(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 3 | View All Season 3 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: August 18, 2013
The Bar's Original Name Was: Cliques
22 Klicks Address: 3109 S Main St #110, Hope Mills, NC 28348
Cliques, later renamed to 22 Klicks, was a Fayetteville / Hope Mills, North Carolina bar that was featured on Season 3 of Bar Rescue.
Though the 22 Klicks Bar Rescue episode aired in August 2013, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that.
It was Season 3 Episode 17 and the episode name was “Corking the Hole”.
In season three of John Taffer’s, Bar Rescue, Taffer was in Hope Mills North Carolina at Cliques, which would later be renamed to 22 Klicks.
If you’re not familiar with North Carolina, Hope Mills is near Fayetteville.
Fayetteville is home to Fort Bragg, so it’s a very big army town.
During Taffer’s recon, he and his experts witnessed a bar that had no leadership, a frat house environment, a room full of testosterone, and an angry owner $140,000 in debt.
It’s Bar Rescue, so that’s pretty much par for the course.
The owner of 22 Klicks, Todd Harr, was deployed by the military two years after opening Cliques.
When Harr returned to Cliques from overseas found his establishment run down and his employees out of control.
Harr made no attempt to or was unable to reign his employees in so he joined in on the fun and turned his bar into a boys club.
The kitchen, bar, and food were roach infested.
The liquor bottles, mugs, and coolers were also roach infested, which is super duper gross.
To make matters worse, Todd refused to take responsibility for the roach infestation.
Instead, he blamed it on his employees, saying that there wouldn’t be roaches if they were doing their jobs.
While that is kind of true, he’s still the owner so he’s responsible for making sure people do their jobs, at least in my opinion.
Furthermore, the decor in the bar made no sense.
The most offensive decoration was the punching bag machine.
Testosterone was flowing like the beer should have been and during the episode, a patron was hurt.
Jon came in questioned Harr about his lack of leadership and discipline, told him about his bad food and drinks, as he always does.
What’s more, Taffer told him the first thing to go was the punching machine and the next, the name.
As part of the renovations, Jon Taffer changed the name from Cliques to 22 Klicks.
In a community that caters largely to the military, it just made sense. 22 Klicks Bar & Grille is 22 Klicks from Fort Bragg.
The 22 Klicks décor pays homage to the military and features a model tank instead of the punching machine.
The tank, walls, and memorabilia have become popular conversation pieces.
The food served is great bar food with a bar that serves military-themed drinks.
So was the Cliques Bar Rescue episode a long-term success?
Keep reading our update to learn what happened next and if the bar is still open in 2023 and beyond.
22 Klicks Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the 22 Klicks Bar Rescue episode, let’s talk about how the bar is doing after Jon Taffer and his crew left Hope Mills, NC.
At the normal check-in with the Bar Rescue producers, we learn that sales at the bar are up a whopping 50%.
This increased revenue has given Todd a chance to finally clear out his debt.
Todd also seems to have kept in touch with Jon Taffer, as the two were seen hanging out together at the Nightclub & bar convention in 2015.
Jon Taffer also revisited 22 Klicks in a 2018 Back to the Bar episode.
You can see a clip of this episode in this YouTube video, though I can’t find anything longer:
Given this, you’re probably not surprised that Todd has kept pretty much all of Taffer’s changes, even including the drinks.
Now, let’s get to the most important questions…
Is 22 Klicks still open after Bar Rescue?
As of 2023, 22 Klicks is still open and serving customers in Hope Mills under the same name and concept that Jon Taffer gave them.
The bar is quite active on the 22Klicks Facebook page, regularly posting about events and specials.
They seem to regularly have live music, which is cool.
Here’s a screenshot of a Facebook post promoting an upcoming artist:
Reviews for the bar are pretty good but not amazing.
22 Klicks has a 3.5 star rating on its Yelp page and a 4.3 star rating on Google Reviews.
Here are few examples of the reviews that were written after the visit from Jon Taffer…
3 star review from July 2019:
I’ve been curious to go to this place ever since seeing it re-done on the show Bar Rescue.
I did like the environment.
Small, casual, cozy-ish.
Plenty of room for pool and to have a good time with your friends.
I thought the gator nuggets/gator bites could’ve been bigger but the portion size complimented the fact that they are small.
Overall this is not a bad place, and I’ll definitely be back to try the burgers next time.
3 star review from June 2013:
Rather normal dive bar experience.
The interior was clearly a result of the Bar Rescue episode done recently.
