In case you haven’t heard (or walked past the hoardings), Raffles Hotel Singapore is currently closed while it undergoes restoration works to preserve the historic building’s charm and heritage while updating its facilities to adapt to the times.
Now in its final stage of renovations, the iconic hotel has shut its Raffles Grill, Tiffin Room, Bar & Billiard Room, and Long Bar until it reopens in the second half of the year.
But for those of you who’ve been missing Raffles Hotel’s Singapore Sling — after all, this is where the classic gin-based cocktail was concocted in 1915 — fret not, for its original rendition of our “national drink” is still served up at the pop-up Long Bar.
Located at 3 Seah Street (next to the Raffles Gift Shop), the 15-seater decked out in wooden flooring to “replicate the earthy decor inspired by Malayan plantation life in the 1920s” will remain open throughout renovations, from 11am to 8pm daily. And of course, you’re still more than welcome to throw your peanut shells on the floor as you snack on ’em while sipping your drink.
Other beverages on the limited menu include the Raffles 1915 Gin Sling, the Raffles 1915 Gin and Tonic, and a virgin version of the Singapore Sling.