Saturday, April 20, 2024

Playoffs Sports Lounge - Bar Rescue Update

In this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer is back and they are in Desert Hot Springs, California to rescue Playoffs Sports Lounge.  The 20-year-old bar is owned by Eric and Ann-Sofie Pontius and the episode description says it has failed to ever make a profit.  The bar is outdated and it has no systems in place such as a POS system. While Jon is doing recon, they find that the bartenders are making drinks that are way too strong and are keeping tabs by hand.  

During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer decided to keep the name of Playoffs Sports Lounge. Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for Playoffs Sports Lounge since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):

Positive Reviews:
  • "Love this bar! The service is top notch and the drinks are just what is needed after a long day at work. It has a very chill atmosphere and offers karaoke, theme nights and of course all the sporting events. I have even arranged to have coworkers meet there and the owner always accommodates a large party. Thank you for being the best!"
  • "We recently moved into DHS after a lifetime in Palm Springs. Needed local places for date night and Football. We stopped here and so glad we did. Craig and Letty are awesome people who make you feel like friends hanging out."
  • "Service is always good. Staff is very friendly and prices are great! Great place to hang out and watch sports or have a few drinks with friends."
  • "It's a very unique bar. Most of the clientele are locals and regulars. But all are very friendly and seem to enjoy meeting new people. The food is pub fare ok not great. The bartender I met was Letty. She was always smiling and seemed to enjoy here job. She made me feel like a regular right a way. It's a fun place to go for a drink, meet some very nice people and watch your team"
  • "love this place! so friendly and accepting. wonderful owner and staff!"
  • "Don't serve food but lots of tvs for sports."

Negative Reviews:
  • None
*Reviews from Yelp, Google

Other News and Links:
  • The Bar Rescue for Playoffs Sports Lounge happened in August 2023
  • Here is a preview video of the episode from the Bar Rescue YouTube page
  • Here is the Playoffs Sports Lounge website and Facebook page
  • The bar is having a watch party and said, "We told you we would let you know when our episode aired so here is a sneak peek for tomorrow nights Season 9 episode 9. We will air the broadcast at Playoffs at 10 pm tomorrow, Sunday April 21st. Desert Fire Tacos will be serving from the patio and Letty will be crafting cocktails! It was a stressful week of filming but our staff did an amazing job! The Bar Rescue professionals and Jon said as much. We couldn’t have been prouder!"
    • In April 2024, they partnered with a local taco shop and that shop is selling Mexican food at Playoffs Sports Lounge. (Link)
  • Here are the Facebook pages of Ann (owner), Eric (owner), Letty (bartender/Eric's fiance)
  • Here are the reviews for Playoffs Sports Lounge from YelpTripAdvisor, and Google.
  • Owner Ann-Sofie Pontius is also the owner of a CrossFit gym. (Link)
  • Owner Eric Pontius is also the owner of Bar One Beverage Catering which is a company that provides bartenders for special events. (Link)


Jon Taffer decided to keep the name of Playoffs Sports Lounge and the reviews since the makeover have all been positive with people complementing the service and atmosphere.  It seems like they do not serve food there, but they have partnered with a local business that serves Mexican food.  Both Ann and Eric both own other businesses and Eric's business provides bartenders for events which is kind of ironic. The fact that the bar has been opened for so long, has positive reviews and both owners have other businesses tells me this was a bar that may not have been struggling as much as other bars that have appeared on the show.

*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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