Sunday, August 14, 2011

Raffles Hotel

We finally made it to the famous Raffles Hotel for the original Singapore Sling!  The hotel is a much larger complex than I had thought and there are actually a few different bars to get a Sling within Raffles, but “the place” to experience this sweet alcoholic drink is at The Long Bar.

The Long Bar is a relaxed atmosphere serving complimentary peanuts at each table, and the teak-wood floor is full of empty shells.  It seemed most people coming through the bar were tourists, each ordering the tall Singapore Sling.  Kevin and I each had 1 drink, ate some complimentary peanuts, asked for the check and S$60 later, we were trying to stuff as many peanuts into our pockets as we could to get our moneys worth from the overpriced beverage!  Now, I know why the bar is full of tourists.

Regardless, it was worth the experience and the facility itself is a historic place.  Apparently, Singapore’s last tiger was killed underneath its billiard room in the 1920s.  The Long Bar played host to Ernest Hemingway, Somerset Maugham, Rudyard Kipling, Noel Coward and more.
The old fashion ceiling fans are still in place and working!
The floor is full of Peanut shells ~ a strange sight in a such a clean world!

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