Bar Hunters

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Bar-themed real-estate show is best left for adults.

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Positive Messages

Highlights the kind of things that bar owners must think about when opening and managing a bar, including staying within budget, and maintaining a clientele. Some sexist content with potential bar owners talking about using sexy women to attract customers.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Powers offers lots of good advice, but some folks are more receptive to it than others. Bar owners range from best friends to families.


Occasionally business partners bicker over locations, concepts, and budgets.


Employing women with big breasts and wearing bikinis to sell drinks is occasionally discussed. Sometimes women are shown in sexy clothes dancing suggestively.


Occasional strong words like "ass" are bleeped.


The newly-opened restaurants are shown at the end. Occasionally whisky brands and other beverage logos are visible in the background.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Not surprisingly, there's lots of drinking (beer, cocktails, shots) visible.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bar Hunters is a reality series featuring folks getting advice on potential properties they can purchase in order to open a successful bar. There's lots drinking (beer, wine, hard liquor), and images of women in sexy clothes dancing provocatively, plus some discussions that objectify women's bodies. Older viewers might like it, but there really isn't anything here for kids.

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What's the story?

BAR HUNTERS is a reality show that helps wannabe bar owners realize their dream. Chicago bar consultant and sommelier Tom Powers works with ambitious first-time bar owners to open a bar that fits their budget and concept. Powers hunts down three high potential spots that he believes can be transformed into a successful watering hole, and ranks each location's probability success if managed correctly. From opening a place in a college town, to investing into a franchise, Powell gives a lot of sound advice. But it's up to the newbie owners to choose what they are going to buy and make it happen.

Is it any good?

Bar Hunters is an alcohol-themed real estate show designed to highlight the kinds of practical things that people should be thinking about when pursuing bar ownership dreams. It also highlights some of the reasons that half of new bars fail within their first year of serving their first drink.

Powers' suggestions are interesting, especially when they contradict some of the newbie bar owners' theories about what they want their business to be like. Viewers might be surprised at how much money and hard work goes into successfully launching and running a bar, too. But unless you're interested in this kind of thing, you probably won't find it very entertaining.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it takes to open a successful business. What are some of the particular challenges associated with opening a bar or restaurant? Does this show address all of the challenges?

  • What sort of impact does showing alcohol and drinking on TV have on kids?

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