Smoke & Mirrors

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The city's best new rooftop with a view

In skyscraper-dense Singapore, rooftop bars are no rarity. But when it’s perched on the Old Supreme Court Building, as Park Hotel Group’s Smoke & Mirrors at the National Gallery is, make a reservation quick.

By all accounts though, these Hong Kong hoteliers haven't earned themselves much serious bar cred around these parts. It's a good thing, then, that it has built a bar team around local head bartender, Yugnes Susela. This is the long-time, former Tippling Club bartender's big break, and the cocktail chemistry of his training shows up on the menu, in Asian-flavoured classics, drinks inspired by canvasses in the gallery, and his own riffs on the classics. 

Milo Haze ($24) arrives at the table with a show, but it needs more work to deliver Yugnes' vision of a successful sniff-and-sip drink. Dry ice in a tiny saucer wet with a Milo tincture wafts up memories of supper, but it soon dies and renders a little thin the accompanying mix of Plantation Barbados 5 Year Old rum, Italian vermouth and sherry.

Black and White c. 1970-1980 ($24), inspired by Anthony Poon's acrylic on canvas in the Gallery, is a richer, more complex drink that sips of dark chocolate, cream and rum, curaçao orange, and a long finish of liquorice from absinthe. A simple tiki mix of Trinidad dark rum, herby Campari, and lime and pineapple juice in the Jungle Bird ($20) is as potent as it is pretty, with an orchid blossom for garnish. Besides cocktails, there’s Archipelago Brewery's Bohemian Lager ($16) and revived Samui Ale ($16) on tap, wines by the glass ($16-$24) and half bottle ($68-$88), and mocktails built on housemade ginger, passionfruit, salted plum and hibiscus cordials ($12).

Bar bites ($8-$28) are reasonable for the premium location. Options like Cantonese-style roasted pork belly ($16), crab claws in chilli ($18), and hoisin-glazed beef rib cubes ($16) are cooked up by the wok-wielders downstairs at Yan.

With neighbours like Odette and Aura, the offerings in the National Gallery are shaping up to drive a very atas kind of vibe at an unapproachable price point. That isn't quite the case with Smoke & Mirrors, though, and we're grateful.

By: Natasha Hong

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Venue name: Smoke & Mirrors
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Address: #06-01 National Gallery Singapore
1 St Andrews Rd
Singapore
178957
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 11.30am-12.30am; Fri & Sat 11.30am-1am
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Cocktails are meticulously crafted to perfection and the sleek space offers unrivaled views of the city, but the eager and passionate bartenders are what will make the visit. 


Nice place to hang out and drinks are awesome. However, the service is super slow.