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The Sims 3: Late Night Expansion
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The Sims 3 Late Night Review and Game Guides

List of Features, Objects, and Night Life in the Late Night Expansion Pack

Late Night's Bridgeport, awake and ready for the Night Life. Party Time!
Late Night's new city, Bridgeport, at night from the Overlook.

The Sims 3 Late Night was a highly anticipated expansion by Simmers who love watching Sims get down, socialize, and party. In this Guide to Late Night (remember, it's not called Night Life), I'll provide a list of new objects and gameplay features. Nothing in-depth, rather information that will help you to be sure you're experiencing everything the game has to offer. It may even help you decide whether The Sims 3 Late Night is an expansion you'll enjoy. Lastly, this guide will serve as a gateway to find other information exclusive to this expansion.

A New Life in the City: Bridgeport
The new city in The Sims 3 is Bridgeport. Simmers who wanted an apartment life now have it, and there's sparsely available land on which to build a traditional home. Instead, we're presented with high-rise apartment buildings. Parking space is also limited, and Sims may now use mass transit in the form of a subway system to get around.

With the city, comes city life. Bridgeport's denizens and underbelly make Sunset Valley townies seem ultra-conservative. Woohoo can now be undertaken in hot tubs and elevators. Sims are more likely to head to a bar, lounge, or dance club than the park for their weekend kicks. As you'd expect, the full breadth of these features can't really be enjoyed in a town. Late Night is about club hopping and trying to find the hottest party atmosphere around.

Dancing on the Rooftop of Aquarius in The Sims 3 Late Night
Dancing on the Rooftop of Aquarius

Party Time!
Late Night's biggest feature in a nutshell is its Night Life. Bridgeport is filled with places to hang out and party. Dance Clubs, Lounges, and Bars dot the city, inviting Sims' money and beckoning them to let loose. A slew of new social interactions both on the fun and romantic sides now present themselves to allow Sims to show us just how much they're enjoying the night life.

Celebrities can be spotted in clubs, and can be wooed for your Sims to be allowed to share their company. Player-controlled Sims can even climb the ladder of fame. Celebrity Sims get occasional gifts, even some exclusive objects, on a regular basis. They can hang with celebrities and move their way up the social ladder. Paparazzi will photograph celebs. The entire scene makes Late Night feel like it's placed in the Thirty Mile Zone.

A Vampire's Ghost in The Sims 3 Late Night. Don't let your Vampire die of thirst!
Just a little drink and he could've been fine. Now he's a Vampire ghost. And yes, she did get pregnant.

Vampires visit the upper class establishments, a long-lived romantic predator that feeds on Sims' plasma. This is a fun new feature for the game and will likely be the most popular alternative Life State brought with a Sims 3 expansion pack. They come with a long list of features, and few drawbacks. The vampire is truly a new way to experience the game.

New Fashions can be seen everywhere. Sims on the scene dress hot, and some might even say a little trashy. Miniskirts and other things mom wouldn't want you to wear in public are not in short supply in Late Night. There's plenty to choose from for your Sim's night out, but you're going to see plenty of skin when hitting up the clubs. Think rock, pop star, diva, raver, groupie and you've nailed the new clothing.

Muscle Definition in Create a Sim
Muscle Definition in Create-a-Sim

New Body Types are available in Create-a-Sim thanks to the patch launched the same day as Late Night. Muscles can now be given more definition, which changes the way muscular Sims appear to quite some degree. They can get some six-pack abs this way. And of course the breast slider, which allows modification of female Sims' breast sizes. This gives a lot more diversity to the way Sims can look, but most of the ladies in Bridgeport appear to have already had cosmetic surgery.

New Skills: Mixology (Bartending), and More Music!
Sims need drinks when they're out on the town, and the Mixologist provides them. Your Sim can take up the drink mixing trade and make some killer new creations that provide different special bonuses, and can really bring a party to life. This is also a great way to make friends, even with Celebrities. Make an awesome new drink concoction and name it after a star. That'll get their attention.

Of course you're not limited to serving the celebrities to get into their good graces. The Bass, Drums, and Piano skills are out and the instruments can be played like the guitar to wow other Sims and make Simoleons. Sims can now form a band, play gigs, and have jam sessions.

Hot Tub from Late Night
A beautiful, relaxing Hot Tub. Just the thing a Sim needs after a hard week.

New Stuff: Objects Galore!
Late Night gives us tons of new decor, furniture and interactive objects all with a party feel. Neon lights, black lights, and strobes all add to the atmosphere. The furniture gives off a relaxed vibe that fits perfect in a party animal's penthouse.

