The Best Episodes of Bar Rescue

Last Updated: Nov 14, 2018

Bars mean money, but they also mean stress if they aren't properly run. Jon Taffer is a bar and nightclub owner who has started, flipped, or owned over 600 bars and clubs in his career and currently owns one of the most highly respected consulting firms in the bar and nightclub industry. Jon will travel around the country and employ his expertise to return struggling bars to the cash cows they once were. Everything from the science of the perfect pour, to the height of the bar stools is a key factor in making a bar the hottest place in town.

Hurricane Jon Vs Hurricane Sandy

#1 - Hurricane Jon Vs Hurricane Sandy

Season 3 - Episode 24

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.

star 8.13
53 votes
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Scoreboard To Death

#2 - Scoreboard To Death

Season 3 - Episode 33

Scoreboard Norwalk, CA Jon visits a subpar sports bar that's failing due to ownership issues and an undertrained staff. Maria Menounos and Adam Carolla are guests.

star 7.94
33 votes
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Scary Mary's

#3 - Scary Mary's

Season 3 - Episode 38

Mary's Outpost Grand Prairie, TX The lecherous owner of a dying Texas dive crosses the line with one of Taffer's experts.

star 7.93
43 votes
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Jon T, He Don't Like It

#4 - Jon T, He Don't Like It

Season 3 - Episode 6

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.

star 7.92
106 votes
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Characters Assassination

#5 - Characters Assassination

Season 3 - Episode 16

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.

star 7.90
82 votes
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Empty Pockets

#6 - Empty Pockets

Season 3 - Episode 5

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?

star 7.84
102 votes
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Turtle on Its Back

#7 - Turtle on Its Back

Season 3 - Episode 1

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?

star 7.74
115 votes
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Beach Bummer

#8 - Beach Bummer

Season 1 - Episode 4

Kilkenny's Irish Pub - Redondo Beach, CA Bar expert Jon Taffer is called to Redondo Beach, CA, to save Kilkenny’s, an Irish pub on the decline. Though bar manager Carlos threatens Jon’s method and the pub’s success, owner Allie refuses to fire him.

star 7.72
105 votes
Directors: Jay Hunter
Writers: Darrin Reed
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Don't Judge a Booze by its Bottle

#9 - Don't Judge a Booze by its Bottle

Season 3 - Episode 12

Cashmere Raleigh, NC North Carolina’s Cashmere Nightclub has a bad name, poor décor and an embarrassing manager, but when Jon learns that they are refilling premium liquor bottles with cheap booze, all hell breaks loose.

star 7.70
87 votes
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Brawlin' Babes

#10 - Brawlin' Babes

Season 3 - Episode 28

Longshots Grain Valley, MO. A sports bar with no TV’s isn’t Jon’s biggest problem at this Missouri establishment. Taffer must get brawling buckle bunny bartenders and their spineless owner to unite in one common cause: Gut the competition!

star 7.67
46 votes
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El Moronte!!

#11 - El Moronte!!

Season 4 - Episode 4

Laguna Lounge - Jersey City, NJ A passionate Puerto Rican bar owner berates his staff and sons as the bar sinks further into debt. Can Taffer deflate the owner's ego in order to save his bar?

star 7.67
109 votes
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Muscle Madness

#12 - Muscle Madness

Season 3 - Episode 39

The End Zone Sports Bar & Grill Houston, TX Two muscle-bound meatheads can't see pec-to-pec on how to run their Houston bar. Now, their tempers and testosterone threaten to tear their friendship apart.

star 7.66
38 votes
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Bottomless Pit

#13 - Bottomless Pit

Season 2 - Episode 5

Olive Pit - Orange, CA Bar expert Jon Taffer has his hands full with a failing dive bar in Orange, CA. When he discovers the owner is incapable of running the bar, Jon must pin his hopes on the owner’s untested but eager daughter.

star 7.66
110 votes
Writers: Darrin Reed
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Barely Above Water

