Fancy hearing a flute floating music across the garden lake reflecting the full foon.
Worth watching a night cultural performance at one of those organized at the Gardens. Include opera ballad singing, musical instruments like the pipa and flute, dancing. Tea and peanuts may be served. Some places even have a short wedding ceremony which can be hilarious if guests are invited to take part.
Of course, souvenirs and tea are on sale at the shops that are open before or after the shows.
There are many Western style bars concentrated on Shi Qian Jie and I visited a couple of them. During my little bar hop I noticed that only two seemed rather busy. The first was the Pub Bar. This was a rather small place that was initially packed when I visited. I actually ate here which was something of a mistake. I had a very weak hamburger. Still the beer was good and they played the Rolling Stones on the stereo which is not something you hear often in China. I think the big turn off here was the fact that there were too many middle aged men entertaining themselves with very young Chinese women.
By far the better option, at least on the night I did my bar hop, was the Pulp Fiction Australian Bar. This was a very popular bar owned by two Aussies. Beer was not too expensive here for Western style bar. There lots of room to mingle about and many ex-pat to talk to. I met a Scottish chap who had just arrived on business in Suzhou and confessed that he had no idea why here was there. He got totally hammered and was quite amusing. Meeting Westerners like this in China is fairly common and part of the fun of the journey.
Although nobody played the night I stopped by, Pulp Fiction often has live bands.
I don't know what the poster below encountered, but I find it hard to take.
I'm a long-term Suzhou resident and I've spent many, many hours at Harry's Bar. I've had great times there, the prices there are quite reasonable compared to most other expat bars (which admittedly are all too expensive...), and I have never been treated anything but lovingly by Sally and her staff. It's my favorite bar in Suzhou. I've never seen ANYONE ill-treated in there who didn't ask for it first.
Meanwhile, the #1 Expat Bar in Suzhou crown seems to have passed from Pulp Fiction, just down the street to the Shamrock. Pulp Fiction is really quite expensive and has lately sort of given me the creeps...as do a lot of the other bars on Shi Quan Jie. I still like Harry's better, but the Sham is a close second. It's a friendly place and it attracts the best of the Suzhou scene, both foreign and Chinese. It is a little on the expensive side (higher than Harry's on most things) but it compares well to the nearby competition, and it's a hell of a lot cooler. Their frequent drink specials help keep the cost of a night there under control.
Dress Code: Casual is cool. Harry's is a bit dressier than the Shamrock.
After more than 2 years, Harry's Bar is still the top night spot in Suzhou, especially after the new renovations with a larger bar and wide bi-folding doors out to a new terrace; a welcome expansion of space for the larger weekend crowds. With live music 7 nights a week, the great band Too Match pull in the larger Thursday to Saturday crowd of local proessionals and expats who have made Harry's their second home! The English speaking staff are tops in service and the prices at Harry's are lower than most other bars in town... but the great friendly crowd make Harry's the best bar in Suzhou. I have been living in Suzhou for nearly 3 years and have been a regular at Harry's for most of this time... mainly because its nothing like the Shi Qian Bar Street 'dives' that folks like Andre32 prefer... ha!
Andre32; I think that the cause of your difficulty is "when you have had one too many" (as you said in your post)... and I believe your "...one too many" is the cause of your lapse of memory regarding your bill. And when you have "...one too many", or in your case probably more than the "... one too many" you claim, you can't then turn around and blame the bar staff when you get your bill! However, if you are prepared to drink moderately and enjoy the great live music and adult fun at Harry's, then you are welcome back my friend!
‘Pulp Fiction’ had little to offer in the way of atmosphere or patrons. This is a weakly themed Aussie bar with only one choice of wine and when we visited of the three Australian beers on the menu only one was available, draught stella was also unavailable. Music choice rested in the depressive realm with Godsmack and early Metalica providing the soundtrack to rather uneventful and unwelcoming experience.
Ok I have read all the picks for best place to hang out at night in suzhou, after living their for two years let me say that the blue marlin resturant/bar is the best place to drink and listen to music and have something good to eat and never get ripped off
Dress Code: anything is ok
I have been coming to Suzhou for 8 years, tried out many of the bars in many areas (including Shiqian jie, li gun di and some unknown spots). There is no better bar in Suzhou for ex-pats to have a drink, watch football and meet new people. You will find plenty of westerners and Chinese people mixing together in Jane's, the prices vary from 15 RMB for Tsingtao.
