In America, bars are an important part of the social landscape and many of them have existed long enough to possess historical relevance in some of America’s biggest moments. This is why a show about saving failing American bars is not just good TV but also considered a heroic act. Bar Rescue has been that since July 2011 and its host, Jon Taffer has become a national treasure. But being a reality show, questions have been asked about whether Bar Rescue is fake or real.
In this article, we look at the evidence, and consider the accounts of previous bar owners on the show, to determine the truth. We also look at how many bars have been saved by the show. Check it out below.
What is Bar Rescue?
Bar Rescue is a reality television show that airs on Paramount Network. The show stars Jon Taffer, who is a renowned bar and nightclub consultant using his wealth of experience and expertise to save failing bars.
The premise of the show is based on Taffer coming to the aid of struggling bars and nightclubs, and it often involves processes like surveillance, where he examines the operations of the bar with the use of hidden cameras, then he uses the information gathered to suggest solutions to the owner of the establishment.
The show began to air on the 17th of July, 2011, airing its first five seasons on Spike before moving on to Paramount Network for the sixth season and has remained with the network to date. Bar Rescue has a very similar premise to other rescue shows based on the food industry, but is it fake or real?
Is Bar Rescue Fake Or Real
Even for people who do not own bars or nightclubs, Bar Rescue is a great and enjoyable television show and it’s host Jon Taffer has earned a reputation as the Gordon Ramsay of bars. The show’s entertainment value benefits from scripted lines and reactions, which puts Bar Rescue’s production firmly in the fake category of reality shows.
If the production style of Bar Rescue did not tip you off, specifically the camera angles which are almost always just right for each interaction, the comments of a few previous owners who appeared on the show proves that it is indeed, fake. A lot of bars have claimed to have been fed lines to say, even as far as the situation of the bar, with one owner going as far as saying he was encouraged to make his bar and situation worse than it is.
Those who appear on the show have also reported that they have been made to bring in several clothes for one day of shooting to give the appearance of filming taking place over several days. Simply put, there has been more than enough evidence to prove that Bar Rescue is fake. However, while the interactions and drama on the show might be fake, the show is truly in the business of rescuing struggling bars, and it has had a mixed bag of success since it came on air.
How Many Bars Survive or Fail after the Show?
The answer to Bar Rescue being fake or real might be a disappointment to hardcore fans of the show, but Jon Taffer’s expertise and knowledge have given it some real-life success. The show has come to the aid of over 160 bars since it came into existence, and at least 92 of them have survived, with more than 74 of them failing.
While it might seem like a lot of bars in the fail corner, there have been numerous reasons that have contributed to the failure of the bars, some of which are not down to Jon Taffer and his team. A sizeable fraction of the bars have been known to revert to their old ways after Jon Taffer and his team leave their establishment, while some have simply gone too far into debt, with not enough runway for the changes to take effect before they are forced to close down.
One good thing though is, survive or fail, the bars do not always have to pay for the renovations as the cost is borne by advertising companies on the show. Other sources of funding come from the TV network and the bar itself which gives Jon Taffer equity in exchange for the fix.