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“Not the full experience!” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Long Bar

Long Bar
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US$ 41.85*
and up
Singapore by Night Tour with Dinner
Ranked #3 of 133 Nightlife in Singapore
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Home of the Singapore Sling, this two-storey bar located on the second floor of Raffles Singapore is the place where travellers undergo one of the true rites of passage of travel. While there, sip on the world famous pink cocktail created in 1915 by bar captain Ngiam Tong Boon, and toss peanut shells onto the floor, the only place in Singapore where "littering" is permitted. The menu also offers a melange of cocktails and non-alcoholic concoctions, together with traditional pub favourites. The earthy interiors are inspired by Malayan plantation life in the 1920s. Oriental carpets are overlain on tiled floors and the furniture is traditional stained cane and rattan. A charming timber spiral staircase connects the two levels of the Long Bar with the seating above interspersed with teak lounge chairs.
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Aldershot, United Kingdom
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“Not the full experience!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2012

Of course it has to be done. No trip to Singapore would be complete without a Sling in the Long Bar. Yes it's expensive, but you expect that from what is essentially a tourist spot.
The pluses:
DO arrive via the glorious front entrance and stroll through the hotel courtyards to the Long Bar - they dont let you access through the reception, but you could get there quicker from a side street in which case you'd miss out all the colonial splendour.
DO go at sundown - the hotel glows in the pink light!
DO throw cracked peanut shells on the floor - even if you don't eat the nuts. Just 'cos you can
But on the minus side:
DONT expect a perfect experience... The biggest let down was the service. We have never encountered such disinterested, uncaring bar staff, who did nothing to enhance what (for a lot of people) is a one-off experience. My own son is a cocktail bartender who works with flare and passion - his personality is a tool of his trade. These guys are in a 'destination' establishment but could hardly be described as an asset to the hotel.

Visited April 2012
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“worst Singapore Slings in Singapore”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2012

I'm sorry, but when you make over 1,500 Singapore Slings a day and you make them in huge plastic vats, they suck. Go somewhere else and ask for a genuine one. It doesn't come in a big frothy glass with an umbrella. It comes in a shall glass almost as a martini or shot. the sate is pretty good. The prices are outrageous. Only go if someone else is paying for you.

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“Singapore sling”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2012

If you do nothing else you have to have a singapore sling in the long bar of Raffles hotel. Not cheap but worth every penny for the ambiance and beauty of this colonial building

Visited May 2012
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“Charming colonial atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2012

A must to visit this charming place with peanut shells literally lying all over the floor. Top service, beautiful place. Enjoy.

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“You have to vist”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2012

You know it will not be cheap but how can you go Singapore without going to raffles. Bowls of nuts on the table shells on the floor. The cooling fans are a treat watch going back and forth as you sip the Singapore sling prior to lunch. After lunch visit the gift shop and museum, you could be in another age

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