Jane is the perfect host, friendly and always chatting to regulars and newcomers alike, always has the schedule for upcoming football matches and all the rest of the staff in the bar follow Jane's lead: friendly and welcoming.
Live music most nights from Bessie and her singing partner (may be her daughter, have yet to find out) who have been regular's in Suzhou for many years and always likes to involve the crowd if they want to test their singing ability (or lack of it).
It is like a small, English style bar that serves simple English food if you have had enough of the great Chinese food in the area, and you are always guaranteed a warm welcome. Try the coffee! It's worth it just to see the method of making it.
Dress Code: No dress code, whatever you would wear for a night in the pub will do!
Blackjack is right across the street from the Pan Pacific Sheridan, and as we rolled in at 9pm and saw the sign in English, I cannot tell you how relieved I felt. I travel a lot, and one thing I know is that if you're tired, the last thing you want to do is attempt to communicate. We walked over and found they were playing Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody,which made us both feel right at home. It is a bit dark and small, but don't be intimidated! Many Americans, Brits, and Canadians hang out there, so the owner Leona speaks amazing English! She told us what to see (many things you do not see in the books) and generally made us feel at home! The selection of drinks is about what you'd expect from your local, as we say "hole in the wall" which in this context is not negative. Cocktails, Jameson's, and pool, plus wonderful music chosen by a bar regular, Bob, from the USA, equals great fun. After a long day of fighting traffic, language barriers, and alienation, this place is fantastic. And it helped us learn a lot about the culture around us too! If you just want to hang and feel no pressure or anxiety, this is the place! Join the competitive but adorable Leona in a game of pool and prepare to get stomped.
I highly recommend!
Dress Code: This is a casual, come as you are, hangout. You'll find locals and ex-pats mingling together!
Summer '99 on Shangwu Jie (Japanese District) now offers the following specials:
-All beer ￥15
-Select Cocktails ￥20
Monday - Student Night
Show a student ID and get:
Bacardi Breezer ￥20
Gin & Tonic ￥20
Thursday - Ladies' Night:
All ladies get one free drink
Tsingtao ￥10 all night
Gin & Tonic, Jack & Coke, Rum and Vodka cocktails ￥20
Jack & Coke ￥20
Come on by and enjoy the relaxed, quiet atmosphere. There is a pool table on the second floor and CLEAN bathrooms.
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Dress Code: no dress code
Take care when going to Harry's bar. Prices are very high, and many times I and others found that the manager there, Sally, has something special for you after you had a few too many...
They will boldly cheat with the bill, and overcharge you a lot. Usually they will give you an unspecified bill, with just a very high number on it. I've been cheated quite a few times before I started paying attention to this. When talking to other people they told me the same story. I you must go there, then pay attention to the bill, and ask them to give you a specified bill. I've seen fights starting at the place because of this. The police had to come in to cool things down. It is not a place I like to visit. You are better of visiting bar street. You will find something you like there for sure!
Dress Code: Just bring a full wallet.
An outside Mall where no cars are allowed and 100s of stores, restaurants, etc. A real nice place. There is a Thai restaurant there which is the only one around and is very good.
Dress Code: Saw a naked kid but I don't suppose it's ok for an adult.
The Blue Sky Bar is a great upstairs bar with live music Thursday through Saturday. They have a pretty good Chinese clientelle but still play Western music -- anything from Metallica to Johnny Cash, so while you have the comfort of relaxing at a nice bar with music you love, you still know you're in China. Competitive prices and drink specials make this a great stop along Bar Street.
Harry's Bar - Two floors with bar and music downstairs and pool table upstairs. 55 channel Satellite TV carrying international sports games and news programs. Live music 6 nights a week (not on Sunday) from a 1st class Filipino trio. Music range is varied and includes many old time favorites from the 60s and 70s and also many new numbers. Harry's Bar is comfortable with a range of seating including bar stools, sofa lounge and high chairs by the window. The drink list includes a good selection of imported beers, Tiger Draft, imported wines and a complete range of spirits and ingredients for Harry's Cocktail Menu. Busy most nights after 9pm; especially busy Thursday to Saturday with a good crowd of worldly Suzhou locals and many foreigners (Germans, Americans, English, Irish and Australians!! Open until 3am; Sally (Queen of Suzhou) is the manager!
Dress Code: Dress to please...