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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