TBJ Awards: D-22, pole dancers, reality TV, and more

Like some 500 other people, I attended that’s Beijing’s Bars and Clubs Awards last Thursday at The Bank. Here are seven random thoughts from the sweaty, red wine fueled night that was (photos courtesy of TBJ - see the full gallery).

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Suzie in the valley of the China Dolls: They split votes, but… 

I predicted to Echo from Q Bar and others that: 1) Suzie Wong and China Doll would steal each other’s votes and 2) allow Q Bar to sneak through and win as Bar / Club of the Year. Well, 1) happened, but just as I was feeling smart and the Q Bar people perhaps thought I had inside info, D-22 up and won.

D’oh!

No doubt, being the lone Haidian candidate helped D-22, and its owners were shocked by the win, but credit goes where due. It’s obviously doing something right since it was up for this award in 2006, too. Congrats!

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… instead of Q going through, it was… D twenty-who!?

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Stella Artois on tap, big pours of very drinkable red, and Freixenet sparkling wine – good times! 

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It’s all free!

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Bar owners were pumped about the awards and it was good to see some competitive spirit. It was also fun to meet owners and staff in a social setting – I actually met Leo from Cheers, er, outside of Cheers!

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They shot their way to an “outstanding” award.

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I won’t make any “you’ve probably been in Bed with him” jokes. I’ll just say he was Cho-sen by the people.

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Centro hanging with its haul.

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The awards were punctuated by a pole dancer and two bikini top-clad women swinging what seemed to be flaming keroscene-soaked tin cans on the ends of meter-long chains. Can’t say I saw that coming and I’m happy a mishandled can didn’t ignite The Bank’s draperies and send us to flaming screaming deaths.

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That top does so NOT go with those shoes.

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She’s hot.

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Chad, Kris and Luge – ready for reality?

The Rickshaw’s Chad, Kris and Luge need their own reality show. It’d be hard to find three guys who have a better time but differ more in personality and looks. An American, an Aussie and a Chinese – they could be packaged as a young Harry Morgan, the Crocodile Dundee of Beijing and China’s Fonz (heyyy!), teaming up to run a bar with all the craziness that comes from happy hours, drunk patrons and cultural misunderstandings among a diverse clientele. Just stick a few cameras on the first floor, second fl0or and deck, and one in that public bathroom around the side (none in the kitchen - the wings recipe needs protection). Seriously, three fun characters in a funky spot called The Rickshaw in a city with global attention in the run-up to the Olympics – you wouldn’t watch this?

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Yes, we would!

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I’m going to need a whole new wardrobe.

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And in the Beard of the Year category, it’s Cheers

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Losing by a (very, very long) hair to Goose and Duck.

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Now that that vote is over, how about casting one for yours truly in the China Blog Awards? Just go here, scroll to Beijing Boyce, and click the ‘+’ sign until its green. Easy as drinking free booze at a bar awards party… and better for your liver!

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