Jon heads to New Orleans to give a recently opened bar a major overhaul when he notices no identity, lackluster management and questionable food practices.
Note: For the recon in this episode, Jon brought in the bar manager and kitchen manager of The Black Sheep (re-branded as The Public House), featured in the sixth episode of season 2.
Jon tries to save a roach-infested bar and deals with a stubborn owner.
Note: Instead of doing the recon, Jon and his experts acommpany Nicole instead of having her go in alone after reviewing the customer's point of view in addition to a disturbing concert that took place that night. This is one of the few rescues where Jon did not thank the owner for his help.
Jon has a lot of work to do when he helps an owner and his frat brother friends who recently purchased a hangout notorious for bartenders who drink on the job and for serving people with fake I.D.s.
Jon has more than just a bar to fix when he helps a couple, the husband of which is belligerent, insulting to customers, and doesn't know how to make proper drinks, which threatens to derail everything they worked hard for.
Note: This is the fourth bar that reverted to its name at the end of the episode.
Jon gets more than he bargains for when he has a face off with a very prideful and stubborn owner who is desperate to keep his bar alive after a car crash a few years back ruined its success when his old staff failed to control it while he was recovering.
Jon goes to work at a reformed night club that used to cater to an older crowd, but was forced to accommodate to the younger, more hyper customers. The security poses massive issues of safety while the bartenders' service suffers.
Jon works with a nice but passive owner whose poor decisions, including putting in a controversial animal crane game, and her ignorant manager, has caused her bar to hit the rocks.
When America's first karaoke bar is facing closure, Jon decides to go hands on to help this historic establishment.
Jon heads to the Arizona desert to help a family-owned bar whose members drink on the job and allow running motorcycles and horses inside, creating health hazards for the customers.
Jon journeys to a comedy club, where he must assist the business with achieving more laughter and securing a larger amount of profit from the customers.
A Las Vegas bar owner tries to pick up Nicole, leaving Jon in a frenzy and tough predicament. He also has to get the owner's partner to become a manager, get a new sound to attract more people and loosen gambling rules in their games.
Jon learns that a North Carolina nightclub has an immature and partying manager who is refilling premium liquor bottles with cheap alcohol, and must get the owner to hold him and his employees accountable to save his bar.
Jon tries to get two partying sisters to stop binge drinking in order to save a biker bar.
Jon must put an end to a feud between two owners, whose bitter resentment towards each other is allowing their staff to get away with theft, drinking on the job, and constant fighting at their failing sports bar.
Jon looks to save Las Vegas' first gay nightclub from its verbally abusive and intoxicated owner.
Jon deals with a Yankee family who is having trouble adapting to a more Dixie environment, mostly because the brother is a hot-head who verbally insults his family and staff, and the other members wear ridiculous costumes to support one of the worst concepts Jon has seen to date. The episode also had a flashback to the infamous Piratz Tavern episode.
Note: During the Back to the Bar special, it was shown that not only is Moonrunners successful, they are scouting out a second location for a franchise.
Jon must humble an arrogant and condescending U.S. Marine/bar owner who bulldogs his employees and fails to capture the local military personnel due to poor design choices.
Jon tries to help two siblings who are wasting their father's retirement with a rickety mechanical bull, get hold of their inexperienced, over-pouring bartenders, and help them recover from a family loss that had the owners closing the kitchen, in a New England whaling community.
Jon helps repair the strained relationship of two classically trained chefs who have a blue collar bar in desperate need of help.
Jon tries to save a marriage and a bar by splitting one bar into two, but has trouble with an inexperienced staff, including a good, but frustrated cook, and the husband not doing anything to help. First time the landlord and rival business owner appear as part of the recon team.
Jon must do a reality check on a bar whose oblivious owner, ill-conceived death metal theme, and filthy bathrooms are driving away the college-age crowd.
Jon encounters poor food service, tacky decor, and deep distrust between employees and management as he tries to save a Halloween/horror-themed bar run by two former rockers.
Jon confronts a bar owner's adult grandchildren, whose lax oversight of inventory and money handling have brought the bar close to failure.
Jon faces the triple challenge of rebuilding a successful bar that was nearly destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, getting the five brothers who own it to set aside their disagreements, and retraining staff members who are long out of practice.