#14 - Barely Above Water

Season 3 - Episode 20

Marley's On The Beach Warwick, RI Taffer makes two bars out of one in an attempt to save both a beachfront bar in Warwick, Rhode Island, and the owner’s marriage.

star 7.65
81 votes
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There Will Be Family Blood

#15 - There Will Be Family Blood

Season 6 - Episode 19

An owner staffs his entire bar with only his relatives, causing friction straight down family lines.

star 7.65
31 votes
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Beer and Loathing in Las Vegas

#16 - Beer and Loathing in Las Vegas

Season 3 - Episode 19

The Hammer Las Vegas, NV Hammers is a watering hole for blue-collar locals, owned and operated by two classically trained chefs and former friends. Taffer arrives to discover that both their business and their friendship appear beyond repair.

star 7.64
87 votes
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Close, But No Cigar

#17 - Close, But No Cigar

Season 6 - Episode 2

Havana Mix Cigar - Memphis, TN When an old-school Memphis cigar man takes a stab at the bar business, he discovers hiring his millennial son wasn't quite what he had expected.

star 7.64
115 votes
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Grandpa Got Run Over by His Grandkids

#18 - Grandpa Got Run Over by His Grandkids

Season 3 - Episode 23

Kerry's Sports Pub Las Vegas, NV William invested $4 million on a Vegas bar to secure his kids & grandkids’ futures. In return they use it as their private boozing & breeding grounds, wasting millions in the process. Can Jon turn this family tragedy around?

star 7.64
61 votes
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Bro's Got to Geaux

#19 - Bro's Got to Geaux

Season 3 - Episode 3

TJ Quills New Orleans, LA Bar Expert Jon Taffer must rescue a rundown college bar with a bad reputation for serving minors. But can he get the owner and his bartender buddies to ditch their frat boy ways and focus on the business?

star 7.64
102 votes
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Tiki Curse

#20 - Tiki Curse

Season 2 - Episode 2

The Bamboo Beach Tiki Bar - Fort Lauderdale, FL Located on a prime stretch of beach, The Bamboo Beach Tiki Bar is still failing. Can Bar Expert Jon Taffer get a bevy of beautiful barmaids to fix this oceanfront eyesore instead of working on their suntans?

star 7.63
120 votes
Writers: Darrin Reed
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Grow Some Meatballs!

#21 - Grow Some Meatballs!

Season 3 - Episode 34

The Tailgate Santa Clarita, CA At a family run bar, a brother and sister are locked in conflict with their explosive father. But while Taffer struggles to train an inexperienced staff, disaster is about to ignite in the kitchen.

star 7.63
30 votes
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Bad to the Bone

#22 - Bad to the Bone

Season 1 - Episode 7

The Chicken Bone - Framingham, MA Bar expert Jon Taffer heads to Boston to help Bill, the owner of The Chicken Bone, avoid financial ruin. Bill, a former customer who took over the Bone, learned the hard way that running a bar is much tougher than it looks.

star 7.63
95 votes
Directors: Jay Hunter
Writers: Darrin Reed
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On the Rocks

#23 - On the Rocks

Season 2 - Episode 9

Rocks - Laguna Niguel, CA Bar expert Jon Taffer must save a failing former smoker’s haven in Laguna Niguel, California from burning out for good. However, the bar’s gang of hard-drinking regulars aren’t about to give up...

star 7.62
87 votes
Writers: Darrin Reed
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Owner Ousted

#24 - Owner Ousted

Season 2 - Episode 8

Win, Place, or Show - Fairfield, OH Bar expert Jon Taffer must rescue a bar owned by a former Naval Officer from total ruin. But when Jon discovers one of the owners isn’t pulling his weight, Jon shows him the door.

star 7.62
95 votes
Writers: Darrin Reed
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Don't Mess With Taffer's Wife

#25 - Don't Mess With Taffer's Wife

Season 3 - Episode 11

Sand Dollar Las Vegas, NV An aggressive Las Vegas bar owner tries to pick up Nicole Taffer, sending Jon into a rage. Can he set this owner’s wandering eyes straight and save a once famous blues bar without coming to blows first?

star 7.62
95 votes
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