April 15th was a rather special night for many of us from the Hopscotch and Mixes from Mars family. After a run of 31 months, we had to call it a day as the Ministry of Law would be taking over the premise by the end of April.
Hopscotch was opened on the 11th of September in 2014 looking to serve up locally inspired cocktails. It’s been a fun ride with the crew that we’ve been working with, whipping up some amazing cocktails and hosting the craziest parties in our courtyard. When we first started out, Hopscotch was meant to be a project that would last about a year as Red Dot Traffic Building would be taken over by the government just as our lease ended. Alas, through some unforeseen circumstances, our lease got extended a few more times until April of this year. Imagine the number of times we had to send our “Closing Soon” press release, a little similar to that random shop in the neighborhood which is always closing soon but never does.
The farewell party started on the 16th February, also known as the 2nd Last Party. It also featured Jo’s cocktail, “Remembering Red Dot”. It consisted of Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Rum, Indian Mango Puree, Ginger Flower, Lemongrass Cordial, Calamansi, Torched Coconut Husk and Freshly Grated Summer Truffle. It was a tiki styled drink reminiscent of times at the beach and topped with extravagance, Jo really went all out for the party. Fiji also sponsored Hopscotch with their artisan water to keep the guests hydrated throughout the night. With live performances by our regular singers Iris and the dynamic duo Cynthia and Linus, the crowd were serenaded while enjoying their tipples. Bryan, our host for the night played games with some of the guests, with the winners getting a bottle of champagne! Post 11pm was where everyone got hyped up by our very own DJ Sunny and Jam! The guests definitely enjoyed themselves, and everyone including the staffs were looking forward to the last party!
Fast forward to a week before closing, we held a party called Viva La Diva featuring some of Singapore’s best female vocalists. After their set, it was open mic which many people took part in. The Miss Singapore Pageant International team was also on site to scout out contestants for their upcoming pageant. With the conclusion of this party, it set in motion a week of farewell celebrations from our regulars. Those that couldn’t attend our last night came in droves on the weekdays and drank like they never did. While the bar team was busy preparing for the big day, the Mixes from Mars team helped out for the setup, which included the lights, sound systems, projector, tables and chairs.
Reservations were mounting up so fast that we blocked it days before our last party as there were no longer any available seats. On the eve of the party, we managed to get Pacific Coffee’s space as they had moved out the week before. That opened up more seating areas that could sit more guests. Additionally Closer.sg provided a photo booth which gave the guests an instant print! The night begun with guests streaming in slightly before 8pm while we were still having team briefings. It soon became a full on slam. Cynthia and Linus once again provided us with aural entertainment as the night passed. We were all enjoying ourselves, both guests and staffs, amidst all the merry making and shots. Slightly after 12am was when most of the initial guests started leaving, which led us to our 2nd wave of slam! As other bars hit closing time, Hopscotch was slowly filled with our friends from the industry. They came for the post-work drinks, for the party, for the dancing and most important of all to bid us farewell. They conquered the whole courtyard as DJ Sunny, Jam and Lester pumped the crowd up with dance hits from the past and the present. It was about 4am when most of them started to stream out, which also started an impromptu open mic. Cynthia, Linus and Bryan once again took up positions and invited guests to come sing along. The last song was played at about 6am, it was an extended version of “Don’t Look Back in Anger” by Oasis. Extended because of the crowd’s heartwarming singalong and because of the trio’s emotional tribute in this very song. Cynthia was in tears midway and couldn’t continue just as it reached the climax, which was the last line of the song. Everyone including the staffs stopped whatever they were doing and watched her with bated breaths.
Bryan: “Come on Cynthia, you can do this.”
Cynthia wipes her tears, takes a deep breath and goes..
“And don’t look back in anger”
Pause. She looks around and takes in the atmosphere.
“I heard you say.”
And just like that, as the sun rose, our farewell party came to an end. Goodbyes were said and hugs were given. A special thanks to all the guests who attended the party, the staffs who helped out and the amazing bands and DJ that helped entertained the crowd. It has been a pleasure making everyone’s night through this two years and we hope to do so in the near future! Hopscotch will be temporarily closed while we source for a new location, we’ll keep you updated when a space has been found. Meanwhile you can catch some of the Hopscotch staffs shaking up cocktails in our various events. As always, we hope you have a great week ahead, cheers!