Long Bar

Long Bar, Singapore: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Long Bar Reviews: 3.5/5

3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
About
The historic 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’. 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.
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Ivans K
Jakarta, Indonesia1,357 contributions
Tasty singapore sling
Aug 2020
Briefly will review about Long Bar since this place is already known about...singapore sling.
The historic Long Bar is the home of the iconic 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 Singapore Sling, widely regarded as the national drink, 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.

Over all, you need to visit the place and drink singapore sling in this place. the price bit expensive, but if you never try...just drink and Enjoy!
Written June 12, 2021
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Eric F
Singapore, Singapore20 contributions
Avoid - total rip-off
Jan 2021 • Family
Singapore Sling for 35 SGD ++ is a having more ice that cocktail. Avoid at all cost. I knew this place has always been a tourist scam but know they will also lose the local crowd despite the current happy hour. The best was the manager trying to explain that the cocktail could not me made so tasteful without this quantity of ice. LOL.
Written February 2, 2021
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Lovetrip1027
Singapore, Singapore432 contributions
Singapore Sling
Jan 2021 • Couples
This is a bar where Singapore Sling was invented and finally I managed to try! They had one for one Singapore Sling promo which is a big saver. I love the cocktail. The ambiance and service are great too. Worth trying.
Written January 23, 2021
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Linda W
Perth, Australia70 contributions
afternoon tea on husbands birthday
The cost is enormous from the amount stated, you get all add ons plus taxes. One of the most expensive afternoon tea we have ever paid for and not that good !! felt as if we were in a goldfish bowl as every tourist in Singapore walks past the windows and stares in. The Singapore sling in the bar , you have to do but watch the price there too. not worth it but somehow you do it , just to say I have had a singapore sling at Raffles
Written September 23, 2020
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Muriel D
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A big disappointment - RIP OFF RAFFLES
Feb 2020
People were made to queue outside in the mid day sun while there were plenty of empty tables inside. We had to ask for an empty table where we were able to see the room (not stuck behind the stair case). The senior bar tender seemed to running everything - the queue outside, where you sit, the ordering of drinks etc. Service was extremely slow, the Singapore sling I ordered was the second most expensive and they were expensive, and I have had better Singapore Slings in our own hotel for free! There was very little alcohol in it, and it had no flavour. When you are ready to leave and want to pay your bill, you have to ask several times before anything happens. I had been really looking forward to this event, but in my opinion save your money, it really is not worth going. Buy yourself a drink someone else and enjoy it. I have been there, done that, never again.
Written June 24, 2020
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JonTraveler263
Chicago, IL62 contributions
Old World Charm in Singapore
Sep 2019
Inside the Raffles Hotel, expect a little bit of old world charm in the heart of Singapore. The bar is solid mahogany wood and old fashioned palm fans line the ceiling. There is even a Super Heterodyne radio there. This bar is noted for the Singapore Sling. It was invented there but prepare to pay a hefty price. You also get a bag of peanuts in a small burlap sack. Don't worry about the shells, just throw them on the floor.
Written May 23, 2020
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hartlovap
Corby, UK363 contributions
Iconic but expensive
When in Singapore it has to be done. We were lucky as due to Covid 19 the whole of Singapore was very quiet. This meant the queue was very short. Loved adding to the atmosphere with the peanut shells. I enjoyed the Singapore sling but wouldn’t spend that much on a second round.
Written May 6, 2020
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PhilthetravellerXI
Avoca Beach, Australia832 contributions
Great fun in historic venue.
Feb 2020
The famous icon of Singapore is still a fun place to visit although expensive. The peanuts supplied at each table remain but ours were very stale, it is fun however to throw the leftover shells on the floor as is the local custom. If you are feeling luck and rich do have a Singapore Sling or at least a Gin drink, we have had them before (they cost a small fortune for what tastes like cordial) so we all enjoyed cold beers, refreshing and much more cost effective. Overall a nice place to escape the heat of this great city and refresh - plus take in the old photo collection and the ceiling mounted fans of a bygone era.
Written May 2, 2020
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JPA-2009-SEA
Kent, UK211 contributions
Iconic place
Mar 2020
I have been waiting for years to go to the Long Bar. It did not disappoint. The ambience of the place, the history, the superb Singapore Sling, the monkey nut shells on the floor and fab staff all added up to a perfect experience. It was so good I went 3 times whilst in Singapore.
Written April 30, 2020
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Andrew C
Sheffield, UK33 contributions
A heady experience echoing the colonial past
Mar 2020
Raffles is a mignificent landmark in Singapore and on our list of places to stay. We had to make do if you could describe it as such with a trip to Long Bar to sample an original Sling. A truly delicious drink, in a landmark location. Sure it was expensive but so what? You’re in Raffles, in Singapore having a blast. You only live once and Raffles should be on the bucket list.
Written April 12, 2020
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