Update: Click here to see who the judges picked as the winner.
When people talk about partying in Sanlitun, they tend to mean the area with Swire Village, Tongli Studio, Nali Patio, the 3.3 Building and that half-ass strip of neon-signed copycat joints otherwise known as Sanlitun Bar Street.
But what about the other Sanlitun area.
I mean the area that includes Rock ‘n’ Roll, Nanjie, Salsa Caribe, D Lounge, Ole, Brussels, Q-Mex, Q’er, and more. I hear it described as behind The Bookworm, or close to 1949: The Hidden City, or a couple of streets east of what once was old Sanlitun Bar Street.
The official address is #4 Courtyard, Gongti North Road. Try telling that to a taxi driver or your friends.
Anyway, I heard some bar owners talk about making a nickname, something easy to use when people refer to this area of town.
“Sanlitun Courtyard” is the frontrunner, but the hope is to tap the collective brilliance of the city’s drinkers with a contest.
The deal: Simply come up with a name, in English or Chinese or both, for this area of town and leave it in the comments section. I’ll then ask a few bar owners to go through the names. If they like yours best, you can jump in a taxi with two friends, head to [yet-to-be-determined nickname of the area] and share this drinks and nibbles tour:
- Brussels: Choice of three draft beers, with options from La Chouffe to Slow Boat, and a big order of mussels to share.
- Ole: Three glasses of Sangria and a paella to share, on the first-floor level that is transforming into a Spanish wine bar.
- Q-Mex: Three tequila flights and guacamole and chips, which should be a nice way to polish off the mini-tour.
Deadline is next Thursday, July 19, at 5 PM. We’ll pick the winner soon after.
(Personally, I like the names “New South Street”, “The Other, Less Shitty Sanlitun” and “The Huxley”.)