The BEST Episodes of Bar Rescue

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Apr 13, 2021

Network: Spike

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.

Characters Assassination

#1 - 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.

star 8.17
197 votes
Hurricane Jon Vs Hurricane Sandy

#2 - 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.

star 8.13
56 votes
Hogtied Ham's

#3 - 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.

star 8.11
236 votes
Directors: Darrin Reed
Anything You Can Yell, I Can Yell Louder

#4 - 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?

star 8.03
124 votes
Don't Judge a Booze by its Bottle

#5 - 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.

star 8.01
147 votes
We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat

#6 - We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat

Season 4 - Episode 46 - Aired May 15, 2016

star 7.98
111 votes
Meat Sauna

#7 - 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.

star 7.97
204 votes
Don't Mess With Taffer's Wife

#8 - 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?

star 7.96
183 votes
A Horse Walks Into a Bar

#9 - 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.

star 7.95
227 votes
Tiki Curse

#10 - 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?

star 7.95
265 votes
Directors: Glenn GT Taylor
Writers: Darrin Reed
A Bar Full of Bull

#11 - 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?

star 7.93
171 votes
I Smell A Rat

#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.

star 7.91
46 votes
Turtle on Its Back

#13 - 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?

star 7.91
258 votes
Barely Above Water

#14 - 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.

star 7.88
196 votes
Corking the Hole

#15 - 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.

star 7.85
204 votes
Play Some Janet Jackson!

#16 - 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?

star 7.83
229 votes
Murphy's Mess

#17 - Murphy's Mess

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Aug 5, 2012

J.A. Murphy's - Fells Point, MD Bar expert Jon Taffer must fix a dirty, binge-drinking bar owned by two fraternity brothers in Fells Point, Maryland. But the rescue gets derailed when Jon discovers the building is about to collapse.

star 7.83
263 votes
Directors: Glenn GT Taylor
Writers: Darrin Reed
Beer and Loathing in Las Vegas

#18 - 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.

star 7.82
175 votes
There's No Crying in the Bar Business

#19 - There's No Crying in the Bar Business

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Jul 28, 2013

Barlow's Bar & Grill Tucker, GA Jon heads to a Georgia sports bar and encounters an owner who’s incessant crying seems to prevent her noticing the massive employee theft issue occurring right under her nose.

star 7.80
177 votes
The Mother of All Failures

#20 - The Mother of All Failures

Season 7 - Episode 16 - Aired Sep 13, 2020

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.

star 7.79
29 votes
The Gaslamp Redemption

#21 - The Gaslamp Redemption

Season 7 - Episode 15 - Aired Sep 6, 2020

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.

star 7.79
19 votes
Two Flew Over the Handlebars

#22 - Two Flew Over the Handlebars

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Jul 21, 2013

The Handlebar Café Pawcatuck, CT Two buxom sisters have driven their biker bar in Pawcatuck, Connecticut into a ditch. Can Jon get these party women to stop binge drinking and focus on the real assets of their bar?

star 7.78
199 votes
Beach Bummer

#23 - Beach Bummer

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 7, 2011

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 7.76
247 votes
Directors: Jay Hunter
Writers: Darrin Reed
Saving Post 6216

#24 - Saving Post 6216

Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 29, 2020

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.

star 7.76
49 votes
Empty Pockets

#25 - Empty Pockets

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 10, 2013

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 7.74
244 votes