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Bar & Billiard Room

#799 of 8,973 Restaurants in Singapore
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1 Beach Road | Raffles Hotel Singapore, Singapore 189673, Singapore
+65 6412 1816
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11:00 - 00:30
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 00:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 01:30
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Adelaide, Australia
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190 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Even though Raffles is undergoing major renovations it was worth stopping by to have the mandatory Singapore Sling, this time in the Billiard Room, in lieu of the Long Bar. Be prepared to pay AUD$35 for each drink and peanut nibbles. I am also informed that the Singapore Slings may not be made fresh as the venue needs to be... More 

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Hermosa Beach, California
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72 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The normal home of the Singapore Sling is a different bar in the Raffles Hotel (the Long Bar), which is under restoration. They've set the Bar & Billiard Room (same hotel) up to serve the Singapore Sling (including throwing peanut shells on the floor). The hotel grounds are very pretty, but the drinks are extremely expensive - S$73 total for... More 

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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had mini burgers and Singapore slings here, due to the Long Bar being closed for renovation. We had to wait about 10 mins to get in as it was busy but the staff spent the time telling us about the history of the Singapore sling and Raffles itself which made the time pass much quicker. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience,... More 

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Thank AlisonJG25
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

So the bucket list has been ticked but was it worth the hype? Undoubtedly an historic landmark in amongst a modern high rise environment, Raffles it seems veers towards the pack them in and serve them quick mentality. In the mass production of one drink it seems to have lost a little of the mystique (especially if the size of... More 

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Thank Gareth K
New York City
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119 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Bar & Billiards Room at Raffles might be the only place in Singapore where you can toss things on the ground with abandon - in this case peanut shells - without fear of getting fined for doing so. Given that it's within the Raffles Hotel complex, I expected something perhaps a bit stuffy. Nothing of the sort. Dress is... More 

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Thank ber357
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A costly pilgrimage to be made - but it must be made. Enjoy the Singapore Slings and throwing peanuts on the floor.

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely old and well restored hotel. I think we were in the Long Bar, along with a large crowd. There were 3 cruise ships in and it seemed that most of the passengers came through while we were there. A bit pricey but we'd come this far so to heck with it. We went through the peanut routine ..... More 

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Perth, Australia
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267 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Sunday brunch at the Bar and Billiard Room should be on everyone’s bucket list of things to do in Singapore. For me, this was unquestionably “the” highlight of my stay at the Raffles Hotel. The sheer scale and size of the offerings would rival almost any decadent banquet and although I have seen bigger, I had certainly not eaten better.... More 

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Thank Kevin B
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We just went in for the " Singapore sling". It is a nice cocktail but very overpriced. The bar has the old charm but I really missed some live music. We didn't have to wait because we visited around midnight .

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Medellin
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139 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As long Bar Fans, we were disappointed to see that it has been closed for renovation during our recent visit, so instead we visited the Bar and Billiard Room. It is a lovely place, and despite some of the reviews below, we had fairly good service. The staff were welcoming and served us promptly on most occasions. It is a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, International, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Drinks, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Seating, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 00:30
Monday
11:00 - 00:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 00:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 00:30
Thursday
11:00 - 00:30
Friday
11:00 - 01:30
Saturday
11:00 - 01:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Beach Road | Raffles Hotel Singapore, Singapore 189673, Singapore
  • Location: Asia  >  Singapore  >  Singapore
  • Phone Number: +65 6412 1816
Description
Once a billiard hall, Bar & Billiard Room is today a bar that offers some 400 hand-selected whiskies, with many limited editions and labels imported just for this establishment. Among them include ones from Scotland, Japan and the US. Lending its influence to the cocktail menu, the single malts have also gone on to inspire whisky-based beverages. On Fridays and Saturdays, live jazz performances offer a touch of old world glamour to the setting. Come Sunday, the champagne is popped and becomes an invaluable addition to the buffet brunch. Expect a spread featuring fresh seafood, cold cuts and signature carving favourites. Regarded as the oldest existing bar in its original location in Singapore, Bar & Billiard Room is an institution within Raffles Singapore. It occupies a standalone building built in 1896, and was the first in the country to have a lady bartender stirring up a storm in the 1920s. Inside, chandeliers hang down from the high ceiling and the floor tiles are replicas of the original. One of the five original billiard tables from the turn of the century can be found there, where guests are welcomed to play a round or two. Picture windows look out to the surrounding thick foliage, interrupted by elegant cast-iron frames that compose the terrace.

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