Bubbles! From the Bubble Bar, of course!
A Bubble Bar. Your Sim can even get better at this!

But not everything is cosmetic. There are hot tubs, bubble bars, arcade machines, shuffleboard tables, dartboards, and effects machines that give Sims a ton of new ways to play when they're not at the bar or shaking it on the dance floor. If you wanted new stuff, you've got it. It's a feature that really stands out. There are new objects in most categories.

New Traits are in short supply. The only new offerings are Shy and Star Quality. Shy Sims prefer to only be around friends. Sims with that special Star Quality will succeed more when trying to talk to celebrities, and find themselves more likely to gain fame. Since a Sim's celebrity rating is so important in Late Night, this is going to be a trait that's very often picked. Especially since the Patch that comes with Late Night eliminates the necessity to select certain traits to spawn a Lifetime Wish selection. We still get five random LTWs when the trait selection phase of Create-a-Sim is over, but a sixth option presents itself - allowing the selection of any LTW.

New Moodlets are all over the place. Mixed Drinks naturally give moodlets, much as nectar did. Sims may feel creeped out by a nearby vampire wishing for a snack. New social interactions bring happiness and embarrassment to Sims, and celebrities feel the delights and occasional crushing burden of fame trying to lead everyday lives in the public eye.

New Lifetime Rewards are always welcome to Simmers. It's fun to save up those points to give a Sim a powerful new ability or bonus. Late Night does not disappoint in this category. All are centered on socializing or living the party lifestyle. Simple rewards like discounts at clubs, and better odds of winning pub games may not be very tempting to some Simmers. However, powerful LTRs like always being on the list at lounges, finding the home of every celebrity to be a world class stalker, or always succeeding as a seducer can really improve the gaming experience.

A Sim playing a Grand Piano in Late Night
A striking grand piano. Its beauty adds to the Environment score.

Lifetime Wishes come in a variety of flavors. There are two career oriented ones to choose for the Film Career Track: Distinguished Director and Superstar Actor, both to climb to the top of their respected career branches. One Sim band sets Sims on a mission to master all four available instruments (the three new ones, plus guitar). Master Mixologists want to own a bar and master Mixology, and Sims looking for the Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous want $100,000 Simoleons and top-notch fame.

Perhaps the most interesting of the new choices shines a huge spotlight on the WooHoo interaction. The Master Romancer Lifetime Wish brings out the playboy side of Sims, sending them on a quest to WooHoo with five different Sims in five different places.

Last, but not least.. with all the other changes, there are of course minor tweaks to other areas of the game. Some of the new objects can be upgraded, and there are a few more fish to catch in Bridgeport. Vampires can eat plasma fruit to satisfy their thirst. Sims can also be given an astrological sign, which doesn't do much but can be another way to make a friend if your Sim's sign is compatible with others.

The Sims 3 Late Night is an excellent expansion to the already fun game. It provides plenty of different gameplay, and Bridgeport is the first city or town added to the game that feels quite different from the others. Living in an apartment, using the subway to get around, and partying with Sims in the night clubs are all welcome additions to the formula. While the skills sort of fell flat in this expansion, it added a lot more variety to the recreation of Sims. I hope this guide has informed you of new things you can do, or helped you make a decision on whether to own this expansion or not.

Late Night Problems & How to Solve Them

There is no Mixologist on Duty!
If one of the night clubs in Late Night loses their mixologist, you can fix it. Open the cheat console with Control + Shift + C, type testingcheatsenabled true, then shift-click the bar. Select delete object, then shift-click the floor and select buy on this lot. Head to the dining room tab, and select bars. Replace the bar with one of the two professional bars. A Mixologist should arrive soon to fill the position.

How Do You Fix a Stuck Elevator
Sometimes Elevators in the High-rise buildings in Bridgeport can get stuck. When this happens, Sims can get stuck inside a building, and may even stand there until they die because they're trying to leave.

The first thing you can do is turn on testingcheatsenabled true through the cheat console (Ctrl + Shift + C). Type resetsim (firstname) (lastname) and it will send the stuck Sims home. The elevator may begin working again. The next step is more involved.

If resetting the Sims stuck waiting on the elevator doesn't work, you'll need to replace the elevator. Be sure testingcheats are on, then use the cheat console and enter the commands: buydebug and RestrictBuildBuyInBuildings off. Now head to buy mode and go to the ? icon in sort by type. From there, find the elevators, select the broken elevator, delete it, and replace it with a new one. Be sure you make the new elevator face the same way as the old one. This is the only known fix for the stuck elevator problem that came with Late Night.

