Perched atop the beautiful National Gallery, Smoke & Mirrors is one of the few bars in Singapore that I've been to more than once. & if you haven't been recently, it's probably time to visit again.. To check out their newly launched drinks menu - The Real Art of Drinking Volume II.

While I haven't conquered all 16 cocktails on the menu (slowly lah, I'll get there eventually), I was lucky enough to try this one pre-launch. Perks of sitting at the bar, I say. Even though the panoramic views of Singapore's skyline - my favourite night view - from the outdoor seats tempt me every time I visit.

Cha Cha Duet ($26++): Haku Vodka Matcha Distillate, Roku Gin / Chivas Mizunara Blended Scotch, Acid. These look simple, but don't knock it 'til you try it. Y'all remember Suntory's clear & colourless milk tea, & how confused you were when you first drank it? Same experience. Except this drink is 3497587934 times better, every sip of the way.

The complexity of the matcha flavours blew my mind. Both are great, but I have a slight preference for the green one. But anyway, they come as a pair. Wee Siong knows that 2 drinks in 1 makes auntie very happy - thanks for suggesting this. Now, for 15 more suggestions....

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πŸ“ Inside the National Gallery: #06-01, facing the Padang

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Three Blind Pigs serves wines by the glass & also bottles. Had a Fontella Chianti ($13++/glass) & it was lovely. Would totally order this again.

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For how fancy looking Three Blind Pigs' bar setup is, I was surprised they couldn't make me a Godfather, which most bars can.

But they did offer another option off their cocktail menu - so here's their Lazy Old Fashioned ($20++), which wasn't too bad. Monkey Shoulder Whiskey, Cinnamon Syrup, Angostura Bitter, & served with a nicely torched cinnamon stick that pleasantly tickled my nosebuds (haha).

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Three Blind Pigs' cocktail menu of 12 (each going for $20++) showcases that there's probably something for everyone, although I wouldn't call it too experimental/unique if that's what you're looking for. Good enough for a chill evening post-work, in a quiet space to chit chat.

Pictured:
πŸ”Ή [Left] Watermelon Gimlet ($20++): Hendrick's gin, Watermelon Syrup, Lime Juice
πŸ”Ή [Right] Bee-Key ($20++): Monkey Shoulder whiskey, Yellow Chartreuse, Cointreau, Honey, Slice of Passionfruit

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Pardon the non-aesthetic photo... Was happy to dive right in & slurp up this refreshing beverage. Dad likes to go out with me cos it's the only time he can share a pint of beer with someone πŸ™ƒ

Brewlander's Best Dad Award ($18 nett full pint / $11 nett half pint / $15 nett HH* full pint) is a pleasant IPA that is piney & slightly herby. Also a lil bit tropical.. Not like crazy fruity, but in a good way that lends a brightness to this beer to make it refreshing.

Both of us enjoyed this very much!

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🚫 No GST
πŸ’¦ Water is not chargeable
πŸ“Inside Valley Point Mall
πŸšͺ Enter from River Valley Road (not from within the mall)
* 🍻 Happy Hour: 12-6PM, Mon-Fri

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Pardon the harsh lighting - I can assure you the cocktails here are good. I rarely revisit bars >2 times within a short span, but The Store is an exception.

Missed out on the Smonkey Biscuit Sour ($24+) last time I was here, as they'd run out. I can see why... This is no ordinary whiskey sour. A buttery smooth biscuit-infused smokey monkey, with chocolate bitters - highly complements & balances the traditional sourness you'd expect. To me, it's quite unique & perfect.

Always a good time at The Store. Hospitality is top notch, & that makes for such a great experience.

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By the end of the night, I completely understood why the bar seats at Ju Hua Tai are so coveted. Not only did I enjoy the start of my evening with some very good chats with BK, I was thoroughly entertained by Dee(@dr.pepper_1986)'s spectacular theatrics & tasty bespoke cocktails. Call me a sucker, but I love a good show.

T'was my first time at Ju Hua Tai & certainly won't be my last. If you've been here before, let me know what cocktails I should try next!

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Also had some cheeky lil' sips of this purple concoction that BK named after me - Salty Bitch. #loljk #amirlyjktho

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I'm always up for experimental/weird drinks. Enjoyed the 爱鱼恨 Love & Hate ($20+) as much as I did the conversations throughout the night with BK, who whipped this up for me. For my Mandarin-speaking folks, can we also appreciate the pun on the Mandarin name of this cocktail, pls.

With a base of octopus-infused Bacardi Carta Blanca (white rum), this was savoury as you would expect, with a delicious tangy finish at the end from the lemon juice. With dry vermouth & Hua Tiao Jiu θŠ±ι›•ι…’ within as well, this was a good drink to start off with, opening up my tastebuds for the food & drinks ordered (if that's how you translate 开胃 lmao idk).

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πŸ–₯ Accepts reservations on Chope
πŸ’¦ Water is not chargeable
πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Service charge applicable
🚫 No GST

Got to know of Ju Hua Tai thanks to @missha_2122's post on an interesting cocktail here. Stepped in & was mesmerized by the neon lights - which, I admit, can be tacky, but in this case it was quite intriguing & funky to me. (My food photos turned out oddly coloured though - you've been warned....)

Their selection of cocktails & craft beer were both tempting - went with cocktails in the end, & some bar snacks.

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πŸ–₯ Accepts reservations on Chope
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πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Service charge applicable
🚫 No GST

Always heartened to see local brands expanding their portfolio to keep it fresh & interesting. CRUST is beer that makes a difference, & I’ve been avidly following their journey since the start.

The brand’s beliefs in upcycling food waste into beverages for a more circular economy really spoke/speak to me, & I was impressed by the passion & dreams of the founders Travin & Ben when I first spoke to them last year.

Of course, it also helps that this is beer we are talking about… πŸ˜‚

Cracked open their latest brew, CITRAL, on a sweltering hot afternoon. It’s a hazy pale ale made from surplus bread & lemon myrtle - a beautiful flowering plant - from our very own Gardens by the Bay. While it is fairly aromatic with notes of citrus & herbs, it also has a subtle bitterness that is pleasant & not overpowering.

So if you’re expecting something that tastes like a cider, you’re not going to get it. This is a beer that is more complex (my tastebuds generally don’t fancy ciders anw), & plus points for being for a good cause πŸ˜‰ #saveacrust

Check out their full range of beers (I’ve tried them all & I will say the variety is appreciated) at www.crust-group.com/crust, & remember to use my promo code WOBBLETHEBUI10 for 10% off!

Thanks CRUST for sending these over, cheers! 🍻

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The Smoked Old Fashioned ($16++, foreground) was too sweet for my usual preference, as I understand is from the honey & agave. Would've liked stronger presence of cacao nibs to balance out the sweetness. I did, however, enjoy the tinge of smokeyness that lingers for a while post-sip.

Osmanthus Negroni ($16++, background) was more my cup of tea. I find traditional/standard negronis too sweet for me - but this is made with with Martini Extra Dry (instead of sweet vermouth). The Dolin Genepi is what gives it a pleasant herbal taste, & rounded off with the floral notes from the Osmanthus... Very yum. I could do with more of this πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

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