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“Fun bit of history but $$$”
Review of Long Bar

Long Bar
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$46.92*
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Singapore by Night Tour with Dinner
Ranked #17 of 156 Nightlife in Singapore
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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Reviewed December 8, 2014

I dragged my business partner to this bar just because the first mixed drink I actually liked was the Singapore Sling. It's been decades since I've had one but I decided while we were in Singapore we needed to pop into the bar where it originated and have one.

It was crowded inside but there was no line so we were lucky enough to get spots at the bar within 5 mins. But the line outside got VERY long very quickly. I don't think it would have been worth waiting more than 10 mins tops.

The place is exactly what I pictured- the Colonial dark wood- rotating fans things along the ceiling. Bar that looks like it's been there forever. Come to find out- this is actually a newish location for the bar. Its used to be off the lobby but was relocated during a huge remodel to this wing that also has shops.

The service was impeccable- friendly but not overly so. There are MANY different Singapore Slings to choose from. The two that seemed to be the most popular was the original and the one created for their 125th anniversary called the 1887. It contains essentially the same ingredients but with champagne as the only alcohol. It comes in a very pretty tall fluted glass but contains about 2 mouthfuls!

The do serve a variety of bar food- both sweet and savory.

The prices were staggering. The cheeseburger was 39 and the drinks all around 25-30. You could get virgin drinks for 14.

Oddly- the thing I heard mentioned the most in connection with this bar was the fact that they served "free" peanuts and you could throw the shells on the floor. This was mentioned to me over & over. Perhaps because the littering fines in Singapore are huge so it's a treat to litter? The peanuts were the smallest I have ever seen-not sure why we thought that was hilarious but at the time it was.

Was it worth it? If there was no wait and you're going out for a drink anyway why not go somewhere with a history?

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Reviewed December 8, 2014 via mobile

Obviously no trip to Singapore is complete without the infamous cocktail in Raffles. With a hefty little price tag you can sit in the quant little bar dining on an endless supply of nuts whilst enjoying some background music. The cocktails are expensive but then they are no more so than most place in Singapore's top end spots! So soak it in, kick back and toss those nuts like there's no tomorrow!

Thank NaomiF2901
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Reviewed December 7, 2014

Previous reviews are pretty much spot on. A storied and legendary setting. Fascinating electric fans on the ceiling. Singapore Sling itself is average and expensive ($29 Singapore). We sat near the bar and watched the drinks being prepared. Observation, a consult with our waiter, and some rough math led us to determine they are selling about $10.8 million worth of just this one drink in a year. Not bad! Raffles is fun to stroll around. We were given a short tour and anecdotes by the hotel's friendly door man, a Punjab type character replete with turban. By the way we ended up having dinner in the bar. Lamb skewers were outstanding and the fish and chips were very good, too! The reason for the low rating has to do with the very average quality of the drink and its high price.

Thank steveofoto1
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Reviewed December 7, 2014

Had to come here to visit the infamous Long Bar and savour a Singapore Sling! Not that I'm a real fan of the drink, just felt it was something I had to do! Ok you pay over the odds for the drink & there is service charge & tax to be added but it was still worth doing. We ate the monkey nuts and threw the shells on the floor as one does!
The hotel is beautiful, very colonial and sits in well maintained grounds. There is also a bar on the ground floor within a courtyard which also looked very inviting. As expected, there are numerous shops, one being dedicated to Raffles Hotel & Long Bar merchandise!!
If you are visiting just to take a drink in the Long Bar then you are directed around the building towards the back where the Long Bar is situated (on the first floor) so we didn't get to see what the hotel looks like inside unfortunately - this pleasure is for hotel guests only.

Thank Morag H
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Reviewed December 5, 2014

No trip to Singapore is complete without a visit to Raffles Hotel Long Bar for the famous Singapore Sling cocktail. Traditional Colonial décor, complete with the complimentary dishes of peanuts on every table, with the tradition of throwing the shells on the floor!!! Staff friendly and you can even go in to have a look around and take a photo without being pressured into buying a drink if you don't want to.

Thank Miffed1
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