The BEST Episodes of Bar Rescue
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Apr 13, 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 - 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.
#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.
#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.
#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?
#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.
#6 - We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat
Season 4 - Episode 46 - Aired May 15, 2016
#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.
#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?
#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.
#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?
#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?
#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 - 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?
#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.
#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.
#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?
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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?
#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.
#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.
#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?