(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 4 | View All Season 4 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: August 23, 2015
The Bar's Original Name Was: Myerz PourHouse
The Study Lounge Address: 1678 Greenfield Dr El Cajon, CA 92021
Myerz PourHouse , later renamed The Study Lounge, was an El Cajon, California bar that was featured on Season 4 of Bar Rescue.
Though the The Study Bar Rescue episode aired in August 2015, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that.
It was Season 4 Episode 30 and the episode name was “Jon Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost”.
Jeremy Myers owns the bar Jon is visiting, Myerz Pourhouse.
Jeremy Myers used to be in the coast guard, but he’s now taken off his life jacket and moved into the hospitality industry.
The bar is located in El Cajon, California, which isn’t too far east from San Diego.
In 2011, Jeremy bought the bar with money left to him by his father.
At first, the bar was successful, but then Jeremy became scared of it and said it was haunted.
Jeremy has even bought in ghost hunters to check if a ghost haunts the hotel.
This is why the Myerz PourHouse Bar Rescue episode is named “Jon Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost”.
He shows a bunch of security footage of the “ghost” doing things.
Jeremy also bought microphones and other equipment to talk with the ghost.
Lisamarie Joyce, an expert mixologist, helps Jon rescue the bar.
Both Jon and Lisamarie say they do not like the bar’s name as it sounds like “poor house”, which isn’t a good connotation for a bar.
Matt and Jordan, podcasters, will recon the bar to get a feel for how it functions.
As the spies order their drinks, they ask about the bar’s history.
They are told that in the 1980s, someone was thought to have died in the bar.
Many staff members do not want to talk about their ghostly experiences.
The bar staff does not know how to make a good drink. They keep overpouring.
The top of the bar is disorganized and filthy.
Two bartenders, Nina and Nicole, are too scared to stay at the bar alone at night.
Jon comes in and thinks the ghost stories are silly. I have to say that I agree with him…
The following day the staff meet with Jon and talk about their ghost stories.
Jeremy is very scared while the staff members share their stories.
Jon informs them they gave away almost $7,000 dollars in alcohol by overpouring.
Maybe the ghosts drank the thousands in lost liquor? Could be!
Lisamarie is introduced, and she trains the bar staff on how to pour.
Jon brings in Kettle One Vodka during the stress test and wants to send a worker to a brewery. Product placement, anyone?
They will compete during the stress test in thirty-minute intervals. They will work shifts.
Nina and Paul compete against Derek and Nicole.
Jon then ends the stress test.
A psychic comes in to rid the bar of the ghost.
Jeremy stays that evening to close the bar by himself and face his fears.
Paul and Derek are chosen to go to the Kettle One brewery along with Lisamarie.
The bar is remodeled, and the staff gathers to see it.
Jon changed the name from Myerz PourHouse to The Study Lounge.
The bar is now warm and cozy, which fits with the study theme.
There are two new POS systems, a glass washer, an ice machine, and a spooky bookshelf that throws a book off to scare people.
The bar is opened, and the bar staff is very excited.
Nicole has really improved as a bartender.
Jeremy interacts well with the customers, and Derek does excellent as a bartender.
The Study Lounge Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Study Bar Rescue episode, let’s talk about what happened after Jon Taffer and his crew left El Cajon, CA.
Six weeks after Jon Taffer’s visit, the sales at the bar are up by 30%, which is great for business.
The “ghost” is also gone. I guess the pyschic worked? Either way, there are no more hauntings going on.
Jeremy also trusted Jon Taffer’s expertise and stuck with the new The Study Lounge name instead of changing it back to the old name like some other owners featured on Bar Rescue.
Is The Study from Bar Rescue still open?
As of 2023, The Study Lounge is still open and serving customers in El Cajon, CA.
Reviews are good but not great, with a 3.5 star rating on Yelp but a 4.4 star rating on Google Reviews.
The recent Yelp reviews are generally positive, with a few of the negative ones being angry viewers who clearly didn’t actually visit the bar.
Some legit reviewers do criticize the service, but you’ll see a lot of people complimenting the cocktails.
Here’s a Google Maps street view shot of the Study Lounge El Cajon location as of December 2021, to give you an idea of what the bar looks like now:
And here’s a sampling of reviews that were written after the visit from Jon Taffer, to give you an idea of the bar’s service…
5 star Yelp review from September 2015:
Came here cause we love bar rescue.
Thanks Paul for the bomb ass signature drinks the chargers won and its my friends birthday.
Paula made us free shooters!
Its perfectly packed and the air conditioning feels nice!
4 star Yelp review from November 2015:
I was excited to try this bar after I saw it on bar rescue.
I’m from El Cajon but have been living in Los Angeles for a while now so my bar expectations are higher than most.
First off I’d like to mention the fact that I’ve never noticed this place before although I’ve driven by it countless times (Thanks Bar Rescue).
It’s one of those local places that you just have to know about.
The outside is not very inviting but I like the remodel of the inside.
It doesn’t scream El Cajon, although the chargers posters remind you that you’re still in east county.
The bartenders were friendly, drinks were cheap, and the place seemed clean.
The music was a little loud making it difficult to have a conversation and it was a slightly older crowd but overall I had a good time.
I will definitely be back next time I’m in town.
2 star Yelp review from August 2015:
So I finally went to check it out after the bar rescue episode aired.
Staff great, but what a joke!
Carpet in a bar is a joke and the great Jon Taffer should have realized that.
Can’t compare it to the old bar but was not impressed with the theme considering the closest college is quite a drive.
At least there was plenty of friendly locals but east county has much more to offer than books and a lounge chair to smoke your pipe
Overall, The Study Lounge is definitely on Jon Taffer’s success list for now.
But if anything changes, you can be sure that I will update this post.
If you want to see some other nearby San Diego Bar Rescue episodes, you can check out my updates for La Luz / Caribe in Bonita, Silver Dollar in Chula Vista, Off Base Bar / Filling Station Pub in San Diego, and Way Point Saloon / Molly Malone’s in Ramona.
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Last updated: 2023-02-02 06:37