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Bar Rescue Experts Return to Nightclub & Bar Show

Experts from the hit TV series "Bar Rescue" will bring their specialized industry knowledge to the 2015 Nightclub & Bar Show!

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New Episodes of Bar Rescue with Jon Taffer Premier Oct 5

Get Ready! New Bar Rescue Episodes Premier Oct 5

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.

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Taffer's Top 10 Toughest Bar Rescues

Taffer's Top 10 Toughest Bar Rescues

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.

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Bar Rescue Top 10 Most Disgusting Bars

Taffer’s Top 10 Most Disgusting Bars

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.

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Bar Rescue Owners Tell All

Bar Rescue Owners Tell All

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

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Jon Taffer Video

Exclusive Video Message From Jon Taffer

Watch this exclusive video message below from Jon Taffer, President, and Star/Executive Producer - Nightclub & Bar Media Group, Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue”!

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Jon Taffer, Rescue Tour

Limited Seats Remain! Register For Jon Taffer's Rescue Tour Today

Jon Taffer's Los Angeles Rescue Tour workshop begins next Monday, December 16! Don't wait to register and miss your chance to learn face-to-face with Jon Taffer!

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Jon Taffer Raise the Bar

Jon Taffer Book Signing in New York on Monday October 21

Jon Taffer, star of Spike TV’s hit Show Bar Rescue will host an exclusive book signing event to celebrate his newly released book, “Raise the Bar: An Action-Based Method for Maximum Customer Reactions” presented by the Nightclub & Bar Show.

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Jon Taffer Book Signing Raise the Bar

Are you in Las Vegas?

Then join Jon Taffer at Tryst Nightclub tomorrow Friday October 11 for an exclusive book signing presented by Nightclub & Bar Show.

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Jon Taffer Raise the Bar

"Raise the Bar" By Jon Taffer Is Officially Released!

The day is finally here - Have you ordered your copy? Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/1fzi4Zy

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Bar Rescue

Peter O'Connor Helps Taffer with Cliques

After arriving at the bar with Jon Taffer and Chef Nick Liberto, we noticed that the bar was located in a strip mall with very little signage or bar look and feel. The name Cliques sounded more like a female hair salon than a bar; which was the first of this bars downfalls.

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Chef Brian Duffy on Bar Rescue

Bar Rescue: On Location with Chef Duffy

As I headed to Garner NC to help save another failing bar I had an odd feeling that this would be a tough one. Jon Taffer has mentioned that the entire family worked at the bar when he asked me to come down and help out.

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Bar Rescue

Chef Brian Duffy Reflects on Handlebar Café’s Transformation

When called to the Handlebar Café in Pawcatuck, CT, I was well aware that it was a biker bar, however I was unsure what I was going to walk into.

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Bar Rescue

Bar Rescue Begins Airing New Episodes Sunday, July 7th

Get Ready! Spike TV’s hit show Bar Rescue, starting renowned bar and nightlife consultant Jon Taffer, will start airing new episodes this Sunday, July 7.

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Kid Chilleen's

Bar Rescue: Kid Chilleen's Bad Ass BBQ Steakhouse

Pulling up to the Kid Chilleen’s Bad Ass BBQ, it’s a ghost town. It’s dark, it’s down a dirt road and at one point I wondered if I was pulling up to the correct location. For a female in her late 20’s I would have normally kept passing by and suffered the starvation.

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Bar Rescue

Bar Rescue: Chef Duffy On Location At Dimples

Dimples of Burbank, America's first karaoke bar owned and operated by a bachelor and showman like no other. I hope...

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Bar Rescue

Chef Duffy Dishes On Bar Rescue's ZanZBar

Yes, people get upset and lash out but you never ever personally attack a staff member. Ami was an attacker. A verbally abusing man from the moment we walked into the place.

