The Base Line / Recovery Room Bar Rescue Update – Open or Closed?

Is Baseline Bar still open in 2022?

Status: >> OPEN <<
(keep reading to learn what happened)

Season: 6 | View All Season 6 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: April 14, 2019
The Bar's Original Name Was: The Recovery Room Bar
Baseline Bar Address: 1139 Harry Wurzbach Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209

The Base Line / Recovery Room Bar Rescue Update

Episode Recap

Base Line bar, originally The Recovery Room bar, was a San Antonio, Texas bar featured on Season 6 of Bar Rescue. The Recovery Room Bar Rescue episode aired in April 2019, but the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place earlier.

Located in San Antonio, Texas, the Recovery Room Bar is owned by Heather Stich.

In 2013 Heather bought the bar with her life savings. The Recovery Room Bar started off well and was successful.

However, the owner, Heather, is now the main problem. She parties too much.

Heather’s husband, Howard, has to step in, but it is fruitless. Their marriage is now falling apart and the bar desperately needs some help from Jon Taffer.

Jim and Max, who have a Bar Rescue podcast, go to the Recovery Room Bar to do recon.

The exterior is very dark, and the inside is painted an ugly shade of green.

There is a lot of empty space inside the bar.

Heather is at the bar drinking with her friends. Heather and her friends do not pay for their drinks, so this is basically pouring money down the sink.

Howard is annoyed with Heather. He is usually sober and has to deal with her drunken antics.

Heather buys a round of shots for the entire bar. That’s even more money going down the sink, right?

Jon comes in and makes Heather get behind the bar and make fifteen margaritas.

Three other bartenders, Dee, Victoria, and Devon, watch Heather.

She swears she is sober, but she drunkenly messes up the drinks. Jon leaves, fed up with her behavior. 

Jon joins the next day’s meeting, and Heather is sober.

Over the weekend, the bar gave away $984 in drinks, which explains a lot of why it’s failing.

Jon shows footage of Heather drinking at the bar instead of working.

Howard is not an official owner, but he funds the majority of the bar. Heather gives her husband 50% of the bar and makes him a partner. 

Phil Wills trains the staff on a whiskey-based cocktail.

The stress test is about to begin, and Heather and the bartenders are putting in all of their efforts. Drinks are served, but there has been no payment taken.

Howard and Heather meet with Jon and say they need his help and support.

After the stress test at The Recovery Room, Jon then reveals the newly renovated bar. The name has been changed to The Base Line bar and the bar is more colorful and brighter. 

As with many other Bar Rescue episodes, the new Base Line bar got a ton of free equipment as part of Jon Taffer’s renovation.

Arctic Concepts installed a new draft system for the newly renovated bar. There are also now two workstations. Heather receives a Bevinco subscription for a lifetime supply of inventory. Heather and Howard love the new decorations.

There is a new pizza oven, and the customers love it. Jon times the staff, and they are able to make fifteen drinks in four minutes. 

Baseline Bar Update - What Happened Next?

Six weeks later the sales are up 20%. Heather was stepping up and decided to keep the new name of The Base Line.

In general, reviews of The Base Line are positive. The customers love their drinks and atmosphere.

As of 2022, The Base Line has an excellent 4.5 star rating on Yelp, which is one of the better ratings that you’ll see for any bar from Bar Rescue.

The reviews are also great on other platforms, with a 4.4 rating on Google Reviews and a 4.9 rating on Facebook.

Overall, The Recovery Room Bar Rescue episode seems like a success so far and the new Base Line Bar is going strong as of 2022.


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Last updated: 2022-01-01 01:14

3 thoughts on “The Base Line / Recovery Room Bar Rescue Update – Open or Closed?”

  1. I went to this place about a month after the episode aired. It’s a bit out of my way, on the other side of town but I really wanted to see what it was like after the rescue. I went about 7pm on a Friday night. Really dead. There were only 4 people in there; 2 were soldiers still in their fatigues. Everything still looked pretty good from the rescue but it was empty. I tried one of the new drinks that they implemented: the 68 Whiskey. Which was pretty good even though I’m not a Whiskey person. The bartender was really nice but there was no energy here. Now in all fairness, Fiesta just started and she did point this out as a reason why it was so dead. I never went back; not because it was bad but because it’s just way out of my way. Because of the location, this is a bar really for the Fort Sam Houston crowd.

    • Thanks for sharing! Seems pretty dead for a Friday night. I assume it’s picked up a bit since the bar is still open for now.


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