Long Bar Raffles Hotel
1 Beach Road
Beautiful Raffles Hotel Singapore
Another interior view of Raffles Hotel
Anyone visiting Singapore should make at least one visit to the historic Raffles Hotel. I’ve been here before, but was travelling with some colleagues for whom it was the first visit. Finding ourselves nearby after the end of a business meeting, we decided to make a short visit to the Long Bar. The Long Bar is the birthplace of the Singapore Sling cocktail. Actually I don’t much like them – they’re too sweet for my taste, so I had a tiger beer instead. But despite the heavily touristic nature of the drink, it is still worth trying once.
Inside the Long Bar
Big box of peanuts
Another feature of the Long Bar is the tradition of serving peanuts in their shells. These have a nice flavour, quite unlike ready-roasted peanuts we’re more used to. At the Long Bar, peanut shells are just tossed onto the floor, which is a freedom difficult to get used to! Should you resist the custom though, and make a neat pile on your table, the next waiter to visit your table is just going to brush them off onto the floor in spite of you though, so you might as well just do it yourself.