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Christine says...
Is there a way I can buy a book with everything you teach on your site? I guess I could print it from the site, but that will take a long time.
Sorry, but I never made a print or PDF edition of the Guide. It would be a massive amount of work, and it would disappoint me to see it pirated, given all the hours of work the team and I have invested.
10th June 2014 10:23pm
ErLiAu says...
Carl (or anyone willing to help),
After initial trouble installing my game, I've finally gotten Late Night to (hopefully) work more than once. However, yesterday while playing in Bridgeport, Overwatch kept informing me that the Sim Michael Sleep was late for work, soon followed by an alert saying he was found to be unroutable or stuck, then subsequently fixed (or at least I think so). Has anyone had this problem with the same or even a different Sim? I'm considering deleting Michael, since he only serves to slow down the game, but at the same time I don't want to...
2nd December 2013 5:52pm
toni says...
hi carl!
i was trying to finally download the sims 3 and it was downloading at 9o% i went to sleep and when i woke up it was at 60 percent and it is being super slow! please help
29th July 2013 2:24am
krustykrull says...
You may not have known this at the time, but Carl might not be the best resource to troubleshoot your home internet connection problems. It'd be like posting in the comments section on a Honda Civic enthusiast board post about exhaust manifolds that when you drive your '99 Civic to the grocery store, they're out of the cereal you like, why are they out of that cereal and when are they getting more in? Help!! Carl, when are they getting the cereal in and why are they out of my cereal?? Pls help!11
7th July 2014 7:33pm
macy lol says...
does xbox have late night?
Sorry to tell you the only Expansion The Xbox/PS3 got was Pets. You do not require the first Sims 3 released for consoles to play it, as it is a standalone expansion pack.
17th November 2013 10:37am
franz says...
my game crashes after installing late night. just after a few seconds of loading my save game. even the base sims 3 crashes now too. how come?
13th November 2013 12:10am
Nicole says...
oh that happens to me I uninstalled 2 other programs on my windows 8 lab top (not trying to brag but I don't have a clue on how to uninstall stuff on other computers or labtops) but that worked for me!
12th August 2014 7:58pm
jennette says...
Lost the code
to in still the game pc
27th July 2014 1:24am
gimmecookies says...
Hi, I was wondering if I could purchase an additional home in the same high rise building I'm already living in? My sims lives in a high rise building but it is so small and I was wondering if I could purchase an additional home a floor below so my sim could have more room?
2nd October 2013 1:21am
Simmylala says...
When you are playing the Sims 3, go into Edit Town. You can see it when you go to exit or save the Sims. There is a blue long bar at the bottom of the screen, and click on Community Lots, which is on the right. There should be apartments there, and you just lick on them and add them to an empty lot in your town. Hopefully this helped :)
15th July 2014 11:51pm
Morgan says...
I don't know what one to get either late night or seasons ! Can u please help me decide :)
1st July 2014 3:47pm
Simmylala says...
I recommend Seasons EP, but even though it doesn't come with a new town like Late Night, it does come with Festival Grounds upgraded to your towns. I really like Seasons because of the weather constantly changing, from fog, hail, snow, rain, or just a plain sunny day. Hopefully this helped :)
15th July 2014 11:47pm
brittany says...
The elevator to my apartment is stuck and i tried the tips but its not working because i cant select the elevator in build buy mode to delete it. It says the elevator is In use to i cant select it i dont know what to do please help ??
20th December 2013 1:40am
Savannah says...
When you're in build/buy mode, do ctrl + shift + c then type in moveobjects on. Then try selecting the elevator.
7th August 2015 6:27pm
Liv says...
Turn on testingcheatsenabled true then shift click the elevator in live mode and shift click delete the objects (it will come up with the option) :)
26th August 2015 3:11pm
Chloe says...
Dear Carl,
I got the sims3 late night expansion pack digital download on I downloaded it but it wont come up or let me play it. Help?
Register your game with the key you got at using an account you have (or need to create) and it will then be available to you through EA Origin. You may need to do a factory reset or reinstall the game. Look at the technical help section of the site or forum to get info on that reset.

