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For some odd reason, I find the American reality TV show Bar Rescue interesting and fun to watch despite the fact that I am not all that much of a bar patron.
I always liked TV reality shows about fixers uppers and pioneers consulting businesses to make them become profitable and successful, mainly because there is a certain sense of predictability in them, and they encourage us to improve things we own. However, Bar Rescue is a unique concept, because the targetted “ruins” that the show has to bring back to life are bars, pubs, and nightclubs which often also serve food along with wide selections of beers and spirits, hence it is an intriguing mixture.
Of course, the host of the show has to be a person who is tough and possesses some serious background in the bar business since it is known to be a harsh business filled with intoxicated people of both sexes and bouncers to keep them at bay! (bar brawl vs bar crawl, I think one leads to another “hold one, sounds like a good idea for a reality show”). This reality made Jon Taffer the perfect host of this show, and indeed he is a toughie and does not hesitate to express himself with absolute sincerity to the owners of the targetted struggling bars for rescue, (it has to be his way or the highway).
Taffer is a natural businessman, he came from a family of entrepreneurs, and of course, he was already famous before Bar Rescue, especially among NFL fans for his contribution to the invention of the NFL Sunday Ticket, which among other things contributed to making bars and pubs the place to go in order to catch alive NFL game.
I honestly was expecting what I am about to say when I began watching Bar Rescue. It is a real-life drama show with some action and of course, some comedy too. Jon Taffer can be hilarious with his down to reality quotes, the different bar owners and their staff are always entertaining and in conflict with Taffer who can be very very blunt and maybe a little too bossy.
I was surprised when I found that the original show was created by the Dutch production company Eyesworks back in 2010 and eventually picked up by the film and TV production giant MTV Entertainment Studios in 2011 because I reckoned that some bar nut invented it. Now in its eight-season and with more than 200 episodes later, it has become one of the most-watched reality shows, (you can catch it on Spike TV or a streaming service).
Every bar or pub means a different setting and a whole different cast except for Taffer and his team, sometimes patrons also become unintended actors. The overall good quality of the show is a direct result of intensive focus on the audience's needs and great knowledge of the bar scene and culture. The team of producers: Todd Nelson, Dj Nurre, and Katy Dierks conquered and turned Bar Rescue into a show that will be remembered for success and longevity among other things. The show was created by Darrin Reed, a successful television, film producer, and writer.
If you like Gordon Ramsay reality shows such as Kitchen Nightmares and Hotel Hell, then you will definitely relate to Bar Rescue. And just like Gordon Ramsay is controversial, so is Jon Taffer. To many, they are both heroes helping struggling businesses succeed and providing real-life education on how to succeed, however, both are also perceived by many as a little too angry and arrogantly self-righteous.
Bar Rescue is definitely the show where you will see some of the best bars ever and also some of the most horrendous nightmarish bars too. It is simply fun and I do not mind it even a bit.
Sophie ☕️🍰 - jun 05, 2022
SandTown Pub – Atlanta, GA – In the heart of Atlanta, Jon helps an owner seize her second chance in life by saving her struggling bar and managing her staff.
The episode was rated 8.29 from 17 votes.
VFW Post 10054 – Pahrump, NV – Jon goes to VFW Post 10054 in Pahrump, Nevada, where beloved Commander Marty is stepping down to care for his ailing wife, and Steve, his less-experienced replacement, must learn the ropes.
The episode was rated 8.24 from 33 votes.
Bungalow Bar Rockaway Beach, NY It’s the biggest rescue in series history: resurrect the hurricane battered Bungalow Bar in Rockaway Beach, NY. But with the summer season fast approaching, Jon races to repair the structure & retrain the staff in time.
The episode was rated 8.12 from 57 votes.
OFace Bar Council Bluffs, IA A dysfunctional family’s feuding pushes Jon Taffer to the limit. Will their outrageous antics force Jon into an extreme decision?
The episode was rated 8.10 from 40 votes.
La Casona Bar and Grill – Las Vegas, NV – Jon rescues the owners of a historic Las Vegas Mexican restaurant who have a lot of heart but not enough business acumen to keep their dream of being successful restaurateurs alive.
The episode was rated 8.02 from 41 votes.
Characters Quarters Garner, NC Characters Quarters might be the worst bar concept ever, but it’s only 1 of the problems Jon must overcome at this confused establishment run by a family of Yankees in heart of Dixie.
The episode was rated 8.02 from 88 votes.
Kasbah Aurora, CO 10 years ago, The Kasbah Lounge in Aurora, Colorado was an urban hotspot. Now it is a relic. Bar Expert Jon Taffer must breathe new life into this dying nightclub otherwise it will become extinct for good.
The episode was rated 8.00 from 110 votes.
Oasis Hookah Bar Omaha, NE Oasis Hookah Bar is in dire straits. They serve toxic drinks and have terrible service. To top it all off, there's a dead rat somewhere in the building, but nobody knows where.
The episode was rated 7.98 from 50 votes.
Zanzibar Denver, CO Bar Expert Jon Taffer must rescue a pool hall in Denver from closing, but a prideful immigrant owner stands in his way. Can Jon help him fulfill his American Dream or will it continue to be a nightmare?
The episode was rated 7.96 from 112 votes.
VFW Post 6216 - Albuquerque, NM * Jon sets out on a rescue close to his heart when he attempts to boost membership and raise funds for a struggling New Mexico VFW post.
The episode was rated 7.92 from 59 votes.
G. Willickers – Arlington, TX – After losing their father and stepmom, three sisters find themselves unexpectedly owning a bar that they never learned how to run.The episode was rated from 19 votes.
Jon heads to Phoenix, AZ to help a veteran bar owner who's borrowed money from her entire family to fund her failing business.The episode was rated from 42 votes.
An inexperienced bar owner calls on Jon after hiring a hard-partying manager with no industry knowledge to run Broadway Club in Tooele, Utah.The episode was rated from 50 votes.
Badlands – Las Vegas, NV – Badlands Saloon is a Las Vegas institution proudly serving the LGBTQ+ community, but the owners need Jon's help after the COVID-19 pandemic brings down their business.The episode was rated from 32 votes.
Jon heads to the Silver Dollar in Chula Vista, CA, where the unresolved tensions between the father and son owners have led to operational issues and neglect.The episode was rated from 46 votes.
Ninja Karaoke – Las Vegas, NV – Jon helps the young married owners of Ninja Karaoke in Las Vegas rebound from the effects of the pandemic and get their business -- and their dream of starting a family -- back on track.The episode was rated from 28 votes.
Ace's Sports Hanger – The Colony, TX – Jon heads to Texas to help a husband and wife rescue their failing bar and learn how to be better partners in business.The episode was rated from 22 votes.
Turtle Bay New Orleans, LA For a bar to fail on Bourbon Street in New Orleans it takes a special kind of incompetence. Can bar expert Jon Taffer get these delusional owners to ditch their copy-cat ways and start thinking for themselves?The episode was rated from 125 votes.
A retired Vietnam vet bought a bar and bowling center as a tribute to his father, but the business is heading into the gutter. Now, his family's legacy is at stake, as his business is in danger of shutting down for good.The episode was rated from 65 votes.
Paradise Cantina - Las Vegas, NV – The owner of Paradise Cantina in Las Vegas lost nearly everything trying to keep his party bar afloat during the pandemic, but Jon suspects there may have been problems before lockdown.The episode was rated from 64 votes.
Last updated: sep 16, 2022
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