Bar Rescue

10 Worst Episodes of Bar Rescue

Bar Rescue, a reality show available on Paramount Network and first aired in 2011, follows nightlife consultant Jon Taffer as he attempts to help struggling bars turn into profitable businesses. The show has aired nine seasons so far and has become a popular favorite. Here we have ranked the worst episodes of Bar Rescue.

The show follows a general formula, as Jon Taffer visits a bar and its staff and discovers their problems. He then works with the owners and staff to come up with a solution. This can involve changes to the bar's menu, pricing, layout, and staff. Some episodes are more successful than others and are highly praised by viewers.

However, not all episodes are seen as successful or popular. Some episodes have been criticized for the lack of resolution or the changes made to the bar. These episodes have been ranked as some of the worst in the show's history. We'll take a look at these episodes and why they were so unpopular.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 13, 2023.

PS: The following content contains spoilers!

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Bar Rescue - S6E27

#10 - Don’t Cry for Me Jon Taffer (Season 6 - Episode 27)

Jon attempts to save sports bar RJ's Replays, which is full of potential but failing due to poor management, and mend the owner's relationships with his wife and parents.

The episode was rated 7.07 from 29 votes.

Bar Rescue - S8E21

#9 - Rescue on the River (Season 8 - Episode 21)


A riverside bar in Florida is struggling to stay afloat due to a manager with no experience, a staff co-mingling and a wildly out-of-line menu for their community.

The episode was rated 7.07 from 30 votes.

Bar Rescue - S4E25

#8 - Brokedown Palace (Season 4 - Episode 25)

The episode "Brokedown Palace" from Bar Rescue features Jon Taffer, who is assisted by Alexander Siddig and Iddo Goldbert, the stars of TUT, as they attempt to rescue a Moroccan bar with an identity crisis. As the name suggests, the bar is in a state of disrepair and needs some major changes to become more successful. The bar is suffering from a lack of focus and direction, and Jon Taffer and his team must act quickly to transform it into a profitable business.

The episode is sure to be an exciting one as the team assesses the bar's current situation, makes necessary changes, and helps the bar's owners gain a better understanding of how to run a successful business. With the help of Alexander Siddig and Iddo Goldbert, who bring their experience from TUT, the team is sure to make a positive impact on the bar and help it become profitable. This episode of Bar Rescue is sure to be an interesting one, as the team takes on a challenge like this for the first time.

The episode was rated 7.05 from 59 votes.

Bar Rescue - S8E33

#7 - Horseshoe Bend It Like "Bar Rescue" (Season 8 - Episode 33)


Jon heads to Horseshoe Bend, Idaho, to save a community-centered bar from going under at the hands of an absentee owner and rookie manager.

The episode was rated 7.03 from 31 votes.

Bar Rescue - S4E29

#6 - Too Many Managers, Not Enough Man (Season 4 - Episode 29)

Jon is back at it again with another episode of Bar Rescue. This time he is headed to Chicago to save a sports bar that is strugging to stay afloat. The bar is run by a team of managers who have little respect for the owner. Jon must work his magic to create a new dynamic that will bring the bar back to life.

Jon quickly sets to work diagnosing the problem and coming up with a solution. He interviews the staff, inspects the bar, and assesses the financials. After his investigation, it's clear that the bar needs to reduce the number of managers and put the owner back in charge. Jon must find a way to convince the staff to trust the owner if the bar is to be successful.

The episode was rated 7.02 from 58 votes.

Bar Rescue - S9E8

#5 - A Perla in the Rough (Season 9 - Episode 8)


Jon sends hospitality protégé, Dustin Drai, to Glendale, Arizona to rescue a local institution whose current owner is treating the bar as his personal hangout and giving away free drinks.

The episode was rated 7.00 from 12 votes.

Bar Rescue - S6E45

#4 - The Sound of Failing Music (Season 6 - Episode 45)

In "The Sound of Failing Music" episode of Bar Rescue, Jon and his team travel to affluent Aurora, Colorado to help an undisciplined singer-turned-bar-owner. This individual has allowed his bloated ego to negatively affect his business and family.

Jon and his team are tasked with the difficult job of repairing the damage caused by the bar owner's ego. The episode is sure to be an emotional one, as Jon and his team must find a way to help the bar owner understand the consequences of his actions. They will also have to find a way to restore balance within the family and bring the bar back to its former glory.

The episode was rated 7.00 from 39 votes.

Bar Rescue - S4E33

#3 - Shamrocks and Shenanigans (Season 4 - Episode 33)


A lackadaisical owner may lose more than his Irish pub if Jon isn't able to help him take charge and end the fighting among his bartenders.

The episode was rated 7.00 from 55 votes.

Bar Rescue - S6E28

#2 - Owner on the Run (Season 6 - Episode 28)

In the episode Owner on the Run from the show Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer attempts to rescue The Original Hideout in Tucson, Arizona. The owner of the bar, Ramiro, is deeply in debt and facing financial ruin. His brother Raoul, who is helping manage the bar, is overwhelmed and unable to turn things around.

Jon works to help Ramiro and Raoul to get the bar back on its feet and to turn a profit. He meets with both of them and assesses the current situation. He then sets out to restructure the bar and to bring in a new menu and updated decor. He works with the brothers to create a plan to get the bar back on track and to increase their customer base.

In the end, Jon helps Ramiro and Raoul to turn the bar around and to get out of debt. He also helps them to create a system for managing the bar and to increase their profits. The episode ends with Jon and the brothers celebrating their success and their newfound success in running and managing a successful bar.

The episode was rated 6.95 from 39 votes.

Bar Rescue - S6E16

#1 - Not Cleared for Takeoff (Season 6 - Episode 16)


In the episode of Bar Rescue titled Not Cleared for Takeoff, Jon Taffer is tasked with reviving a storied L.A. music venue that has fallen into disarray. The owner has clearly lost his passion for the business, and Jon is determined to help him reignite it.

The episode is sure to be full of drama and tension as Jon works to transform the bar and bring the owner back to life. With the help of his team, Jon will have to navigate the challenges of running a bar and help the owner regain his enthusiasm for the business. It's an inspiring journey for all involved, and a great story of how a passionate leader can make a difference.

The episode was rated 6.76 from 41 votes.

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