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Bar Rescue
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Cast of 'Bar Rescue'

  • Jon Taffer

Bar Rescue

Jon Taffer is the Gordon Ramsay of the bar and nightclub business. In each episode of this series, Taffer helps transform a struggling bar into a vibrant, profitable business, utilizing his expertise as a nightlife consultant who has started, flipped or owned more than 600 bars and clubs in his career. From the height of the bar stools and the science of the perfect pour to the effect the tempo of the music has on alcohol consumption, Taffer delves into every facet of the business, and he does it with a no-holds-barred style. He's assisted by his wife, Nicole -- who enters establishments under cover to help diagnose the problems -- along with a rotating cast of experts that include a celebrity chef, a Master of Whisky and a mixologist.

Premiere:
Jul 19, 2011
Original Network:
Spike TV
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All Upcoming Times for Bar Rescue

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Grow Some Meatballs!

S03, E35  (First Aired: Apr. 6, 2014)
Disaster ignites in the kitchen trying to train an inexperienced staff; a brother and sister conflict with their explosive father.
  • Sun 4/30
  • 11:00AM-12:00PM
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Drunk on Punk

S04, E57  (First Aired: Jul. 24, 2016)
The resistant owner of a dive bar refuses to give up on his punk music obsession to obtain greater financial success.
  • Sun 4/30
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
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Crappy Cantina

S03, E21  (First Aired: Oct. 6, 2013)
Taffer tries to save an ill-conceived death-metal concert bar.
  • Sun 4/30
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 41
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Mandala Down

S04, E20  (First Aired: Apr. 12, 2015)
Taffer butts heads with a self-proclaimed nightlife expert troubled by mounting debt and an inflated ego; showing him the error of his ways.
  • Sun 4/30
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
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Schmuck Dynasty

S04, E03  (First Aired: Oct. 19, 2014)
A family tries to regain control of their Staten Island bar that is overrun by customers who are cooking their own food and pouring their own drinks.
  • Sun 4/30
  • 3:00PM-4:00PM
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Swinging From the Rafters

S04, E08  (First Aired: Nov. 23, 2014)
Taffer abandons ship until an outrageous lakeside bar owner can face the reality of managing his bar.
  • Sun 4/30
  • 4:00PM-5:00PM
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Muscle Madness

S03, E40  (First Aired: May. 11, 2014)
Two meatheads' tempers and testosterone threaten their friendship and their Houston bar.
  • Sun 4/30
  • 5:00PM-6:00PM
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Loose Lips Loose Tips

S04, E18  (First Aired: Mar. 29, 2015)
Four Irish sisters bicker as their San Francisco bar struggles; Taffer tries to turn their luck around before their American dream gets away from them.
  • Sun 4/30
  • 6:00PM-7:00PM
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Back to the Bar: Meathead-to-Head

S04, E46  (First Aired: Mar. 27, 2016)
Taffer revisits the Dirty Rooster and ruffles the feathers of owner Rob; Taffer mediates a dispute between two rival bar owners from Houston.
  • Sun 4/30
  • 7:00PM-8:00PM
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The Perks of Being a Wallpaper

S05, E01  (First Aired: Aug. 7, 2016)
A classic dive bar with mob ties in Las Vegas is about to close its doors because of an owner who's busy being a nice guy rather than a wise guy.
  • Sun 4/30
  • 8:00PM-9:00PM
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Grandpa Got Run Over by His Grandkids

S03, E23  (First Aired: Oct. 20, 2013)
A bar owner's adult grandchildren use it as their own personal playground.
  • Sun 4/30
  • 9:00PM-10:00PM
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Gettin' Jigger With It

S05, E08  (First Aired: Oct. 16, 2016)
A historical landmark bar, divided in profits and responsibility, pits brother and sister against one another.
  • Sun 4/30
  • 10:00PM-11:00PM
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To Protect and to (Over) Serve

S04, E06  (First Aired: Nov. 9, 2014)
Taffer tries to straighten out a former Philly detective who now owns a bar, and hits the bottle hard after years on the force.
  • Sun 4/30
  • 11:00PM-12:00AM
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Getting Freaki at the Tiki

