“Bar Rescue” Episodes and Failures

I’ve been hooked on Bar Rescue since it first came out. It’s another show like Kitchen Nightmares where the host, Jon Taffer, turns over a bar that’s not doing hot and tries to set them up for success. It’s always the same formula: Hidden survellience of the bar. Some screaming at the employees for how shitty of a job they’re doing, introduce new menu/design/drink list and relaunch the new concept.


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I always think of what happens with these places after the cameras and hype are gone. They all apparently do pretty well the first month after their relaunch but then the numbers go back to what they were originally. This is a list of the episodes showing which bars went are still open, changed back to their original name or closed their doors. Surprisingly, only a few shut down shop out of a good list of bars, and the majority seem to have stuck with it and gone on.



Season 1 (2011)

  1. “Fallen Angels” Angel’s Sport’s Bar – changed to – Racks Billiards and Bourbon
  2. “Downey’s and Out” Downey’s Irish Pub (Kept Original Name)
  3. “Shabby Abbey” The Abbey Pub (Kept Original Name)
  4. “Beach Bummer” Kilkenny’s Irish Pub – changed to – Breakwall (Out Of Business)
  5. “Swanky Trouble” Swanky Bubbles – changed to – Sheer (Reverted to Original Name and Went out of Business)
  6. “The Blue Frog Sings the Blues” The Blue Frog 22 – changed to – The Local (Changed to Blue Frog’s Local 22)
  7. “Bad to the Bone” The Chicken Bone – changed to – The Bone (Out of Business) Thanks to Randy!
  8. “Chumps” Champs Sports Pub (Kept Original Name)
  9. “Bar Fight” The Canyon Inn – changed to – The Canyon Saloon (Reverted to Original Name)
  10. “Hogtied Ham’s” Angry Ham’s Garage – changed to – Octane (Reverted to Original Name)

Season 2 (2012)

  1. “Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Dumb” Piratz Tavern – changed to – Corporate Bar & Grill (Reverted to Original Name and Went out of Business)
  2. “Tiki Curse” The Bamboo Beach Tiki Bar – changed to – Bamboo Beach Club and Tiki Bar
  3. “Murphy’s Mess” J.A.Murphy’s – changed to – Murphy’s Law (Out of Business)
  4. “Mystique or Murder?” Mystique Lounge – changed to – Aura Nightclub (Out of Business)
  5. “Bottomless Pit” The Olive Pit – changed to – The O.P.
  6. “Brokeback Black Sheep” The Black Sheep – changed to – The Public House
  7. “Weber’s of Lies” Weber’s Place – changed to – Weber’s Rum Bar and Grill (Out of Business)
  8. “Owner Ousted” Win, Place or Show – changed to – America Live (Out of Business)
  9. “On the Rocks” Rocks – changed to – Power Plant (Changed to The Rocks Laguna Niguel)
  10. “Bikini Bust” Extremes – changed to – Second Base

Season 3 (2013)

  1. “Turtle on Its Back” Turtle Bay – changed to – Spirits on Bourbon
  2. “Rock and Roaches” Headhunters – changed to – Metal and Lace (Out of Business)
  3. “Bro’s Got to Geaux” TJ Quills – changed to – The Annex
  4. “Teers for Beers” The Brixton – changed to – Rocket Room 6 (Reverted to Original Name)
  5. “Empty Pockets” Zanzabar – changed to – Solids and Stripes (Combined Both Names)
  6. “Jon T. He Don’t Live It” The Kasbah (Kept Original Name)
  7. “In a Pinch” Lona’s Wardlow Station – changed to – Lona’s City Limits Cantina
  8. “Karaoke Katastrophe” Dimples (Out of Business)
  9. “A Horse Walks into a Bar” Kid Chilleen’s Badass BBQ – changed to – Chilleen’s on 17
  10. “Meat Sauna” Stand Up Scottsdale – changed to – The Laugh Factory (Reverted to Original Name)

Season 3 continued (2013-2014)

