-to-date bar when it comes to beer. Conveniently showing it in its name, Beer Temple has more than one hundred craft and artisanal beers from all over the world, as well as ciders. Be it stronger, lighter, with raspberries, lemon or stout, there is something for everyone, so gather some friends and have a beer tasting or even a competition! This spot also offers a wide array of food with a revamped menu, so be sure to taste some of their dishes too.
Opening hours: Daily, 12:00pm–2:00am
Beer Temple Restaurant & Lounge 4 Pátio S. Lázaro, Macau, +853 2835 2803
“Special for us, especially for you!” is their motto. They are a food truck inside one of the stores located in Calçada do Amparo, and they sell beer, wine and some tapas as well. A unique little shop along the street behind the Ruins of St. Paul’s, their bifana (pork steak bun) is a must-have. It is basically a Portuguese version of the famous “chu pa bao” (pork chop bun) that we have here in Macau. This rustic approach is probably best if you like your sandwich burger plain without sauces or bits of vegetables and it is usually paired with their Super Bock beer. And on every 8th of the month, their Super Bock beers are sold at half price (from MOP $20 to just MOP $10)! They also sell Portuguese snacks such as codfish (bacalhau) cakes, caldo-verde (Portuguese cabbage soup), prego (fried steak bun), croquettes, and special combos. Find out more hidden cafes within the area here.
2048 Brewing Bar
Yes, Macau has a locally brewed beer! Tucked in Rua da Nossa Senhora do Amparo, it is located in the region’s latest and most modern arts and crafts district. Makes sense, right? The company is committed to improving traditional European beer technology and the unique tea elements in Guangdong. The traditional tea, flower tea, and herbal teas are skilfully and creatively blended. 2048 is Macau’s first locally brewed craft beer and it goes perfectly with any meal, whether ordered with some snacks and even dinner. Stay longer and you might be able to catch a live music concert. For more updates and information, click here.
Opening hours: 8:00pm–2:00am
2048 Brewing Bar 10 Calçada do Amparo, +853 6632 6026
Babar Beer Bar
Tired of heading to those same old places, hotel bars and crowded spots? Look no further! Babar Beer Bar, as the name indicates, specialises in beers from all over the world and brings some pretty uncommon and interesting flavors to town. From fruit-blended artisanal, to craft beers, one can also choose more well-known brands and even have a beer tasting. Looks like you don’t have to catch a flight to Ireland or Belgium to have the beers you’ve been craving for!
Opening hours: 8:00pm–3:00am
Babar Beer Bar 5 Rua de Abreu Nunes, Macau, +853 6669 6188
OTT – Old Taipa Tavern
Attracting a mainly foreign crowd for some years now, this is the to-go place when meeting British, Australian, American and Portuguese folks. OTT has great reputation for their music playlist, cocktails and beers. One of their menu pages caters to beers only and is full of good choices–from Heineken to international cider brands, they are served individually or, how people there best like them, in buckets for sharing! Stiegl, Yeastie Boys, Little Creatures and Black Kite Brewing Hong Kong are just some of them! Have it the Macau way and order one to have with friends while listening to good music and enjoy the fresh air, since they also have some cushions at a public seating area, overlooking Pak Tai Temple, in Taipa. With a great outdoor area and since it opens in the afternoon, you can start early and go all the way into the night. Find out more here.
Opening hours: 2:30pm–2:30am
OTT 21 Rua dos Negociantes, Taipa Village
The Roadhouse Macau
Boasting a rich and fine list of international artisanal and well-known brands of beer, The Roadhouse Macau is the place to be when looking for somewhere to watch a football or rugby match or to listen to some live music. With frequent gigs throughout the year with brands from abroad, they also have their own in-house band of talented musicians who entertain the crowd every night. In the beer corner, there are several options to choose from–Tsing Tao, Heineken, San Miguel, Stella Artois, Guiness, 1664 and more! Cider is also a must here, so why not order a beer to start and then head over to the cider side of the menu? Have some Mexican food or a sumptuous hamburger with your beer as well!
Opening hours: Monday–Friday, 4:00pm–4:00am; Saturday and Sunday, 12:00pm–4:00am
The Roadhouse Macau E-G016-G019 Broadway Food Street, Broadway Macau, Avenida Marginal Flor de Lotus, Cotai, +853 2875 2945
This article was previously written by Bel Faustino on December, 2017 and updated by Macau Lifestyle’s team on June, 2019.