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Jon Taffer

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Jon Taffer
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Taffer speaking at the 2015 Defending the American Dream Summit in Columbus, Ohio
Born (1954-11-07) November 7, 1954 (age 62)
Great Neck, New York, U.S.
Occupation Bar consultant; television host; author
Known for Bar Rescue
Spouse(s) Nicole Taffer (m. 2000)
Children Samantha

Jon Taffer (born November 7, 1954) is a bar consultant, television personality, founder and owner of his own media company, and author. He is best known as host of the reality series Bar Rescue on the Spike television network.

Personal life[edit]

Taffer graduated from William A. Shine Great Neck South High School in Great Neck, New York in 1972 and, after a short time at the University of Denver studying political science and minoring in cultural anthropology,[1] he relocated to Los Angeles.[2][3] He currently resides in Las Vegas.


Taffer was born in a family of entrepreneurs.[1] He first worked as a bartender in 1973 for Barney's Beanery in West Hollywood [4][1] while also being a drummer in a live band.[5]

Bar management[edit]

Taffer's first bar management job was at The Troubadour night club in West Hollywood in 1978. He was given full control of the bar in 1981 where staff theft were rife. He opened his first bar as owner in 1989.[6]

In 2010, he was appointed as president of the Nightclub and Bar Media Group, a division of Questex Media Group, which is responsible for Nightclub & Bar Magazine as well as the annual Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show.[7]

He is one of the first six inductees in the Nightclub Hall of Fame.[8]

Bar Rescue television series[edit]

Taffer has hosted the reality television series Bar Rescue since its premiere in 2011. His wife Nicole occasionally appears on the show as a mystery shopper who assesses the quality of the bar before Taffer does the makeover.

Social media[edit]

Jon Taffer is very active on social media. He has 215,000 followers on his @JonTaffer Twitter account. As of 2017, he has made over 20,000 tweets. He has also used the hashtag #TafferTalk.

Other projects[edit]

Taffer has been involved in numerous projects including:

  • "inventing" the concept that became the NFL Sunday Ticket while serving a three-year term on the board of NFL Enterprises[9]
  • publishing his first book, Raise the Bar (October 2013)
  • developing an all-inclusive bar and nightclub management app, BarHQ, for bar operators (November 2014)[10][11]
  • patenting his music management systems[5]


  1. ^ a b c Business Rockstars (2015-11-04), Jon Taffer talks Bars and Business, retrieved 2017-02-16 
  2. ^ "Great Neck South Class of 1972: Jon Taffer". Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  3. ^ "Jon Taffer Was a Political Science Major?". Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  4. ^ Barstool Sports (2013-10-19), Barstool Bro Show Featuring Jon Taffer, retrieved 2017-02-16 
  5. ^ a b Mobile Beat (2015-11-23), Jon Taffer Interview for Mobile Beat Magazine, retrieved 2017-02-17 
  6. ^ "Q&A with Bar Rescue's Jon Taffer: "Everything is to Make Money"". Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  7. ^ "Jon Taffer to Lead Integrated Nightclub & Bar Media Group". Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  8. ^ "Jon Taffer – President, Nightclub & Bar Media Group / Chairman, Taffer Dynamics, Inc.". Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  9. ^ "SEC Archives". Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
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  11. ^ "Raise the Bar". Retrieved 2013-10-02.