How having a professional bartender at your party can help you or is good for you

 

When it comes to big events like weddings and milestone anniversaries, most people don’t think twice about hiring a bartender to serve drinks to guests. But for some reason, most of us baulk at the idea of hiring someone to pour drinks at more intimate gatherings like get-togethers and birthday parties. On those occasions, hiring a bartender may feel a little over-the-top. After all, guests can pour their own drinks, so why spend the money? The truth is, though, hiring a bartender can actually be a relatively affordable “splurge,” and having a professional behind the bar means you have one less thing to stress about and will be able to enjoy yourself that much more.

You’ll Know How Much Booze to Buy

A professional bartender or bartending service will not only help you figure out what to serve based on the type of event and your preferences but will also tell you how much of everything to buy. This also means you won’t buy excess booze and, ultimately, might save you a lot of money.

Help with Set Up and Clean Up

A bartender will get to your home or event space in plenty of time to get the bar area all set up before any of your guests arrive. He’ll also do his best to make sure there aren’t empty glasses and bottles littering the space and, at the end of the party, he’ll help with clean-up.

Have our professional bartenders join you for the next event that you are hosting!

The Host Shouldn’t Also Be the Bartender

A good host offers his guests a drink shortly after they walk into the party. Which means if you don’t have a bartender, you’re also the one making that drink. A good host also offers a guest whose drink is low or empty if she’d like it to be refreshed. Which means, yup, you’re making that next drink as well. And repeat. For the entire duration of the party.

Feel Like a Guest at Your Own Party

As we just mentioned, if you spend the entire party getting drinks for other people, you’ll feel more like the hired help than the host, but even more than that, if you have someone else pouring your drinks and making sure you’re okay, it allows you to actually enjoy the event.

It’s Probably Best if Guests Don’t Make Their Own Drinks

There are a few reasons you don’t want guests making their own drinks. First of all, it’s nice if guests can just relax and not worry about mixing drinks, especially since they may want a cocktail they aren’t quite sure how to make. Second, a lot of people over pour when they’re making a cocktail simply because they don’t realize how much is coming out of the bottle. A bartender can not only make the more complicated cocktails someone may want, he can ensure that those cocktails have the appropriate amount of alcohol so that no one is on the floor before the party’s even in full swing.

A Bartender Won’t Over Serve

In addition to making sure drinks are poured properly, a professional bartender is paid to serve responsibly and pour drinks accordingly as the night goes on. Ultimately, having a sober bartender paying attention to who might be starting to have a little “too much fun,” saves you from a potentially embarrassing conversation and means you can just relax and enjoy yourself.

Fancy Cocktails, not Just “Mixed Drinks”

Bartenders know how to make all sorts of cocktails. From a proper martini to an old fashioned to a refreshing gimlet, you can count on a professional mixologist to be able to pour anything your guests want well beyond the standard “rum and Coke” or “vodka soda.”

A Clean and Organized Bar Area

When people are in charge of making their own drinks, the bar area can quickly become chaotic and messy. A bartender will make sure the bar area isn’t covered in used limes, sticky bottles, and empty soda cans.

Your Guests Will Be Impressed

People expect bartenders at fancier events in big spaces, but they definitely don’t expect to walk into a backyard barbecue or intimate birthday party and see a paid professional serving up signature cocktails.

 

With our vast experience in the bar industry and every single member of our team having worked at numerous bars and are still doing so at our very own bar – Hopscotch – located at 45 Malan Road, you can be sure that our mixologists from Mixes From Mars will bartend at your event with a high level of service and mixology standards. Drop us an enquiry today to find out more about having our experienced bartenders at your event!

Mobile Bar

Why Engage Our Mobile Bar?

Planning a party or an event requires an eye for detail at every aspect. It ranges from the activities, Audio-Visual (AV) equipment, food offerings and of course, the drinks. In most cases, for a corporate or private party, most of the details are done in-house, like organizing games, emceeing and etc. Food will be catered in and drinks will most likely be a cooler box filled with ice, soft drinks and beer. Sure that sounds nice, but why not make it better a mobile bar that provides more offerings.

Bespoke Cocktails

Broaden the drinks menu offered at your event. If its an intimate party, have a go at our Bespoke Cocktail Package. We’ll bring down our mobile bar including a whole bunch of fresh fruits, herbs, juices and liquor. There will be no menu and each drink will be crafted based on our bartenders interaction with your guests. It will usually start with some questions about their palate, preference of any ingredients and liquor. From there we’ll take your guests on a journey till the event ends. The exciting part for both us and the guests is that we get to make drinks catered for everyone.

