Mixology Guide - Sims 3 Late Night
Skill Guide, Drink List, and Mixologist Tips & Help
The Sims 3 Late Night brings the Mixology Skill to the game. While this skill isn't a big money maker, it has many uses and benefits for Simmers who perfect it. This guide will give you an overview of the Mixology skill and provide tips and help to make your Mixologist a celebrated drink mixer. Note that the Mixology skill works well with The Sims 3's Gardening.
Drinks from Mixology are similar to Nectar from World Adventures. However, the offer several other moodlet bonuses, some of which are quite special. Normal drinks don't do much for Sims, but go great at parties. A nice perk to drinks is that they have a long life before going bad. You can stock up your Sim's party pad before the big bash so that Sims can enjoy. Be sure to serve a romantic mood drink to your Sim's love interest, as it may lead to a special night.
How to Learn Mixology
Mixology can be learned by attending a class at a restaurant. In Bridgeport, Steve's Business and Restaurant Complex hosts a classroom. You can learn the skill by practicing making drinks at the bar, but it's more likely you should spend the time making Mood Drinks once they become available. There are several Challenges related to Mixology, and you can work on a couple at once by focusing your efforts. Make Mood drinks and they'll add to both the Master of Mood and Poseidon Mixology skill challenges.
Hitting the Night Club Scene
If you want to work up to partying at Late Night's hot spots like Bridgeport's Prosper Room, you'll need to climb the social ladder and make your Sim a celebrity You'll need to stick to the neighborhood bars and pubs before you can hit the fancy night clubs. Practice at home so that when your Sim serves a Celebrity they gain fame. Make Unique Drinks and name them after celebrities. Try to make sure the recipe is at least nice before doing this though. A couple levels of fame go a long way toward reducing the bribes you may need to pay bouncers in order to enter better locales. While at bars, it's wise to order drinks from time to time as your Sim may learn new recipes.
Practice Makes Perfect
When your Sim unlocks their first mood drinks, there's a chance one or more of the four drinks on a tray will be bad quality and turn off a customer. Similar to Cooking's Recipes, making more of a particular drink type will increase the chance your Drinks come out higher quality.
Making Money from Mixology
Mixology isn't a money maker by any means, but it is a good way to gain fame and entry into popular night clubs. Moonlighting gives you one way to earn money as you learn the skill. Even when wiping down the bar and cleaning glasses in between orders, your Sim will gain a little experience. There are several things you can do to help your Sim make more money through tips, which I'll detail below.
Stock the Bar
Your Mixologist should stock the bar with fruits from their gardening efforts, or even the supermarket, to give Sims one more reason to lay on the dough when they tip. Through the interface, if you see a Celebrity coming, you can select the ingredients for the next drink. Ingredients like Life Fruit and Flame Fruit are the biggest winners, but quality is king. Hitting up high class places like The Prosper Room is likely to win you some decent money later down the road. Keep in mind when using ingredients that it's generally not worth using an $80 Life Fruit at a place like Waylon's Haunt or other small bar. The clientele just aren't going to tip enough to recover the cost. You can turn off automatic ingredient selection to prevent wasting valuable fruit on the average joe.
Challenges and Lifetime Rewards
Completing the Master Mixologist challenge will help raise tips. Also, you can buy the 15,000 Better Mixology Lifetime Reward, which will raise the quality of your Sim's end product. Either of these things will help to ensure customers are happy with your Sim's end product, increasing the amount of tips they receive.
Mixology Skill Levels & Drink Types
Party Drink (Level 3)
While Party Drinks don't deliver a positive moodlet like the other mood drinks, they serve to make parties better. The more party drinks are made at a party, the better that party's overall score. So, Sims like them and they're expected to be served at parties. To get a good moodlet, make one of the popular mixes in a party drink variety, as opposed to the generic unnamed Party Drink. It doesn't seem to give a moodlet. At this level, you'll need to switch to a professional bar in order to continue gaining skill levels in Mixology. Use either bars at the pubs and night clubs in town, or buy the Professional Bar Dive Edition ($1700) or Duke Professional Juice Bar ($2000).
Skill Booster Drink (Level 4)
Imbibers of the Skill Booster Drink will find skill gain rates improved for four hours. It also gives a +15 moodlet, which is helpful. This is a good one to make to increase your Mixologist's skill level. Of course, it will also help other Sims in the family to gain skills in other pursuits.
