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"A private venue for after dinner drinks catering exclusively to members and their friends. If you did not know that, you are very unlikely to get in. Located in Algonquin, Liberty City - but if you have to ask where beyond that, you are definitely not our sort of person. Founded in 2003 by Liberty City's 20-year reigning king of nightlife, Tony Prince."
— TBoGT Official Website

Maisonette 9 is a famous "Members only nightclub" owned by Gay Tony in Liberty City in Grand Theft Auto IV as well as its episodic titles, The Lost and Damned, and The Ballad of Gay Tony.

The club is located at Galveston Ave in Westminster, Liberty City, accessible via the Hematite LTA J/A station or the Frankfort Avenue LTA K/C station. The website for the club is Maisonette9.com.

Description

GTA IV and The Lost and Damned

The club itself is referenced occasionally in GTA IV. During "Out of the Closet", Tom Rivas mentions both Maisonette 9 and Hercules, another club owned by Gay Tony. Other characters from GTA IV who are known to have visited the club include Roman Bellic, Brucie Kibbutz, Gracie Ancelotti (as revealed during "...I'll Take Her"), Alexandra Chilton and Carmen Ortiz (Carmen refers to the club as "Bungalow 9") in dialogues during dates with Niko. The club is later reported by the Libertytreeonline.com to be closed alongside Hercules following allegations of drug pushing in the premises. Although it is mentioned in both in GTA IV and The Lost and Damned, the club is inaccessible until "The Ballad of Gay Tony".

The Ballad of Gay Tony

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Main interior of Maisonette 9, The Ballad of Gay Tony.

According to the official website, Maisonette 9 was founded in 2003 by "Gay" Tony Prince, and is located the basement levels of a warehouse-turned loft on Galveston Ave, along the WestminsterMeat Quarter border. The club itself only exists physically in "The Ballad of Gay Tony", whereas the same location in GTA IV and "The Lost and Damned" is nondescript. Luis Fernando Lopez works as a bouncer at the club and as Tony Prince's personal bodyguard. Other Maisonette 9 clubs are currently operating in London and Las Venturas.

As Luis works in Maisonette 9 as a bouncer, the player can access the club and interact with its patrons. Luis can dance, compete in a champagne drinking game, drink shots or manage the club. Maisonette 9 also serves as mission destination points. Following Ladies Half Price, the club is temporarily closed, but re-opens after the final mission of the game.

If the player fires a weapon or causes a disturbance whilst inside the club, Luis will be banned from the club for 24 hours.

Maisonette 9 is open between 21:00 and 6:00.

Employees

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Exterior of Maisonette 9 in The Ballad of Gay Tony.

Activities

Luis can drink alcohol shots at the bar for free. He starts getting drunk at four shots. If Luis drinks nine shots, he will get wasted and blackout. A few hours later, Luis will wake up in different places around the city (such as Middle Park, Happiness Island, Star Junction etc.), still slightly hungover.

If the player goes to the dancefloor, the player can dance with the other dancers. In the first part, dance using both analog sticks (pressing them in rhythm) and in the second part, the player must push the buttons which appear on the screen. If the player completes the first part, Luis can dance with a girl. If the player completes the second part, Luis will have sex in the toilet with the girl he danced.

The player can try the Champagne mini game in the VIP floor upstairs. Firstly, Luis shakes the bottle and sprays champagne on the other people, then must drink the rest of the bottle without vomiting. Turn the joystick not too fast or too slow and the player should win (if Luis has previously had a drink at the bar, he may vomit) Should Luis fail to win, he will wake up at a random location in Liberty City, most likely due to passing out from intoxication.

To start the Club Managment mini-game, walk into the room in Maisonette 9 that has a "Management Only" sticker on it. The objective is to make sure that there is no trouble in the the club. People can be thrown out for various activities, such as Drug Dealing, being too drunk, trying to skip out on their bar tab or men sexually harassing women in the club. At some point during the mini-game, Joni may call Luis to go back to her office and seduces him. She may give him a lapdance, a blowjob or they may have sex against a table in the office. Occasionally, while in Club Management, Luis will receive a call from (usually) Dessie or Gay Tony, asking him to help out a VIP celebrity. There are eight celebrities who require assistance, and assisting all eight contributes towards 100% Completion.

Influences

The nightclub (the interior in particular) is most likely inspired by the Bungalow 8 nightclub in New York City, as both bungalow and 'maisonnette' mean in varying languages "small house".

Gallery

Trivia

  • One of the posters for the club states "See listed celebrities every night!" This is an ironic pun on the term "C-list celebrity," which is a derogatory term for a celebrity who holds little fame or status.
  • If Luis stays in the club beyond closing time, he will remain in the club for as long as the player desires, though the club will be empty.
  • On Integrity 2.0, Lazlow and his sidekick, Jorge try to get into Maisonette 9, but Dessie stops them. A woman then suggests they go to Bahama Mamas, and later the two end up at Hercules, thinking the club is full of women due to the long line of men outside, unaware it is a gay club.
  • The owner of the real world Bungalow 8, Amy Sacco, does very brief voice work on the in-game radio, as a budding club owner named Larissa Slalom who says that "Tony Prince is a loser".
  • Yusuf Amir wants to franchise the clubs. After the storyline, Amir reveals that he had bought the place along with his father and might open more Maisonette 9 nightclubs around the world (and even on the moon).
  • The bouncer, Dessie, is inpervious to damage from anyone except Luis.
  • It is stated on Electro-Choc that Crookers are the resident DJs at the club, thought they are not seen in the club.
  • If the player kills Joni, she will respawn if the player leaves and re-enters the office.
  • If the player enters the ladies' toilets, they can hear a woman in the toilet having sex, throwing up, urinating or crying. The same can also be heard to a lesser extent in the men's toilets.

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