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EP135: Hey there Taffertins! Another amazing episode of Bar Rescue awaits. Check it out…we head to Louisville, TX to the bar Drunken Donkey Craft Bar & Scratch Kitchen which has over 75 beers that no one knows anything about and a “scratch” kitchen that microwaves food. Boy does Jon disapprove of that. And we should also mention that the walls and chair…are green!Yikes! This DEFINITELY doesn’t give Jon positive vibes. Check out how he reacts to all of it. Enjoy! (Bar Rescue S6:E41)
EP134: This is a very special episode! We are covering the classic “Hole In None” episode for one of our very good friends of the show, Abi! This episode does not disappoint. It’s got what you need in a great Bar Rescue episode. Disgusting kitchens, foolish owners and wildly incompetent staff. To top it all off…we got Jon Taffer losing his you-know-what over it all! It’s quite a doozy!
EP133: Hey Taffertins! It’s goin down again…another new episode ready to get unpacked! We head to Richardson, TX and meet the owners of the Harbor Point Bar & Grill. It’s run by two fellas, John and Bert. And boy are they a mess! when one isn’t crying and lying…the other one doesn’t know what the hell to do! Get ready to see Jon Taffer do what he does best…shut it down!
EP132: Hey there Taffertins! We got a special request for an episode from one of our Good Friends Of The Show, Nick! Shoutout to you good sir. On this episode, we head back to the (in)famous O Face Bar in Council Bluffs, IA. This place was nothing but a pure disaster and set a record in terms of the Bar Rescue universe. Fistfights, toxic behavior and terrible bartending. Boy does Jon have his hands full on this one!
EP131: Howdy Taffertins! We have another brand new episode ready for you! On this joyride, we head to Fort Worth Texas to a bar called Whiskey Girl. One of the owners refers to himself as Rick Roundhouse, he considers himself the “life of the party” who “buys” drinks for patrons. We have seen this story before…and we know one man who is not having it at all! Good ol Jon Taffer. Tune in to find out what becomes of Jon’s kick-butt breakdown of this owner and what it stands for.
EP130: Welcome to the Midwest, Taffertins! We head to Pleasant Valley, MO to the Thunderbolt Bar & Grill and boy does nonsense await. It’s run by a man named Don, who refers to all the employees as “Rachel”(even though he knows their names). To make matters worse, he has made the decision to not wear a shirt with sleeves at all. Get ready for Jon to tell Don about himself!
EP129: Vroom vroom Taffertins! Our friend of the show Mike Hernandez (@funnyhernandez) is hangin with us in Jim Jam Studios to break down another classic episode. On this ride, we head to Pawcatuck, CT to the “Handlebar Cafe” which is anything but a cafe…it’s a minefield filled with drunk women wrestling on the floor, fake boobs and blackout drunk fighting! What a time to be alive! Enjoy!
EP128: Yo! Taffertins! We go “all in” on this one…just like James, the crazy manchild manager of “Cashmere.” It’s located in Raleigh, NC and at one point was the hottest joint in town. Until the competition rolled in and ate a hole in the finances. The owner, Brandon decided to get his good friend James to come in to liven it up. Which he doesn’t do at all and decides to get drunk, laid and cry all the time. Perfect! Jon has a few words for this behavior…as you could imagine.
EP127: Taffertins! It’s another oldie but a goodie…we have a wonderful human being of a guest John Rosenberger (@JohnJohnPhenom) joining us in Jim Jam Studios to talk about “Meat Sauna.” Which lives up to its name! Jon and the crew head to Scottsdale, AZ to Stand Up Scottsdale which is run by Howard, who is a real meathead about how he is running the joint. From having the kitchen in the front creating a fog of meat smoke to performing every single night like a crazy person…this only spells trouble. Can Jon fix it? Listen in!
EP126: Good Friend Of Show Episode! Membership has its privileges, and if you’re a Good Friend of The Show…you get that. Shoutout to Good Friend Faith who reached out to us to cover the classic “Second Base, Third Strike.” Jon returns to a bar he once saved which has fallen into ruin. It’s run by a real piece of work named Terry. Has he changed? No. Is Jon confused by everything he does? Yes. Does Jon express how pissed off that makes him? Yes! Get ready for another great slice of Bar Rescue!
