The original Singapore Sling experience is now served at a pop-up Long Bar located at 3 Seah Street, next to the Raffles Gift Shop which remains open throughout our restoration.
The pop-up Long Bar is a cosy 15-seater, complete with wooden flooring to replicate the earthy décor inspired by Malayan plantation life in the 1920s. In keeping with tradition, guests are offered peanuts alongside their Singapore Sling and invited to throw the shells onto the floor; quite possibly the only place in Singapore where ‘littering is encouraged’.
The Singapore Sling, widely regarded as the national drink of the country, was first created in 1915 at Raffles Singapore by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon. Primarily a gin-based cocktail, the Singapore Sling also contains pineapple juice as the main ingredient, along with grenadine, lime juice and Dom Benedictine. Giving it the pretty pink hue are cherry brandy and Cointreau. Bartender Ngiam deliberately chose to give the cocktail this rosy colour.
Following the turn of the century in colonial Singapore, Raffles Singapore was the gathering place for the community and Long Bar was the watering hole. It was common to see the gentlemen nursing glasses of gin or whisky. Unfortunately for the ladies, etiquette dictated they could not consume alcohol in public, and for the sake of public modesty, fruit juices and teas were their preferred beverage.
The talented Ngiam thus saw a niche in the market and decided to create a cocktail that looked like a fruit juice, but was actually infused with gin and other liqueurs. Masking it in pink gave it a feminine flair and together with the use of clear alcohol, he cleverly led people into thinking it was a socially acceptable punch for the ladies. With that, the Singapore Sling was born. Needless to say, it became an instant hit.
Hours of Operation
Daily: 11.00 AM – 8.00 PM
Raffles Hotel Singapore has embarked on a careful and sensitive restoration programme which will be carried out in three phases. Phase One began on 13 February 2017. For more information, please click here.