“This isn’t a bar, it’s a b-argh.” With an opening quote like that, there’s little chance this episode was going to end up anywhere but on a top-seven roundup of Bar Rescue favorites. The season two premiere shoots the series right out of the proverbial cannon to Piratz Tavern. As the name of the joint might lead you to believe, the bar is themed — very themed.
Watching this episode is up there with riding the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney. The owner Tracy might not be great at making money or being a bar owner, but she has true talent in transforming a space. Between the nets on the walls, the tropical drinks, and the entire staff’s ornate pirate outfits, Piratz is just plain fun.
The only thing better than the theme? Tracy’s devotion to the theme. When Taffer goes ahead with his epic renovation of the space — he makes it a bro-y bar called Corporate — Tracy does not play along. She openly complains to guests during their grand re-opening, and her bar staff cries as they remove their pirate hats for what they can only assume will be the final time.
And ultimately, that’s the best part of this incredible premiere episode: Taffer’s sheer craziness in thinking that a group of people who willingly came to work dressed as pirates every day, would want to do anything but that.