Image taken from Google Streetview, pre-Bar Rescue.
The infamous Liquid Lounge of Long Beach is no more as of February when Spike TVs Bar Rescue dropped in to give the struggling dive bar a makeover.
The episode, Silence of the Ants, which aired Sunday featuring Liquid Lounge owner Rob McCarthy and his loyal staff, Lola, Tomas, Raemone and Stacy, follows the shows host Jon Taffer as he uncovers the bars health hazards and disrepair and attempts to stoke a fire in its mostly passive ownership.
The true state of the joint pre-Bar Rescue was made undeniably apparent when Taffer took a pool cue to poke at a crack in the wall, and out poured a stream of confused ants. Exterminators later said the tiny insects were attempting to infest the entire establishment.
Your building is coming down in front of us, Taffer practically shouts, as the owner, Rob McCarthy and his employees stand and watch, seemingly dumbfounded.
Following the ant extermination, a stress test (where Taffer brings in a typical Friday night crowd to find out what the employees can handle), a training at Alexs Bar courtesy of mixologist Rob Floyd (as the Liquid Lounge is being remodeled) and a few dramatic attempts to get McCarthy to actually care (its tough to be in debt), the Liquid Lounge is given the TLC it has desperately needed for the past three years.
New cocktails are brought in to replace the lounges haphazardly thrown together drinks, such as the Long Beach Tea, with lemon juice, sweet tea and Jack Daniels Old Number 7, garnished with an orange wedge, and The Weekender, with lemon juice, orgeat syrup, and Jack Daniels garnished with a lemon peel.
Panko-crusted shrimp poppers replace the shrimp skewers Taffers daughter attempts to try pre-Bar Rescue, where a dirty kitchen and distracted chef throw McCarthys operation into serious question.
Its a heartwarming end to the makeover, as the Liquid Lounge family sees Taffers vision for a beach-themed and classier watering hole replace what was proclaimed as a run down, bug infested eyesore, with three months to go before closing.
However, Long Beach locals certainly cherish their dive bars, and its yet to be seen whether this change in brand will both please the lounges original patrons and attract new regulars, or end up back the way it was, accruing debt.
Bar Rescues makeover team transformed the Liquid Lounge in February, so lets give it a good year for Long Beach to get used to the new look.
For more information about Tidal Bay Beach Bar, visit the Facebook page here. Check out the episode on Spike TV here.
Tidal Bay Beach Bar is located at 3522 East Anaheim Street.
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Bar Rescue Episode Transforms Bug-Infested Liquid Lounge Into The Tidal Bay Beach Bar - Long Beach Post
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