Best Hotels for a Perfect Singapore Sling
Created in 1915 by Ngiam Tong Boon, the Singapore sling is considered the national drink of Singapore. Traditionally, it's made with gin, Benedictine, pineapple juice and cherry brandy.
Ngiam's creation — which he made while working at the Raffles Hotel — became a hit with both foreigners and nationals. It didn't take long for other bars around the small country to come up with their own versions.
So, which is the best? It depends on who you ask. But you can start at these five hotels known for their perfect Singapore slings and decide for yourself.
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The Long Bar at Raffles Hotel
The Long Bar is where everything started. It was here that Ngiam Tong Boon came up with his pink drink. Of course, it's still the place to get a traditional Singapore sling. Yes, it's probably the most expensive (some would say overpriced) sling in the city, but it's worth it for a side of history.
Plus, the bar's elegant wooden interior makes it one of the prettiest in the country. It's rumored that even people like Alfred Hitchcock have come here to try the signature drink.
Staying at Raffles Hotel
Set in a building that has been designated a National Monument, the Raffles exudes an irresistible understated charm. Its white facade is almost overwhelming when compared to Singapore's ultra-modern buildings. The luxurious hotel has received the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Ava Gardner as guests.
Green spaces, a gorgeous outdoor pool and some of the best restaurants in the city are some of the amenities this property offers.
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Cé la Vi at Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands has one of the most iconic views over Singapore. And they can be thoroughly enjoyed at Cé La Vi. Doubling as a restaurant and bar, as well as a nightclub, this is one of the hottest nightlife spots in the city. Make reservations as far in advance as possible.
The bar's Singapore sling differentiates itself with stronger flavors that contrast the drink's sweetness. Expect Tanqueray London gin as the base, while juniper and coriander make subtle appearances.
Staying at Marina Bay Sands
If you've seen social media images of Singapore, chances are that you've seen Marina Bay Sands. Perhaps the most famous hotel in the entire country, its three towers are topped by one of the largest and highest infinity pools in the world.
The hotel is so coveted, people pay for day passes to get to use its pool. Of course, nothing beats staying there and having access to amazing views whenever you want.
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Skai Bar at Swissôtel the Stamford
The chic SKAI Bar offers sweeping views over Singapore, a sleek design and a unique take on the Singapore sling. Its version uses herbal gins like Hendrick's or Citadelle. It's also topped with soda for extra zest as well as candied pineapples.
Try to get a table near the floor-to-ceiling windows to enjoy the panorama.
Staying at Swissôtel the Stamford
Towering at 741 feet, Swissôtel the Stamford is the tallest hotel in all of Southeast Asia. Its impressive design was done by none other than I.M. Pei, the mastermind behind the Louvre's pyramid. The building is so tall that you can see Malaysia and Indonesia from some of the guest rooms.
Enjoy fine dining at the Michelin-starred JAAN By Kirk Westway restaurant. The two outdoor pools are perfect for beating the Singapore heat and for relaxing after a long day of sightseeing.
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The Manhattan at the Regent Singapore Hotel
The Manhattan has made a name for itself with its American-centric menu, which you could probably guess from its name. But no self-respecting hotel bar in Singapore would deny guests the opportunity to try the national drink.
Its take on the sling uses apricot brandy alongside gin as the base. It also adds a signature syrup with a spicy kick to the sweet juices and fruits. If you're interested in trying the cocktail here, order a Singapura Nacional, the bar's name for the Singapore sling.
Staying at the Regent Singapore Hotel
Regent is one of IHG's most prestigious and luxurious brands. It mainly operates in Asia, where it is highly regarded. Singapore's Regent is located near the botanical garden and prides itself in providing guests a quiet enclave with several green spaces.
Expect impeccable personalized service and amazing food experiences. The hotel's very own Summer Palace restaurant boasts a Michelin star.
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Lantern at the Fullerton Hotel
An infinity pool with views of the Marina Bay Sands towers brings people to the chic Lantern bar, located at the Fullerton Hotel.
While their Singapore sling is fairly traditional, the hotel's trained bartenders always get it just right. Sipping it while enjoying the skyline is truly a wonderful experience.
Staying at the Fullerton Hotel
The Fullerton Hotel is a perfect blend of historic and modern. Its exterior is a neo-classical colonial building with impressive columns reaching out to the sky. The exterior keeps with the theme but is updated to include modern comforts.
Its bars and restaurants are decidedly more contemporary. Located right on the water, you're never far from a breathtaking scene while at the hotel.
Book it now: Fullerton Hotel