Saturday, April 13, 2024

La Perla Sports Club (Cantina) - Bar Rescue Update

In this week's episode of Bar Rescue, the show is in Glendale, Arizona to rescue La Perla Sports Cantina. This is another episode this season where Jon Taffer is not present, and Dustin Drai is in charge of rescuing La Perla Sports Cantina.  During recon, the bartenders cannot make basic drinks such as spicy margaritas.  Also, the owner Mark is buying rounds for everybody while being supposedly $750,000 in debt. He is treating the bar as a personal hangout instead of a business.

During the Bar Rescue makeover, the show decided to slightly change the name of La Perla Sports Cantina to La Perla Sports Club and the bar has kept the name. Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for La Perla Sports Club since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):

Positive Reviews:
  • "It was busy, but it was a game day so to be expected from what I assumed was more of a "sports bar" anyway. Waitress wasn't too knowledgeable on the specials or what came with individual regular entree orders, but was quick to correct. I left happy. Great burger & beer. If you dig the sports-bar vibe, I'd recommend! Near neat downtown murals in Phoenix."
  • "Nice place with a lot of history in downtown Glendale. They offer some great food items and the margaritas were awesome. If you get a chance the next time you're in downtown Glendale stop in. Enjoy the outside seating like we did for people watching."
  • "The staff is incredibly friendly. The service and the food was good!!!! Get yourself a dirty dog!!!"
  • "The bartender, Patty, was the best.. so personal and on top of everything. Tacos were some of the best we've ever had, and their fajitas were delicious! We'll be back, for sure. Thank you, La Perla"

Negative Reviews:
  • "My wife and I went in Saturday 4-13-24. We waited five min. To get seated. We chose our seats. The server bartender came over and took or drink order and returned. Took of food order and returned with that. Never came back! Another couple came in and after five minutes, they walked out. Food was OK at best. SERVICE WAS HORRIBLE! There are much better places in Glendale to eat. Don't think we'll be back."
  • "There is no way people gave this place 5 stars. The service was horrible despite it being not busy, took over an hour to get mediocre food.... those of us that actually got what we ordered. I'm all for supporting a small business but this isn't it. Save your hard earned money and go somewhere better."
  • "The food is okay although it was a little high priced for what you got. The service was good, There was a lot of energy in the place, And they have a live band which is really nice but it was only spanish speaking. Nobody there spoke english so that was a little disappointing since I don't speak spanish, and except for the employee's, the people weren't very friendly and I had the impression that it was because I'm a white girl, so that's not good. Also, my phone was stolen, so I won't be going to LaPerla again"
*Reviews from Yelp, Google

Other News and Links:
  • The Bar Rescue for La Perla Sports Cantina happened in the October 2023.
  • Here is a preview video of the episode from the Bar Rescue YouTube page.
  • Here is the La Perla Sports Club website and Facebook page
    • They post a lot of Facebook about their upcoming events such as live music.
  • Here are the reviews for La Perla Sports Club from YelpTripAdvisor, and Google.
    • The bar responds to a lot of the online reviews.


This was another episode where Jon Taffer was not there for the Bar Rescue, but Dustin Drai and the Bar Rescue crew decided to slightly change the name of La Perla Sports Cantina to La Perla Sports Club and the bar has kept the name.  The reviews for La Perla Sports Cantina are a bit mixed, but they seem to be improved from before the makeover.  It seems like the bar has a lot of events and live music, so the success of the events may determine how successful the bar is.

*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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