What do you think about Long Bar Returns 11am til 11pm daily to its Rightful Place in History?

Holiday makers, and local advocates of Raffles Rejoice!

The historic Raffles Singapore Long Bar returns fully restored and continues its proud tradition as the Home of the Singapore Sling.

The famous counter shines like new amidst decor that marries architecture and contemporary plantation-inspired motifs. Long Bar was located at Cad’s Alley in the early 1900s. At a time when improved rail and road systems brought rubber and palm oil plantation owners over to Singapore from Malaya every weekend, it was known as the ‘Rendezvous of Planters’.

Not a formal bar, but rather tables placed next to another facing Bras Basah Road, it was a vantage point from which male visitors surveyed the procession of ladies.

The earthy decor of the two-storey Long Bar is inspired by Malayan life in the 1920s. The deep, rich colours and lush greenery transport patrons to the edge of a tropical plantation. In keeping with the relaxed atmosphere, guests are invited to brush peanut shells off the table and bar counter to the floor. This is quite possibly the only place in Singapore where littering is encouraged.

The Singapore Sling - at a not so inexpensive (S$32), is widely regarded as the national drink and was first created in 1915 by Raffles bartender Ngiam Tong Boon. Primarily a gin-based cocktail, the Singapore Sling also contains pineapple juice, lime juice, curaçao and Bénédictine. Giving it the pretty pink hue are grenadine and cherry liqueur. Bartender Ngiam deliberately chose to give the cocktail this rosy colour.

Following the turn of the century in colonial Singapore, Raffles was the gathering place for the community – and Long Bar was the watering hole. It was common to see gentlemen nursing glasses of gin or whisky. Unfortunately for the ladies, etiquette dictated that they could not consume alcohol in public. So, for the sake of modesty, teas and fruit juices were their beverages of choice.

Ever insightful, Ngiam thus saw a niche in the market and decided to create a cocktail that looks like plain fruit juice but is actually infused with gin and liqueurs. The clever bartender made the beverage pink to give it a feminine flair which, together with the use of clear alcohol, led people to think it was a socially acceptable drink for women. With that, the Singapore Sling was born. Needless to say, it became an instant hit.

For more than a century, the Singapore Sling has made the legendary Long Bar its home. This is an iconic cocktail that is enjoyed by many around the world and its classic elements have always remained true to its origins but yet always evolving to stay relevant to the taste profiles of its guests. Today, Long Bar and its Singapore Sling experience continue to be a popular destination of choice amongst travellers and a space for engagements, celebrations and novel experiences.  

“The refreshed Singapore Sling’s perfect blend of new subtle intricacies coupled with the historical recipe will be a reflection of the restored Raffles Hotel Singapore when it reopens in the middle of 2019. The iconic hotel will retain its distinctive sense of heritage and charming grandeur while presenting elements of freshness and modernity,” said Christian Westbeld, General Manager, Raffles Hotel Singapore.  

Long Bar is open daily from 11am to 11pm, with a menu currently kept to a selection of craft cocktails and the beloved Singapore Sling. In keeping with the tradition, guests and visitors can continue to enjoy the simplicity of having peanuts directly from the gunny sack and throw their peanuts shells on the floor as part of the full Singapore Sling experience.  
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Richard
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23 September 2018
Finally the iconic Long Bar is back! This is great news and looking forward to it. Hopefully the cost is down for the Singapore Sling ;-P

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I understand inflation occurs, so when I first arrived here in 2013 I think it was around the $18 mark, then $28. Now sitting at $32. Have to agree unfortunately it's way too expensive to pay for a cocktail. I suppose you're paying for the privilege of where it was first made and discovered :(
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