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Bar Rescue is a show that focuses on failing bars across the United States that enlist the help of Jon Taffer, president of Nightclub & Bar Media Group, who has over thirty years of bar experience. Each show begins with Jon and his colleagues observing hidden camera footage from the bar in question before entering the bar undercover to get a first-hand experience.

After making their judgments, Jon confronts the owners and staff of the bar and explains what he believes is currently causing the bar to fail. He then gives the bar's employees a stress test which involves letting patrons enter the bar in droves and assessing how well they can handle the crowd, including pouring hundreds of drinks and serving the most impatient of customers.

The next portion of the show focuses on making changes to the owners, the staff, and the bar itself. Jon often brings in specialists to teach bartenders to make better drinks, to help hostesses improve their service, and to redesign some or all of the bar. After all the changes are made, the bar has a grand re-opening, often under a new name, and Jon is able to observe whether or not the owners and staff have learned from Jon and his colleagues' teaching.

After seeing that the bar is prospering thanks to his help, Jon is on his way to seek yet another failing bar. To sate viewers' curiosity, a statement about how the bar has improved, or sometimes declined, several weeks or months later is always provided.

Sunday 9:00 PM et/pt on Spike TV
8 Seasons, 160 Episodes
July 17, 2011
Cast: Jon Taffer, P.J. King
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Bar Rescue Full Episode Guide

  • Taffer revisits three bars, including apocalypse-themed bar The End and Chicago landmark The Abbey, whose fortunes have declined as certain difficulties jeopardize their futures. Taffer must develop a plan to help them get back on track.

  • Jon Taffer has to convince a foul-mouthed owner to change his ways before the bar he owns with his ex-wife shuts down for good.

  • Jon Taffer embarks on a cross-country tour of the worst drinking establishments in America. Bad drinks, wild staffs and wasted owners conspire against him and his experts as they give failing businesses one last shot at success.

  • Jon Taffer arrives in the nick of time to save this family run bar on the brink of ruin with an aggressive father at its helm.

  • Jon tackles a Long Beach dive bar infested with bar problems and bugs.

  • Jon Taffer revisits the bars with the biggest fights. Included: the most dangerous brawl in Bar Rescue history.

  • Jon Taffer must convince a maternal figure to make her decisions like a business owner to save her struggling Las Vegas dive bar from closing its doors.

  • Jon Taffer tries to save the failing bar of a man who might lose his sight forever.

  • Jon tackles a closed bar owned by a burnt-out firefighter.

  • Bar owners come back to praise Jon for saving their establishments.

  • After having a stroke, a bar owner is close to losing his family legacy.

  • Jon recreates a Baton Rouge bar ruined in a hurricane.

  • The owner of a bar experiences an emotional breakdown and is brought to the brink of tears when her establishment begins to suffer from a series of setbacks that puts its opportunity to succeed in the future at potential risk.

  • Taffer approaches AJ from Brick & Barley concerning her blistering attitude and civil discord with her daughters over the bar's uniforms; an aggressive owner comes clean about the failure of his establishment after the rescue.

  • Jon encounters a lackluster and stubborn landlord who had to become a Chicago sports bar owner after a former tenant stopped paying rent.

  • A distant owner endangers his marriage by drinking away his financial woes and flirting with the female patrons.

  • An annoying owner takes advantage of his mother's generosity to overtake a craft beer bar from his landlord.

  • Jon heads back to The Handlebar; Gipsy; Zan Z Bar; and The Brixton.

  • Tragedy encompasses an owner and puts his bar in danger, but he draws Jon's ire after roughhousing with his workers.

  • Jon struggles with a spoiled owner who was give a tourist bar by his dad and has seen mice infest the place.

  • A military hero on the verge of being redeployed needs a rescue of his own, before he drinks away his profits and angers his bartender girlfriend past the point of no return.

  • New bar owners accuse their manager € and the bar's former owner € of sabotaging their business to steal it back.

  • Tragedy overwhelms an owner and puts his bar in jeopardy, but he draws Jon's ire after roughhousing with his employees.

  • An overindulged owner is given a nightclub by his dad. Can Taffer rescue this mice-infested tourist bar before the owner throws away all his profits?

  • A military hero close to being redeployed requires a rescue of his own, before he drinks away his earnings and aggravates his bartender girlfriend past the point of no return.

  • Jon assists a dad and his son operate their bar more effectively after the son forsakes to act as bar manager and the father tries to run the day-to-day duties.

  • Jon goes to a historical bar owned by a brother and sister who clash over profits and responsibilities.

  • New bar owners accuse their manager (and the bar's former owner) of sabotaging their business to try to steal it back. With no clear proof, Jon uses a stress test to determine who's right and who's wrong.

  • Taffer must fix an out-of-control staff and the owner's freeloading friends. But a violent physical fight threatens this sports bar's rescue potential.

  • Nasty nachos & goldfish races are on the menu at this sports pub. But in a Bar Rescue first, a staffing crisis hits before the stress test, leaving the owners without any employees. Can Taffer right the ship before it drowns?

  • Taffer helps an owner who made a mistake on social media and consequently became public enemy number one.

  • Jon comes up against a Vegas bar owner who tried hosting fetish nights to prompt new business in a run down bar.

  • Jon takes on a landmark bar running out of a roller rink.

  • In the Season 5 opener, Jon takes on a Las Vegas dive bar close to going out of business because an owner is accused of being too kind.

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Bar Rescue Video Clips & Extras

Jon Taffer Donates To The Abbey Pub | Bar Rescue (Season 5) Clip (01:10) Historic Chicago Bar Burns Down | Bar Rescue (Season 5) Clip (02:10) Fix the A*SHOLE, Fix the Bar | Bar Rescue (Season 5) Clip (02:26)