(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 2 | View All Season 2 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: February 8, 2015
The Bar's Original Name Was: Extremes
Second Base Bar & Grill Address: 1535 W Chapman Ave Orange, CA 92868
Extremes, later renamed Second Base Bar and Grill, was an Orange, California bar that was featured on Season 2 of Bar Rescue.
Though the Second Base Bar Rescue episode aired in September 2012, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that.
It was Season 2 Episode 10 and the episode name was “Bikini Bust” .
Originally featured on Season 2 of Bar Rescue, Second Base Bar & Grill is the reincarnation of Extremes from that Season 2 Bar Rescue Episode.
In Season 4, Jon Taffer went back to Second Base to try to re-rescue the bar in Episode 11, which was named “Second Base, Third Strike”.
This means that Second Base has been the beneficiary of two different Bar Rescue episodes.
I think the only other bar to be rescued twice is Champagne’s Cafe in Las Vegas.
While Jon’s original rescue of Extremes seemed to be successful, the bar had been steadily going downhill.
Why? Because Terry, the owner of Second Base, refused to put any of the money he was making back into the bar.
Combine that with new competition in the area, and Second Base was in dire need of a rescue from Jon Taffer…again.
To help the bar, Jon brought in mixologist Joseph Brooke and actress Sarah Colanna to help.
The trio immediately sees signs of distress, as the bar’s exterior looks rundown and lacks any lights.
The menu Jon created when rescuing Extremes the first time was totally gone and things were just generally filthy all around.
Taffer was furious that Second Base had slipped backed into its old ways.
But despite his anger, Jon was still willing to help.
He suggested a renovation that would cost $100,000.
Jon was willing to spend a generous $70k of that money, but he wanted the owners to put up $30,000 of their own money to prove that they still cared about fighting for Second Base.
When Terry refused, Jon Taffer walked out of Second Base without renovating anything.
Given what you’ve seen on the various Second Base Bar Rescue visits, you’re probably not going to be surprised by what you learn next (though the bar is still open).
Second Base Bar & Grill Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Second Base Bar Rescue episode, let’s talk about what happened to the bar after Jon Taffer and his crew left Orange, CA.
After the first rescue, sales at the bar were up by 20-30%.
However, the bar also had issues, such as a November 2013 fatal shooting in the bar’s parking lot.
You can read about this sad event in an article from CBS Los Angeles.
Issues like this, and others, led to the bar going downhill (or even more downhill).
This is why Jon Taffer had to come back and rescue the bar again in 2015.
So – is Second Base still open after Jon Taffer’s second attempt?
Is Second Base still open?
As of 2022, Second Base is still open and serving customers in Orange, CA. It’s still using the Second Base name and it’s kept the bikini bartender concept.
In fact, the bar’s official website and social media profiles lean heavily into the “scantily clad women” angle.
For example, the Second Base Instagram page is pretty much what you’d expect.
Food and drink seem to be a bit of an afterthought – here’s an example of the Second Base Bar menu:
Unsurprisingly, the reviews are pretty bad.
It only has a 2.5-star rating on Yelp and reviewers regularly complain about music, lack of sports, bad smells, and other generally horrible experiences.
Seriously – like every negative review mentions that it smells like vomit all the time.
Of all the negative Yelp reviews, this one star review might be my favorite:
Friends chose to go here, although I can’t fathom why. Waited in line to get a drink, never got there.
The inside smelled like barf, which you could smell before even getting in the door, baby diarrhea, or really rank BO all of which kept me wanting to go back outside.
I wasn’t sure where the heck the smell was coming from, but couldn’t seem to avoid it.
Going outside was probably the best recourse because inside you couldn’t hear anything because the music was blasting so loudly.
Positive reviews are few and far between, so we’ll see how Second Base does in the future.
Here are a few other examples of negative reviews that happened after the visit from Jon Taffer…
1 star review from August 2022:
Decided to pop in because we saw it on a Bar Rescue re-run.
It’s as bad as we expected it to be.
Servers wear ridiculous stripper gear and pull a low-class sexy vibe like Hollywood Blvd in the early 1980s.
Drinks are average beer brands and well brands. Food is an unimaginative bio hazard.
The place smells like an outhouse on a warm day. Why would anyone work here?
1 star review from July 2021:
I don’t know how this place stays open.
First, it smells bad. I have been in three times and it always smells like vomit.
The next problem is that the service is not good and it seems to be because the kitchen is so bad.
Maybe the wait staff could do better, but you won’t get your food any sooner than 45 minutes no matter what you order.
This is a “breast-aurant” with women in bikinis.
Think Hooters or Twin Peaks but way less classy so you should consider that if you don’t like those types of places.
I heard this place was on bar rescue, but if they were, they didn’t get rescued.
I stopped going here at the last time because there are too many other places that better.
1 star review from November 2016:
Not good…tried rly hard to like it!
Staff is nice but everything else is awful! =( can see the change from bar rescue but nothing crazy.
This place has potential but it’s squandered in the midst of everything else.
But as of 2022 – the bar is still open. So if you’re in the area, you too can experience the magical smells that all of the reviewers write about.
Here’s an example of what the outside looks like as of August 2022:
If you want to see some other nearby Los Angeles area Bar Rescue episodes, you can check out my updates for The Cave in Anaheim, Pineapple Hill Grill / Renz Social House in Tustin, and The Olive Pit in Orange.
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Last updated: 2022-11-10 06:09