1 Beach Rd, Singapore 189673
Raffles Hotel is a colonial-style hotel established by two Armenian brothers Martin and Tigran Sarkies from Persia, in 1887. With their innovative cuisine and extensive modernisations, the firm built the hotel into one of Singapore’s best known icons. It was named after Stamford Raffles, the founder of modern Singapore, whose statue was unveiled in 1887. The hotel is currently managed by Fairmont Raffles Hotels International. (wiki)
The Long Bar is well known for being the location where the sole surviving wild tiger in Singapore was shot and made extinct, under the billiards table. The hotel management claims the tiger escaped from enclosure at a nearby “native show” and was chased underneath the hotel’s Bar & Billiard Room (a raised structure) and shot to death there on 13 August 1902 (wiki).
The Raffles Hotel is also where the Singapore Sling was invented. The cocktail was invented by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon between 1910 and 1915 (wiki). So even though it is rather pricey at $27 ++ a Singapore Sling, if you are just visiting or have guests in town, it is a nice tourist spot to hang out for an afternoon/evening drink to wind down after crazily shopping and/or sight-seeing.
- There is an upstairs and downstairs section of the Long Bar. Upstairs at night has a live band.
- Each table comes with free peanuts, feel free to chuck the peanut shells on the ground, or over your shoulder (provided you don’t hit other fellow patrons!)
- There is no such thing as tap water at this establishment, you have to pay for water be it still or sparkling (which is really not worth it).
Look up at the ceiling – the old heart shaped fans rocking back and forth are a very soothing and relaxing touch.