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The Docks is a good area with bars and nightlife outside the omnipresent casinos. The main street lined with bars and restaurants isn't as close to the river as its name seems to indicate, because it’s facing a road and a large stretch of reclaimed land. Some of the bars there, like Casablanca and Hole in the Wall, are meeting places for the expat community. In the nearby MGM Macau, there’s Lion’s bar, a popular venue for live bands, many of them from the U.S. The place gets crowded with revellers during the weekends. There’s also a good live band show in Bellini Lounge, located in the middle of the biggest casino in the world, The Venetian Macao on the Cotai Strip. Sky 21 is a bar that caters to sophisticated tastes. Located on the 21st floor of the AIA tower building, it features a panoramic balcony overlooking the river, Taipa Island and the Nam Van area. From there, it’s easy to see how the Guia lighthouse, once the tallest building in Macau, lost its scale overshadowed by huge new structures. Another option is China Rouge lounge. It’s a 1930s Shanghai-style private club and bar at Galaxy Macau that holds concerts by performers like the Grammy Award-winning smooth jazz saxophonist Kenny G.