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The Brixton

Bar Rescue: The Brixton, Austin, TX

Season 3 Episode 4: Jon Taffer asked me to come down to Austin and help him with the training of the staff and to design a unique drinks theme that would not be found anywhere else in Austin.

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TJ Quills

Bar Rescue: TJ Quills, New Orleans, LA

Here’s a scenario, take eight high school buddies, $315K, an obscene amount of booze, a historic bar on the main drag in-between two massive universities plagued with the lore of underage drinking and add a splash of sexual harassment and a blatant disregard for any form of law that states...

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Bar Rescue

Bar Rescue: Turtle Bay, New Orleans

Bourbon Street in New Orleans is known as the “bar hop” capital of the world. It’s made up of over 50 bars and nightclubs in a single mile long stretch.

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Bar Rescue Insider

How Would Design Expert Nancy Hadley, From Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue”, Improve Your “Curb Appeal”?

How would she help increase your product sales through cost effective design? Don't miss your chance to win a free "on a budget" consultation from Nancy at the Nightclub & Bar Show in Las Vegas.

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Bar Rescue Insider

It’s A New Year! What Have You Done So Far?

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!

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Bar Rescue Insider

Do You Have a Piece of Paper that Prints Money?

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.

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Happy Holidays

Sprucing Up with Holiday Spirit

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.

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Nancy Hadley

Bar Rescue: Extremes Sports Bar in Orange, CA

Driving up to Extremes Sports bar in Orange, CA, I almost passed it. Set back on a block with multiple storefronts off the main street, it had signage to yawn at.

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Rocks

Bar Rescue: Rocks in Laguna Niguel, CA

After years of success in Real Estate, Scott Terheggen fulfilled a dream by opening Rocks in 1996, a bar located off the busy Interstate 5 freeway in Laguna Niguel, California—a youthful beach town.

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Kristen Santoro

Jon Taffer Wows a Packed Crowd in Chicago and Dallas

Jon Taffer’s Rescue Tour, presented by the Nightclub & Bar Media Group, recently hosted highly praised workshops in Chicago and Dallas, and now readies for three more in Atlanta, San Francisco and Las Vegas.

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Bar Rescue

Bar Rescue: Win Place and Show in Fairfield, OH

My initial reaction as a designer to the front of the building is that it’s got a great deck, great view, but the signage is terrible. It’s not well done, and then name of the place is a little too wordy. Located in Fairfield, Ohio, a small town north of Cincinnati, Win Place and Show, owned by...

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Nancy Hadley

Bar Rescue: Weber's in Reseda, CA

A former strip club, converted to a concert venue that featured punk, rockabilly, and metal bands, with beveled mirrors along one side, Weber’s is an accident that just keeps happening.

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The Black Sheep

The Black Sheep in Cheviot, OH

In 2007 Owner Scott, a local firefighter, decided to open the Cheviot, Ohio bar The Black Sheep. This family owned bar was a huge success at first, pulling in $70,000 a month however with lack of a functioning management the bar is losing $8,000 a month.

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The Olive Pit

The Olive Pit in Orange, CA

A frequent watering hole for the local blue-collar crowd, The Olive Pit, opened in 1962 in Orange, California (about 30 miles southeast of Los Angeles.)

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Jon Taffer's Rescue Tour

1 Day Left to SAVE! Register Early for Rescue Tours in Chicago and Dallas

Last year's Rescue Tour SOLD OUT, so secure your seat today! PLUS, receive a $50 discount on Chicago and Dallas locations when you register by Friday, Aug. 10!

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Mystique Lounge

Mystique or Murder?

Mystique Lounge in West Palm Beach, FL has operated under the shadow of a murder for the past three years. A fight that broke out outside the venue in 2009 escalated, leaving one victim murdered and another seriously injured.

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J.A. Murphy's

J.A. Murphy’s in Fells Point, Maryland

J.A. Murphy's is located in the heart of historic Fells Point MD, a fun and thriving area on the water with loads of foot traffic.

