September 23rd, 2018


Raffles Hotel Singapore’s iconic Long Bar returns and continues its proud tradition as the Home of the Singapore Sling. The newly restored bar is now back at Level 2 of Raffles Arcade, located at the crossroads of Bras Basah Road and North Bridge Road.

The refreshed décor of the legendary Long Bar continues to be inspired by Malayan plantation life in the 1920s, transporting patrons to the edge of a tropical plantation. The updated design includes the restoration of the bar counter and spiral staircase which complements contemporary plantation-inspired motifs and an earthy interior décor that centers around cane and rattan furniture to create an elevated social space for guest engagements and novel experiences.

The Long Bar is open daily from 11 am to 11 pm, with a menu currently kept to a selection of craft cocktails and the beloved Singapore Sling. The Singapore Sling, widely regarded as Singapore’s national cocktail, was first created in 1915 by Hainanese bartender Ngiam Tong Boon in Raffles Singapore. Primarily a gin-based cocktail, the Singapore Sling also contains pineapple juice, lime juice, curaçao, and Bénédictine.

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.

The Long Bar pop-up is now closed and the Raffles Gift shop will remain open at 3 Seah Street for guests to shop for souvenirs and mementos throughout the restoration.

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See also our 2014 review article