Smoke & Mirrors

Published - 05 August 2022, Friday

Perched on the rooftop of the National Gallery Singapore, Smoke & Mirrors is known for its spectacular panoramic views of Singapore’s skyline and creative cocktail programme.

The destination rooftop bar sets out to elevate the cocktail experience by exploring classic drinks with experimental new twists. Guests can expect innovative menu concepts driven by modern techniques and unique flavour combinations to artfully challenge perceptions. With an emphasis on thought-provoking flavour profiles, Smoke & Mirrors continues to entice curious imbibers and cocktail aficionados alike.

Upon entering, one is floored by the stunning sculptural bar, anchoring the space which is designed to allow for a seamless transition between the indoors and outdoors. With plenty of woods, copper tones and warm lighting, the bar exudes a magnetic intimacy. The service reflects this persona too; discreet and engaging.

Smoke & Mirrors’ latest accolade is a testament to its success, with the team being proud to have clinched #60 placement in Asia’s 51-100 Best Bars list 2022.

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RATED 8 / 8
Love their beef cubes! A little small in quantity but well. Reservations needed as it can get really crowded. Great scenery and a good wide selection of wine to choose from. Located inside the gallery, had a little trouble locating then bar initially, not as easily accessible. But the food is absolutely good.


RATED 7.5 / 8
If you’ve not been to Smoke & Mirrors it’s time you did. Positioned on the rooftop of the Singapore National Art Gallery, the views as you can imagine are breath taking. I was there to taste the new “Illusion of Flavours” cocktail menu and meet the new Head Bartender, Jorge Conde.

I couldn’t have timed it better! Arriving at 6pm to enjoy a few cocktails as the sun was about to set was the way to do it. Calm and soothing over the street bustle below it is a little oasis tucked away above the madding crowd.

Jorge produced his first creation Jack of the Jungle. While this was sweet I wasn’t too worried about the sugar spike, as it was made from sugar cane spirit and 48th fermented agave. Smoke & Mirrors have created a small distillery in the back where Jorge does his magic.

From a very varied background Jorge started off as a graphic designer, mixed cocktails in a part time job and played trombone in a jazz band. He believes that creating cocktails is like creating a brand and therefore creating an experience.

Feeling totally spoilt as I had 16 cocktails to choose from, I decided to continue with the Le Paix 75. It had citrus notes with a gin infusion, sparkling wine and a green olive. Great drink if you are like me, preferring a dry tone rather than sweet. Martini lovers this would be a must try.

Smoke & Mirrors also presents delicious bar bites to complement the cocktails. Roast pork perfectly done, was very welcome as it absorbed the strong alcohol well. I had some salt and pepper calamari and truffle fries too that were amazing and I would highly recommend.

Something quite unique to me was the savoury and umami cocktails. I had always kept away from cocktails fearing the high sugar content so I decided to try The Farm is Burnt. Seeing the flamboyance of Jorge behind the bar and his deep creativity in distilling flavours, he was also inventive with names.

This cocktail at Smoke & Mirrors was unlike anything I had tasted before. Bloody Mary fans would love this. A spicy variation with unexpected additions such as fermented tomato, radish brine and smoky mezcal combined with celery, spices and chipotle, I loved the spicy notes. Made me want to eat more so that was the danger in this cocktail!

By this time the sun had set and it was time to go. Short and sweet though it may have seemed I felt it I had been there for hours.

From the six categories available, there would definitely be something for everyone. If you’d like a full sensory experience I would recommend a visit to Smoke & Mirrors. You will enjoy the music, food, drinks, ambiance and hospitality from a true professional!


RATED 8 / 8
What are people saying on social Media about Smoke & Mirrors?

Nicolas Travis reviewed Smoke & Mirrors – 5 star on Facebook: Location and view aside, the thing that makes Smoke & Mirrors so special is the great staff and their attention to detail. From the menu to the level of service. It's the perfect location to bring any friends who are visiting - never fails to impress!

Satha Shelby Shivam recommends Smoke & Mirrors on Facebook: On top of the picturesque views and delectable selection of drinks, the service was excellent. Staff were attentive, (and particularly the lovely lady who was at the door this evening) went above and beyond to accommodate us and ensure we had a wonderful time.

Will definitely be back!


RATED 7 / 8
Smoke and Mirrors works well for visitor and Singaporeans who are proud of their city. Great location to get a vista view of Singapore

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