Macao was both the first and last European colony in China, and the Portuguese influence lives on—especially at the pink and white colonial-era Clube Militar. A 15-minute taxi ride from the Conrad Macao, this downtown institution was built in 1870 as a hangout for the military. It remains a private club today, but non-members can book a table and dine in the chic Old World-styled restaurant (the weekend lunch buffet is a hot ticket, so reserve early). Insider tip: bottled water imported from Portugal is expensive so just ask for tap—along with a bottle of Portuguese red wine from the Douro and Dão regions, of course. Don’t pass up the baked duck rice topped with spicy Portuguese chouriço or the roast suckling pig (its skin cooked to a crisp, Bairrada-style). After dinner, make like a member and wander up to the handsome library on the second floor, or retire to the basement pub for a port and game of pool.
Clube Militar is a 15-minute taxi ride to downtown (have your driver take the Sai Van Bridge); You can’t miss the pink Colonial-style building with the large white columns.
CLUBE MILITAR: 975 Avenida da Praia Grande; +853-2871-4000