2nd September 2013 12:14am
Dancingsimmer from instagram says...
I go into clubs and ect. And there isnt really anybody there. How do i get more people in them? I want to start a big bar brawl.
27th November 2013 4:45pm
Izzy says...
XD Good reasoning. Try to Gossip with Sims around town and you might find that night's Hotspot. The Hotspot will always be packed with Sims. So you can start juiced brawls until closing time.
29th June 2014 5:21am
baggiiee says...
Dear Carl, I recently bought LN while installing it popped up a problem of missing bridgeport town in it. it always asks to insert Disc 2 still no way of installing. Is there any way out of this i badly need late night.
2nd December 2013 7:46am
Naenae says...
I bought an expansion and I don't know how to add it like how do you play the expansion.... I'm new to the sims world
25th July 2014 10:38pm
Ruby says...
i have got late night and when i go to create a style, some of the patterns from sims 3 have gone. e.g. the dinosaur pattern which I always put in my baby boys room. how do I get this back?
28th September 2013 6:08am
SimsySim says...
Hey, I was editing my flat, and use a cheat (restrictbuildbuyinbuildings off) and after all my effort, when I go to "play" as a "sim", (to save the game) everything freezes, except my mouse. The only was to stop this is by shutting my whole computer, but still, how can I do so it saved my "masterpiece"?
Hope you'll help, Sim Fan
There is a bug that involves building and saving.  One of the solutions is to wait 24 Sim hours after you've left build mode before saving.
18th June 2013 3:28pm
jenn says...
hi Carl,
i installed sims 3 late night but when i am playing either city/town and i want to view the town and i am all zoomed out everything is black and white,is there anyway to fix it?
22nd December 2013 2:11pm
Anita says...
Hi.I have problem with my pet in Sims 3 Deluxe. My dog got stuck watchin through the window after I adopted a horse and cheat ctrl+shift+c resetSim petname does not work.I use Windows 7.
19th April 2014 1:20pm
Na says...
Get your family to move house, you can always move back into the old house I had it once my dog was stuck chewing on the sofa.
18th June 2014 2:21am
Simmylala says...
Moving houses doesn't work. On your keyboard, click Control, Shift and C, and a long blue bar will come up at the very top of the screen, and type in ResetSim Firstname Lastname. For example: ResetSim Baxter Herd. This will send your dog to where the mailbox is, at the front of the house. It completely stops what they're doing and places them back home, and it helps so much.

My Sim's house has platforms, and she got stuck on it and couldn't come off, and she was near to starving to death, and I tried moving houses, but she just stood there, and starved to death and was a ghost. Use the cheat above :)
15th July 2014 11:57pm
karen morrison says...
I have "sims3", "island paradise" and recently bought "late night". Although I can see items in my inventory that show the download is installed correctly, I can't see any clubs to go to. How do I use the "late night" expansion? Is it not compatible with Island Paradise? Sorry to ask so many questions. Thanks
1st January 2014 5:02pm
Chloe says...
When you download Late Night, to access the clubs, apartments, subway system, etc. you have to be in the city of Bridgeport you cannot be in the city of Isla Paradiso (or whatever it's called) so what you would have to do is make a new game but change the town to Bridgeport
28th May 2014 8:04pm
Izzy says...
Or you can go into Edit Town mode (click the 3 dots in the corner, then click Edit Town) and place some clubs and apartments and stuff into your world. You must check though that:
* The lot is big enough, e.g., if the club is, say, 40 x 40, the lot must be at least 40 x 40.

* You have changed the lot type to, say, Dance Club if you are placing a Dance Club down in your world.

