Garnet Lounge / Alibi Casino Update – Bar Rescue – Open or Closed?

Is Garnet Lounge still open in 2022?

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

Season: 3 | View All Season 3 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: November 3, 2013
The Bar's Original Name Was: Alibi Casino
Garnet Lounge Address: 1690 N Decatur Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89108

Garnet Lounge Bar Rescue Episode Update

Episode Recap

In the Garnet Lounge episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and his crew visit what is originally named The Alibi Casino, a motorcycle bar in Las Vegas, NV.

According to Jon, the bar has an “inept owner” and a “staff of busty cougars”. Other fun tidbits include a blow up doll in the bar.

In order to help save the bar, Jon makes the decision to rebrand it to the Garnet Lounge. As you might expect from the name, this is a decidedly more upscale approach than the original concept.

Garnet Lounge Update - What Happened Next?

Garnet Lounge closed for good at the end of 2013/beginning of 2014. On December 31, 2013, they posted this goodbye message on their Facebook:

With more regret than words can express, we have to close our business and accept the defeat brought to us by our economy and the changes in our industry. Our last night will be tomorrow night, New Year’s Eve. Please come out and see us, have some drinks and say goodbye. We will miss serving you at the Alibi and Garnet Lounge and will update you as our incredible crew finds new homes.

So while Garnet Lounge did technically make it into 2014, it was only for one day!

The fact that Garnet Lounge closed a mere ~2 months after its episode aired on Spike TV means it is far from one of Jon’s successes.

Oh well, bon voyage Garnet Lounge and Alibi Casino!

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10 thoughts on “Garnet Lounge / Alibi Casino Update – Bar Rescue – Open or Closed?”

  1. Jon did a great job giving the Alibi new life as the Garnet Lounge but ya can’t fix poor ownership, out of control employees and a reputation for low quality in five days unless you have a group of people who truly are passionate to make it work!

    • As Larry said, “ya can’t fix poor ownership, out of control employees and a reputation for low quality in five days unless you have a group of people who truly are passionate to make it work!” Even with the help of Jon, it is difficult to save any failing enterprise. Even so, according to Bar Rescue Update, 69 of 160 Bars from the show Closed, 82 of 160 Bars Are Still Open With Same Owners, and the upgrades made 9 Bars appealing enough to be Sold.
      Even though Jon has a great reputation, I think he has made a few missteps. Making over a bar into a Steampunk-themed lounge (Metal & Lace), even in a town like Austin, TX is a mistake (I love Steampunk; I am in the minority). Other times, I think looking at the ownership and staff, Jon should have just walked away without trying a rescue.

  2. Most of the bars I’ve watched on the show, were so far gone, I don’t think they were worth trying to save. It’s a tough business, and it’s survival of the smartest. Dumbass owners SHOULD go out of business. Especially the ones who get drunk and rowdy or allow their staff to do do. When I tended bar, if a customer bought you a drink, you drank soda or tea. NOT booze. Stayed sober the whole time you were behind the bar and shut people off that have been overserved. I can remember driving some patrons home rather than then getting a ticket or killing somebody. And contrary to Jon, it IS easy to overserve somebody. I’ve seen some people had two drinks and they were wasted.

  3. It all starts and stops with owner/management. You can’t put failure on the staff because if they’re not doing their job, they can be fired.
    Don’t blame Taffer either. He only has 5 days to turn a bar around, including remodelling it. Most stupid owners go back to their bad habits after Taffer leaves and often discard the modelling changes too. Case in point was the Pirate Tavern. Then they had the audacity to blame Bar Rescue for their failures. These kind of people deserve to lose their bars!!!

  4. I think Jon sometimes rescues the wrong people The ones that do nothing to help themselves like CLEANING and organizing dont deserve help from anyone. The appearance of a bar inside and out make a big difference to potential and lasting customers.

  5. Terry, You’re absolutely right. I’m so tired of hearing, “not one of Jon’s successes.” Jon makes these people brand new bars, and supplies training and all the tools needed to be successful. After that happens, he’s done and gone. The rest is up to the owners and management. If they can’t then control themselves or their employees, that’s 100% on them. They failed, not Jon.

  6. Jon claims a huge success rate. I have checked on most bars after the episode airs his success rate is a bout 25-30%. Supporting much of the comments above. The underlying issue is the ownership n they can’t be fixed in five days.


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