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Drinking in GTA IV.

Drinking is an activity in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas that can be done with the player's girlfriends, and, in GTA IV (and its DLCs) with friends, at a bar. It is also available in GTA V.

GTA San Andreas

In GTA San Andreas, drinking is counted as part of "eating" in dates, meaning bars in San Andreas are clumped together with restaurants.

Each of the player's girlfriends has preferences towards bars, which are more of a low-end destination for a date; as a result, certain girlfriends will shun bars altogether. When entered along with a girlfriend, the player is treated with a cutscene of player character drinking in the bar with the girlfriend, the girlfriend's behavior dependent on whether she likes going to a bar or not.


Drinking can be done at any of these bars accessible by the protagonist and their girlfriends:


In GTA IV, drinking will usually result in both the player and his accompanying friend leaving drunk, staggering and tripping over. The effects of the activity is made worse with the camera swaying about (worsen with motion blur enabled). The cost of drinking in a bar is between $50-$100, depending on the "class" of the bar. When visiting a bar with friends and girlfriends, a cutscene will show them going in the bar. Afterwards, both of them will appear outside the bar, drunk/intoxicated. Whoever Niko gets drunk with will determine how severe the effect is and how long it lasts, for example, drinking with Roman or Packie will get Niko completely wasted, but drinking with a girlfriend will get him only partially drunk. When drunk, there is some unique conversation between the characters, who will sometimes reveal other aspects of their personality. Frequently, the conversation may become an argument and Niko will tell the other person to be quiet. While drunk, Niko will stumble and sometimes fall to the ground, the same as the person who is with him. He will also be unable to walk in a straight line, run, and jump, access his phone (unless in a vehicle) or draw a weapon or fight. Vision will also become blurry and the camera will move irregularly. The controller will vibrate sporatically, increasing and decreasing in severity if one is using a Dualshock 3 controller. The intoxication wears off after a while, and if another activity is done after drinking or after dropping off the other person at their house, Niko will become sober again after about 10 seconds.

If the player gets into a vehicle while drunk, Niko will remark that doing so is not a good idea (only Niko Bellic will say this, because when Johnny Klebitz gets on his bike, a short cutscene will follow, showing his friends saying they had a good time and driving off, and then Johnny's intoxication will wear off soon). Driving while drunk also becomes difficult because Niko will not be able to see clearly and control the vehicle properly. When driving under the influence, the car moves towards the nearest solid object; if there is a car 5 feet in front of you and a tree three feet from you you will hit the tree and then ricochet into the car. If Niko is driving while intoxicated and the police see him he will get a one star wanted level. The effects get less severe as the intoxication wears off.

Alternatively, the player can opt to take a taxi ride while drunk. The player character will confusingly call for a taxi using lines (such as "yellow car") unique to only the moment the player is drunk.


Drinking can be done at any of these bars accessible by the protagonist and their friends:

The Ballad of Gay Tony

Uniquely, in the Ballad of Gay Tony, Luis has the option to drink alone, and for free at either Hercules or Maisonette 9 at the bar. As he drinks successive shots, Luis will become increasingly drunk until he finally collapses in a heap and blacks out. This effect also occurs when Luis does the drinking contest in Maisonette 9 where he blacks out after continuously repeating the contest. This leads to Luis randomly waking up somewhere around Liberty City, often in places that are either hard to get to or simply odd. Some locations include:

Grand Theft Auto V

Drinking in GTA V has been expanded. The player is able to either go drinking with a friend or drink alone in his safehouse. You can also drink at the Vanilla Unicorn, and you will start to get so drunk that the woman behind the bar will refuse to serve you any more shots. Another unique feature is that occasionally when switching to Trevor, he will wake up intoxicated and sometimes wearing a dress. This may be a parody of the movie Hangover.


  • In GTA IV, an animation for the player getting into a vehicle while drunk is unusually absent - if the player is entering a vehicle, instead of stumbling around, he will instantly become "sober" for a few seconds while the normal car entering sequence plays. The camera, however, still moves irregularly.
  • If the player opts to fly a helicopter after getting drunk in GTA IV, they will not suffer any of the adverse effects of being drunk while driving.
  • Niko will often shout "YELLOW CAAAR!" when hailing a taxi while drunk, which achieved a brief memetic status on the Internet.
  • Michelle is the only character in GTA IV that will not emerge from any bar drunk. Niko will comment on this by saying things such as "I'm sure I was the only one knocking back that stuff." This is one of the many subtle hints that foreshadows a later secret in the game concerning Michelle.
  • There is a small glitch that will 'injured' your friend after drinking. It is caused if your friend happens to fall on the small staircase leading into an accessible bar.
  • In The Ballad of Gay Tony, Luis will always black out after ten shots and becomes drunk after three shots.
  • Roman Bellic is seen coming out of Perestroika, drunk in a GTA IV pre-release trailer.
  • In GTA V, the affect of being drunk doesn't last nearly as long as it did in GTA IV. This was probably done to prevent further contraversy than there already was from other things in the game.

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