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Season: 8 | View All Season 8 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: August 1, 2021
The Bar's Original Name Was: Ninja Karaoke
Ninja Karaoke Address: 1009 S Main St Las Vegas, NV 89101
Ninja Karaoke was a Las Vegas, Nevada bar that was featured on Season 8 of Bar Rescue.
Though the Ninja Karaoke Bar Rescue episode aired in August 2021, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place a few months before that during Bar Rescue’s Covid-19 inspired focus on Las Vegas.
It was Season 8 Episode 10 and the episode name was “Ninja Karaoke’s Swan Song”.
Ninja Karaoke is in Las Vegas, Nevada. The bar has a lot of live music and dance events and, as the name suggests, customers can also rent private karaoke rooms.
Steve Corral and Mami Kanemitsu are Ninja Karaoke’s owners.
The newlywed couple, who are also dancers, purchased the bar in 2017.
That means they’ve owned it for around four years at the time of the Ninja Karaoke episode.
For the first two years, Ninja Karaoke was successful.
The owners created special themed nights like open mic, karaoke, and dance parties.
Sadly, business at the bar declined due to the coronavirus pandemic and associated restrictions. It’s not really fun to sing karaoke with a mask, right?
Many of the staff members had to be let go, which meant Mami and Steve ran Ninja Karaoke by themselves.
Since it is only the two of them, it has stressed their marriage and the bar.
There are also other personal issues. Mami’s father lives in Japan and is suffering from cancer, and she can’t afford to see him before he passes.
Derrick Turner joins Jon Taffer to recon the bar and give him a rundown on Ninja Karaoke.
Michael and Leann accompany Jon’s wife, Nicole Taffer. The three of them spy on the bar.
There is a QR code for the menus at the table, but none are located at the bar.
The drinks the spies order are too strong.
The bar is packed with people, which means the wait staff ignores those in private karaoke booths.
There is no kitchen at Ninja Karaoke. The only food options are ramen and chips.
Jon Taffer enters the bar, meets with Steve, and tells him that he is impressed with the bar’s theme.
The owners tell Jon that they do not offer any food because they have seen other bars lose money on inventory, but Jon reminds them that money is to be made if they do it right.
The next day Jon returns for a staff meeting.
Justin, a server and friend of the owners, comes.
Lonnie is the bartender who has worked for Steve and Mami for a long time.
Jon brings in chef Anthony Lamas. Steve is still not open to serving food but says okay anyway.
Derrick trains the bartenders on their pouring skills.
He then shows them how to make signature cocktails with a Japanese twist.
The stress test begins, and customers are let into Ninja Karaoke.
The bar is simulating a pre-pandemic Friday evening rush. The staff is told they only have thirty minutes to serve the customers.
The bar is trying to keep it up but can’t. Only seven drinks have been made in ten minutes.
When the timer went off, the staff did not meet their goal since they had to dump many beverages.
Derrick then continues to train the employees on more Japanese drinks.
Chef Anthony meets with the staff in the kitchen and teaches them a simple chicken dish with Japanese flavors.
After thirty-six hours, the bar is renovated.
The staff gathers at the bar, which has kept the name Ninja Karaoke.
Standard Restaurant Supply has gifted the bar kitchen appliances, including a Turbo Chef, so it’s all ready to serve food.
Michael Goddard, a famous artist, created a custom piece for the bar and signed it.
The customers are happy with the food, drinks, and karaoke. The relaunch is a success.
Ninja Karaoke Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Ninja Karaoke Bar Rescue visit, let’s talk about what happened to the bar after Jon Taffer (and later Covid-19) left Las Vegas, NV.
Overall, things seem to be doing great for Ninja Karaoke, and it’s thriving since the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions have been lifted.
Let’s go over the current status of the bar, along with some real customer reviews after Taffer’s visit.
Is Ninja Karaoke from Bar Rescue still open?
As of 2022, Ninja Karaoke is still open and serving customers in Las Vegas.
The bar is quite active on its social media profiles and regularly posts events and results from karaoke competitions.
They also have a dance battle competition on the first Friday of every month, with the winner getting a $100 visa cash card and a $300 karaoke package.
There’s also a family karaoke on Sundays from 6-10pm where families can book an entire party.
And if that’s not enough, there’s a Ninja Karaoke reward card where you get your sixth hour of karaoke free.
So if you’re a hardcore karaoke fan, you’ll want to check that out.
The bar also has an official website that provides details about its offerings.
You can either rent rooms by the hour or pay a flat price for multiple hours. The cheapest room costs $35 per hour for up to 6 people. You can also reserve the entire bar area for up to 80 people for $300 per hour.
However, the bar no longer seems to be offering food. At least it’s not listed on the Ninja Karaoke menu.
So it seems like Steve and Mami didn’t follow Jon Taffer’s advice in that respect.
Ninja Karaoke reviews after Bar Rescue
In general, customer reviews that were written after the Ninja Karaoke Bar Rescue visit seem to be quite popular.
Overall, the bar has a 4.5 star rating on both Yelp and Google Reviews, which is quite good.
Here’s a sampling of real customer reviews that were written after Taffer’s visit.
5 star Google review from April 2022:
Awesome spot. Music selection was great. The interface was easy to navigate and the drinks were good. Had a blast. Definitely would return.
5 star Google Review from February 2022:
Super fun, drinks were delicious and not just sugar bombs, service was incredibly friendly and fast, the karaoke and dance battle made this a lively and fun environment, and the look of this place is just so cool. Overall a great bar and I can’t wait to go back!
5 star Google review from January 2022:
They have good drinks, great vibes, great choice of indieartist performing every Thursday the entry is only $10 the staff are awesome the area is beautiful.
5 star Yelp review from September 2021:
SO. FUN! Best night out was the night we came here. Me and my friend are karaoke fiends so we split from the group and came here while everyone else was on the strip. We rented a private room and got the anime room. They give you an iPad that is easy to use and pick the songs that pop up on the TV. It lets you queue songs too. They will come to your room and take your drink orders or you can go order drinks from the bar. Friendly service. Would definitely come back if I was in Vegas again.
Overall, it’s tough to find negative reviews as this place has had pretty much perfect 5 star ratings in 2021 and 2022.
The only negative review I found in that time was someone who didn’t even enter the bar because they were complaining about the $25 cover charge.
Overall, the Ninja Karaoke Bar Rescue episode seems like a real success and it wouldn’t surprise me if this one has a long, successful future.
If you’re a karaoke fan and you find yourself in Las Vegas, go check it out and let me know how it went in the comments section here.
And if you want to see some other Las Vegas Bar Rescue episodes from the first half of Season 8, check out these updates:
- Paradise Cantina update
- Capo’s Restaurant update
- Cork and Thorn update
- La Casona update
- Nevada Brew Works update
- Griff’s Bar and Billiards update
Most of the bars from the first half of Season 8 are still doing well. This is because this season was focused on bars that were impacted by Covid-19, rather than bars with incompetent owners.
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Last updated: 2022-05-10 06:43