Drinking and nightlife

Top ChoiceBar in Suzhou


Friendly staff speak excellent English and there is an ever-changing selection of 15 well-kept, local brews on tap. There are also tasty burgers, pizza and potato wedges on the menu. On the ground floor of...

Top ChoicePub in Suzhou

Locke Pub

Locke Pub is a key part of Suzhou's social and cultural scene, as much a community social space as a pub. As well as serving imported bottled beers, wine and cocktails, Locke hosts regular events and is a great...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Nanjing


Hermit offers two playfully sophisticated bars in one. Start downstairs at the science-themed beer bar, before heading up the candlelit stairway to an intimate whisky-and-cocktail bar. Up here you'll find...

Microbrewery in Nanjing

Master Gao Beer House

Founded by China's 'father of craft beer', Gao Yan, this micropub was the first of its kind when it opened in 2008. The beer house has 15 fresh brews on tap, including Master Gao's flagship 'Baby IPA' and...

Coffee in Suzhou


It’s almost inevitable that you’ll need to refuel when exploring Pingjiang Lu and this funky, hidden coffeeshop, serves a killer espresso. Besides offering a small collection of cookies and cakes available...

Craft Beer in Suzhou

Zhǎngmén Brewery

Upmarket bar and restaurant with a small rooftop terrace, serving craft beers from Taipei-based Zhǎngmén Brewing Company. This is the company’s only brewery in mainland China (there’s a tap room in Shēnzhèn) and...

Bar in Suzhou


Běijīng’s excellent Bookworm wormed its way down to Sūzhōu, serving as a kind of comfy cultural hub, library, bookshop and cafe. The food is crowd-pleasing (lots of Western options) and the cold beers include...

Craft Beer in Nanjing

Human Coffee

Cafe by day, craft-beer bar by night, this trendy place tucked down a little road off Shanghai Lu is popular with students from nearby Nanjing University. Owner Max is friendly and speaks good English, while the...

Brewery in Suzhou

Flamingo Hops Brewery

Flamingo bar opened its doors in 2018, when friendly co-owner Zhendong threw in his career as a painter to pursue his love of brewing. There are five fresh beers on tap and the osthmanthus ale is delicious.

Teahouse in Suzhou

Yǔ Zhī Jiā Teahouse

Pretty teahouse in a historic wood-fronted building on the edge of the canal that runs parallel to Pingjiang Lu. Tall windows that open directly onto the water make this is a perfect place to retreat and...

Cafe in Zhouzhuang


Besides doing coffee and cake and having a resident cat, this cute cafe has its own shtick. Purchase a postcard and request a date (potentially years in the future) for it to be mailed. There's a good selection...

Bar in Suzhou

Huagi Space Coffee & Bar

Expensive cafe-bar housed in a beautifully restored building. Its outdoor seating area overlooks the picturesque canal that runs parallel to the quieter northern end of Pingjiang Lu. It's location makes up for...

Bar in Suzhou

Hemingway Lounge & Terrace

A long-standing expat hangout with a pleasant outdoor terrace open in summer. This place is especially busy at weekends when live music and DJs entertain partygoers until the early hours. Salsa on Wednesdays also...

Sports Bar in Suzhou

Camel Sports Bar

This casual basement pub in the Suzhou Industrial Park area shows international sports events, does western-style food and stocks a range of international beers and wines.