S04, E48  (First Aired: Apr. 10, 2016)
Jon Taffer's discovery of a used condom at a rundown Florida tiki bar redefines owner neglect.
  • Mon 5/1
  • 12:00AM-1:00AM
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Don't Judge a Booze by its Bottle

S03, E12  (First Aired: Jul. 14, 2013)
Jon learns that a North Carolina nightclub is refilling premium liquor bottles with cheap alcohol.
  • Mon 5/1
  • 1:00AM-2:00AM
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Hole in None

S03, E28  (First Aired: Nov. 24, 2013)
A bar with a golf theme needs major help to fix its horrendous sanitary conditions.
  • Mon 5/1
  • 2:00AM-3:00AM
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Jon of the Dead

S03, E22  (First Aired: Oct. 13, 2013)
A bar run by two burned-out rockers is failing.
  • Mon 5/1
  • 3:00AM-4:00AM
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On the Rocks

S02, E09  (First Aired: Sep. 23, 2012)
Jon must save a failing former smoker's haven in California from burning out for good.
  • Tue 5/2
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
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Mystique or Murder?

S02, E04  (First Aired: Aug. 12, 2012)
Jon tries to restore the Mystique Lounge in West Palm Beach, Fla.
  • Wed 5/3
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
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Vulgar Vixens

S04, E38  (First Aired: Nov. 15, 2015)
Jon confronts a foul-mouthed owner in a failing Michigan bar with a confusing theme.
  • Wed 5/3
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
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Bromancing the Stone

S04, E15  (First Aired: Mar. 8, 2015)
Taffer visits an outdated college sports bar with an owner who is more interested in managing his fantasy football team than running a business.
  • Wed 5/3
  • 11:00AM-12:00PM
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Listen Y'all It's Sabotage

S05, E07  (First Aired: Oct. 9, 2016)
New bar owners accuse their manager (and the bar's former owner) of sabotaging their business to try to steal it back.
  • Thu 5/4
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
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Taffer's Top 10: Worst Owners

(First Aired: Jun. 22, 2014)
Counting down the ten worst owners encountered during the first three seasons.
  • Thu 5/4
  • 10:00AM-10:30AM
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12 Beers a Slave

S05, E03  (First Aired: Aug. 21, 2016)
After gambling his life savings on a run down Las Vegas bar, a desperate owner tries out a fetish night to whip up new business.
  • Sun 5/7
  • 11:00AM-12:00PM
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Big Sister's Watching

S04, E37  (First Aired: Nov. 8, 2015)
The distrustful owner of a struggling military bar spends her time spying on her staff instead of paying attention to her bottom line.
  • Sun 5/7
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
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Don't Judge a Booze by its Bottle

S03, E12  (First Aired: Jul. 14, 2013)
Jon learns that a North Carolina nightclub is refilling premium liquor bottles with cheap alcohol.
  • Sun 5/7
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
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Broke Black Sheep

S02, E06  (First Aired: Aug. 26, 2012)
Jon tries to rescue the Black Sheep in Ohio but is set back due to the owner's massive debt.
  • Sun 5/7
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
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A Horse Walks Into a Bar

S03, E09  (First Aired: Apr. 7, 2013)
A western bar is plagued with drunk owners, a bank foreclosure and horse excrement.
  • Sun 5/7
  • 3:00PM-4:00PM
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Meat Sauna

S03, E10  (First Aired: Apr. 14, 2013)
Burger smoke covers patrons; getting no laughs at a comedy club.
  • Sun 5/7
  • 4:00PM-5:00PM
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Anything You Can Yell, I Can Yell Louder

S04, E05  (First Aired: Nov. 2, 2014)
Taffer tries to calm the sparks between three loud-mouthed firefighting brothers struggling to keep their Queens bar afloat.
  • Sun 5/7
  • 5:00PM-6:00PM
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Back to the Bar: No Laughing Matter