  1. “Don’t Mess with Taffer’s Wife” Sand Dollar – changed to – Bar 702 (New Owners)
  2. “Don’t Judge a Booze by it’s Bottle” Cashmere – changed to – Duæl (Out of Business)
  3. “2 Flew Over the Handlebars” Handlebar Cafe – changed to – Handlebar and Grill
  4. “There’s No Crying the Bar Business” Barlow’s – changed to – The Comeback
  5. “Play Some Janet Jackson” Gipsy – changed to – South Beach Las Vegas (Out of Business)
  6. “Characters Assassination” Characters Quarters – changed to – MoonRunner’s Saloon
  7. “Corking the Hole” Cliques – changed to – 22 Klicks
  8. “A Bar Full of Bull” Libad’s Bar and Grille – changed to – Libad’s Seaside Tavern
  9. “Beer and Loathing in Las Vegas” The Hammer – changed to – Hammer and Ales
  10. “Barely Above Water” Marley’s on the Beach – changed to – St. Michelle’s Beach Club (Out of Business)
  11. “Crappy Cantina” Rocky Point Cantina – changed to – Havana Cabana (Out of Business)
  12. “Jon of the Dead” The Underworld – changed to – The End
  13. “Grandpa Got Run Over by His Grandkids” Kerry’s Sports Pub – changed to – Bacon Bar
  14. “Hurricane Jon vs. Hurricane Sandy” Bungalow Bar – changed to – Bungalow Bar and Restaurant
  15. “Drunk & Dirty Dolls” Alibi – changed to – Garnet Lounge (Out of Business)
  16. “Empty Bottle Full Cans” MT Bottle – changed to – Bottles and Cans
  17. “Hole in None” Fairway Golf and Grill – changed to – Brew U (Out of Business)
  18. “Music City Mess” Boondoxxx – changed to – PB Pit and Barrel (Out of Business)
  19. “Brawling Babes” Long Shots Sports Bar – changed to – The Badlands Country NightClub (Out of Business)
  20. “Twin vs Twin” R.G’s Lounge – change to – BARcode
  21. “Hostile Takeover” O’ Banion’s Bar & Grill – changed to – Sorties Tavern
  22. “Critters and Quitters” KC’s Bar and Grill – changed to – Johnson County Line (Reverted to Original Name)
  23. “Punch-Drunk & Trailer-Trashed” The O’Face Bar (First Time Ever Leaving a Bar)
  24. “Scoreboard to Death” Scoreboard – changed to – Agave Junction Cantina
  25. “Grow Some Meatballs” The Tailgate – changed to – The Shot Exchange (Sold to New Owners)
  26. “Taxed Out in Texas” Bryant’s Ice House – changed to – The Wildcatter Saloon
  27. “When Life Doesn’t Hand You Lemons” Pat’s Cocktails (Kept Original Name)
  28. “I Smell A Rat” Oasis Hookah Bar – changed to – Taza Nightclub
  29. “Scary Mary’s” Mary’s Outpost – changed to – Thirsty’s Roadside Bar
  30. “Muscle Madness” The End Zone Bar and Grill – changed to – Houston Sports Hub

Season 4 (2014)

  • “Bug Bite” Artful Dodger – changed to – P’s and Q’s AutoBod
  • “Thugs with Mugs” Undisputed Sports Bar and Grill – changed to – SOYO
  • “Schmuck Dynasty” Rhythym and Brews – changed to – 5th and Vine
  • “El Moronte!” Artful Dodger – changed to – P’s and Q’s AutoBody
  • “Bug BIte” Laguna Lounge – changed to – Tres Quatros
  • “Anything You Can Yell, I Can Yell Louder” Jack’s Alehouse – changed to – Jack’s Fire Department
  • “To Protect and (Over) Serve” Lickity Split – changed to – 2nd State Lounge / Alleged Bar and Pizza (Changed to just 2nd State Lounge)
  • “A Dash of Bitters” Plush – change to – Osteria Calabria (Out of Business)
  • “Swinging From The Rafters” Dirty Rooster – changed to – Lake Marie Lodge
  • “Spoiled Brat Party” Y-Not III – changed to – Nick’s House
  • “Irish Eyes aren’t Smiling” Packey’s Pub – changed to – Campbell’s Irish Pub
  • “Second Base, Third Strike” Second Base – (Not Rescued)
  • “Crayons and Angels” Underground Wonder Bar – changed – Clear Bar (Reverted to Original Name)
  • “Beach Rats” Toucan’s Oceanside Bar & Grill – changed to – Bonny and Read’s
  • “All Twerk and No Pay” Heat Restaurant and Lounge – changed to – Ele (Closed)
  • “Bro-mancing The Stone” Sandbar Sports Grill – changed to – The Hot Rock (Reverted to Original Name)
  • “Storming The Castle” Friar Tucks – changed to – Stein Haus Brau and Brats
  • “Lagers and Liars” The Los Angeles Brewing Company – changed to – L.A. Brew Co. (Closed)
  • “Loose Lips Loose Tips” The Holding Company – changed to – The Patriot House
  • “Mandala Down” Mandala Lounge – changed to – The 38th Floor
  • “Sticky Situation” Park 77 – changed to – The Lister
  • “Take Me Out To The Bar Game” The Bullpen Bar – changed to – Oak Tavern
  • “Emergency Exit” Murphy’s Law Irish Pub – changed to – Money Bar (Reverted to Original Name)
  • “It’s Always Sunny In Portland” Six Point Inn – changed to – Over Easy Bar and Breakfast
  • “Brokedown Palace” The Palace – changed to – Menara (Reverted to Original Name)
  • “Ant’s With Wings” Tonic Lounge – changed to – Panic Room
  • “Put A Cork In It” Brix Sunset Beach – changed to – Pacific Coast Wine Bar (Reverted to Original Name)
  • “Too Many Managers, Not Enough Man” Pro’s Sports Bar – changed to – BR Steak
  • “Jon Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost” Myerz Pour House – changed to – The Study
  • “Til Debt Do Us Part” Caribe Night Club – changed to – La Luz Ultra Lounge
  • “Shamrocks and Shenanigans” – Molly Malone’s – changed to – The Way Point Saloon
  • “Blowin’ Royal Smoke” Royal Oaks (Same Name)
  • “Sour Lemons & Bitter Business” Martini Brothers Burger Bar – changed to – The Federal
  • “Ripper’s Rookie House” Ripper’s Rock House – changed to – Tim Owens’ Traveler’s Tavern


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