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Long Bar

Address: 1 Beach Road | 2F Raffles Hotel, Singapore 189673, Singapore
Phone Number: 65 6337 1886
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Singapore's Colonial District Walking Tour
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Ranked #10 of 89 Nightlife in Singapore
Type: Bar/ Clubs, Nightlife
Fee: No
Owner description: The birthplace of the Singapore Sling, the Long Bar at the Raffles...
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Type: Bar/ Clubs, Nightlife
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The birthplace of the Singapore Sling, the Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel is a step into nostalgia, with its straw fans and colonial architecture. Inspired by the plantations of 1920s Malaya, this two storey bar is the place to be if you want to taste Singapore’s signature drink.
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

In the early 1900s, even before the Long Bar was relocated to the Raffles Hotel, rubber and oil palm plantation owners from Malaya would retreat to Singapore during the weekends. They started the tradition of throwing peanut shells on the floor. Try it. And order their Sling.

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Gladstone, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

This isn't a must go and surely a bit hyped, but still a nice bar to have some drinks. We liked the atmosphere, the friendly staff and the peanuts. Singapore Slings costed us $28 each but were delicious. Alcoholic beverages are notoriously expensive in Singaore anyway, so the Long Bar shouldn't be any different.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Do not be sucked into this tourist trap. Over priced drinks that are nearly $30 each, and the staff and service is horrible. We walked out after waiting 10m for a table, 30m for a staff member and then 45m for the drinks. Spend your money else where.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

It was hyped as a historical place to visit, have a Singapore Sling & chill. So, I arranged to meet my boyfriend there after work one evening. I walked up the stairs to the bar & was confronted with a full bar of what looked like the most miserable people I have ever seen. It was packed, hot & lacked... More 

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

First of all, the bad points. Every table has peanuts in their shells. The tradition is to eat them and throw the shells on the floor. This is then like an unpredictable gloomy ice rink, so be careful. My wife and I do not like cherry brandy, so that ruled out a Singapore Sling. We found an excellent cocktail but... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 NEW

My husband was eager to do the 'singapore sling' experience. We approached the hotel, which is beautiful and were quickly told we couldn't enter the hotel and go via the side. We both felt that the manner we were spoken to was a put down, you felt second class. We were dressed appropriately,have money yet felt disgusting. We went to... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

OK, the Long Bar has some long history, however this doesn't make it a "must go" place in Singapore. It has long lost it's colonial grandeur, the staff are not too interested and the drinks are more expensive than necessary. Simply stated, you will be paying for a name and not an icon.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

While the interior is great to see, the drinks are way overpriced for their quality. Two drinks set us back over sixty dollars after tax and service charge. For that, they should have been a bit stronger and better tasting. That being said, the old school interior was restored well, and it was easy to imagine what it was like... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I didn't stay here but I did stop by for an infamous Singapore Sling. When in Rome, eh?? It was fun. A good memory, although I will say the drink was $25-$30!! A bit much I must say. Even for a tourist trap. Thankfully I was in a good mood as I was on holiday although I will never go... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Granted a visit to Singapore and by extension Raffles Hotel is incomplete without a visit to the decorated Long Bar. The Original Sling is flavourful along with the array of assorted Slings available. Personnel are both ignorant and lack even basic etiquette. Furthermore the establishment as a necessity ought to eject the pigeons which were seen roaming in the bar!

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