Bar Rescue Insider Blogs
Get Ready! New Bar Rescue Episodes Premier Oct 5    September 23, 2014

Blog By: Kristen Santoro

You have waited long enough! Mark your calendars for the highly anticipated return of Spike TV’s hit show “Bar Rescue” on Sunday, October 5th at 9:00pm ET/PT.More>>

Taffer's Top 10 Toughest Bar Rescues     June 30, 2014

Blog By: Kristen Santoro

Taffer has bailed out businesses on the brink of bankruptcy, battled obstinate owners and fixed a bar so damaged that the bar nearly collapsed right out from under their feet. These are the moments that tested everything Taffer knows. More>>

Taffer’s Top 10 Most Disgusting Bars     June 24, 2014

Blog By: Kristen Santoro

Everything from mold and maggots to rats and raccoons, Taffer has seen his fair share of behind the scenes foulness to give a hazmat team a run for their money. More>>

Bar Rescue Owners Tell All    May 13, 2014

Blog By: Nightclub & Bar

Getting down to brass tacks, we asked rescued Bar Rescue owners what they felt was the biggest change to their rescued venue. More>>

It’s A New Year! What Have You Done So Far?    January 16, 2013

Blog By: Brian Duffy

For me I have rewritten my business plan, secured a new agency, readjusted my client base to work with a more positive group of people, reassessed my social media sites and so much more! More>>

Do You Have a Piece of Paper that Prints Money?    January 2, 2013

Blog By: Brian Duffy

It’s pretty painless to make your menu a profitable one with a few tweaks here and there. However, if you have items that are “losers,” taking up precious space, you are not only losing money you’re damaging your brand. More>>

Sprucing Up with Holiday Spirit     December 12, 2012

Blog By: Nancy Hadley

Whether adorned with strings of lights, Christmas trees, a Menorah, stockings, Santa and a sleigh, or boughs of holly, your bar is more inviting if you can get into the spirit of the holiday season at hand. Here are three helpful hints to get in the holiday spirit. More>>

Communication is Key to Success     July 23, 2012

Blog By: Brian Duffy

Something to ponder before the start of season two of Bar Rescue: Why haven’t you walked through your kitchen or talked with the Chef? More>>

Creating Communities Within Your Bar    July 10, 2012

Blog By: Nancy Hadley

When you are fortunate enough to have a bar or nightclub with enough square footage to support multiple interests take advantage of it! More>>

Bartending Schools, Hit or Miss?    June 27, 2012

Blog By: Michael Tipps

There are standards in place that are the basis of all professions, whether it’s rocket science, history, or culinary arts. Bartending has standards that are kept a secret. Yes bartending schools exist, but they are not typically started and run by those who have a pedigree that is well respected...More>>

Bartender May I Please Order Some Food….    June 11, 2012

Blog By: Brian Duffy

I eat out a lot! I travel a lot! Therefore, I get the opportunity to experience all areas of the service industry. I have recently noticed a very odd trend that seems to be taking place all over the country…bartenders are no longer taking food orders.More>>

Sell More Products Through Back Bar Design    May 30, 2012

Blog By: Nancy Hadley

What does a customer see first when he/she walks through your front door? If the brightest and most interesting items are refrigeration coolers and video games then you are missing an opportunity to advertise your most important products – beverages.More>>

Understanding the Backbar    May 23, 2012

Blog By: Michael Tipps

I believe the backbar — including an owner’s taste in well brands — is one of a bar’s most underutilized revenue sources. Owners should treat these bar elements as valuable real estate. More>>

Where is Your Food Coming From?    May 16, 2012

Blog By: Brian Duffy

Some bars' kitchens seem to have disconnected from the rest of the hospitality industry. Instead of fresh, signature dishes, the modern age is focusing on pre-packaged, pre-cooked and pre-portioned foods. How did this happen?More>>

Introducing a Feature to Your Bar    May 9, 2012

Blog By: Nancy Hadley

One of the best things a bar owner can do to distinguish his or her establishment is to install what I call a “feature”: a design element that sets the bar apart from its competition and makes it stick in the mind of a first-time customer. More>>

Making Mixology Approachable    April 25, 2012

Blog By: Michael Tipps

The nation's fascination with mixology has in many ways rejuvenated the bar industry. However, the mixology community has gotten a reputation for being a bit snooty.More>>

Stuck in a Menu Rut    April 18, 2012

Blog By: Brian Duffy

When should you change your menu? A food menu provides revenue for your business; it has worked for you for years. By refreshing your menu, you are telling your guests that you want them to keep coming back!More>>

What’s Your Sign?    April 11, 2012

Blog By: Nancy Hadley

How do you draw attention to your business and attract new and returning customers? Unless you are billing yourself as an exclusive, members-only speakeasy, you want to be extremely visible from the road. More>>

A Bartender’s Perspective on Wine    April 4, 2012

Blog By: Michael Tipps

The wine biz has to drop the pretension. The only thing worse than a snotty, pretentious bartender (I’m sorry, mixologist) is an overly stuffy, pretentious sommelier. More>>

Is This the Service Industry?    March 28, 2012

Blog By: Brian Duffy

I have heard "no" far too many times. This way of thinking actually makes me mad! We are in the service industry; it is our job to serve our guests, our duty to make our guests “raving fans” and our livelihood to provide a service to our guests.More>>

My Very First NCB Show Experience    March 21, 2012

Blog By: Nancy Hadley

Early last week my husband, Jevon, and I packed our things and jumped in the car, bound for the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas. More>>

Creating a Service-Recovery Strategy    March 14, 2012

Blog By: Michael Tipps

My mentality has always been the same: The guest experience must be the most important subject in the service industry.More>>

Let Me Check …    March 7, 2012

Blog By: Brian Duffy

“Let me check with the …” They may seem innocuous, but these five little words make me cringe. This phrase means the server is not educated about a huge percentage of your establishment’s sales. More>>

How Color and Light Affect Interactions    February 29, 2012

Blog By: Nancy Hadley

Too often, bar owners select colors, then design and light their spaces with no thought to the atmosphere they are creating. The colors you choose for your business will drive the mood in your space; the way you light the space can accent or detract from the color palette.More>>

Tailoring the Bar Experience     February 22, 2012

Blog By: Michael Tipps

Does your bar's staff know how to read your clientele? Understanding what your guests need and want is crucial to building repeat business, so give them the amazing experiences they long for.More>>

Who is Determining Your Menu?    February 15, 2012

Blog By: Brian Duffy

Who is determining your menu? And who is deciding the fate of your ROI? Revamping a menu is a science! Why take a chance with your brand by not testing new items?More>>

Cleanliness is Key    February 8, 2012

Blog By: Nancy Hadley

Although it's important for patrons to be able to see and find your establishment, what happens when a customer walks through the door will make or break you.More>>

How to Empower and Motivate Your Bartenders    February 1, 2012

Blog By: Michael Tipps

Even the best staff members sometimes fail to understand their own skill sets. Therefore, finding ways to inspire your bartenders is crucial! More>>

Bringing Your Kitchen Back to Basics    January 25, 2012

Blog By: Brian Duffy

Those of you lucky enough to have seen Season 1 of Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue” starring Nightclub & Bar Media Group President Jon Taffer know the show involves Taffer’s particular brand of bar science.More>>

From the Outside In    January 18, 2012

Blog By: Nancy Hadley

The life of a traveling design consultant and renovation expert is not an easy one. During Season One of Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue,” I saw plenty of bars on hard times, and it was my responsibility to create some cost-effective, easily implemented and fast solutions that would turn the owners’...More>>



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