One of the things that my husband and I wanted to do while we were in Singapore was to drink a bona fide Singapore Sling at Raffles Hotel. “Ugh, you may be disappointed. It’s all pre-mixed and modernized. The hotel has little of its original charm,” local food expert Christopher Tan told us. Despite Chris’s forewarning, we went to Raffles anyway, on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve.
Dressed in casual travel clothes, we didn’t want to line up for afternoon tea with the high-rollers, who were decked out in pressed dresses and high heels. Raffles is a tony, elegant establishment but surely there was a bar that evoked the era when adventurous traders hung out at the hotel, got drunk, and made deals.
The Singapore Sling was available at several Raffles bars so I stopped a cook who was pushing a speed rack through the hotel and asked him where we ought to go. “The Long Bar,” he said with confidence.