Stardew Valley Gus Guide

Can you date the bartender?

There are many different villagers you can interact with in Stardew Valley, many of whom are villagers who are able to be romanced. Even the villagers that can't be romanced offer valuable friendship, gifts, and perks. Where does Gus, the trusty town bartender, fit in? Find out below what to gift Gus, who he is, the quests you can receive from him, and everything else you need to know about Gus in Stardew Valley.

Who is Gus in Stardew Valley?

Gus is the local bartender/tavern owner of the Stardrop Saloon in Pelican Town. He is especially known for his consistency, kind nature, and cheerful demeanor. Aside from some random days and special events, Gus is mainly confined to the Stardrop Saloon.

Is Gus romanceable in Stardew Valley?

Any players who take a special liking to Gus may want him as a marriage candidate in Stardew Valley. Sadly, this is not possible. Gus is not a romanceable character in Stardew Valley. You are able to reach a high level of friendship with him, but never romance.

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Gus Schedule Stardew Valley

All characters in Stardew Valley follow a schedule that will tell you exactly where they hang out day-to-day. Some characters have erratic schedules, but Gus is mostly predictable. Any variances in his schedule are mostly minor, with only a couple of exceptions.

8am - 12pmNormal, Rainy DaysIn his backroom at Saloon
8:30am - 11amMondaysPierre's General Store
8am - 11:40amAlex 14-Heart Event on SundayIn his backroom at Saloon
8am - 10:30amFall Day 4In his backroom at Saloon
8am - 8:30amTuesdays when Community Center is FixedIn his backroom at Saloon
8:30am - 12:30pmTuesdays when Community Center is FixedAt Community Center Kitchen
10:30am - 4pm Fall Day 4At Clinic
12pm - 12amNormal, Mondays, Rainy Days, Alex 14-Heart Event on SundayTending Bar or Cleaning Glasses at the Stardrop Saloon
12:30pm - 12amTuesdays when Community Center is FixedTending Bar or Cleaning Glasses at the Stardrop Saloon
4:00pm - 12amFall Day 4Tending Bar or Cleaning Glasses at the Stardrop Saloon

Stardew Valley Gus Gift Guide

There are tons of gift options to be selected from when deciding what to give Gus. But many of these choices could work against you, so you must select your gifts for Gus carefully. Gifts are divided into Loves, Likes, Neutrals, Dislikes, and Hates.


When you give a loved gift to Gus, it will significantly add to your Friendship Points with him:

  • Diamond
  • Escargot
  • Fish Taco
  • Golden Pumpkin
  • Magic Rock Candy
  • Orange
  • Rabbit's Foot
  • Prismatic Shard
  • Tropical Curry


If you give a liked gift to Gus, it will add moderately to the Friendship Points you have for him:

  • All Artisan Goods (Except for Oil & Void Mayonnaise
  • All Cooking (Except for Bread, Fried Egg, Strange Bun, and Seafoam Pudding)
  • All Flowers (Except for Poppy)
  • All Foraged Minerals (Except for Quartz)
  • All Gems (Except for Prismatic Shard, which is loved)
  • All Tree Fruits (Except for Banana & Mango)
  • All Vegetables (Except for Hops, Tea Leaves, Wheat, and Unmilled Rice)
  • Daffodil
  • Life Elixir
  • Maple Syrup
  • Piña Colada


Neutral gifts given to Gus don't add to your Friendship Points for Gus, nor do they take away from the points:

  • All Eggs (Except for Void Egg)
  • All Milk
  • All Non-Tree Fruits (Except for Salmonberry)
  • Bread
  • Chanterelle
  • Clam
  • Common Mushroom
  • Coral
  • Dandelion
  • Duck Feather
  • Fried Egg
  • Ginger
  • Hazlenut
  • Hops
  • Leek
  • Magma Cap
  • Morel
  • Nautilus Shell
  • Purple Mushroom
  • Rainbow Shell
  • Roe
  • Squid Ink
  • Snow Yam
  • Sweet Gem Berry
  • Tea Leaves
  • Truffle
  • Wheat
  • Winter Root
  • Wool


If you give a disliked gift to Gus, it will take a moderate amount of Friendship Points away from his current total:

  • All Artifacts
  • All Building Materials
  • All Bombs
  • All Fences
  • All Fertilizer
  • All Fish
  • All Geodes & Geode Minerals
  • All Seeds
  • All Sprinklers
  • All Tackle
  • All Paths & Crafted Floors
  • Salmonberry
  • Wild Horseradish


When you give Gus a hated gift, a notable amount of Friendship Points will be removed:

  • All Bait
  • All Fossils
  • All Monster Loot (Except for Solar Essence & Void Essence)
  • All Trash (Except for Driftwood)
  • Artifact Trove
  • Bug Steak
  • Carp
  • Copper Ore
  • Crab Pot
  • Dragontooth
  • Drum Block
  • Energy Tonic
  • Error Item
  • Explosive Ammo
  • Fairy Dust
  • Flute Block
  • Grass Starter
  • Green Algae
  • Golden Coconut
  • Hay
  • Iron Ore
  • Journal Scrap
  • Monster Musk
  • Muscle Remedy
  • Oil of Garlic
  • Poppy
  • Qi Seasoning
  • Radioactive Bar & Ore
  • Rain Totem
  • Red Mushroom
  • Sap
  • Sea Urchin
  • Seafoam Pudding
  • Seaweed
  • Secret Note
  • Slime Egg
  • Snail
  • Strange Bun
  • Sugar
  • Torch
  • Treasure Chest
  • Void Mayonnaise
  • Warp Totems
  • White Algae
  • Coleslaw
  • Holly
  • Quartz

Stardew Valley - Gus Heart Events

Heart Events are happenings that occur after reaching a certain level of Friendship/Relationship with a person in Stardew Valley. For Gus, there are four Heart Events that you'll have the opportunity to experience. Two are through the mail and another two require you to travel to the Saloon after reaching the needed Heart Level.

Heart LevelReward/Event
Three HeartsSalmon Dinner Recipe in the mail
Four HeartsGet Pam to pay bar tab (requires level 2 friendship with Pam)
Five HeartsMini-Jukebox & Recipe for Mini-Jukebox
Seven HeartsCranberry Sauce Recipe in the mail

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Gus Quests in Stardew Valley

When playing Stardew Valley, you'll get some opportunities to aid Gus by bringing him some items. You'll receive money, friendship points, and/or items in return. These quests will either appear on specific dates or at random times:

Bring Lobster to GusFall 6, Year 2, Letter in Mail500g and +1 Friendship Heart
Bring an Albacore to GusWinter 26, Letter in Mail400g and +1 Friendship Heart
Bring a Coconut to GusWinter 19, Year 2, Letter in Mail600g and +1 Friendship Heart
Bring an Item to GusRandom, Board outside Pierre's3x Item's Value and +150 Friendship Points
Bring 24 Eggs to GusRandom, Mayor's Special Orders Board3,000g and Mini-Fridge

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