Cap’n Odies Bar Rescue Update – Florida – Still Open in 2023?

Is Cap N Odies still open in 2023?

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

Season: 6 | View All Season 6 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: April 29, 2018
The Bar's Original Name Was: Cap'n Odie's Lounge
Cap N Odies Address: 2206 Mayport Rd Atlantic Beach, FL 32233

Cap N Odies Bar Rescue Update

Episode Recap

Cap N Odies, also spelled Cap’n Odies or Cap’n Odie’s Lounge or Captain Odies, was an Atlantic Beach, Florida bar that was featured on Season 6 of Bar Rescue.

Though the Cap’n Odies Bar Rescue episode aired in April 2018, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place a couple of months before that.

It was Season 6 Episode 8 and the episode name was “An Ode to the Cap’n”.

Cap’n Odie’s Lounge, also spelled Cap N Odies Lounge, is a bar in Atlantic Beach, FL.

If you’re not familiar with Florida geography, Atlantic Beach is, quite obviously, a beach community.

It’s located in the north of the state, almost due west from Jacksonville.

While many of the other beach communities have become part of Jacksonville, Atlantic Beach is still somewhat independent.

The Cap’n Odies owner is named Kim Goings.

The bar has been operating for almost forty years and was given to Kim after her father unfortunately passed away.

That is, the bar has been in the family for its entire 40-year history, so there’s a lot of connection there.

Liz is the manager of Cap’n Odie’s Lounge, but she has let many things slide, such as staff drinking behind the bar.

Kim is never at the bar, and the employees blame her for the bar’s disrepair and failure. 

The bar uses a book to collect its tabs, but many charges are not getting paid.

To make matters worse, a hurricane hit the area and affected businesses.

Customers are choosing to stay home and save money.

The owners are in severe debt, and the bar is near closure, which is why the Cap N Odies Bar Rescue episode exists.

Expert mixologist Phil Wills helps Jon Taffer with the bar rescue.

Cap’n Odie’s Lounge is near a naval base that houses many families, so it should be able to pool in people from the base (along with people going to the beach).

Jon and Phil are introduced to Liz in the camera footage.

The footage shows a weird deal the bar offers -$10 dollars and you can drink all night.

That’s an insane deal! Even for a dive bar.

I would’ve loved to have a bar with that offer when I was in college, but it does seem like it’s not a great way for the bar to make money.

Two naval officers go undercover for Jon to spy on the bar and gain some knowledge.

The bartenders are drinking alcohol, smoking behind the bar, and ignoring the spies.

It’s pretty standard fare for Bar Rescue, but it’s not something you usually see in successful bars.

Eventually, the staff notice the spies and take their orders.

They ask for a whiskey sour which is served too sour.

The spies overhear a customer return their soda because black flecks are floating in their drink. 

Instead of figuring out the issue with the soda, the bartenders replace the soda.

Jon Taffer and Phil have seen enough so they enter the bar.

Phil immediately tries to find the problem with the soda while Jon meets with Kim.

Kim complains about Liz and the bar’s disrepair.

Liz is called in, and Jon tells her it is illegal to smoke behind the bar.

Jon tells the entire bar that all drinks are contaminated.

The ice machine is moldy on the inside, and the mold is leaking into the ice.

It’s so gross – ever since watching Bar Rescue I’m super paranoid about ice machines and just assume they’re riddled with mold.

The customers leave in disgust and Kim is told to clean the ice machine.

When Jon goes, Liz is smoking a cigarette in the corner. 

At the staff meeting the next day, Jon addresses the issue of the tabs book.

After calculations, Jon determines there are $200 dollars unaccounted. The money is counted as a loss.

Liz tells Jon she is doing things the same way Kim’s father did, but Jon does not believe her.

Jon tells Kim she needs to step up as a leader. 

While that’s happening, Phil trains the bartenders on making drinks with Captain Morgan in order to prepare them for the stress test.

They even get a visit from the Captain himself – yay for product placement!

Cap'n Odie's on Bar Rescue

Liz is working as a manager for the stress test.

Jon is going to watch the employees on their quality and consistency.

The bar keeps making mistakes, and drinks are dumped.

The bar is being ignored, and some customers wait for almost thirty minutes. 

Miami, a bartender, works well but falls behind because the bar lacks a POS system.

