Saturday, July 17, 2021

Griff's Las Vegas - Bar Rescue Update

In this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are once again in Las Vegas, Nevada to rescue Griff's Las Vegas.  Griff's Las Vegas is a premier billiards hall owned by Mark Griffin that is struggling after having to close during the pandemic.  Mark missed some time at the bar due to health reasons and he felt that his manager Gary didn't do enough to step up while he was gone.  When Jon Taffer is there, he also finds that the general manager Gary may be part of the problem at Griff's.

During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer decided to keep the name of Griff's Las Vegas like all other bars this season.  Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for Griff's Las Vegas since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):

Positive Reviews:
  • "This was a great pool hall off the strip if you're looking to get away a bit from the hectic-ness that is Las Vegas. Not sure if they recently remodeled or just really well kept but they look amazing! It doesn't reek of cigarettes and smoke like other pool hall....We ordered fried pickles and a whole lotta drinks. The prices were not only reasonable but the drinks are amazing. It is a great place to have a few or a lot of drinks and get day drunk. 10/10"
  • "Clean spot. U leave ur I.d. While u play And it's hourly pool. Juke box available . Clean bathrooms.. can't complain. Attentive servers and bartender"
  • "Fantastic pool hall! Great tables, atmosphere, and service! Highly recommended!!!"
  • "Such a cool pool hall! Nice to be a bit away from the strip. Great beer pitchers and food, too!"
  • "My two sons and I came from South Jordan, Utah to play in a real old fashioned pool hall. We played for 4 hours. Half spent on the seven foot diamond tables and half on the none foot tables. The place is immaculate!! All the equipment is first rate and superbly maintained. The lunch special, which we all had, was excellent and reasonably priced with super friendly service. Wish we had a Griff's where we live!! Don't miss this great venue!

Negative Reviews:
  • None
*Reviews from Yelp, Google

Other News and Links:
  • The Bar Rescue for Griff's Las Vegas happened in April 2021.
  • Here is a preview video of the episode from the Bar Rescue Facebook page. 
  • Here is Griff's Las Vegas website and Facebook page. 
  • Griff's is having a watch party at the bar for the episode.
  • Griff's Las Vegas is smoke-free and has been that way ever since it opened.
  • Mark Griffin is the founder and past CEO of CueSports International, which owns BCA Pool League and USA Pool Leagues.
  • Here are the Facebook pages of Mark (owner) and Gary (general manager) 
  • Here is a billiards forum that is discussing the upcoming episode at Griff's. (Link)
    • There are screenshots of a post made by Gary who said the show portrayed him as "a bumbling incompetent fool" and Jon Taffer suggested firing him.  Gary said he was fired in June despite working 7 days a week and helping build Griff's to what it is.  He said in 2017 sales were $739,000 and he predicts in 2022 sales will be $2.3 - $2.4 million. (Link)
  • Here are the reviews for Griff's Las Vegas from Yelp, TripAdvisor, and Google.
    • The reviews are positive both before and after the Bar Rescue makeover.


Jon Taffer decided to keep the name of Griff's Las Vegas and all of the reviews for the pool hall/bar have been positive.  The reviews for Griff's compliment the cleanliness and the smoke-free environment and were also positive before the makeover.  Many people go there specifically for the pool hall.  The general manager Gary was fired in June, a little over a month after the Bar Rescue visit, and no longer works there.

*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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