EP125: We are back into the vault Taffertins! The new season has ended and we are diving into some more classic episodes. On this ride, we head to Black Canyon City, AZ to “Kid Chilleen’s Bad Azz BBQ & Steakhouse.” It’s owned by Scott and Donna and boy do they have some mess on display. If it’s not the rampant alcohol they are pounding back instead of working…it is the HORSE that comes into the bar! And you guessed it…that horse couldn’t make it to the bathroom either. This and much more awaits, enjoy!
EP124: Vroom vroom Taffertins! Here we are again…another episode of Bar Rescue covered for your listening pleasure. The title…Driving Miss Tara. Why, do you ask? Because there is a bar owner named Tara who is escorted around town by the general manager named Doug. So wild! This is the least of the issues with this establishment. They are both terrible to the employees and feel that wearing gloves to handle food isn’t necessary. This will not sit well with you know who. Enjoy!
EP123: Here it is Taffertins! Another gem of a podcast waiting for you…we are taking y’all to Burbank, CA to the iconic Dimples which is the first karaoke bar in the United States. It’s owned and operated by a man named Sal. Sal is a fella who you could describe as being “boundary-free.” And also as a “hoarder.” Well, listen for yourself and find out more!
EP122: It’s all about the dough this go around! Taffertins…we head to Largo, FL to a joint called “Gill & Ricks Sports Bar”, it’s run by Gill and Rick who can’t seem to get their act together. Gill is the jerk and Rick gives away the bar. Two terrible managers for one! And then there is our good friend Taz, a man with a heart of gold who is trying to sell pizza(trying because it keeps getting sent back!) Jon will have his work cut out for himself on this one…enjoy!
EP121: This is it Taffertins! We take another crazy joyride through Texas…the town…China Grove…the bar…China Grove Trading Post. It’s run by a couple, Raymond and Wendy and it’s harassed by their daughter Meghan. She starts off by saying “I’m a little bit of a spoiled brat.” You can take out “little bit” and have what’s really goin on…So, add in a little bit of a guy dry humping a fox and a possum running around the bar and you’ve got yourself an episode. Dive in!
EP120: Here we are Taffertins! We got another fresh episode for ya…this go around, we head to Las Vegas to a nightclub called LIV…and as Jon puts it “makes him want to die.” It is run by a woman named Michelle, a mother of two who has no experience running a nightclub(WHAT?! NO WAY!) She is outshined by a server named Jannet, who gives away drinks on the reg and during the stress test…well…just listen and find out…that’s the ticket!
EP119: Taffertins! We got you another great dose of Bar Rescue! This go around, we have our good friend Jordon Ferber (@jordonferber) ready to talk about a bar located in Jon Taffer’s hometown…Las Vegas. The name of the bar “Eliphino”…and we won’t take the time to explain how that came to be. The owner of the bar, John has a history of terrible decisions…can Taffer fix ’em? Listen and find out!
EP118: A flipping unicycle Taffertins! That’s right…we opened with a unicycle. This bar needs some serious saving if someone is riding around on a unicycle drinking in the bar. Thankfully, Jon is willing to square up with Henry and Miles, two recent college grads who open a frat house(read: bar) and can’t get it together. This one is quite a doozy…get some of it!
EP117: This is it Taffertins! The review you have been waiting for…Jon heads to San Antonio to a bar called “Recovery Room.” It’s owned by a woman named Heather, who is a “hot mess” who “extorts her husband” for money to keep her party afloat. This is a tall order for Jon…so much so, he brought us in! That’s right, Jim and Max are on this episode helping Jon make sense of the dumpster fire that is the “Recovery Room”…will they recover??? Tune in!…and see us!
Check it out Taffertins, we head back to school on this one…Jon heads to UNLV, right in his back yard of Las Vegas. A group of hospitality students need a new venue and some serious training that only Professor Taffer can give. Will the students make the grade…or will they be….shut down? Tune in!
