Named after a Patti Smith song, Birdland is one of the first bars in Sūzhōu to offer craft beer on tap. There is an ever-changing selection of 12 well-kept, local brews, including some by Master Gao, one of the leading lights in China’s fledgling craft brewing industry. As well as beer, they also offer pizza, burgers and potato wedges.
Birdland co-owner Ming learned to brew beer at Master Gao in Nánjīng and, along with the other friendly co-owners, is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about beer. Located away from Sūzhōu's main nightlife area, Birdland is a refreshing antidote to the city's louder and smokier bars. With its cool soundtrack of western indie-rock, played at a comfortable background level, this is a place to come with friends to chat and drink.