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“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.


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
  3. “Shabby Abbey” The Abbey Pub
  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 – chnaged to – The Bone (Reverted to Original Name)
  8. “Chumps” Champs Sports Pub
  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)
  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
  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
  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
  6. “Jon T. He Don’t Live It” The Kasbah
  7. “In a Pinch” Lona’s Wardlow Station – changed to – Lona’s City Limits Cantina
  8. “Karaoke Katastrophe” Dimples
  9. “A Horse Walks into a Bar” Kid Chilleen’s Badass BBQ – changed to – Chilleen’s on 17
  10. “Meat Sauna” Stand Up Scottsdale

Season 4 (2013)

  1. “Don’t Mess with Taffer’s Wife” Sand Dollar – changed to – Bar 702
  2. “Don’t Judge a Booze by it’s Bottle” Cashmere – changed to – Duæl
  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
  16. “Empty Bottle Full Cans” MT Bottle – changed to – Bottles and Cans
  17. “Hole in None” Fairway Golf and Grill – changed to – Brew U
  18. “Music City Mess” Boondoxxx – changed to – PB Pit and Barrel
  19. “Brawling Babes” Long Shots Sports Bar – changed to – The Badlands Country NightClub
  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
  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 (2013)

  1. “Bug Bite” Artful Dodger – changed to – P’s and Q’s AutoBod
  2. “Thugs with Mugs” Undisputed Sports Bar and Grill – changed to – SOYO
  3. “Schmuck Dynasty” Rhythym and Brews – changed to – 5th and Vine
  4. “El Moronte!” Artful Dodger – changed to – P’s and Q’s AutoBody
  5. “Bug BIte” Laguna Lounge – changed to – Tres Quatros
  6. “Anything You Can Yell, I Can Yell Louder” Jack’s Alehouse – changed to – Jack’s Fire Department
  7. “To Protect and (Over) Serve” Lickity Split – changed to – 2nd State Lounge / Alleged Bar and Pizza (changed to just 2nd State Lounge)
  8. “A Dash of Bitters” Plush – change to – Osteria Calabria (Now OC)
  9. “Swinging From The Rafters” Dirty Rooster – changed to – Lake Marie Lodge
  10. “Spoiled Brat Party” Y-Not III – changed to – Nick’s House
  11. “Irish Eyes aren’t Smiling” Packey’s Pub – changed to – Campbell’s Irish Pub

You can catch the most recent episode on SPIKE’s website.

or, Check out this clip of Bar Rescue: Taffer’s Toughest Rescues

6 thoughts on ““Bar Rescue” Episodes and Failures”

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  2. Taffer can get folks to come to a failing bar once. Management must execute the plan to keep them coming back. He left each with the tools and knowledge to be successful going forward. Mostly he fixes people. I’ve successfully managed fast food restaurants by increased sales and cost control. The concepts are the same. I had to learn it through logic guided by hard experience. Taffer’s a genius

    1. John’s good. Just watched

      Just watched Scoreboard. John is good. But I do feel he goes overboard. Come on John I know there are places that have jerks like the place that had the guy (in the picture with the cockroaches everywhere) and the people who have people stealing from them. They wouldn’t call you if they didn’t watch your show. Calm down.

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