A bar is an object that allows Sims to dispense drinks. Sims can either make single drinks for themselves, or make several drinks to share with others. Sims enjoy a boost to their fun motive when drinking the refreshing beverages.
In The Sims, there are two types of bars. There are single-tile wet bars which can only be placed on residential lots, and 2x3 bars which can only be placed on community lots. Sims can use a wet bar to have a drink, or to make six drinks. Visitors will not be able to take these drinks.
A bar placed on a community lot will spawn a bartender. When at a community lot bar, Sims can order a SimCity Soda for §5, an Island Icee for §10, or a Party Punch for §15. If counters are placed next to the bar, this will give the bartender more places to put drinks. Sims will not be able to sit at the bar, but if there are either dining booths or tables and chairs in the same room as the bar, it will also spawn a barmaid. If the player directs a Sim to sit, then clicks on the barmaid, the Sim will be able to order a drink, which the barmaid will bring to the Sim's table.
|Bachman Wood Beverage Bar
||The Sims||Buy mode||§800||1x2||What good host would entertain guests without a wood beverage bar by Bachman? Solid mahogany. Imported marble top. Built in cooler and ice maker. Kids are welcome to use it for their drinks, too.||Hunger: 1|
|Beach Boss Beverage Bar
||The Sims: Livin' Large||Buy mode||§780||1x2||Combining the freewheeling stylings of island Beach-Pop with a state of the art liquid-cooled refrigeration system, you AND your drinks can achieve maximum coolness. "Beach Boss...when one drink is never enough."||Hunger: 1|
|Whether Vain Drink Dispenser
||The Sims: House Party||Buy mode||§920||1x2||Straight from the hip Whether Vain oxygen bar, this high tech drink dispenser serves ice cold beverages chock full of anti-uglifying gasses. Detoxification. Non-inebriation. Relaxation. "Chill out" with Whether Vain.||Hunger: 1|
|Antique Saloon Drink Cabinet
||The Sims: House Party||Buy mode||§922||1x2||Looking for a unique, exciting and intellectual experience for a special celebration? How about a drink served from an authentic, antique saloon cabinet? Completely restored, everything but the brass footrail is original. Even includes ice chest. Taste, history, and mystique...all rolled into one!||Hunger: 1|
|Taste of the Vine Nectar Bar
||The Sims: Makin' Magic||Buy mode||§899||1x1||You can't very well expect your posh and overly trendy friends to chug the nectar straight from the bottle? Well, at least not at the beginning of the night anyways. So store and serve your nectar with a Taste of the Vine. Have hours of fun pretending with your friends that you know what the label on the bottle means, or what type of nectar best goes with pheasant. Who cares if you don't know what tannin is, or that you're pretty sure that nectar has never tasted like chocolate? Pick a side of the conversation and hope you don't get caught.||Room: 2|
|TransLight Bar Station
||The Sims: Hot Date||Community lot||§4,994||3x2||Don't let the attractive exterior fool you...inside this block of translucent Resinette is the most innovative beverage dispensation machinery on the market. Continuous valve timing ensures no mixing of inappropriate liquid will occur in the output flow line and the patented hybrid electric/hydraulic pumping mechanism guarantees your bartender milliliter-accurate fluid delivery in every glass.||Fun: 2|
|DTS Bar System
||The Sims: Hot Date||Community lot||§5,217||3x2||DTS Service Products Group brings the aspiring club owner and restaurateur a whole new concept in drink delivery: the bar counter! By separating clientele from bartenders, a handy emotional barrier AND serving area are combined into one attractive piece. Vintage brass rails. Saucy brass detailing. Lush wood paneling. Bring out the high spirits in your establishment, and your customers...with DTS.||Fun: 2|
|Roxy's Beach Bar
||The Sims: Vacation||Community lot||§4,499||3x2||Powerful, turboflash seltzer guns. Quiet and economical drink hydraulics. Smartly rakish beauty. Easy-to-serve drink surfaces. Beautifully tuned bartender buffers. The accolades for Roxy's Beach Bar just keep pouring in, but not as fast as your bartenders will be pouring drinks, when you install this irresistible social lubricator by your resort's pools and hot tubs.||Fun: 2|
The Sims Bustin' Out (console)
The only bar in the game is the Slush Rush Bar which is unlocked at Mimi's Place by achieving level 2 in the Fashion Victim career. Drinks made from the bar increase Sim's hunger, energy, and comfort slightly. Sims with high Cooking skill will make drinks faster. Sims will prepare four drinks every time they make drinks from the bar.
The Slush Rush Bar increases Cooking skill, and Sims learn the skill rather faster than the other Cooking skill objects in the game.[confirmation needed]
The Sims 2
In The Sims 2, all bars can be placed on either residential or community lots, have two surfaces for placing drinks, and take up 2x1 spaces, though spaces in front of and behind the bar are reserved for Sims. Bars offer either poured or blended drinks. Blended drinks cost more if bought on a community lot, but the only other difference is the appearance of the drinks.