EP115: It’s on and poppin Taffertins! On this delightful trip, we head to Antioch, TN to Crossroads Bar And Grille. This twerkin tavern is owned by Ashley and Robert, who are at wit’s end with their unruly, drinkin, swearin full-on mess of a staff. With staff members like Bunz(with a z), Bubbles and Cheeks…it makes sense. Can Jon handle this? Tune in and find out!
EP114: It’s on again Taffertins! We are back at it again…this time we head to Tuscon, AZ for more Bar Rescue recappin. The bar is called The Original Hideout and is owned by Ramiro, a lawyer who passed the bar but has no experience running one. To double down on this, he hires his brother Raoul who is a former corrections officer and runs the bar like it’s a prison. What can go wrong here?! Well, Jon Taffer will certainly find out. Tune in!
On this episode, be sure to check out “Jim’s Corner” a special segment highlighting the bars Jim visited on his tour down south…you don’t wanna miss it!
EP113: Good Lord Taffertins! We have another hot mess on our hands. On this majestic ride, we head to Tuscon, AZ to meet the owner of RJ’s Replays. He is a man who is, well a complete and total crybaby. As you might guess, this does not do well with Jon Taffer. Taffer goes on a classic tear and lets him know the way of the world. Enjoy!
Holy crap Taffertins! Man, this episode really fires on all cylinders…so much so we had special guest Teresa Degaetano (IG: @teresadegaetano) in the booth with us to break this down. We travel to Texas…the Lone Star state…more specifically San Antonio…more specifically Country Nights. A bar owned by a ball of mess named Dalia. She has owned 7 bars in 15 years (insane). When she is not flashing her goods and getting hammered, she is fighting with Melissa a real monster who has braces and pretends like she doesn’t…get into this one!
EP111: Here it is Taffertins! The moment we have all been waiting for…the season premiere! We head back to Puerto Rico to the bar/restaurant Shibo, a Puerto Rican/Asian fusion joint. It’s run by a man named Jonathan, who surprisingly is an amazing chef…not your typical Bar Rescue episode. Come join us on this interesting season opener!
EP110: Taffertins! We got another banger for ya! We heading to Long Beach, CA(home of Snoop Dogg) to the bar Lona’s Warlow Station…owned by, you guessed it, Lona! She worked in the bar scene for 30 years and said, “let me hire my friends and regulars to run this joint!” We have never seen this go wrong, ever! Suffice to say, Jon Taffer has a couple choice thoughts about her decision making, especially her lobster arcade game. Ya know…a game where you pay $2 to catch a lobster to eat it…this and so much more await, enjoy!
Here we are Taffertins! On this go around we have a good friend of the show Aaron Kominos-Smith (@funnyaaron) in Jim Jam Studios to help break down this episode. We head right outside Denver to a lovely bar Kasbah to meet Shelton, a cat daddy who lost his fight. And as a result, all hell is breaking loose around him. Will Jon be able to rock this kasbah and bring it back to glory? Listen!
Here we are Taffertins! Another exciting installment of your favorite podcast about your favorite television show, Bar Rescue. We are talkin about a lovely establishment called “Zanzbar” which has, you guessed it, the crown of the Statue Of Liberty in it. Cross-branding? Sure! It’s run by a man named Ami, a guano crazy guy who in the face of adversity, breaks plates and yells and people. What is his strategy to get customers? Give everything away…and this is a no-no for the Taffer. Check it out to see what happens!
EP107: Yo Taffertins! We are back at it…down in the Lone Star State. We head to Austin, TX to a punk bar called The Brixton. It’s run by a husband and wife, Tim and Sara. And boy if Tim isn’t just a ray of sunshine!(read: sarcasm) He doesn’t like frat guys, hipsters, jerks or even human beings! Of course…Jon doesn’t enjoy this business outlook. Only fire can come, enjoy!
Good morning/evening/afternoon Taffertins! We head down to The Big Easy on this episode to a college bar called TJ Quills. It’s by a wayward gentleman named Darian who made the infinitely silly decision to hire all of his childhood friends to help him run the bar. A full-scale recipe for disaster. Will Jon be able to save this bar from doom?! Find out!
