Why I Sipped my Singapore Sling at Raffles Hotel Bar

the singapore sling at the long bar inside the raffles hotel in singapore A must do tourist event in Singapore is to taste its “official” drink, the Singapore Sling. Although they go down easy, I decided to sip mine slowly and savor the moment.  Inside the Raffles Hotel Bar, the place the cocktail was first served, you’ll see many tourists ordering the drink alongside you. On my visit, I could have sat down and had a few, but I didn’t. Like most, it was a one-and-done, check the box type of event – here’s why.

Singapore is a Foodie Town

When you travel to Singapore, people will give you a list of foods to try that include chili crab, roti prata, laksa and more; they will tell you to eat in fancy restaurants, shopping malls, hotel buffets and food stalls.  They will recommend Indian, Chinese, Malay, and Peranakan (perhaps the first Asian fusion when Chinese immigrants settled in Malaysia).  You’ll never eat it all, but you’ll love trying. Singapore is a pure foodie paradise, a place to discover and explore Asian cuisine, and at the Raffles Hotel Long Bar, the food is not the draw.

noodles and beer at the Noodle Bar inside the Orchard Hotel Singapore in Singapore

this beer cost more than the noodles, thankfully there was a special

Alcohol is Expensive in Singapore

Very Expensive. Actually, food can be relatively inexpensive, but alcohol is heavily taxed (since the government deems it bad for you) so it is pricey. I am talking sticker price shock expensive. Yes, even the $17 New York City Martini will seem a bargain after a night out drinking in Singapore.

The Singapore Sling at Raffles Hotel Bar cost close to $30 and even though it comes with all-you-can-eat peanuts (where you can throw the shells on the floor and make a mess, something deemed edgy in Singapore), it is a heavy price for a cocktail and can deter ordering a second. With beer close to $20, you may not make this your local watering hole during your travels here.

the entrance to the long bar at the raffles hotel in Singapore

the entrance to Singapore Sling history...

What is in the Singapore Sling?

Let’s face it, the drink has an exotic feel. It’s named after a place on the other side of the world, it’s tropical, from a place with a colonial past and now Singapore is an emerged nation filled with wealth. The drink, although a touch sweet, is also tasty. The alcohol is gin (a spirit making a comeback on my drink list) and the main juice is actually pineapple (one of my favorite mixers), but it includes a whole lot more – you can see the official Raffles Recipe here.

a look inside the long bar at the Raffles Hotel in downtown SingaporeWould you do it Again?

Yes, absolutely. Although the drink can blow a daily budget, it is not just tasting the concoction that makes the moment, but also tasting history. The drink is 100 years old, so many people have tried it, and tried it here. Plus, odds are if you make it all the way to Singapore, you can add the Singapore Sling to your trip budget and that is true even if you are, “slinging”it…

Stay adventurous, Craig



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  • http://mariafalvey.net/ Maria

    Ouch! That’s a painful post at $30 per drink. Da-ham!

    I’d be sipping through a coffee stirrer. 😀

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      Definitely order it “easy o the ice” too… stay sipping, Craig

  • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

    Oh god why can’t I remember it I had one of these while in Singapore??! I remember the food for sure. LOL.. Maybe I had one too many and forgot. 😛

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      They did make it strong… one bonus. Stay sipping and trippin, Craig

  • Mary Anne Been

    Classic and well done! Love a vintage drink like the Singapore Sling.

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      It is a classic, 100 years old… stay vintage, Craig

  • Lazy Travelers

    ugh $30 for one drink? whats a wino to do in singapore?? i think id be holing up in a hostel, attempting to make my own singapore slings…

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      that’s the answer… the answer is “duty free.” Buy bottles on the way in and throw hostel or hotel pre-parties. stay thinking outside the box, Craig

  • lola

    yes, i’ve heard this drink is a must do at Raffles and that it is also a bank breaker.

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      absolutely a must, but its not just Raffles that will break the bank….it is across Singapore. something to be aware of on a trip to the city. Stay Sin Taxed, Craig

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