Thematic Cocktails

Mobile Bar and Customized Cocktails

In most cases, there are themes for the event, in which we will craft a menu of cocktails specifically to suit your theme. It could be about anything really, a movie, a book or a holiday and so on. For example, the above cocktails were done for Osim’s uDiva launch. The theme was set around love, where we incorporated some elements in one of the cocktails name “Love at 1st Sip” and the ingredients, which includes rose. The thematic cocktail creation is the part we love the most, we usually end up with lots of wacky ideas for the ingredients, garnish and the names. Once the dust has settled, we will select the most fitting ones and arrange a tasting session with you to make sure everything is perfect for your event. Fast forward to the day of your event, just like any of our clients, we’ll bring our mobile bar down, set it up and serve the drinks that we have created for your event.

Why Engage Our Mobile Bar Services?

Experienced, our attention to details and quality of service.

Our many years in the bar industry has given us the experience to craft drinks for a wide variety of palates and the ability to provide exceptional service to your esteemed guests. Back at Hopscotch and Mars Bar and even the previous bars we worked in, service was the top priority. New staffs were first taught menu drinks, followed by customer interactions pre and post ordering. These enabled them to be knowledgeable about the house cocktails and their ingredients while they build rapport with the customers and at the same time find out about their palate. The second stage will then be creating the house cocktails and tasting the individual ingredients in it. Once Louis or Jo the head bartenders for the two bars decide that they are ready, they will be introduced to the third stage which would be to create drinks off the menu, with inspirations coming from the interactions with the customers. Combining the experience with our quality service has enabled us to provide our clients with exceptional events.

All in all, leave the organizing, the nitty gritty details to us. If there is one thing we want, it is for you to enjoy your event or party. We have also expanded into event management where we provide one stop solutions for all your event needs, from the start to the end. From our many years of being in the events industry, we have managed to partner up with various trusted vendors that are able to provide competitive quotes and offerings that will suit your event.

Head on over to the enquiries page if you have any questions regarding your event or you can drop us a call at 6254 7126. As always, we hope you have a great week ahead and hope to be able to bring a mobile bar to your events in the near future, cheers!

Hopscotch Bar Team

Hopscotch Bar’s Farewell Party

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 Bar's Grand Opening

The Hopscotch Team on their Grand Opening

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.

Tiki style drink with a touch of extravagance

A drink created by Jo as a tribute to the Red Dot Traffic Building

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!

Media Team and Live Band

Werty, our videographer and Cynthis & Linus, our dynamic duo live band

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 packed

Full House!

Merrymaking, dance and drinks

The Industry really knows how to turn up a party

Dancing King

Everett showing some moves

Cocktail Churning Machines

The Bar Team for the night!
From left: Jas, Elijah, Really Drunk Kelvin, Joyce

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!

An Epic 18th Birthday Bash!

Turning 18 is a big deal in Singapore. Seen as an adult in the eyes of the law and more importantly, in our opinion, legal to drink. We had the opportunity to organize a party to celebrate our client turning 18! The requirement was quite simple, just go all out.

The location of the party was in our client’s place, a private compound which was quite spacious. We had a lot of room to plan where the assorted activities could be held. First up was the main area.  It was where the food, drinks and dance floor were located. We first laid out the high tables and high stools at the back of the room near the food and bar area. It was to provide the guests with adequate area to enjoy the various offerings of the night. At the front of the main area was the dance floor, right in front of the DJ. The DJ with his setup was flanked by 2 speakers, providing the guests with EDM tracks through the night. Surrounding the room were mood lightings and moving lights, accompanying the DJ’s music. Additionally the tables were decorated with not only the standard menus, but also candles and jars of flowers to add to the mood.

DJ Setup

Lights programmer setting up

18th Birthday

Main Area Set Up

At the second main area, we had the live band area which we added high tables and stools behind, with the band positioned in front serenading the crowd. We also set up beam lights and moving lights which were focused on the band as they were the other entertainers for the night. It was also the cake cutting area, hence the lightings to help setup for the pictures taken by the photographers!

The third area was the welcome area. Situated near the main door, it was a huge space which was turned into a photo shoot area. A backdrop of balloons were placed which the birthday girl took photos with her guests. At the nearby corridor passageway, we laid down rose petals on the side with candles to illuminate the pathway as the house would be dimly lit for the party.

Dinner for the day was a customized menu created up by Divine Palate which involved some premium ingredients including caviar! They were also able to utilize the island kitchen to do a live demonstration of them cooking. The food was exceptional and we are looking forward to the next time we work with them to experience their other creations!

18th Birthday

Cocktails for the nigh!

Cocktails as usual were done by us where we customized two different drinks for her. The first was Violet Regal where it included Blackcurrant, Lychee, Yuzu and Gin which was garnished with flower petals and lychee spheres. The colors were of the drink, a deep violet hue suited the color theme of the party. The next drink was the Barely Legal which included Passionfruit, Brown Sugar, Lim, Mint, Club Soda and Rum. It is a twist of the classic Mojito, with the current one giving it a  slightly sour kick. Our client also provided us with champagnes and wines to serve to her guests.

It was an awesome party which the Mixes from Mars team was proud to be a part of. Our most sincere thanks to our client for having us and to our partners for working together to create such a beautiful birthday party. We are already looking forward to the next birthday bash to organize, till next time, cheers!