Plenty of entries in the Name That ‘Tun contest — see all of them here — to pick a nickname for the area that includes Brussels, Ole, Q-Mex, Nanjie, Salsa Caribe, D Lounge, Rock ‘n’ Roll and more.
The suggestions included 机电院儿 (ji dian yuan), Electric Avenue, Sanlitun Lite, Tuntown, The Huxley, 二lem (a spin on Harlem), 三beca, San li-burbs, NanTun, Sanlitun Lap, Nan Sanlitun, Sanlitun Flipside, Walk of Shame, 小三里屯, The Quarter, SoSaBa (South of Sanlitun Bar Street), 小三, The Hidden Courtyard, NanSan, SoSlt, SoSltay, Gongti East, Tuanjiehu, Soho Bar area east, sibajie and The Warren.
I discussed the entries with Kenn Bermel at Brussels, Yolanda Garval at Ole and Chris Ruggles at Q-Mex and they made a unanimous decision.
And it wasn’t “Nan Sanlitun“. I read the comments that some taxi drivers already know the area by this name. That is good and appreciated info.
But the judges chose something shorter: “NanSan“, as suggested by Vicky, who stated, “It rhymes. It’s slurrable. It’s almost Chinese.” Perhaps with enough use, bar goers, taxi drivers and all else will find it tersely useful. Maybe we need a “NanSan” block party to help?
Anyway, congratulations to Vicky. She and two friends get a mini NanSan tour with the following:
- 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.
Thanks to everyone who entered. Check out the current contest — “Want Some Stuff, Man?” — here.