Partners: 3 Ball Productions for Spike TV, distributed by Shine International
Length: 10 x 60 minutes | Aired: July 2011 (Spike in the U.S.)
Rights available: Worldwide for finished episodes and format
You know the sort of place – the neon sign proclaiming ‘Open’ doesn’t beckon to customers as much as it fizzles and blinks intermittently; the beer taps, rather than issuing the nectar of the gods in a fine, forceful stream sputter and cough; and the bathrooms… the less said about them, the better. These are the unredeemable dives, the holes in the wall, the bars on the brink of closure.
Bar and nightclub owner Jon Taffer has seen more than his share of this sort of establishment, and it makes him mad. Thus, through Bar Rescue, he’s on a mission to save some of these night spots from extinction, doing so with a brash manner that might make Gordon Ramsay blush. This program illuminates the human drama behind the innumerable challenges faced by the barkeep, and the indomitable spirit needed when selling spirits.