Sunday, November 6, 2016

Bar Rescue - The Roc Bar & Nightclub (Fort One) Update

On tonight's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in San Francisco, California to try to rescue Fort One Bar & Lounge. Fort One Bar & Lounge is owned by Jason Wanigatunga and it was given to him by his father.  He is giving out too many free drinks, the bartenders are drinking too much during their shifts, and the bar is supposedly $200,000 in debt.

During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer decided to change the name of Fort One Bar & Lounge to The Roc Bar & Nightclub and the bar has kept the name. Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for The Roc Bar & Nightclub since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):

Positive Reviews:
  • "This spot is awesome. Ray is an excellent bartender and ringmaster. The crowd is upbeat and fun. Karaoke crowd was incredible. Lots of participation in a non-judgmental atmosphere. I've traveled the world and this spot is a new all time favorite!"
  • "We loved the service and live music so much that we stayed for a few more drinks. What was supposed to be a one drink stop turned into a couple of hours stop. The decor was also pretty cool. It was Alcatraz themed. We will definitely come back the next time that we are in San Francisco!"
  • "The Roc is a great bar on Fisherman's Wharf! They offer happy hour from 2-7 p.m.! $5 draft beers, $5 bottled beer and $5 well drinks! It's the perfect spot to go if you want to grab a drink that is priced fairly, especially on Fisherman's Wharf! Very friendly bartenders, who know the area well, and are full of dining suggestions. Will be back!"
  • "Service is awesome and the bartenders are on it....super fast and friendly. Music is also on point. When I go out, I look for a place I can dance with my girlfriends that isn't super crowded or hot. I was not disappointed. Crowd has all walks of life and the venue is in a great location by the water. Definitely my new favorite sport for girls night!"
Negative Reviews:
  • "The bar was using some dirty cheating strategies to attract Halloween costume players to come over and stay late, but not even gave the so-called $1000 costume contest prize to anyone! Me and my friends have to purchase the $20 ticket to get in, and stay until 2:00am to wait for the winner announcement, but u know what, the winner was not even existing cuz no one knows who get the fucking prize and they wouldn't let us know! Also, they r on bar rescue, so this contest might be their last straw. Anyway, changing the name cannot help your infamous reputation! You sucks!"
  • "So unfair!!!! The bar was cheating the customers! And this bar does not respect our traditional festival!!! Halloween costume competition was total a joke yesterday!!! It made us stay until midnight but did not give out the price to the winner! They did not even pick the winner! It was just a cheat so that people can stay late and buy drinks, which is so awful and expensive! Will never come back again!!!"
  • "Great location. Not much of a beer selection. No local brews. Should probably cut the cocktail waitress off. She was wasted and a bit rude. Didn't know how to make any of the drinks on special. Didn't even honor happy hour pricing."
  • "I visited this club for my sisters birthday , one word TERRIBLE . Security here is terrible, there was so many guys pushing girls and didn't get kicked out. One of the bouncers pushed me to the ground I had no drinks completely sober , got up and pushed him he said bitch your done , as if he wanted to hit me . Terrible club no respect for women . Wouldn't recommend this club to anyone , thirsty grimey guys security (short Mexican ) is terrible I just can not express ho I appalled I am by the fact no security here had any respect for women . Do not come "

Other News and Links:

  • The Bar Rescue makeover happened in July 2016.
  • Here are two preview videos of the episode from the Spike TV website - Video 1, Video 2.
  • Here is The Roc Bar & Nightclub Facebook Page and Instagram.
  • Here is The Roc Bar & Nightclub website
  • Here are the Facebook Pages of Jason (owner), Olivia (bartender), Ashley (bartender), Desiree (bartender), Scotty (General Manager).
  • The bar's liquor license has both Jason and his dad Daruka listed on it. (Link)
  • Jason's dad owned another bar which closed in 2012 due to over $100,000 in back rent being owed. (Link)
  • A lot of the Yelp reviews for The Roc Bar & Nightclub are left by employees and friends of employees (Ashley, Ray, Kiki, Desiree, Cherie, Lynette), so the rating is a bit skewed.
  • The Yelp reviews before the Bar Rescue visit were pretty terrible with people complaining about the service, overpriced cover charge, rude security and management.  Here they are if you want to read them.
  • You can actually reserve VIP tables for The Roc through Yelp and they are charging about $50 per person ($400 for table of 8, $500 for a table of 10) on a Saturday night. (Link)
  • Olivia is no longer working at The Roc according to this Facebook comment and it also appears that Scotty is no longer involved as he is the GM at a bar called Origin. 


The bar has kept the name of The Roc Bar & Nightclub given to them by Bar Rescue and the reviews of the bar are mixed.  People seem to like the location and the music, while there are complaints about security and beer selection.  Many of the positive reviews are left by employees of The Roc Bar & Nightclub. There also seem to be complaints about a recent Halloween party at the bar.  It seems like there has been a bit of turnover at the bar since Bar Rescue visited as Olivia and Scotty are no longer at the bar.

UPDATE - The Roc Bar & Nightclub closed in 2019.  More information on the closure

*To see how all of the bars from Bar Rescue are doing, go to the Bar Rescue Updates page, and also Like us on Facebook or Follow Us on Twitter to stay up to date with all things involving Bar Rescue.

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