Note: For this episode, the staff training and stress test were done at a bar in Manhattan, since the Bungalow Bar was undergoing extensive reconstruction. Prior to the grand re-opening, the owners of Turtle Bay (re-branded as Spirits on Bourbon, episode 1 of season 3) visited to present the staff with a new set of souvenir cups and T-shirts and a $5,000 donation. As Jon prepared to leave, the owners presented him with an autographed picture of an American flag raised amid Hurricane Sandy's floodwaters, framed with wood taken from the portions of the Rockaway Beach boardwalk that were destroyed in the storm. This is also the first bar that was not a failure prior to an overhaul, but a way for Jon to give back to his community.
A motorsports bar's female-unfriendly theme and its employees' vulgar behavior - including heavy drinking on the job and display of a sex doll - prompt Jon to push the owner to reassert control over the business.
A Tennessee bar without a liquor license has severe sanitation problems in the kitchen and basement, female bartenders who routinely flash their breasts at customers, and an owner who has a reputation for ingenuity yet leaves all the hands-on work to his wife.
Note: Big Smo, who used to perform at MT Bottle, joins Jon to watch the recon. He later appeared during the grand re-opening of the bar's new name.
Surveillance on a golf-themed bar reveals terrible sanitary conditions and incompetence in the kitchen, which is run by the owner's friend, that threaten to ruin the owner's investment, unless Jon can get the borderline-oblivious owner to take control and fix things up.
A country music snob with an explosive personality turns to Jon for help.
Note: This episode was originally supposed to air on November 24, 2013. The day before, the owner of the bar was arrested for allegedly shooting and killing one of his patrons in an argument. Spike pulled the episode, which was scheduled at 9:00 PM on the 24th, and replaced it with a rerun. An oversight by the network, however, led to the intended 12:00 AM encore on the 25th airing as scheduled and drawing complaints from viewers.
Jon must help a sports bar's owner and staff overcome long-held infighting, poor training, and a lack of publicity and promotion in order to succeed against the local competition.
When a personal feud between twin brothers threatens the future of the bar they own, one brother's son calls Jon in to save the business.
When an owner's heavy drinking and loud antics threaten the bar's fortune, Jon must get the owner's brother and his best friend, who together hold a majority stake, to overrule him and act to save the bar.
Note: Two of the three co-owners join Jon to watch the recon. This is also the first episode where he performed a hostile takeover.
Jon must make a members-only club into an asset, but has trouble with a carefree owner and his aloof son, bartenders who over-pour, a manager who is set to take over but has little power, and a raccoon infestation that poses a major health hazard.
A family's feuding pushes Jon Taffer to the limit. Outrageous antics force an extreme decision.
Arguments and fights among a bar's owners and staff leave Jon wondering if he even wants to attempt to rescue it.
Jon is joined by celebrity guests Maria Menounos and Adam Carolla as he takes over a failing sports bar, wrangles with an incompetent owner, whose father owns the building as a whole, and undertrained staff.
Note: Maria and AfterBuzzTV co-creator Kevin Undergaro go undercover during the recon.
Jon must mend the relationship between the owners and their father, who's fed up with the staff's unruly behavior, but can't do anything since the owners are too lenient and refuse to fire them. However, when one of the employees causes a disaster in the kitchen, Jon must convince them otherwise.
Jon must give a bar a major overhaul, from the staff to the name, when a tax-accountant-turned-owner bought it and the bad reputation and that it gained a few years back, while dealing with bartenders who spend more time drinking and creating drama, and one of the worst locations he's dealt with.
Jon recruits the bar's bartenders to get inside help about the bar's problems and must get the manager to stop treating the place like a romantic playground, while convincing the owner to go more hands on with his business.
Finding a hookah bar plagued by unsanitary smoking equipment, putrid odors, an inexperienced manager, and an owner who lets his staff run wild, Jon wonders if the bar's concept can ever turn a profit.
Jon faces off with an owner of a dying Texas bar who is lecherous and disrespectful towards women patrons, treats his wife/general manager with little respect, and gives away his products, after he crosses the line with one of his experts.
Two meatheads' tempers and testosterone threaten their friendship and their Houston bar, forcing Jon to address not only their management style, but their personal issues.