Oh…my dear God. This episode has to be one of the grossest and nastiest bars we have ever seen in our Bar Rescue coverage. I know it was for Jon as he heads to Austin, TX to a bar called “Headhunters.” It’s owned by a delusional maniac named Steve. There are bugs all over the place but Steve doesn’t really seem to “see” them. It’s an absolute mess…enjoy!
We have our special guest, bartending veteran and hilarious comic Kendra Cunningham (@theotherkendra) at Jim Jam Studios ready to talk some Bar Rescue with the team. On this ride, we head down to the Big Easy to a bar called Turtle Bay owned by Brad. Brad is easily the pettiest man on the planet because when he is bought out of the bar he co-owned…he decided to open a bar across the street and copy their signature drink. This and many other terrible moves come under Jon’s radar on this one. Enjoy!
Man! This episode truly had it all. We travel to Fort Lauderdale to a wonderful establishment called “Bamboo Tiki Bar.” Bear witness to subpar looking white women pretending to be attractive, a sleazy owner who bought it and an unstable kitchen manager who was ready to beat the crap out of people in the kitchen. Come get some of it
Happy New Year Taffertins! We are kicking off the New Year the only way we know how…by bringing you another classic gem from the Bar Rescue Library. This episode we head to Cheviot, OH to a watering hole called “The Black Sheep.” It’s owned by a gentleman named Scott, who very well could be the black sheep of his family when they find out he has secretly taken out $700,000 worth of loans from a credit card company which Jon refers to as “legal loansharking.” Get ready to ride!
We are in triple digits, my friends! And boy is it an action-packed episode. Our good friend Andres (@8_Track_III) is in the booth with us ready to head to Orange County, CA to a bar called “The Olive Pit.” The owner Tim is a part-time owner and full-time creep. So, only disaster has been ensuing. By the grace of God, Jon Taffer is willing to step in and make things right. Check it out!
The Phil Wills Interview- HERE IT IS! We got legendary Bar Rescue expert Phil Wills (@thephilwills) in an exclusive interview. That’s right Taffertins! We got the chance to talk about Phil’s history in the bar game, his acting career and his philosophy on life. By all means, download this one because its gonna be a classic. Enjoy all of it! (THE AUDIO FOR THIS EPISODE WAS UPDATED ON 12/28/18)
Taffertins…we go episode 99 on deck…1 away from the big, huge, gigantic 100th episode. On episode 99 we head to Fairfield, OH to a very confused former biker bar hangout called “Win Place Or Show.” The cause for the confusion? The sign in front of the bar is a cartoon horse on a bike? Yeah…we don’t know either. But what we do know is it is co-owned by two gentlemen named Barry and Rudy, respectively. Barry a former Navy vet is putting in 90 hours a week and Rudy is playing “rock star” with his band. This does not jive with our good friend Jon Taffer…and he makes it known! Enjoy!
It’s a real zinger of an episode for sure. We take a trip down south to West Palm Beach, FL to find the Mystique Lounge. It was a hot night spot…until…well…a murder. Did the new owners decide to change the name? Over their dead body! Check this and many other terrible decisions in this recap! Enjoy!
Episode97: Hey there! We are back at it! Come get some of this fresh retro episode. We jump into a “new” season and head to Reseda, CA to a bar called Weber’s Sports Bar…which used to be a strip club…which still has a giant set of lips in it. The owner can kiss his future away with that decor and his “nice guy attitude.” So please, download and see what happens!
Episode96: Yo Taffertins! Don’t be a Chump…be a Champ and download this episode! We head to Burbank, CA to the iconic Champs, a bar owned by a man Joe who considers his thievin bartenders his “children.” Which we all know means there will be no accountability for them when they do what they do…steal! Lucky for us our good friend Jon is on the scene. Enjoy!
EP95: What’s the deal Taffertins! We got y’all! It’s another great episode of Bar Rescue that your good friends Jim Search(@jimsearch) and Max Cohen(@thisismaxcohen) are covering for you! So check it out, we head to lovely Framingham, MA to “The Chicken Bone.” It looks exactly like you would imagine…an owner named Bill decided to make a family-themed bar…what could go wrong! Well, Jon is gonna tell ’em all about it. Enjoy!
