As iconic as the hotel it’s located in, Long Bar is the birthplace of our national cocktail, the Singapore Sling. Freshly restored following the hotel's massive overhaul, the bar stays true to its 1920s-Malayan-plantations design and when you walk in, you feel like you've entered a time warp complete with old-school rattan furniture. It all adds to the bar's relaxed atmosphere, where guests are encouraged to cradle a drink with munching on peanuts and throwing their shells on the floor.
Not sure what to order? Try the Singapore Sling ($32), of course. Created in 1915 by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon for ladies looking for tipple that looks like non-alcoholic punch, the iconic cocktail can now be found all around the world. The concoction is shaken with gin, pineapple juice, lime juice, curaçao, Bénédictine, grenadine and cherry liqueur – don't look down on its innocent pink hue, this boozy bev packs quite a punch. If the original is a little too sickly sweet for you, Long Bar also does variations on the sling including the 1915 Gin Sling ($28), which has Seltzer water and angostura bitters while the Sakura Sling ($28) has sake, calvados and St. Germain elderflower liqueur instead.
Resident bartender Logaraj IM is one of the finalists for Chivas Masters Week competition. Experience his Chivas cocktail creation for yourself at the Time Out Bar Hop on June 4.