The 19 Best Things to Do This Week in Suzhou

By That's Suzhou, May 21, 2018

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That's Suzhou picks the best things to do in the city each week.

May 23: 2018 That's Suzhou Food & Drink Awards

That's Suzhou Food & Drink Awards 2018
We are excited to announce that the first ever That's Suzhou Food & Drink Awards will take place on the evening of Wednesday, May 23 at Toro Loco in W Suzhou, with voting launching on Monday, May 7. Think you know of a deserving nominee? Submissions are now open. Please follow the instructions listed here for our panel of judges' consideration.

For That's Suzhou Food & Drink Awards sponsorship opportunities, or for enquires on how to attend, please email marketing@urbanatomy.com.

The 2018 That's Suzhou Food & Drink Awards is a private event, but for details on how to attend email marketing@urbanatomy.comWednesday, May 23, cocktail reception starting at 6.30pm. Toro LocoW Suzhou, see event listing.Details on how to nominate here.

All Month Long: Toro Loco After Dark

Toro Loco After Dark
Amplify your social scene after dark every day at Toro Loco. Groove till late with eclectic beats, sangria and Spanish bites. Sangria to share starting from RMB198 net per jug.

Daily, through June 30, 9pm-midnight. Toro LocoW Suzhou, see event listing.

All Month Long: Bamboo and Plum Blossom in Paintings Collection


Suzhou Museum is showcasing its collection of more than 40 pieces of bamboo and plum blossom paintings through the beginning of June. Both classic symbols of a traditional Chinese gentlemen, these two plants have been popular subjects for artists and poets since the Tang dynasty. 

Through Sunday, June 3. Suzhou Museum, see event listing (szmuseum.com)

All Month Long: Square Art Presents Mathias Milhaud

Mathias Milhaud
The works of artist Mathias Milhaud will be exhibited at 56 Creative Space until June 30 as part of Square Art International's artist residence project. Born in 1981 in Paris, Milhaud lives and works in Paris. His pieces feature sawed objects painted into forms that look like extensions of the recurrent naive or simple paintings, bridging the gap between the canvas and real life.

Through Saturday, June 30. 56 Creative Space, see event listing.

All Month Long: Morton's Power Hour

Morton's Power Hour
Get ready for the summer with one of the best power hours in town! Available every day from 5-7pm.

Daily, 5-7pm. Morton's Grille Suzhou, see event listing.

May 22: RMB20 Tacos at El Luchador

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Taco Tuesday! Every Tuesday, El Luchador serves up RMB20 tacos from 6pm onwards to make the world a better place. Choose from an array of selected tacos and dig in!

Every week, Tuesdays, 6pm onwards. El Luchador Tacos & Tequila, see event listing.

May 22: Camel Pub Quiz

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Every Tuesday, James Brown, the Hardest Working Man in Show Quizness, challenges with 10 rounds testing a wide variety of subjects ranging from general knowledge, film and current affairs questions. A total of RMB800 in Camel vouchers are up for grabs, plus plenty of shots to keep the atmosphere lively and competitive.

Every week, Tuesdays, 8pm-late. The Camel Sports Bar Suzhou, see event listing.

May 22: RMB30 Frozen Margaritas

Margaritas at El Luchador
Three more days till the weekend seems too far away? Not anymore. Come to El Luchador for RMB30 frozen margaritas every Tuesday. The margs are served all day and all night, so why wait for the weekend?

Every week, Tuesdays, 6pm onwards. El Luchador Tacos & Tequila, see event listing.

May 23: Senoritas Night Out

It's senoritas night out every Wednesday at Hemingway! Ladies get a free welcome drink (fruity rum punch) from 9pm to midnight. Book a table before 7pm to receive a free pitcher of fruity rum for the whole squad. All night long, there will also be drink specials on a selction of drinks, including wine, beer and punch. There will be also salsa dancing to ensure it's a fun evening for all.

Wednesdays,  9pm-late. Hemingway Lounge & Terrace, see event listing.

May 23: RMB50 Burritos at El Luchador

Burrito Deal at El Luchador Suzhou
Wednesdays just got a whole lot better. From 6pm onwards, get burritos for RMB50 each at El Luchador. Add RMB15, and you'll get a refreshing Corona or a delicious frozen margarita. Don't miss this deal available every Wednesday.

