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.
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.
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