John Marston enjoying a shot from Dewey Greenwood.

Drinking plays an important social function in the American West at the time of Red Dead Redemption 2 and Red Dead Redemption (1899-1914).

Red Dead Redemption

Players can buy a drink for only $2. However, depending on the player's decision during the stranger side-mission "The Prohibitionist", this price will change in to either $4 or $1.

Furthermore, if Marston has obtained the fame rank of "Gunslinger", drinks will be free of charge at any bar, no matter the player's decision in "The Prohibitionist".

Alcoholic drinks, such as whiskey and bourbon, are more popular in the United States territories, while tequila is more popular in Mexico

After the player drinks five or six times in a row, Marston will begin to stumble while walking, and falls very easily during a period of time. Sporadically, Marston gets blackouts, falling to the ground and lying still for some time. If Marston returns to the bar immediately after sobering up, it may take fewer drinks to get drunk once more.

While drunk, the player must take caution, as it is very easy to upset a patron and get invited to a duel.

It should be noted that the sobering-up period can vary drastically from instance to instance. Marston may fall over once and then get back up sober, or it may take him more than a few minutes. It can take as little as 10 seconds or as long as five minutes. Whether or not this depends on any certain factors is still unclear.

Red Dead Redemption 2

The act of drinking is expanded in Redemption 2. Arthur/John can purchase a bottle of beer or a shot of whiskey in any saloon. Players can also carry bottled spirits in the satchel, to consume at the player's leisure; aged pirate rum, moonshine, gin, Guarma rum, fine brandy, and Kentucky bourbon.


Red Dead Redemption

  • If the player is wearing the Bandana, whoever the bartender is, he will refuse to serve the player.
  • To keep from falling, you can tap A (Xbox) or X (PS3) repeatedly. However, this will not stop Marston from eventually blacking out.
  • When using the "Hic" cheat, Marston will remain drunk until the cheat is deactivated.
    • If Marston has his weapon drawn before ordering a drink, he will draw it immediately after the player finishes drinking, even if he is drunk. This may cause other patrons to draw their weapons as a precaution.
    • While his weapon is drawn in this state. Marston can enter Dead Eye Targeting, even though he is unable to aim or shoot while he is drunk
  • Different spirits are requested randomly, and vary depending on whether Marston is in the USA or Mexico. Regardless, bartenders always serve a nondescript bottle of brown liquor.
    • Rum and brandy can be requested in both countries.
    • Whiskey, bourbon and gin are only ever requested in the USA.
    • Tequila and pulque only appear available in Mexico.

Red Dead Redemption 2

  • In saloons, beer always costs $0.50, but whiskey sometimes costs $1.


Saloon Town Region Game
Doyle's Tavern Saint Denis Lemoyne RDR2
Bastille Saloon
Rhodes Parlour House Rhodes
Old Light Saloon Van Horn Trading Post New Hanover
Keane's Saloon Valentine
Smithfield's Saloon
Blackwater Saloon Blackwater West Elizabeth RDR & RDR2
Thieves' Landing Saloon Thieves' Landing New Austin RDR
Armadillo Saloon Armadillo RDR & RDR2
Tumbleweed Saloon Tumbleweed RDR2
Rathskeller Fork Saloon Rathskeller Fork RDR
Casa Madrugada Saloon Casa Madrugada Nuevo Paraíso
Chuparosa Saloon Chuparosa
Escalera Saloon Escalera

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