Thirsty newcomers to Wuxi would do well to head down to the city’s 1912 Bar Street area: it houses almost 20 different themed bars that run along the canal, including the Soho Bar, Beatles Music Club, Marceau Bar and Jason’s bar. Each has its own style and hold a special place in the heart of resident expats, so here we give you the lowdown on all four, and before long you too will have discovered a favourite after-hours watering hole:
Soho Bar Wuxi
1) Soho Bar 苏荷酒吧 View In Map
The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed that Soho bar is a chain bar with many branches operating in China’s big cities. They all share a similarly quaint European style and décor: solid wooden tables and chairs coupled with hanging lights made of shiny metal; there’s a touch of posh here for sure. The Wuxi branch stands out due to a good regular roster of musical artists hailing from China, Europe, and the Americas, and professional bartenders are on hand to create your favourite drinks. Soho also boasts a wide selection of imported beers and spirits.
Add: 1912 Bar Street, Trade City (in front of the station), Chong’an District, Wuxi City
Tel: 0510 8230 9118
Opening hours: 20:00-04:00
Getting there: Take the 19 or 61 bus and get off at Heyuan; take the 21 or 35 bus and get off at Shijing Xiaoqu stop.
2) Marceau Bar玛索酒吧 View In Map
Marceau is one of the more luxurious bars on 1912 Bar Street. Replete with comfy, spacious seating, a European gothic interior design, crystal chandeliers hanging from the ceiling (fancy that!), and a fully-stocked wine rack, Marceau bar is host to a resident DJ, regular live performances from big names, and more hot girls than you can shake a stick at. Expect it to get busy on weekends.
Add: 28 North Hanchang Street, 1912 Bar Street, Chong’an District, Wuxi
Tel: 0510 8230 5699
Opening hours: 17:00-22:00
Getting there: Take the 11, 12, 25, 31, 61, 65, 66, 77, 90, 118, 208, 328, 712, 722, 751, 760, or 763 bus to the International Hotel station and get off.
3) Jason’s Bar杰森酒吧 View In Map
Situated at the intersection of Xintiandi and Holiday Plaza, Jason’s Bar is run by Jason, the Canadian proprietor, and has already established a good name among the Wuxi expat community. It’s spread over two floors with karaoke (KTV) upstairs (though this needs to be booked in advance) and pool, darts and sports tv downstairs. The music at Jason’s is a selection of pop, jazz, blues, Latin and country music, allegedly hand-picked by the boss himself (we mean Jason, not Bruce ‘The Boss’ Springsteen!), which all contributes to the friendly, laid-back atmosphere that prevails. Alongside the stellar choice of foreign booze, you can also indulge in Western style bar snacks, cocktails, and — if you’re feeling dapper — cigars!
Add: 93-95 North Changjiang Lu, (Xintiandi and Holiday Plaza intersection), Xin District, Wuxi
Tel: 0510 8522 1198
Opening hours: 18:00-02:00 (on Sat/Sun 15:00-02:00)
Getting there: Take the 30, 35, 41, 65, 70 or 103 bus to Changjiang Club and get off.
4) Beatles Music Club甲壳虫音乐酒吧 View In Map
No prizes for guessing the theme of this bar! Those with a penchant for retro décor, music and style will feel well at home here. This two-level bar is recognizable by the dull grey brickwork (and the huge sign declaring ‘The Beatles Music Club’, of course), and inside you can find nostalgic throwbacks to ‘the golden age’ of style and music. Don’t be alarmed when you first step inside: the downstairs section is tiny compared to the second floor. Unsurprisingly the Beatles Music Club plays an extensive back-catalogue of the Liverpool lads’ finest, as well as old jazz and pop records from a similar era.
Add: 1912 Bar Street, Chong’an District, Wuxi
Tel: 0510 8230 6377
Opening hours: 18:00-020:00
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