Many who visit Singapore head to the Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel for an iconic Singapore Sling. Bartender Ngiam Tong Boon developed the cherry-red cocktail here in 1915 and hordes of tourists arrive at the Raffles Hotel every day for their chance to try one.
We did this when we were in Singapore last year and left the Long Bar extremely disappointed, departing with one conclusion.
The Singapore Slings at Raffles are overpriced and overrated.
We understand the need to pre-mix the Singapore Slings due to the large volume of cocktails being dispensed on a daily basis but when you’re paying over $30 for a cocktail, you deserve a lot better.
So on our recent adventure in Singapore, we wanted to enjoy a Singapore Sling in style!
And when we say in style, we’re talking about having a Singapore Sling on-board the Singapore Flyer in a special Moët & Chandon capsule!
We arrive at the Flyer just before 6:30pm and are ushered past the crowds and into the Flyer Lounge where we relax for a few minutes. When the clock ticks over to 6:30, we’re led to the boarding area and are handed a freshly made, ice-cold Singapore Sling by the bartender standing in the capsule.
He then steps off the capsule as we step in and look around our themed capsule impressed. Music starts playing, the doors shut and we’re on our way around!
As we sip on our deliciously refreshing Singapore Sling, the world’s largest observation wheel slowly rotates giving us beautiful 360 degree views of Singapore.
We first see views of the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix circuit directly below the Singapore Flyer. With the F1 race just around the corner, it’s great to see how things are taking shape before the race. Attending the night GP in Singapore is still a Bucket List item for the two of us and how good would it be viewing it from above on-board the Singapore Flyer!
The Flyer continues rotating and we’ve soon reached the top where it stands at an impressive height of 42 stories high (165m, 541ft). It’s here where we can see the beautiful Marina Bay area as the sun begins to set – definitely one of the best views in all of Singapore!
There are also views of iconic landmarks including Raffles Place, Merlion Park and the Padang. We’re later told that you won’t be able to see a view like this anywhere else in Singapore!
The two of us take plenty of photos and then decide to relax and finish off our drinks as the Flyer takes us back down to earth.
This was the second time we’ve ridden on the Singapore Flyer and although the views are the same, it’s a lot more relaxed atmosphere on the Singapore Sling Flight and the delicious drink and comfortable seating make the extra cost well worth it.
It’s definitely one of the best places in Singapore enjoy your first Singapore Sling!
The Singapore Flyer – Singapore Sling Flight
Cost: $69 SGD Nett
Departs: Selected timings between 2:30pm and 9:30pm
More Info: http://www.singaporeflyer.com/unique-experiences/singapore-sling-flight/
If Singapore Slings aren’t your thing, the Flyer also offers a Moët & Chandon Champagne Flight or a Signature Cocktail Flight. See their website for more information.
Disclaimer: A big thanks to Fulvia for hosting us on the Singapore Flyer. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.