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Jon Taffer's Rescue Tour

Registration Now Open for Jon Taffer's Rescue Tour!

Registration is now open for Jon Taffer’s Rescue Tour workshop series this fall! Workshops are planned for Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, San Francisco and Las Vegas.

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JoAnn Cianciulli

Piratz Tavern in Silver Spring, MD

After a career in corporate communications, Tracy Rebelo went out on a limb and opened Piratz Tavern in Silver Spring, MD. But from the beginning, Piratz only attracted a select customer base of Renaissance Fair performers and Saturday afternoon children’s parties.

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Bar Rescue Insider

Communication is Key to Success

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?

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Bar Rescue Insider

Creating Communities Within Your Bar

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

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Bar Rescue Insider

Bartending Schools, Hit or Miss?

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...

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Bar Rescue Insider

Bartender May I Please Order Some Food….

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.

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Bar Rescue Insider

Sell More Products Through Back Bar Design

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.

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Bar Rescue Insider

Understanding the Backbar

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.

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Bar Rescue Insider

Where is Your Food Coming From?

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?

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Bar Rescue Insider

Introducing a Feature to Your Bar

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.

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Bar Rescue Insider

Making Mixology Approachable

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.

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Bar Rescue Insider

Stuck in a Menu Rut

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!

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Bar Rescue Insider

What’s Your Sign?

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.

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Bar Rescue Insider

A Bartender’s Perspective on Wine

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.

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Bar Rescue Insider

Is This the Service Industry?

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.

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Bar Rescue Insider

My Very First NCB Show Experience

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.

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Creating a Service-Recovery Strategy

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

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Bar Rescue Insider

Let Me Check …

“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.

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Bar Rescue Insider

How Color and Light Affect Interactions

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.

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Bar Rescue Insider

Tailoring the Bar Experience

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.

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Bar Rescue Insider

Who is Determining Your Menu?

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?

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Bar Rescue Insider

Cleanliness is Key

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.

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Bar REscue Insider

How to Empower and Motivate Your Bartenders

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

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Brian Duffy

Bringing Your Kitchen Back to Basics

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.

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Bar REscue Insider

From the Outside In

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’...

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Michelle Mitchell

On Location with “Bar Rescue:” Angry Ham’s Garage, Framingham, Mass.

Spike TV's "Bar Rescue" taped at Angry Ham's Garage in Framingham, Mass., where Jon Taffer worked to repair a bar suffering from lack of leadership, systems and controls. Will the Taffer fix clean up this mess?

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Donna Hood Crecca

On Location with “Bar Rescue:” The Chicken Bone in Framingham, Mass.

Spike TV's "Bar Rescue" tackles out-of-control costs and dated decor at The Chicken Bone in Framingham, Mass. Will the bar fly right again?

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JoAnn Cianciulli

On Location with "Bar Rescue:" Canyon Inn in Yorba Linda, Calif.

The Canyon Inn in Yorba Linda, Calif., is a confused little spot with an identity crisis; bar tabs and clientele are at an all-time low. Enter Jon Taffer and the "Bar Rescue" crew!

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JoAnn Cianciulli

On Location with "Bar Rescue:" Champs in Burbank, Calif.

Champs in Burbank, Calif. is in deep trouble — bartenders are over-pouring, the decor is out of date and the menu is a mess. Can Jon Taffer of NCB Media Group and Spike TV's new show "Bar Rescue" prevent disaster?

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Donna Hood Crecca

On Location with "Bar Rescue:" Swanky Bubbles in Philadelphia

Outdated decor, unwieldy menu, unworkable bar — can this bar be saved? Spike TV's "Bar Rescue" shoots an episode at Swanky Bubbles in Philadelphia.

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Lew Bryson

On Location with "Bar Rescue:" Downey’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, Philadelphia

Spike TV's "Bar Rescue" puts the fix on Downey's in Philadelphia. Our writer was on location for the shoot and the grand re-opening.

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