The BEST Episodes of Bar Rescue
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Sep 20, 2021
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.
#1 - A Commander and His Post
Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 11, 2021
VFW Post 10054 – Las Vegas, 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.
#2 - Characters Assassination
Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Aug 11, 2013
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.
#3 - Hurricane Jon Vs Hurricane Sandy
Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired Oct 27, 2013
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.
#4 - Hogtied Ham's
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 25, 2011
Angry Ham's Garage - Framingham, MA Bar expert Jon Taffer attempts to save automotive-themed Angry Ham’s Garage from stalling out. Rowdy owners and stonewalling city officials are all lurking right under the hood.
#5 - Anything You Can Yell, I Can Yell Louder
Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 2, 2014
Jack's Ale House - Sunnyside, NY Three loud-mouthed firefighting brothers struggle to keep their Queens bar afloat. Can Taffer calm the sparks before this family implodes?
#6 - Don't Judge a Booze by its Bottle
Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Jul 14, 2013
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.
#7 - A Bar to Take Pride In
Season 8 - Episode 7 - Aired Jun 27, 2021
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.
#8 - Ninja Karaoke's Swan Song
Season 8 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 1, 2021
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.
#9 - We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat
Season 4 - Episode 46 - Aired May 15, 2016
#10 - Meat Sauna
Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 14, 2013
Stand Up Scottsdale Scottsdale, AZ Bad ventilation cause hot, moist burger smoke to fill Scottsdale’s least funny comedy club. Jon Taffer arrives to clear the air and use proven bar techniques to create bigger laughs and bigger profits for the troubled owners.
#11 - Don't Mess With Taffer's Wife
Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Jul 7, 2013
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?
#12 - I Smell A Rat
Season 3 - Episode 38 - Aired Apr 27, 2014
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.
#13 - A Horse Walks Into a Bar
Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 7, 2013
Kid Chilleen's Black Canyon City, AZ Horses defecating inside this Arizona bar are the least of Jon Taffer’s problems. He must contend with drunk owners, a family in turmoil, and a bank foreclosure if he hopes to save this business.
#14 - Tiki Curse
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 29, 2012
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?
#15 - A Bar Full of Bull
Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired Aug 25, 2013
Libad's New Bedford, MA A rickety mechanical bull fails to attract customers in this salty New England whaling community. Can Jon right this ship and prevent two siblings from sinking the bar and their father’s retirement?
#16 - The Mother of All Failures
Season 7 - Episode 16 - Aired Sep 13, 2020
Armadillo Grill - Phoenix, AZ – Jon is at The Armadillo Grill in Phoenix, AZ, to help its beloved owner Brenda who is in over her head and oblivious to a filthy kitchen that is hazardous to both employees and patrons.
#17 - Turtle on Its Back
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 10, 2013
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?
#18 - The Gaslamp Redemption
Season 7 - Episode 15 - Aired Sep 6, 2020
Jolt'n Joes Gaslamp - San Diego, CA – When the owner of Jolt'n Joe's in San Diego was diagnosed with cancer, he began leaning on his manager, but a broken promise over sweat equity threatens to run the bar into the ground.
#19 - Viva La Casona
Season 8 - Episode 5 - Aired Jun 13, 2021
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.
#20 - Barely Above Water
Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Sep 15, 2013
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.
#21 - Corking the Hole
Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Aug 18, 2013
Cliques Hope Mills, NC 13 miles from Fort Bragg, Cliques suffers from a juvenile name and a repugnant reputation. Jon puts the owners through his personal bar boot camp in the hopes of making it the R&R destination of choice for local military personnel.
#22 - Saving Post 6216
Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 29, 2020
VFW Post 6216 - Albuquerque, NM – Jon is in Albuquerque, NM, to help Commander Rudy and his staff recruit young veterans to become members and inject new life into his VFW Post 6216 bar and hall.
#23 - Play Some Janet Jackson!
Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Aug 4, 2013
Gipsy Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas' first gay nightclub, Gipsy, is months from closing its doors thanks to its verbally abusive and over intoxicated owner. Can Jon rescue one of Sin City’s most famous landmarks?
#24 - Beer and Loathing in Las Vegas
Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired Sep 8, 2013
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.
#25 - Behind The 8 Ball
Season 8 - Episode 9 - Aired Jul 18, 2021
Griff's Bar & Billiards – Las Vegas, NV – Despite its pre-pandemic popularity, Griff's Bar & Billiards is at risk of failure due to COVID-19 and mismanagement, so Jon steps in to help save the Las Vegas pool and billiard hall.