Spike TV’s Bar Rescue Takes On Pirates!

I have an affinity for Spike TV’s Bar Rescue. (Premieres Sunday, July 29th, 9:00ET.) Last season I was on an episode filmed in the Orange County at a biker bar named the Canyon Inn Sports Bar & Grill. (God bless Spike TV; they gave me an open bar tab!) My duty was to step up to the plate and drunkenly swing for the cheap seats—in the name of journalism.

If you’re not familiar with the show, here’s the skinny: Bar Rescue is like Kitchen Nightmares—but with bars. Instead of Gordon Ramsey dishing out the tough love, we have renowned bar and restaurant consultant Jon Taffer. (Think of him as Gordon Barsey.) Under Taffer’s watchful eye, his bar-transforming-posse traverses the country to give failing watering holes one last chance to succeed. Heads butt. Tempers flair. Taffer’s in-your-face approach rocks the establishment’s old guard in an attempt to turn the place around into a profitable drinking joint.

Taffer’s motto: “Fixing bars is easy; fixing people is tough.”

Bar Rescue is a classic clash of the Titans: good vs. evil, Coke vs. Pepsi, the Simpsons vs. Family Guy. With friction between egos, you hope to see the following on every episode:

-A chef running out of the kitchen with the seat of his pants on fire!

-Taffer and the bar manager angrily spraying each other with seltzer bottles!

-A pie fight!

Bar Rescue certainly has its hands full in the season opener. Taffer is sent to fix an establishment called, Piratz Tavern. If you haven’t guessed it’s a pirate themed bar; run by a group of friends who like to dress as pirates. (Sounds like a formula for disaster, doesn’t it?)

The 1 Star Yelp reviews tell the story:

The staff here all dress up as pirates. at first it seems fun, then you realize all of the staff is there to play pirate and not work, so the service is terrible, the food is OK but over priced.  I will fight tooth and nail before I go back.

Who will win; Taffer or the pirates? Tune in to Spike TV on Sunday and find out! Check out a little video taste:


2 thoughts on “Spike TV’s Bar Rescue Takes On Pirates!”

  1. Good show I watched the pirate episode last night. I think they should be required to keep any changes he makes to decor for 6 months before they can revert to their old style of thinking. At the end of the show it said she shut down after 2 weeks and went back to the insanity that got her in the hole originally. I think they should go back and rip out those drink machines, and take back their patio furniture. She is obviously an idiot who does't care..

  2. I'm sure the establishment would have been happy to have the BR crew take away the draft tables and smart bar, because they're all illegal in Montgomery County and nearly got their liquor license revoked. Bar Rescue did some amazing research on Silver Spring's culture and laws…and by that I mean none whatsoever.

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