(keep reading to learn what happened)
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Original Episode Air Date: April 20, 2014
The Bar's Original Name Was: Pat's Cocktails
Pat's Cocktails A Mixology Bar Address: 12121 Riverside Dr North Hollywood, CA 91607
Pat’s Cocktails, later slightly renamed to Pat’s Cocktails: A Mixology Bar, was a Valley Village, Los Angeles, California bar that was featured on Season 3 of Bar Rescue.
Though the Pat’s Cocktails Bar Rescue episode aired in April 2014, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that.
It was Season 3 Episode 37 and the episode name was “When Life Doesn’t Hand You Lemons”.
In this episode, Jon Taffer visits Pat’s Cocktails in Valley Village, CA.
Valley Village is a neighborhood in Los Angeles, so the bar is technically in Los Angeles even though the Bar Rescue wikipedia lists it as Valley Village.
It’s located in the valley, not too far from Burbank and the Griffith Observatory.
Ray Suruli, a successful businessman decided to buy Pat’s Cocktails 24 years ago. That mean’s he’s been the owner for a long time at the time of the Pat’s Cocktails Bar Rescue episode.
Initially, he worked hard on growing the business but then when he reached his 70s he decided to take retirement.
Soon he handed over the bar to Jimmy who was an efficient employee at first.
But then he got married and his priorities changed.
The bar became totally neglected and even the staff agreed that it wasn’t a good place to hang out.
Jon Taffer came to visit this bar with the mixologist of the year 2012 Russell Davis.
As soon as they parked they noticed nearly 26,000 cars must pass in front of it daily. That means the bar should be in a good place for success if they can whip things into shape.
However, the exterior of the bar looked extremely outdated, no young crowd would want to visit a place like that.
The seats and tables inside the bar are really in pathetic condition.
Pat’s Cocktails really seemed to be at its lowest point and Ray was totally absent from the scene. They desperately needed help from Jon Taffer and his experts.
Vivian and Danielle, the two bartenders who were handling most of the daily operations, actually called the Bar Rescue team. It was their last effort to save the bar.
When they saw Jimmy, he was busy drinking and making out with his wife.
The customers were rather uncomfortable with their excessive PDA. I gotta be honest – I agree because that’s super awkward.
Jon then sent his three spies to check the quality of service at the bar.
Vivian starts by checking their ID and nicely interacts with the customer.
Soon Jon catches up that Jimmy is the biggest problem of the bar as he was only paying attention to his wife while he was at work.
Jon then suggested to Vivian to make a free drink for herself to see if Jimmy will notice it.
As expected he didn’t, then Jon told her to give out as many free drinks as possible for which he will pay at the end.
Within a few hours, Vivian had given out more than 50 free drinks.
The customers even thanked Jimmy for the free drinks but he didn’t think much of it.
Soon Jon had enough and he went to Jimmy directly to call him out.
Taffer even told Jimmy that he was called by Vivian and Danielle who are the only ones doing a good job at this place.
The next morning, Ray also visited his bar after a long time and Jon quickly called him out too for being incompetent.
The staff told Ray that they often don’t have any money to refill the stock and they have to spend money from their own pocket while he drives a $90,000 car.
In the end, everyone acknowledged their mistake and even Jimmy’s wife decided to train to become a staff member.
While the experts get to work on training up the staff, Jon Taffer and his team start the renovations.
Unlike a lot of other bars featured on the show, Jon Taffer decided not to completely change the Pat’s Cocktails name to something new.
He did make a small tweak, though, changing it from just Pat’s Cocktails to Pat’s Cocktails: A Mixology Bar.
So was the Pat’s Cocktails Bar Rescue episode a success? Keep reading to learn what happened after.
Pat's Cocktails A Mixology Bar Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Pat’s Cocktails Bar Rescue visit, let’s talk about what happened after Jon Taffer and his crew left Valley Village, CA.
Things seemed to start off well for the newly relaunched bar.
At the standard six-week check in with the Bar Rescue producers, we learn that the bar’s sales are up by more than 39% since Jon Taffer’s visit.
What’s more, Ray and Jimmy are more invested in making the bar a success.
Is Pat’s Cocktails from Bar Rescue still open?
As of 2022, Pat’s Cocktails is still open and serving customers in Valley Village, CA. Reviews for the bar generally seem good as it has a 3.5 star rating on Yelp.
That’s not amazing, but it is better than a lot of bars from the show. I think the highest rating that I’ve seen for a bar featured on Bar Rescue is four stars.
Even on Facebook, it has a rating of more than 4.2 stars with more than 7000 check-ins.
Pat’s cocktail is still running solidly and has maintained a strong social media presence, though it does seem like they’ve stopped posting on the Pat’s Cocktails Facebook page since 2019.
Recent reviews also suggest that the bar has been empty, so I hope that Pat’s Cocktails is still doing well.
Either way, Pat’s Cocktails is still open as of 2022, which means that it’s survived for over eight years since the visit from Jon Taffer, which is a great accomplishment.
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Last updated: 2022-03-26 04:21