EP94: Hey you Taffertins! We are doin it again! Just for your listening pleasure, we bring you the Bar Rescue recap that your spirit and soul needs. On this run, we are back in Chicago, IL at the iconic Abbey, a landmark for Chicago music. The original owner Pat Looney decided to hand the reigns over to Tom Jr. to become a firefighter (surprise!) and then all hell broke loose. Lucky for us…Jon can reel it in. I do believe that you could listen to this episode!
EP93: Ribbit ribbit Taffertins! We got another great one for you! We are still traveling back in time to the first season where we go to Chicago, IL to the bar “The Blue Frog.” It’s owned by a mother/son combo(this often doesn’t go well). The mother has some interesting financial decisions behind drinking at the bar and the son is well……”nice.” See/hear what happens!
EP92: Greetings to all the Taffertins out there! We got our friend Tracey Carnazzo(@TrixieTuzzini) at Jim Jam Studios to help us unpack this classic episode. A wild heart by the name of Renee has a bar…AND…strip club named Angel’s. But everything in the building is anything but angelic. From a bartender who is screaming over $87.31 to a general manager who has been fired more times than we can count…Jon is gonna have his wings full. Enjoy!
EP91: Surfs up Taffertins! We got a tubular episode coming your way. On this ride, we head Redondo Beach, CA to an Irish bar on the beach called Kilkenny’s owned by two sisters Allie and Alexis. They have no clue about running a bar, so much so, Allie hired her ex-boyfriend Carlos to manage it. Guess what…he running it into the ground! He also thinks Jon has no idea what he’s talking about which we all know is not the case…enjoy!
EP90: Bottoms up Taffertins! Max is back in the booth and we have special guest Andy Sandford(@AndySandford) with us to break down some of Bar Rescue’s earlier work. On this ride, we head to Philadelphia to the establishment known as “Swanky Bubbles.” With a name like that, what could possibly go wrong? An absentee owner and another owner who refers to himself as “Sexual Chocolate.” That’s how! It is some of Jon’s freshmen attempts to Rescue and we love it. Enjoy
EP89: Greetings Taffertins! Max (@thisismaxcohen) is out of the office, so we got our Very Good Friend of the show John Rosenberger (@JohnJohnPhenom) to hold down the fort. We head to Philadelphia, PA to the iconic Irish bar “Downey’s Irish Pub”. It’s owner is an Italian fellow who swore to the former owner to “keep it Irish”…and sells Penne A La Vodka! Go figure! Luckily, our good friend Jon is here to sort this mess out. Enjoy the FIRST episode of Bar Rescue!
EP88: We aim to please here at the podcast! We had a very good friend of the show Paul request the episode “I Smell A Rat” and by God, we made that happen for him. Here’s to you, sir! On this ride, we go to Omaha, NE to a bar called Oasis, which is a hookah establishment. That’s right…in the middle of Omaha, there is hookah. Doesn’t make any sense to us either. And on top of that, it is a complete disaster management technique employed there. Lucky for us, Jon is willing to swoop in and kick some butt! Enjoy!
EP87: We aim to please here at the podcast and had one of our Patreon subscribers and “Very Good Friend Of The Show” Vicky Kuperman(@vickykuperman) request Hurricane Jon vs. Hurricane Sandy. When disaster strikes, Jon Taffer strikes back! He heads to Far Rockaway to help put together Bungalow Bar, a bar run by four Irish brothers and their friend. It’s a race against the clock to get it back on track. Check it out!
EP86: Whooo doggy! This…episode…is…freaking…wild! We travel to Blue Island, IL and find the most ratchet of bars…The Island Bar. Adam hired his ENTIRE FAMILY to work there. Special mention of a family member named “Pimp Juice”. There is so much here to unpack, which is why we got our good friend, comedian and ex-bartender Kevin Flood(@FLOOKYN) to come help us out with this one. Listen to this twice…it’s worth it.