Update: I met with Chad Lager of Fubar this week to pick the winners of the 100 bottles of vodka and gin in the Beijing Bar Rescue Contest. All valid comments went into a draw, with Lager overseeing the process and bartender / fashion model (see the August issue of Esquire) Seven Zhang pulling out five winners, each of which gets six bottles of alcohol — three vodka and three gin. Here are his picks:
- Matt: 12 bottles (drawn twice)
- Colin: 6 bottles
- Octopus: 6 bottles
- Richard: 6 bottles
Lager and I (so much for a panel) decided how to split the other 70 bottles. We liked many of the ideas, from the proposed revamp of Eudora in Lido to the creation of a live music venue in Sanlitun, although in some cases the entries were too long or didn’t strike us as quite right. (Re the entry that said Fubar needs to be rescued: Lager says he is quite happy with his profits, thank you very much.)
In the end, we agreed Matt and Blake had the best entries, though not on which one. With Matt, it was Green T. House and Havana Bar, with Blake it was Stone Boat and Miss Saigon. We also liked the unexpected suggestions from Zach for Metro and Pliers, though the latter entry was too long and didn’t make the cut, and the ideas from Octopus for Kura Kura and, as an aside, Tim’s Texas BBQ. (We’re not saying Tim’s needs a rescue, we just want to see which sea shanties he knows).
Here is how we decided to divide the 70 bottles:
Blake: 34 bottles
Matt: 24 bottles
Octopus: 6 bottles
Zach: 6 bottles
The prizes are available at Fubar. Winners should phone Lager ahead of pickup. (I will forward his phone number to the winners.)
Thanks to everyone who participated. I think most of us have been in a so-so bar, or walked by an empty spot, and thought, “You know, this place would be amazing if only someone [fill in the blank].” It was fun see some of those ideas.
Update: The contest is closed. I’ll post re the winners on
Monday afternoon (tomorrow, Wednesday, promise. We went over all the entries last night and I just need to write up the results).
100 bottles of booze on the wall, 100 bottles of booze…
Chad Lager of Fubar is fatigued from figuring out cocktail recipes for his stock of Strait guava gin and Strait vanilla vodka, and is donating 50 bottles of each for a contest. That means 100 bottles of booze. And this coincides with the start of a new U.S. TV show called Bar Rescue in which an expert tries to give a boost to a bar. And that makes it a natural to hold a Bar Rescue Beijing Contest for 100 Bottles of Booze from Fubar.
The challenge: Tell us what Beijing bar needs rescuing and how, and do so in 100 words or less.
(One of Chad’s picks is to re-launch Powerhouse: he says the great outdoor space and perfect location would make it ideal for a thriving live rock and roll scene. One of my picks is Pavillion: given the layout, both the interior and that lovely patio, and location in the Sanlitun-Workers Stadium zone, this would work well as an upscale restaurant and lounge, with a special focus on the post-2 AM crowd. Think D Lounge’s chicness with Twilight’s attitude and drinks.)
Winners will be chosen based both on merit and luck.
In terms of luck, we will draw five winners, each of whom will get a six-pack of booze — three bottles of gin, three bottles of vodka.
In terms of merit, several bar scene observers, to be announced shortly, will narrow the entries to a few finalists and decide how many of the remaining 70 bottles each one gets. A finalist might get 1 bottle or 20 bottles or even all 70 bottles.
(It is possible, though unlikely, for someone who enters five times to win all 100 bottles.)
The details, in bullet points…
- To enter the contest, tell us — in no more than 100 words — which Beijing bar should be rescued and how.
- You may post an entry about a bar already mentioned but you need to come up with a different rescue plan.
- You may enter up to five times. Each entry must be submitted as a separate entry to be eligible for the draw.
- All reasonable comments will be entered into the draw.
- The deadline is next Tuesday at 5 PM.
- Winners need to pick up their prizes at Fubar.
Finally, there is still time — about two hours — for those interested in entering the contest for 10 Gung Ho pizzas and 48 bottles of Vedett. Details here.
Reason we thought of this contest is that every bar owner and bar customer loves to walk place a vacant spot and think what if… that’s very subject…. Powerhouse…