Smoke & Mirrors is familiar with hosting the movers and shakers of Singapore. Come Thursday 3 December, these movers and shakers won’t be in its glided lounge — but behind the bar counter, all in the name of charity.
From 8pm to 10:30pm, the bar will play host to seven special guests in a lighthearted “Ladies versus Gents” bartending showdown, featuring the likes of Kishin RK, A Magazine August 2020 cover personality and Singapore’s youngest billionaire; Jaelle Ang, CEO and founder of The Great Room; and Gauruv Kripalani, director of Singapore International Festival of Arts.
They’ll be mixing up drinks for a very good cause: all proceeds from drink sales and raffle tickets will go to The Uplift Fund, an emergency relief fund established by YMCA Singapore and supported by the Park Hotel Group to help those who have been financially impacted by the pandemic — especially those in the hospitality industry. The fund has since raised over S$750,000 — helping over 300 beneficiaries — and aims to raise S$3 million to support more people.
The fund provides a one-time relief amount of $500 to $1000 to applicants. Beneficiaries who have completed a relevant training course are eligible for a potential renewal of $500 after a period of three months.
Aside from charitable cocktails — we’ve heard that they include the likes of Monkey 47 and Chivas Regal — guests can also look forward to a specially curated menu of snacks and canapés by Smoke & Mirrors’ National Gallery compadre Yan and mod-European restaurant Tablescape. Expect to nibble on bites like lobster salad wrapped in delicate blinis, succulent chicken rice arancino, and other toothsome delights.
The fundraiser is just one of the ways Smoke & Mirrors is marking its fifth anniversary. Later this month, the bar will unveil a capsule collection of new drinks inspired by spaces and art found within the National Gallery — how’s that for a new way of interacting with art? It’s the perfect accompaniment for another upcoming initiative from the bar later this month, which allows patrons to “drink in the art” in a series of interactive museum tours.
To make a reservation for the fundraiser, visit Smoke & Mirrors’ website here.