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Raffles Singapore - Writers Bar

Writers Bar

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 graced Raffles Singapore for over a century.


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

A tribute to the illustrious authors who have resided at Raffles Singapore, referencing the literary legacy of Raffles, the alluring bar is a sophisticated refuge for intimate conversations over handcrafted tipples.

A New Chapter of Drinks Begin

In conjunction with the Raffles Writer’s Residency Programme, Writers Bar presents refreshed menus that comprises creative cocktail blends, inspired by the celebrated novelists who have passed through the hotel’s doors over the years. Revel in these brand-new innovative concoctions created by Beverage Manager Nicholas Alexander, with each range paying tribute to these literary greats and their intriguing personalities.

Discover refreshing highballs inspired by Somerset Maugham; elegant twists of wine cocktails under the Rudyard Kipling section; Joseph Conrad’s showcase of bold spirits concoctions; spirit-forward cocktails in salute to André Malraux and his sharp, multifaceted personage;  a colourful series of negronis, which is a nod to Pablo Neruda; smooth and polished post-dinner cocktails as a toast to Noël Coward’s poised and witty disposition, as well as low-sugar and equally delectable blends of spirits from all over the world, referencing James Michener’s zest for adventure and his celebrated epic novels set in foreign lands. The menu will also feature a newly curated Reserve Classics Collection in honour of Pico Iyer, the first Writer-in-Residence of the Raffles Writer’s Residency programme. This is Writers Bar’s set of decadent offerings with premium spirits that reflects the distinguished charm of the collection’s namesake.

As part of the refreshed menu, a selection of five handcrafted cocktails, specially inspired by the latest and first-ever Singaporean Writer-in-Residence Madeleine Lee’s book of poems, ‘How to Build a Lux Hotel’, will also be available.

Bespoke Signature Cocktails

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.

The Sustainable Singapore Sling

In November 2018, the Singapore Sling returned to the Long Bar following Raffles Hotel Singapore’s two-and-a-half-year restoration. Revitalized with elevated craft ingredients, the iconic cocktail returned with a refreshed taste profile, crafted to suit the modern palate while staying true to its original recipe and heritage.

A little fact about this elevated Singapore Sling is the use of ecoSPIRITS, making it more sustainable and better for our environment. Through our partnership with ecoSPIRITS, the iconic cocktail has become a forerunner for  Raffles Hotel Singapore its move to reducing single-use waste and carbon footprint in four ways:

As we embark on a new journey under the ecoSPIRITS Forest Program, Raffles Hotel Singapore is planting one native tree in the Kalimantan or Sumatran rainforest for every 25 Singapore Slings ordered, leaving a permanent legacy of carbon reduction and reforestation of endangered wild areas. Discover our contribution to these endangered rainforests here.

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.


Happy Hour Specials

Toast to the end of a work day with $12++ selected house pours, wines and more, available daily from 5 pm to 7 pm


Raffles Courtyard x Don Julio Collaboration 

Journey across the intriguing flavours of sensational Mexican cocktails through our collaboration with Don Julio, the world’s original handcrafted premium tequila.

Exclusively at Raffles Courtyard from 16 April to 16 June 2024, indulge in six expertly curated creations, each inspired by Don Julio’s dedication to artisanal craftsmanship and the rich legacy of agave spirits.

Pair your cocktails with our delectable Southeast Asian small plates for an unforgettable experience.

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