HOME > Chowhound > Food Media & News >

Bar Rescue

chris2269 Aug 7, 2011 10:36 PM

Spike TV is now in the Reality Drink/Food game

I know scary. I actually liked the show. Learned some stuff about the bar industry.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. u
    UptownKevin RE: chris2269 Aug 8, 2011 08:21 AM

    I have actually been watching it from the beginning. Pretty cool show and fairly accurate about the bar business. As a former bar manager, I like it.

    1. Kagemusha RE: chris2269 Aug 8, 2011 08:30 AM

      Totally bored with this concept and wish it would sink. What's next? Abattoir Rescue?

      5 Replies
      1. re: Kagemusha
        chris2269 RE: Kagemusha Aug 8, 2011 03:52 PM

        or you could just stop watching. I know Trolling is more fun.

        1. re: chris2269
          Kagemusha RE: chris2269 Aug 9, 2011 08:56 AM

          These shows are everywhere, ranging from the ones we know and loathe to those featuring the overweight, impecunious, sloppy, too-dumb-to-paint-a-wall, bad hairdressers, booze/drug-adled, and bad drivers among us. All feature a scolding Ramsay-like host who flies into splenetic rages and weepy/defiant victims who eventually wise up by the ep's end. What fun.

          1. re: Kagemusha
            chris2269 RE: Kagemusha Aug 9, 2011 09:47 AM

            Can not argue your point for 99% of reality shows . Very well made. (not sure where the driving thing comes in though)
            Like I said I did learn a few things about the bar industry though so out of the bunch this is one I will watch.

            You seem to hate reality TV .......you do know you do not have to watch it?

            I hate regular cooking shows. I can go on You Tube and get the same info in like 30 seconds. Found a great way to make a perfectly cooked restaurant quality rare Rib Eye recently.

            I do not go on to cooking boards and troll against people for watching cooking shows because they are not my pot of tea.

            1. re: chris2269
              Kagemusha RE: chris2269 Aug 9, 2011 01:38 PM

              Depends on your formula tolerance threshold. Sorry!

              "Reality" TV is news or docs, not these sideshows.

              1. re: chris2269
                rnh17 RE: chris2269 May 13, 2014 08:01 AM

                The problem I have with Bar Rescue--and all shows of this ilk--is that the formula starts to wear thin, and the problems become more interesting than the solutions. In Bar Rescue, for example, he always wants to change the name of the bar, no matter that the owner doesn't want to change it, or that they can and often will change it back after Jon leaves.

        2. tastyjon RE: chris2269 Aug 8, 2011 06:20 PM

          It's actually quite close to the BBC version of Kitchen Nightmares, where Ramsey imparted help and knowledge rather than continually increasing volume/tirades when it moved to the U.S.

          Like you, I enjoy learning more about the business side of running a business. The focus might happen to be bars, but there are lessons for anyone interested in better managing customers/products/people.

          1. k
            kpaxonite RE: chris2269 Aug 8, 2011 07:29 PM

            The last one I saw was the beach one and I couldn't help but think the GM is a drug dealer

            Show Hidden Posts