Neighborhood bar in San Juan to close after 18 years

Moksha, a neighborhood bar in San Juan City, is closing its doors after 18 years in operation.

(Photo courtesy of Moksha Facebook page)

One of its owners, Marc Soong, announced on Facebook that the bar will serve customers until July 6. The bar opened in December 2003.

"All good things come to an end. A neighborhood institution will be closing its doors after 18 years of giving people a hideaway, a home away from home," Soong wrote.

"Don't worry friends, there is no sadness, there are no problems, will just quietly slip away into the realm of good memories," he added.

Moksha, a Mediterranean bar sandwiched between J. Abad Santos and Wilson Streets in San Juan, is known for its bar chow, pasta and alcoholic drinks.

Soong described Moksha "a business it has sustained itself from the beginning."

General Manager Marvin Mallorca, in an interview with GMA News, said the closure was an effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The effects of the pandemic is really bad. Everything's working against us now. Bars aren't really allowed to operate, so everything is stacked against us," Mallorca added.

In March, the bar announced it will temporarily halt operations as Metro Manila was placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

The bar opened its doors again in June, with new operating hours to abide by the 10 p.m. curfew imposed by the city which is under general community quarantine (GCQ).

Moksha is just one of the many establishments ceasing operations because of the pandemic. Another famed bar, Cubao's Today x Future, closed in June.