Hope it helped! =)
29th June 2014 5:28am
Sarah Maureen says...
Im having an issue with Sims 3 and the 2 expansions i got (Latenight and High-End Loft) After waiting three hours for SIms and the Late Night expansion to download i decided I would off uuntil tomorrow to finish and started playing. Before i could set up an account it said i needed to update so I did. After another hour of that it said i still need to update and login. I tried using my origin login and after a while just made a new account. Then when I tried opening it again it the actual game wouldnt open. Im unsure of the problem I checked the settings, the windows 8 section of my laptop, But nothing seemed to work.I tried calling my brother (a tech. store employee)but he cant help til tonight and i wanna play now. Please Help
16th February 2014 9:13am
Kailey says...
Oh, my! prepare to go on the same wild goose chase that I dad, Sarah! This adventure should involve lots of swearing, and angry letters threatening to sue Origin! >_<
Or, you could just remember this: You can't open the game from the shortcut. You need to open Origin from your start panel (Thingy, whatever it's called). When your Origin Dock has opened, click the Sims 3 thumbnail and hit play.
(If it doesn't work, reply. I know a plethora of things that could go wrong with The Sims 3, and how to fix them.)
17th February 2014 6:48pm
Kailey says...
I just installed late night, and nothing happened! I wen't to play the game, and the new world//traits/stuff/EVERYTHING wasn't there! I reloaded the game, and tried to re-install. When I re-used the code, it said that I had already used the code, so it's not like I just typed it wrong. Help! Origin doesn't have a help centre that works; all that I get in response is "Thank you for sending us your report! Your input is welcomed! Please do not reply to this email"
1st February 2014 12:37pm
Willowe says...
Hello, Carl!
I love looking on your site for guidance on the sims. :) But I have a question. I want to download the sims 3 late night off your site, but I don't want to screw up my comp. How do I make SURE its okay to download?
28th June 2014 3:17pm
Megan says...
Can someone help me cuz I have all the sims games but the sims is really slow. Is it my computer or is something wrong with my sims games?
25th December 2013 1:14am
Sleepless in Simattle says...
Hi..I have a Sims 3 Late's brand-new and I play on windows 8. If I play for may be 1 hr,the game freezes. Like the TVs and radio play songs still.i can movune my mouse around,but not the screen.ANY ADVI E???
30th May 2013 10:06pm
Erin says...
That used to happen to me and has recently stopped doing that to me when the new update came out. I advise you to ensure you have the option on the game launcher for automatic updates, so any other problems may be solved by the new patches that are released. Also, do you have any custom content or have you downloaded any sims, because the custom content may be the cause of the problem, which I think was the main reason for mine.
If you have, go through the 'Installed Items' on the game launcher and delete some of the items you have installed. That should help.
26th October 2013 5:01pm
Kitty Lee says...
Or you could go out of the game (Ctrl+Alt+Tab) and withstand the problem every one hour. :P
1st May 2014 12:10am
na says...
easy, just turn on the cheats like carl said, click the floor where you want your sim to go too if you get stuck any where, hit the option to teleport to the area you clicked on. also chemistry table ninja vanish potions work. if you get stuck in eqypt escape dust from vendor works, those two options for ppl who don't want to use any cheats. reset sim as he says works too buy requires cheat, same as teleport option.
3rd May 2014 10:41pm
Connie says...
I have a bug affecting 3 of my household sims. In Late Night, I have completed all of the instrument challenges, and learned all of the compositions. I can even play the master tracks, but it is still saying that 3 of my sims have not learned all of the compositions for their instruments, and it won't give the credit for the challenge. Two are for piano, and one is for bass. It's a glitch that I can't solve. I have already reset those sims to see if that helps, but no. Any ideas of how I can get credit for the challenge through this glitch?
17th October 2018 6:22pm
hori says...
25th January 2018 11:11am
Kawanza says...
I have sims3 late night how can I get free money
29th November 2015 4:01pm
charlotte says...
can anyone help my sims 3 game stuffs most the time and I don't know how to fix it i'm afraid to tell my mum because than she might tell me to put it in the bin but what happens is I go on sims than after about 30m to 1h it crashes and goes black and then this cblue screen appears and then the whole computer shuts down can someone help please
2nd September 2015 7:39am
cas says...
can someone help? I have an elevator stuck in a building that im not living in...
(one of the bars I think)and when I go to do the recommended cheat it doesn't let me leave the plot that I live on... what do I do?? can you only change the elevator of your current residence?
27th July 2014 11:31am
cas says...
just checked other elevators in town... none but my residence one is working! how frustrating :(
27th July 2014 11:41am
Coconuts101 says...
I found if you put in testingcheatsenabled true then shift click on the groun anywhere it will come up with an option it teliport your sim you have selected there. Hope this helps.
10th October 2015 7:04pm
Stephanie says...
Hi there! Is there a way to connect towns in Sims 3?
5th December 2017 1:52pm
Playalot says...
Not anyway in a vanilla non-modded game. But Nraas mods, in particular the Traveller Mod can help with keeping data from one world to another.
5th December 2017 9:26pm
Dawn says...
I guess my game came with the patches in it, because I can do all the things that were said to have been patched in in late night, and I just got late night, after having sims 3 for a few years
30th January 2019 12:16pm
Playalot says...
Of course, any time you purchase a Sims 3 pack it will be updated to the last patch. Some bugs have never been fixed with The Sims 3 but content will always be there if it was patched in some time during the game's active development.
30th January 2019 7:45pm
Phenney says...
How do you buy new music sheets for the piano and stuff? I'm stuck with a beginner song thingy... I really am getting annoyed of it!
Thanks in advance :D
5th January 2014 12:31am
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