Side note – customers seem to love Miami, as she’s mentioned positively in a lot of reviews. More on that later.

After things get out of control, the test is shut down.

The next day Phil continues showing the bartenders how to make cocktails with Captain Morgan.

He shows them how to make their new signature drink in a signature glass. 

The bar is renovated and revealed.

The name has stayed the same, but the colors have been updated to reflect the nearby naval base.

Jon Taffer also slightly simplified it, dropping the lounge part and just going with Cap’n Odie’s.

I like that he kept the original name because of its long history with Kim’s father.

In addition to new decor, the bar also got a bunch of equipment.

As always, the equipment is free of charge, mostly provided by the show’s sponsors.

Customers come into the bar for the relaunch.

The bar does a great job, and the customers are happy with the decor, food, and cocktails. 

So was the Capn Odies Bar Rescue episode a long-term success? Keep reading to learn what happened next and if it’s still open in 2023 and beyond.

Cap N Odies Update - What Happened Next?

Now that we’ve recapped the Cap N Odies Bar Rescue visit, let’s talk about what happened to the bar after Jon Taffer and his crew left Atlantic Beach, FL.

At the standard six-week check-in with the Bar Rescue producers, we learn that sales at Cap’n Odies have nearly doubled!

Yes – sales were up by more than 80% after Taffer’s visit, which is just a massive improvement.

With numbers like those, you’d assume the bar had a bright future.

So far, it seems like that is the case.

Is Cap N Odies from Bar Rescue still open?

As of 2023, Cap N Odies is still open and serving customers in Atlantic Beach, FL.

Kim Goings is still the owner and the bar is active on Facebook and regularly posts about events and specials.

Here’s a shot of what the Cap’n Odies Atlantic Beach location looks like as of April 2022, courtesy of Google Maps street view:

Cap'N Odies Atlantic Beach

However, reviews for the bar don’t seem that great as it has a 2 star rating on Yelp (though only on 9 reviews).

The Google Reviews rating is 4.1 stars, which is better (but still a little low for Google).

Recent reviews do seem to be better, though, so it seems like the bar is improving.

A lot of the positive reviews also compliment specific bartenders, so it seems like Cap’N Odies has good service (or at least friendly service).

Here’s a sampling of Cap’n Odies reviews that were written after the Cap’n Odies Bar Rescue episode.

5 star Google Review from Jan 2022:

Always go here.

Karaoke on Thursdays and Sundays.

Alway a fun time.

Miami is a great bartender

2 star Google review from Sept 2021:

This place would easily be a four star dive for smokers.

However, for a non-smoker like myself, it’s almost unbearable to be inside for any amount of time due to the smoke.

It’s a shame bc I can walk there.

3 star Yelp review from August 2018:

I was there for the relaunch during filming of Bar Rescue there was a huge crowd.

I really liked the new sign and you could see it from the road.

The inside was nicely remodeled and I tried one of the new pineapple drinks it was really good and $6.99 was a good price they have a new menu but it was to busy to get food.

If in the area it’s worth st

3 star Google review from January 2023:

We only stopped in because it was on Bar Rescue!

The atmosphere was not as good as expected but the drinks and the bartender were good.

5 star Google review from Feb 2021:

Relaxed and inviting atmosphere….

And Tiffany the bar tender is outstanding

Friendly and welcoming….

Finally, here’s a lengthy one star Yelp review from August 2022 that references the bar’s Bar Rescue appearance. The review seems a bit tongue in cheek, though, so I’m not sure how accurate it is.

Capn Odies review

Cap’n Odies also regularly posts about events on its Facebook page.

For example, the bar seems to have a regular poker game on Monday nights, along with two nights of karaoke on Thursdays and Sundays.

They also recently hosted a pool tournament. Here’s an image for the event from the Facebook page:

Cap'n Odies pool event

Basically, they seem to have a lot going on at the bar.

What happened to Kim Goings, the Cap’n Odies owner?

If you want to connect with Kim Goings, the Capn’ Odies owner, you can find her on social media:

She also opened an online clothing store named Medeina Boutique.

It sells lots of women’s clothing and accessories and seems to still be open as of 2023.

If you’re in the Atlantic Beach, FL area, check it out and let me know how it went in the comments section.

If you want to see some other beach-focused Florida Bar Rescue episodes, check out these posts:

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