Customers’ sadness as popular cocktail bar in Northampton closes

Sam Dale, co-owner of Hakamou, making cocktails. ENGNNL00120111130165734
Sam Dale, co-owner of Hakamou, making cocktails. ENGNNL00120111130165734
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A cocktail bar in Northampton town centre has announced it is to cease trading.

Hakamou - which is housed in the basement of a premises near the Abington Street entrance to the Grosvenor Centre - was popular with patrons for its large array of exotically named drinks and unashamedly cheesy music.

Hakamou, Abington Street. Christmas Good Taste Guide.
Bar tender Sam makes a Cold Turkey, Raspberry F;ip and Dreadlock Holiday. ENGNNL00120111024182023

Hakamou, Abington Street. Christmas Good Taste Guide. Bar tender Sam makes a Cold Turkey, Raspberry F;ip and Dreadlock Holiday. ENGNNL00120111024182023

A statement on its Facebook page said: “Northamptonians and rum fans, it is with considerable sadness that we announce the closure of Northampton Hakamou after six-and-a-half fantastic years.

“We’re all really hurting right now, so feel free to post any happy memories or pics to cheer us up.

“Our fantastic team will be found at our other places, but if they apply for a job at your work then snap them up and show them the love.”

“Please feel free to shout “ALAN!” If you see me around town. Hugs and fives. Martin”

Members of the Chron team enjoying Hakamou in 2012.

Members of the Chron team enjoying Hakamou in 2012.

The owners of Hakamous also run the Haycock and Tailbar Associates bar and restaurant in Derngate, as well as a Hakamou in Leicester.

A huge number of well wishers posted messages replying to the announcement with almost 600 responses, almost all complimentary.

Many commented on the lack of drunken trouble that set it apart from other venues in the town and the happy atmosphere generated by the bar staff.

Several photos depicting fond memories also showed customers lounging on the deckchairs outside the entrance, which were put out in all weathers.

DJ Jason Willson said: “It was a pleasure mixing up the tunes for you all in Hakamou’s for about three years in the early days. I’ve got some fun memories there and of course we have had some awesome nights.”

Ian Tompkins, head of security said: “I’ve had a blast. Met some fab customers (you know who you are), the staff are like family and I can honestly say I’ve enjoyed keeping you all safe.”