Psst! Here’s the ultimate cheat sheet to living it up at Marina Bay Sands (MBS) – without needing to stay at the hotel to score freebies, discounts and preferential prices.
We’ve got insider tips (all legal!) from stretching your Singapore dollar at the celebrity restaurants to saving on the notoriously expensive carpark charges.
Tuesdays from 6pm to 9pm (aka Social Hour) is the best time to go bar-hopping with the girls or boys. It’s when the signature cocktails at 13 participating MBS establishments – including the bars at the celebrity restaurants – are priced at 50 per cent off.
Bread Street Kitchen‘s Tio Abuelo is a fresh twist on the G&T that includes Tio Pepe sherry and passion fruit. There’s also the retro cool Tiki cocktails at DB Bistro & Oyster Bar; and Pizzeria Mozza’s sweet, nutty Italian take on the margarita.
We particularly like the bars on the rooftop at Level 57; at the cabana-like lounge of Spago by Wolfgang Puck, try the Love You Long Time (of vodka, tangerine, Thai basil and sparking sake).
Should 9pm be too early to end the night on Tuesday, adjourn next door to Flight (below), the gorgeous rooftop deck at Justin Quek’s Sky on 57. From then till closing at 2am, you’ll get 50 per cent off the French 57 cocktail – gin, champagne, yuzu umeshu with acacia honey and lemon – and 25 per cent off bottles.
NEXT: Dine early at celebrity restaurants →
Depending on the establishment, affordable pre-theatre menus are typically available between 5.30pm and 7pm. Check the respective restaurants’ websites or contact them for specific times and details, and to book a table.
One of the most attractive deals is the two-course pre-theatre menu (S$65+++) at Wolfgang Puck’s Cut. It features selections like American Blue Crab & Shrimp Louis and USDA Prime Striploin Steak Frites. It’s available daily for reservations between 6pm to 6:30pm.
Over at David Myer’s Adrift, the four-course pre-theatre menu includes a drink at S$55+++.
NEXT: Prepare a picnic →
If you don’t fancy a sit down meal at a number of restaurants with affordable fare – like Toast Box and Bay Sushi – head to Cold Storage supermarket.
Grab some sushi, roast chicken and coleslaw from the deli counter, or salad from its salad bar. The seats around the reflecting pond outside the Arts Science Museum are a good place to enjoy your picnic.
NEXT: Freebies at the ArtScience Museum →
Often, exhibitions – both ticketed and free – come with guided tours and free workshops you won’t have to pay a cent for.
There are also free crafting workshops for children aged six and above. Check beforehand how to reserve your spot; spaces are very limited.
It might be worth visiting ticketed exhibitions on Fridays if you have a big brood. On Family Fridays, up to four kids under age 12 can enter for free, with every adult ticket purchased.
NEXT: Get free (or cheap) parking →
If you’re dining at a celebrity restaurant, enquire about the minimum spend you’d need for a pass for complimentary parking. This is subject to availability.
At other MBS dining and shopping establishments and the ArtScience Museum you can get complimentary parking with a minimum spend from Mondays to Thursdays, 10am till 4pm. You’d need to show your receipt at the concierge counters at the retail area before 5pm the same day (or on the day of the show, in the case of theatre tickets from the MasterCard Theatres).
Attending an event at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre? Check with the Concierge counter there if your event pass allows you to pay for a flat-rate parking ticket. Note: check before the concierge counter closes at 6pm.
Another way to get parking for a flat rate is to chalk up points and destinations dollars via the loyalty programme, the Sands Rewards Lifestyle Membership. You can use them to cap your carpark charges at a flat rate of S$4 for 24 hours from the time of entry. Membership is free!
If you prefer to park offsite, there’s the open-air – but often-packed – Wilson carpark near Bayfront Link, nearer Sands Expo end of MBS.
Nearer the Theatre-side of MBS is the carpark at the Singapore Flyer. It’s a pleasant 10-minute walk away, which takes you over the Helix bridge.
Check sgcarmart.com for parking rates around the area.
NEXT: 50% off cocktails on Tuesdays →
By Gemma Koh, SilverKris, 27 May 2016; last updated November 2016
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