It’s a cool vibe, even if it’s a little obvious.
It’s fun, nonetheless.
Clientele are what you’d expect: single soldiers and middle aged drinkers.
Good selection of drink choices, and an interesting grill menu.
Saturday night is 80s night, which was fun and kitchy.
Worth checking out if you’re in the area.
5 star review from June 2015:
I work on Fort Bragg, so getting to this place during lunch is a bit of a hike.
But the food is so good that I’ve been eating here regularly since well before the episode of Bar Rescue.
At first glance, this place seems like almost any other bar.
Nice ambiance, friendly staff, etc.
I have no complaints in this area.
Now, on to the food.
This is where 22 Klicks really shines.
The burgers are freaking phenomenal.
Try the deep fried burger.
You won’t be disappointed.
There are many unique items on the menu that you can’t find anywhere else in the area, including but not limited to alligator bites. Yum.
And if you go here and don’t try the chicken cordon bleu bites you are doing yourself a grave disservice.
They are among the best appetizers I’ve ever had the pleasure to try.
If you’re in the Fayetteville area and you want to check it out, you can learn more at the official 22 Klicks website.
Fun fact – 22 Klicks still uses the Harbor Touch POS system.
If you’re a Bar Rescue fan, you know all about that!
You’ll see the online Harbor Touch interface if you browse the 22 Klicks menu.
And then here’s what the 22 Klicks Hope Mills NC location looks like in the most picture from Google Maps street view…
It’s right by a hotel, so I imagine it gets a lot of foot traffic from that.
Final thoughts on 22 Klicks
Overall, 22 Klicks seems like a genuine Bar Rescue success story.
Todd Harr genuinely accepted Taffer’s changes and continued with them.
In return for this (and his hard work, of course), 22 Klicks has enjoyed almost a decade of success, with no signs of that stopping any time soon.
Congrats to everyone involved – this is what Bar Rescue is all about!
If you want to see some other North Carolina Bar Rescue episodes, you can check out my updates for Rio Ultra Lounge / 360 Lounge Reloaded in Charlotte, MoonRunners Saloon / Characters Quarters in Garner, and Cashmere / Dual Ultra Nightclub in Raleigh.
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Last updated: 2023-03-18 09:13
6 thoughts on “22 Klicks Bar Rescue Update (Cliques) – Still Open in 2023?”
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Love seeing owners & staff come together to try really hard to turn things around by putting broken systems in forefront & fixing them. Staff & owners come together, put their egos away, fix the hurt feelings & continue using the new systems long after Taffer has left. Hope 22 Klicks has maintained everything they were taught in the Rescue.
22Klicks one of my favorite places to go , I go about lunch time , awesome plili steak, catfish bites , jute box music , not crowded at the time
I went last night to 22 klicks. It has become a dive bar. I waited over 10 minutes to be greeted. Another 10 or 15 just to get a beer and another 20 before I ordered food. I believe they had to go to Louisiana to catch the frog legs for my “ Swamp pot.” Table was dirty, painting was hap-hazard (at least in the Men’s bathroom) Not a good experience.
Thanks for sharing your experience! Sad to hear it wasn’t good.
Went to 22 Klicks last night. Went at about 6pm. Sat ourselves and waited about 5 minutes before a waitress took our drink order. Then we order 2 appetizers. Fried Mushrooms and Boom Boom Shrimp. No mushrooms. Evidently the supplier doesn’t supply them anymore. So take it off the menu. Shrimp was good. I had Wings. They were good. Wife had Philly Cheesesteak, it was dry. Daughter-in-law had Alfredo with shrimp. No garlic on the bread. Alfredo was so so. Son had the Swamp bucket. He enjoyed it. Overall food was ok. Didn’t WOW us. We ordered common drinks. But no Pinot Grigio and waitress didn’t know if they had mint for a Mojito-but they did. Bathrooms need work. Sign in womens bathroom that my wife didn’t notice until leaving to use upper lock. Door handle lock didn’t work. How hard is it to fix or change out? Decor of the bar. Pictures were crooked, blinds were messed up. Cleanliness was fine. We left about 7pm. Not many patrons in the bar at that time. The tank that Jon Taffer put in is gone-well the barrel is hanging from the ceiling. My son said Ft Bragg doesn’t have tanks so may be the reason replaced with a chinook helicopter paining and a parachute. Overall not bad but not the way Jon left it. Probably won’t go back.
Thanks for sharing your experience! Always interesting to hear from people who visit the bars in person.