Jon Taffer, born on November 7, 1954, became well-known for his strong personality on the “Bar Rescue” television series. Taffer is an entrepreneur, television personality, and a “New York Times” bestselling author of three books. His career in the bar and nightclub industry began when he got his first job as a bartender and progressed into a bar manager and, later, the owner of his very own bar. Taffer was one of the first six to be inducted into the Nightclub Hall of Fame. He has hosted several television shows and was the president of the Nightclub and Bar Media Group. Let’s get to know Taffer a little bit more as we celebrate his birthday!
Jon Taffer, an American entrepreneur, television personality, and “New York Times” bestselling author, is well known for his expert advice and eye for bar and nightclub makeovers in the “Bar Rescue” reality television series. Taffer was born in a Russian-Jewish family on November 7, 1954, in Great Neck, New York. He attended high school at William A. Shine Great Neck South High School and, after graduating, proceeded to further his education at the University of Denver and studied political science and cultural anthropology.
Taffer was first exposed to the hospitality industry when he got a job as a bartender at a bar in West Hollywood in 1973. As his experience in bartending progressed over the years, he moved on to a bar management position at a different nightclub in West Hollywood called The Troubadour in 1978. By 1989, he ventured into entrepreneurship and opened his own bar. In 1994, he created and launched the N.F.L. Sunday Ticket pay programming package and served on the board of N.F.L. Enterprises for a few years. Later in 2010, he was appointed president of the Nightclub and Bar Media Group, a media group responsible for the yearly Nightclub and Bar Convention and Trade Show. During the same period, he became one of the first six to be inducted into the Nightclub Hall of Fame. In 2011, he became the host of the reality T.V. series “Bar Rescue,” where he rose in popularity. The show follows Taffer in renovating failing bars and nightclubs in the U.S. In 2013, he became a published author upon releasing his “Raise the Bar: An Action-Based Method for Maximum Customer Reactions” book, which he co-wrote with Karen Kelly. The following year, he developed his own bar and nightclub management app, BarHQ.
The nightclub expert returned to television in 2019 when he became the host of a spinoff of “Bar Rescue” called “Marriage Rescue,” where he helps 12 couples save their marriage using Gestalt therapy, a method of psychotherapy that focuses on personal responsibility and individual experience in the present moment. Taffer became the author of two more books, “Don’t Bullsh*t Yourself!” in 2018 and “The Power of Conflict” in 2022. He’s been happily married to his wife, Nicole, since 2000 and has a daughter, Samantha, from his previous marriage.
Taffer gets a job as a bartender at a bar in West Hollywood.
He ventures into entrepreneurship and opens up his own business.
Taffer also serves on the board of N.F.L. Enterprises for three years.
He is appointed as president of the Nightclub and Bar Media Group.
Taffer becomes the host of a reality T.V. series about renovating failing bars and nightclubs in the U.S.
Taffer publishes “Raise the Bar: An Action-Based Method for Maximum Customer Reactions.”
Why We Love Jon Taffer
He shows “Bar Rescue” participants tough love
Taffer is known for being stern with the bar and nightclub owners on “Bar Rescue.” However, his strict personality is out of tough love and has always shown results.
He’s a motivational writer
In addition to being a great mixologist and reality show host, Taffer is quite the motivational writer. Two of his three books inform readers on how to get the desired results. Go, Taffer!
He’s still rocking television
Taffer has come a long way in his career and is still rocking reality T.V. in 2022 with his new show on renovating restaurants. The television star brings his A game in making hospitality outlets look inviting to all who visit.
5 Surprising Facts
He was once a drummer
Before the bar and nightlife industry, he focused on a music career and was part of a band where he played the drums.
He likes punk music
Taffer has openly talked about his “soft spot” for the genre.
He has his own drink line
Taffer has his own hard seltzer line in seven different flavors.
“The Godfather” is his go-to
No, not the movie, but the cocktail, a mixed drink of Scotch and Amaretto served with ice.
He admires Thomas Jefferson
Taffer has revealed that Jefferson is one of his role models due to his vision, conviction, ambition, politics, and finesse.
Jon Taffer FAQs
Where does Jon Taffer live?
As per “Bar Rescue” season eight, Taffer currently resides in Las Vegas.
Does Jon Taffer own any restaurants?
He owns a dining franchise called Taffer’s Tavern.
Does Jon Taffer have a school?
In 2018, Taffer partnered with Shift4 Payments to create a training program for restaurants and bar owners.
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