If the bar is on a residential lot, Sims can use it to drink from a bottle, have a drink, or make a tray of four drinks. Sims may do any of these things autonomously. The "Clean Up" interaction is not available for drink trays, and the action of making them cannot be canceled. Once a Sim has started to make a tray of drinks, the only non-cheating way to get rid of them is to have Sims drink them. On a residential lot, Sims can hire a bartender to tend the bar at parties.
The base game included three bars, ranging in price from §600 to §1000. University introduced an "island bar", and more of these were included in later expansion and stuff packs. Most "island bars" are designed to match a type of island-style counter, and will mesh with that matching counter. However, an "island bar" can be extended by any type of island-style counter. If stools are placed at these counters, Sims can and will sit at the bar to drink their drinks. However, other Sims on the lot may be aware that a drink has been made, even if they are not in the room. If that happens, one of those Sims may have an autonomous "Have a Drink" reaction before the Sim who ordered the drink begins to drink it, effectively stealing the drink.
University also added a second type of NPC bartender to staff bars placed on community lots. With Open for Business installed, a bar on an owned community lot can be staffed by an employee or by a member of the owner's household. Bars on unowned lots still get an NPC bartender.
FreeTime added a nectar bar, which functioned similarly to residential bars in The Sims, and does not spawn a bartender if placed on community lots.
List of bars
||The Sims 2||Buy mode||§600||2x1||Inspired by the rounded pastel lines of 50's era public transportation, the Bachman Busbar brings the finest in beverage preparation amenities to your Sim's home in a stylish yet affordable package. It's not a party without Bachman on board!||Fun: 3|
Available colors: Yellow, Red, Purple, Green, and Gray
|Retro Lounge "High Liquidity" Juice Bar
||The Sims 2||Buy mode||§800||2x1||Mix, shake, stir, blend, and frappe in style with this elegant juice bar from Retro Lounge that puts all mocktail concoction essentials within easy reach. The High Liquidity Juice Bar provides carte blanche access to the fine art of mixology.||Fun: 3|
|Black Lacquer Bar Counter
||The Sims 2||Buy mode||§1,000||2x1||The centerpiece of a living room or fine establishment, the Black Lacquer Bar Counter from the showroom floors of Club Distress provides a friendly gathering place to share good times and delicious beverages. Its granite countertop offers a welcoming surface for Sims to pour libations, and a small refrigeration unit behind the counter keeps top-shelf stuff on the down low and away from grabbing hands.||Fun: 3|
|Way Fluid Island Bar
||The Sims 2: University||Buy mode||§1,850||2x1||Neato, Daddy-O! Your Sims will be "Outta Sight!" as they "Hang Loose" around this stylish retro bar and concoct the most "Far Out" juice blends for everyone to share. It's "Flower Power" baby, so pull up a chair and enjoy!||Fun: 3|
Countertops: Yellow, Abstract, Yellow & Orange, Turquoise & Purple, Blue
|"The Grease Stands Alone" Island Bar
||The Sims 2: Nightlife||Buy mode||§1,780||2x1||It's hard for new businesses to compete with the respect and familiarity of their more established counterparts. For this reason, "The Grease Stands Alone" Island Bar comes pre-aged with several smudges, handprints, gouges, and burn marks. This bar provides decades of credibility with only a small financial cost.||Fun: 3|
||The Sims 2: Nightlife||Buy mode||§1,850||2x1||This striking Island stands as a shiny beacon to the weary and hungry of the world, not to mention the thirsty.||Fun: 3|
|"NeonBar" by Neontrix
||The Sims 2: Nightlife||Buy mode||§2,100||2x1||What better place to have a nice juice beverage than a bar that illuminates the crotch? The NeonBar by Neontrix provides a comfortable yet chic drinking environment, all from within the glow of a delightfully phosphor-coated neon tube available in a variety of colors. It all boils down to the company motto: "At Neontrix, we'll slap neon on anything!"||Fun: 3|
|The Impossible Mission Island Bar
||The Sims 2: Open for Business||Buy mode||§1,900||2x1||Positioned strategically in a home base or reputable venue, the Impossible Mission Island Bar is one tool you will find indispensable. As any good agent knows the task of making delicious, cold beverages is one that is missing critical. This bar will not self-destruct in three minutes...three years...or three lifetimes.||Fun: 3|
|Solo Neutrino by Astro-Tops Design
||The Sims 2: Pets||Buy mode||§1,800||2x1||The Solo Neutrino demands attention as the veteran entry in Astro-Top's executive line of premium counter-ware. This friendly despot of polished potation provides partiers an intentional drink space for the casual dispensation of world domination. As for the beverage service, special titanium locks protect these precious fluids from infiltration by foreign governments.||Fun: 3|
|Beach Party Bar
