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Writers Bar

Writers Bar is now temporarily closed in line with the new measures announced by Singapore Government. Join us at The Grand Lobby for bespoke cocktails from Writers Bar.

Please continue to enjoy the Raffles dining experience at our restaurants and bars, or with the Raffles Grab & Go takeaway service. Visit www.rafflesgrabandgo.com to learn more.

 

Enjoy craft cocktails, Champagnes, spirits and wines in our sophisticated lobby bar – an alluring space that pays tribute to the many famous authors who have stayed at Raffles Singapore throughout the years.

Design

Nestled in the frontmost corner of The Lobby, Writers Bar features a solid brass bar counter, textured walls and an alluring chandelier whose many pearls of light shimmer with sophistication.

A tribute to the illustrious authors who have resided at Raffles Singapore, the Writers Bar is an inspiring setting for renowned and budding writers alike.

Drinks

With our magnificent purveyors at the helm, bespoke artisanal and classic cocktails encounter innovative variations and interpretations. Seasonal and signature cocktails are handcrafted with care to dazzle the most discriminating aficionados. The bar also offers a refined selection of fine Champagnes, spirits and wines.

Bespoke Signature Cocktails

Long Bar is now temporarily closed. This is in line with the new measures announced by Singapore Government. Please visit Raffles Courtyard to enjoy an exclusive Singapore Sling pop-up experience.

Please continue to enjoy the Raffles dining experience at our restaurants and bars, or with the Raffles Grab & Go takeaway service. Visit www.rafflesgrabandgo.com to learn more.

The historic Long Bar 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.

Design

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 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.

History

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.

Exuding a welcoming vibe and surrounded by lush greenery, Raffles Courtyard is the city’s social space in a lushly landscaped alfresco venue at the Raffles Arcade.

This friendly bar and lounge offers guests a garden respite against a colonial architectural backdrop, complete with refreshing shared summer drinks and a selection of Southeast Asian small plates, including authentic Singaporean delights.

Perfect for the all-year-round summery weather in Singapore, this bar is where the city comes to socialize, meet, and spend time at.

Happy Hour Specials

Toast to the end of a work day with $10++ selected house pours, wines and more, available every day from 5pm to 8pm daily.

Hospitality Night

Every Monday, fellow colleagues working in the hospitality industry will enjoy 1-for-1 on certain beverages when they present their name cards.

Love Thy Neighbour

Colleagues working on any of the 4 historical roads surrounding Raffles Hotel Singapore can present their name cards and enjoy 2 complimentary sticks of Satay with their first drink, available from 6pm to 9pm daily.

Weekend Brunch

Spend your lazy weekends discovering our all-new brunch menu. Enjoy a selection of fresh patisseries, local delights and a hearty spread of contemporary dishes, exclusively available every Saturday and Sunday, from 9.30am to 3.00pm.

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