Every week, Wednesdays, 6pm onwards. El Luchador Tacos & Tequila, see event listing.

May 24: #TBT (Throwback Thursdays)

Throwback Thursdays at Hemingway
Ever wanted to turn back time? Well now you can every Thursday at Hemingway! Each Thursday, expect weekly rotating live DJs on the decks who will spinning the classics and special old-fashioned cocktails brought back for one night only by their bartenders. There will also be deals on drinks — from 20 percent off beers to 30 percent off mixed drinks — as well as #TBT surprises and presents. Hemingway's Thursdays with a twist will be your new favorite way to get ready for the weekend!

Every week, Thursdays. Hemingway Lounge & Terrace, see event listing.

May 24: Roses Are Red Wine Promotion


Every Thursday, Volcity Wine Lounge will be pouring their excellent rose wines by the glass. Your first two glasses are half price between 1pm and 8pm. Enjoy a drink out on the patio or in the garden as the weather heats up. Snacks will also be provided.

Thursdays, 1-8pm. Volcity Wine Lounge, see event listing

May 25: Fair Play Crew: Seriously Funny


This new comedy show by renowned Polish dance troupe, Fair Play Crew, tells the story of a modern-day man's life through thought-provoking choreography, minimal stage design and no dialogue at all.

Friday, May 25, 7.30pm. RMB80-480. Suzhou Culture & Arts Center, see event listing (www.sscac.com.cn)

May 25: All-You-Can-Eat Cheese Party

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Any cheese lovers out there? We thought so. Cheese Republic is bringing their best cheeses right here to Suzhou. And on Friday night, you can eat all the cheese you want at Hemingway's all-you-can-eat cheese party! FYI, there will be wine too.

Friday May 25, 7-9.30pm; RMB178 per person. Hemingway Lounge & Terrace, see event listing

May 26: Havana Party at Hemingway 

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The biggest terrace lounge in Suzhou is throwing yet another huge Havana-themed party. Because who doesn't love spending a hot night out on the terrace, sipping cocktails and dancing with friends until the wee hours? On Saturday night, DJ IGA is will be making the trek from Shanghai to bring his Latino beats to Hemingway. There will also be deals on Havana Rum mojitos, cigars and more. 

Saturday May 26, 9pm-late. Hemingway Lounge & Terrace, see event listing.

Opening May 26: Freedom World

Freedom World
Square Art International presents Freedom World, a graffiti army from Europe, from May 26 to June 24. Featured artists of the Shi Jianfang-curated exhibition include Konair Onergizer, El Xupet Negre, Btoy Andrea, Timothee Pomier, Mathias Milhaud, Elsie Pomier and Luc Schumutz. The exhibition opening is on May 26 at 3pm.

Opening May 26 and running until June 24. 56 Creative Space, see event listing.

May 26: Camelympic Games

Camelympic Games
The Camelympic Games are back! For those who don’t know, the Camelympics is a competition of pub games across five disciplines: Shuffleboard, Darts, Foosball, Pool and Golden Tee Golf. Teams of no more than eight people compete in games on Saturday nights throughout the month May. Those that qualify can play in a grand final on June 2, with the victorious team winning a steak dinner each and a keg of Carlsberg to share. For more information or to sign up a team, email james@camelsportsbar.com.

Every Saturday, from May 5 until June 2. The Camel Sports Bar, see event listing.

May 26-27: Auténtico Mexicano Weekend Brunch

Auténtico Mexicano Weekend Brunch at El Luchador
Brunch with a punch... of flavor! Come for El Luchador's brunch of champions every weekend, where they'll be serving authentic Mexican food starting from just RMB65 per person! For only RMB128 more, you can enjoy free flow sparkling and hibiscus mimosas. 

Every week, Saturday-Sunday, 11am-2pm, RMB65-RMB193. El Luchador Tacos & Tequila, see event listing.

May 26-May 27: Dora the Explorer Live: Search for the City of Lost Toys 


The original American production of the popular family-friendly musical is coming to Suzhou for four shows this month. Already seen by more than 3 million people worldwide, the audience follows the adorable titular character on a journey to retrieve her beloved teddy bear, while overcoming various obstacles along the way.

Saturday, May 26, 7.30pm & Sunday, May 27, 10.30am, 2.30pm & 7.30pm. RMB180-480. Suzhou Culture & Arts Center, see event listing (www.sscac.com.cn)


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