||The Sims 2: Seasons||Buy mode||§1,600||2x1||It's a well-known fact that you just don't enjoy the actual beach, just the idea of it. We get it. Jellyfish, driftwood, salt-water -- all of these things terrify you more than your sister-in-law's Baked Alaska. What you need is a relaxing, fruit juicy beverage to put those fears behind you. The Beach Party Bar is a means to just that end.||Fun: 3|
|Party Hardy Open Bar
||The Sims 2: Celebration! Stuff||Buy mode||§1,400||2x1||Life is fantastic when there is a cause to celebrate! We hope that you will choose our Party Hardy Open Bar to raise your party to the next level of fantastic!||Fun: 3|
|Where's My Mini Umbrella Bar
||The Sims 2: Bon Voyage||Buy mode||§2,500||2x1||You know you've done it. You've ordered your favorite fruit smoothie and had it served to you with one of those mini umbrellas in it and you've though, "Now how small are the people that use these things?" Or maybe you've had a drink served in a pineapple and you've thought, "How useful! My juice won't get water in it if it rains!" These are serious issues, and serious issues call for a serious bar. With the "Where's My Mini Umbrella" Bar, there's a story with every pour.||Fun: 3|
|Sweetening Fruit Nectar Bar
||The Sims 2: FreeTime||Buy mode||§337||2x1||In need of something special for an upcoming party? Place one of these beauties in your home and you'll definitely please the crowd. The Sweetening Fruit Nectar Bar comes with three delicious flavors that will certainly make your mouth water.||Environment: 4|
Available colors: Light wood, medium wood
|"Ultra Serious Fan Island Bar" by AI lke Spordz
||The Sims 2: FreeTime||Buy mode||§1,700||2x1||Every real and serious sports fan needs an island bar counter. An alternative place to gather, cheer, or scream during the live sports action, which still allows others to watch TV.||Fun: 3|
||The Sims 2: FreeTime||Buy mode||§2,000||2x1||For the modern household, you need just that little extra style. The SPecial ELegance Luxury line offers everything your Sims need to look up to date when it comes to interior design. This furniture is so mesmerizing, it's guaranteed to put you under a spell!||Fun: 3|
|Surfaco Bar by Kitchensations
||The Sims 2: Kitchen & Bath Interior Design Stuff||Buy mode||§1,950||2x1||Kitchensations is used to making kitchen pieces - counters, sinks, appliances, and the like. After massive popular demand, however, they've decided to expand into other areas and their first foray is the undeniably successful Surfaco Bar. Designed to match Surfaco counters, this bar provides smooth easy-to-clean surfaces and foreboding formica looks.||Fun: 3|
|Double Wood Bar by Romantic Notions
||The Sims 2: Kitchen & Bath Interior Design Stuff||Buy mode||§2,250||2x1||A party is not a party until you've got the a [sic] stylish bar and the Double Wood Bar fits the ticket nicely. With a customizable combination of woods, this bar both entertains and impresses. Romantic Notions: always happy to be the life of the party.||Fun: 3|
|"Crank out the Beverage" Bar by You Got Muscle
||The Sims 2: Apartment Life||Buy mode||§750||2x1||There is no party complete without the "Crank out the Beverage" Bar by You Got Muscle. Start impressing all your friends with this iron-clad refreshment bar. What's your pleasure? Blended or Poured?||Fun: 3|
The Sims 3
In The Sims 3 there's only one choice of beverage from the bar: Non-alcoholic juice. Drinking gives a 'Sugar Rush' which freezes the fun moodlets for 4 hours.
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Late Night adds professional bars which are tended by mixologists and provide a larger selection of drink options. If a professional bar is placed on a residential lot, Sims can practice Mixology, which allows them to build the Mixology skill. They can also make custom drinks from the bar, starting at level six of the Mixology skill. The quality and type of drink will depend on skill level. When Sims have sufficient Mixology skill, they can moonlight at a bar for Simoleons.
"Liquid Pro Quo" Pool Bar
|"Liquid Pro Quo" Pool Bar|
|The bartender collects money, the swimmer gets a refreshing drink without leaving the cool comfort of the pool. Everybody wins!|
|Game||The Sims 3: Island Paradise|
|Price in game||§4,100|
The Sims 3: Island Paradise introduces pool bars to the game, which are placed by pools. Sims can get drinks from them while still in the pool. These will count as an amenity for resorts.
Pool bar is the first and only bar that has 3 stool chairs, which are in the pool, when bought.
The Sims 4
All bars in The Sims 4 offer the same drink selection (except for the globe bar[TS4:VGS]). The higher a Sim's Mixology skill, the more drinks they can make. Bars placed in clubs, lounges, restaurants, and bars will have a bartender to staff them and will also serve food.
- The tiki-style "island bar" included with Seasons does not mesh with the matching counter, but the tiki-style counters do not mesh except at corners. Bon Voyage, FreeTime, and Apartment Life include "island bars", but not matching counters.
- The three base game bars lack features such as spawning an NPC bartender on community lots and the ability to assign employees as bartenders. Lord Darcy's mod from ModTheSims fixed this. Note that this mod requires OFB or later, or any stuff pack other than Happy Holiday Stuff.