S04, E42  (First Aired: Dec. 20, 2015)
Taffer returns to see if the McGowan brothers have cooled their fiery relationship; Taffer takes on an angry stand-up comedy club owner from Scottsdale.
  • Sun 5/7
  • 6:00PM-7:00PM
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All Twerk and No Pay Makes Taffer Shut It Down

S05, E18  (First Aired: Mar. 19, 2017)
An owner twerks her way to tears when her bar gets out of step.
  • Sun 5/7
  • 7:00PM-8:00PM
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Don't Tell Mom the Bar is Dead

S05, E14  (First Aired: Feb. 19, 2017)
An abrasive owner takes advantage of his mom's generosity to take over a craft beer bar from his landlord.
  • Sun 5/7
  • 10:00PM-11:00PM
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Unnecessary Toughness

S04, E39  (First Aired: Nov. 22, 2015)
Taffer is forced to deal with the hot-headed owner of a college alumni bar whose fiery temper keeps his staff on edge.
  • Sun 5/7
  • 11:00PM-12:00AM
  • 41
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Desi, You Got Some 'Splainin' To Do

S05, E20  (First Aired: Apr. 2, 2017)
After suffering a stroke, a bar owner is on the verge of losing his family legacy.
  • Mon 5/8
  • 12:00AM-1:00AM
  • 41
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Ice, Mice, Baby

S05, E11  (First Aired: Nov. 6, 2016)
A spoiled owner who was given a nightclub by his father finds the profits aren't coming in for this mice-infested tourist bar.
  • Mon 5/8
  • 1:00AM-2:00AM
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Emergency Exit

S04, E23  (First Aired: Jul. 5, 2015)
Jon Taffer tries to navigate a turbulent partnership between an ex-pilot and his ex-girlfriend that threatens to leave his bar spiraling out of control.
  • Mon 5/8
  • 2:00AM-3:00AM
  • 41
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Antisocial Media

S05, E04  (First Aired: Sep. 18, 2016)
An owner's social media mishaps have made him public enemy number one.
  • Mon 5/8
  • 3:00AM-4:00AM
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Win, Lose or Brawl

S05, E06  (First Aired: Oct. 2, 2016)
Taffer tries to corral an out-of-control staff and the owner's freeloading friends, and a violent physical fight threatens the bar's rescue potential.
  • Wed 5/10
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
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Boss Lady Blues

S04, E40  (First Aired: Dec. 6, 2015)
A former psychologist runs a Detroit jazz club, but her interfering family and lazy staff have her seeking help from Jon Taffer.
  • Wed 5/10
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All Twerk & No Pay

S04, E14  (First Aired: Mar. 1, 2015)
Out-of-control bartenders are too busy dancing on the bar to pour drinks until Taffer puts an end to the party.
  • Wed 5/10
  • 11:00AM-12:00PM
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Rock 'N Roaches

S03, E02  (First Aired: Feb. 17, 2013)
A cockroach infestation plagues a grotesque rock bar in Austin, Texas.
  • Wed 5/10
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
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Karaoke Katastrophe

S03, E08  (First Aired: Mar. 31, 2013)
Dated decor, an angry chef and an oblivious, hoarding owner hinder the success of a karaoke bar.
  • Wed 5/10
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
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Taffer's Top 10: Toughest Rescues

(First Aired: Jun. 29, 2014)
Counting down the ten toughest rescues from the first three seasons.
  • Wed 5/10
  • 2:00PM-2:30PM
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Ant's with Wings, Bro!

S04, E26  (First Aired: Jul. 26, 2015)
Jon tries to motivate the inattentive owner of a failing Portland music venue that has an ant infestation; attempting to amp up the business before the stage goes dark for good.
  • Thu 5/11
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Danny Sits on His Fanny

S04, E54  (First Aired: May. 22, 2016)
After convincing his friends to invest their life savings, a novice bar owner transformed a community staple into a bottomless money pit.
  • Thu 5/11
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Hard Heads and Softballs

S04, E43  (First Aired: Mar. 6, 2016)
Taffer settles the score between two feuding bar owners, one with his foot out the door and the other with his marriage on the line.
  • Thu 5/11
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