Saturday, April 13, 2019

Bar Rescue - The Base Line (Recovery Room) Update

On this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in San Antonio, Texas to rescue The Recovery Room.  The Recovery Room is owned by Heather Bury Stich whose partying ways have impacted both her business and her marriage.  While Jon Taffer is there, he finds that Heather is drunk behind the bar and is giving away free shots.  She also has trouble making a basic margarita.

During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer decided to change the name of The Recovery Room to The Base Line and the bar kept the name. Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for The Base Line since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):

Positive Reviews:
  • "Great dive bar!! Has only frozen pizza for food, but the drinks are a good price. Has pool tables and and TV's. Our bartender was fantastic!!"
  • "We have been coming to the Base Line for years now--long enough to see it's evolution from the "Recovery Room" dive bar into the amazing (still pleasantly dive-y) destination it has become today. There is a relatively new staff (Karen is amazing!!) that treads the nice border between friendly and respectfully detached. This is for sure our place, and we're looking forward to many happy years ending our nights here."
  • "Great place to hang and relax. No drama , the owner is cool and friendly. Will come back again."
  • "Amazing bar military friendly and very close to base. Good liquor great service and cheap beer."
  • "Cool place to hang. Friendly bartender and nice patrons. Not place to eat but, chill atmosphere. Check it out!"

Negative Reviews:
  • "Ok bar. It was crowed both times I have been there. Not one of the best places I have been to but its ok."

Other News and Links:

  • The Bar Rescue makeover happened in June of 2018.
  • Here is a five-minute preview video of the episode from the Paramount YouTube page.
  • Here is The Base Line Facebook Page and website
  • Here are some photos of The Base Line after the makeover and the bar is having a viewing party at the bar for the episode tonight.
  • The Base Line does lingerie nights on Fridays where the bartenders are all dressed in lingerie.
  • The 'About Us' of The Base Line states, "The Base Line, formerly the Recovery Room, is located in the heart of San Antonio just outside of Fort Sam Houston. We are a friendly neighborhood bar serving our home town community and military community. We are proud to show off of our newly remodeled bar with an undeniable military theme that provides a fresh and relaxing, get out of the house, experience. We have great drinks specials, pool, darts, shuffleboard, delicious pizza, sweepstakes, monthly steak nights, trivia Wednesdays and karaoke Saturdays. Come and also hang out on our back patio!"
  • Here are the Facebook pages of Heather (owner) and Howard (owner) where they are both promoting the upcoming episode.
  • Heather did a recent radio interview where she talked about the experience and said nothing is scripted and she loved the experience of being on the show.
  • The Base Line/Recovery Room has good reviews both before and after the Bar Rescue makeover with 4.5 stars out of 5 on Yelp and 4.5 stars out of 5 on Google.
    • Heather puts in the effort of responding to reviews for The Base Line.
  • In a local article, owner Heather Bury Stich said, "Looking back on it, it was the longest, toughest, greatest 10 days of my life. The hardest part for me was that I worked my entire life to buy that bar and make it mine, and it was in the hands of the show. But the end result has been fantastic."
  • Jon Taffer actually rescued a bar a few years ago in Arizona called Baseline Sports Bar, but he changed that name to Brick & Barley. (Link


The Recovery Room was renamed to The Base Line by Bar Rescue and the bar has kept the name.  The reviews for the bar both before and after the Bar Rescue makeover are pretty much all positive with people liking the atmosphere for a drink.  Heather is heavily promoting the upcoming episode and she said the experience with the show was great and that the end result was fantastic.

*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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