If you have a friend visiting Singapore for the first time, where will you recommend he/she to go? The top few on the list will definitely be Singapore Botanic Gardens, Gardens by the Bay, Chinatown, Little India, etc.
But I’m going to add this to my list too…
Long Bar at Raffles Hotel
Long Bar is famous for its Singapore Sling. The original Singapore Sling was first created in 1915 at the Long Bar in Raffles Singapore by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon. You can see Mr Ngiam on my left on the photo above.
Peanuts served in woven bag
The original Singapore Sling
This is extracted from the website:
“Home of the Singapore Sling, this two-storey bar located on the second floor of Raffles Singapore is the place where travellers undergo one of the true rites of passage of travel. While there, sip on the world famous pink cocktail created in 1915 by bar captain Ngiam Tong Boon, and toss peanut shells onto the floor, the only place in Singapore where “littering” is permitted. The menu also offers a melange of cocktails and non-alcoholic concoctions, together with traditional pub favourites.
The earthy interiors are inspired by Malayan plantation life in the 1920s. Oriental carpets are overlain on tiled floors and the furniture is traditional stained cane and rattan. A charming timber spiral staircase connects the two levels of the Long Bar with the seating above interspersed with teak lounge chairs.”
1 Beach Road, Singapore, 189673
Even if you are a Singaporean or living in Singapore, there is always a reason to treat yourself with a mid-week drink 🙂