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Aug 7, 2011 10:36 PM

Bar Rescue

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.

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

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      1. re: Kagemusha

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

        1. re: chris2269

          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

            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 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

              Depends on your formula tolerance threshold. Sorry!

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

              1. re: chris2269

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