Romantic Drink (Level 5)
Grants a 2 hour In the Mood moodlet, giving +25 mood and increasing the success rate of romantic social interactions.
Create Unique Drinks (Level 6)
At level 6, your Sim gains the ability to make unique drinks, which can be made at the bar and may include mood bonuses. More helpful is the ability to name a drink after a Sim. This is a good way to help improve relations with celebrities.
Energy Drinks & Easier Entry to Night Clubs (Level 7)
Level 7 in Mixology makes it easier to get into night clubs. This may reduce the bribe for the bouncer or allow your Sim in outright. It also gives a 5 hour Wide Awake moodlet +10, which allows Sims to continue functioning even after extreme fatigue. The perfect thing to keep Sims partying late into the night.
Sorrow Annihilator (Level 8)
Gives a 2 hour +10 moodlet which wipes away sadness moodlets, like grieving and breaking up with another Sim.
Crazy Mood Drink (Level 9)
The +30 moodlet from the Crazy drink is the best for its mood boost, as it will also replenish the fun bar to full, making it even better.
Late Night Drinks List
This list will help you track down the various drinks your Sim will need to learn to complete the Professor of Drinks Mixology Challenge. Note that every bar has the Spline Reticulator drink, which is nothing special. Drinks like the Flaming Waylon offer special moodlets, such as the Waylon's +25 warm moodlet.
|Late Night Drinks List|
|Bridgeport Sports Zone||Waylon's Haunt|
|Bad Cheerleader (Romantic)||Big Mistake (Crazy)|
|Bad Referee (Regular)||Kneecapper (Regular)|
|Flaming Waylon (Party)||Llama Head (Party)|
|Hogan's Deep Fried Juice (Energy)||Morcubus Molotov (Regular)|
|Winning Streak (Sorrow Annihilator)||Sweet Hijinks (Energy)|
|Cherry Casanova (Romantic)||Feng Shui Fountain (Regular)|
|Party Popper (Party)||Kozui Kooler (Regular)|
|Shillelagh - Energy||Kyoto My Heart (Romantic)|
|Stomach Churner (Regular)||Sakura Shoji Sweetness (Party)|
|Tombstone Topper (Regular)||Sapphire Samurai (Regular)|
|Zen Zinger (Energy)|
|Alien Brain (Skill Gain)||Glow Goo (Energy)|
|KTHXBYE (Crazy)||Melted Snowman (Sorrow Annihilator)|
|Neon Breeze (Party)||Spotlight Polish (Party)|
|The Brightmore||Plasma 501|
|Band Slam (Energy)||Black Mood (Regular)|
|Fan Fizz (Regular)||Dark Energies (Energy)|
|Pink Bunny (Regular)||Deathflower Drops (Crazy)|
|Purple Gnome (Regular)||Deep Despair (Regular)|
|Rockin' Roller (Party)||Ectoplasmic Residue (Regular)|
|Falling Forever (Romantic)|
|Aquarius||The Prosper Room|
|Woohoo on the Beach (Romantic)||Aristocratic Gimlet (Party)|
|Flaming Flotsam (Party)||Pomegranate Passion (Romantic)|
|Tropic Twister (Energy)||Simoleon Sunrise (Sorrow Annihilator)|
|Barnacle Breeze (Regular)||Simsmapolitan (Regular)|
|Caribbey Cooler (Regular)||Starry Sea (Regular)|
|Vera's Glass of Sass (Energy)|
Late Night Mixology Challenges
Master of Mood
After making 200 mood drinks, your Sim's drink moodlets will last 50% longer and have a +moodlet bonus boosted by 25%.
At 500 mixed drinks total, your Sim will never again make a foul drink.
After developing 25 unique drinks, your Sim will make better quality custom drinks. Great for making friends with celebrities, giving them an outstanding or better product with practice.
After serving 60 drinks to Sims while Moonlighting at a bar or night club, your Sim will earn better tips.
Professor of Drinks
After learning 42 popular drinks from bars, your Sim can serve special custom drinks. You'll need to hit up almost every bar, pub, and night club in Bridgeport to finish this challenge. Note that sometimes it takes a couple orders before your Sim can figure out the recipe to a popular mix.