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3 Stars Podcast

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Reviewing the reviews of online reviewers!

In a high tech world where people have ever-increasing courage to sit behind a screen and dole out opinions without consequence, comes 3 heroes prepared to fight back through the safety of our microphones and digital airwaves. You’ve got one star for us? Well we’ve got 3 Stars for you! Here comes 3 Stars Podcast ready to dish it out!
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One of the most notoriously dangerous nightclubs in Denver has been shut down and it's about damn time.  You can read all sorts of terrible reviews about how dangerous it was for yourself, but the one we chose pretty much sums it all up.  
January 26, 2022
S3:E3 This Isn't F**king LA!
How can a person change their review so many times and still make it a lie in the face of facts?  If you thought Mr. Peanut from season 1 was bad, Haley's Comet is a fiery ball of douchery.  Buckle up! 
January 12, 2022
BONUS EPISODE: Just the Tip!
Remember those d-bags that tried to take the huge tip from the server in Arkansas?  Yeah, this episode is all about that.  We recorded using some new-to-us tech that takes some getting used to.  We apologize if the quality is off, but out commentary is still spot on. ENJOY!!!
December 29, 2021
S3:E1 Begrudgement Day!
We told you we'd be back.  We've definitely changed up a few things for this season and as you'll soon find out, one of them is Bill's employment... AGAIN!
December 08, 2021
S2:E33 You Be A 3 Star Host!
Well, sadly this is the Season 2 Finale.  Unfortunately, Bill was unable to make this recording due to a family emergency.  In addition, we're taking a bit of a break from a new season of regular episodes while we all take care of some big deal things going on in our lives.  However, we'd love to hear from you so we've set up this episode as a bit of a cliffhanger in hopes that we can get some feedback from You our listeners and then be able to release some bonus content during the break.  Make sure you follow through and send us your thoughts.  Cheers!
September 01, 2021
S2:E32 Meh!
How can 3 little letters hold so much meaning?  Well, we don't really know.  What we do know is that when writing a review, simply putting "meh" to describe all the flavors and tidbits of your experience, just doesn't cut the mustard.  Sit back and give a listen as we go through these reviews that are just a little... well you know...meh.
August 25, 2021
S2:E31 The Feel Good Episode!
Yeah we get off on putting people down, but sometimes it's good to remember that it's better to lift people up with praise.  We were all feeling pretty good and decided to spread that goodness toward the reviews and by osmosis (we think) to you dear listeners.
August 18, 2021
S2:E30 Food Trucks!
We love food trucks.  We also don't understand why people leave stupid reviews about food trucks.  But then again we don't understand why people leave stupid reviews at all.  So let's drink some amazing Blood Orange DIPA from Rail's End Brewing and make fun of the stupid reviews.
August 11, 2021
S2:E29 You Must Be Road Trippin'!
With summer time comes road trips and of course a plethora of visits to this country’s great national parks. Sadly, it also brings review writers who apparently have never seen the great outdoors. You’ll be smacking your head at some of these reviews.
August 04, 2021
S2:E28 You're in the Wrong Place!
Want to know what pisses us off... along with all of the other things that piss us off?  It's when an already bad reviewer writes a review about the WRONG PLACE and it damages the reputation of the wrong business.  Seriously, if you're going to write a review, please make sure it's at least for the correct business.   To get through it, we sip on some delicious Suntory Japanese Whisky and have a grand old time shredding these reviews.
July 28, 2021
S2:E27 Just Plain Ridonk!
We come across entirely too many trash reviews that are so bad we won't even glorify them with a star rating.  However, they are good for some all out laughter.  And for some reason, Bill has a serious issue with the cocktail for Happy Hour!
July 21, 2021
S2:E26 The Spice of Life!
One of the best parts of working in the service industry is having amazing friends who are constantly innovating and creating new paths for themselves.  We are lucky to have such a person in our good friend Kristina Mucha of Five Toed Foods.  Kristina also happens to be the kind of person who proves that taking a real issue directly to a manager will get much better results than just bitching about it in an online review.
July 14, 2021
S2:E25 Taste the Rainbow!
It's Pride Month and this weekend is Denver Pride.  It's also the biggest weekend for LGBTQ+ bars and nightclubs.  With that business comes online reviews and with those reviews comes 3 Stars Podcast.  To help us navigate some reviews we invited our good friend John Sweat; long time downtown club bartender and proud member of the LGBTQ+ community.
June 23, 2021
S2E24: Dad's Do Brunch!
Who would have guessed it would be super easy to find father's day reviews for brunch?  Samantha, that's who.  Brad was sure they didn't exist, but apparently a lot of dads love to go to brunch on Father's Day and then bitch about it online.  Bill is on the Willy Wonka elevator of levels in this episode so good luck keeping up.  Happy Father's Day to all you daddios out there!
June 16, 2021
S2:E23 The Latest One's
Following up last week's episode of people who were first to review we decided to go back to those bars and restaurants and look at the most recent reviews.  The contrast may be a bit of a surprise, but also... not.  The Last Word Cocktail get's us all a little "Chartreused" as we dive into this delicious and powerful libation.
June 09, 2021
S2:E22 1st One's!!!
It dawned on us a few episodes back that for each establishment, someone out there wrote it's first review.  We decided to visit a few favorites as well as a couple of others to see what the first reviewer had to say.  Samantha is back to hosting, we've got the insult books out in full swing, and Bill... Well you know Bill. 
June 02, 2021
S2:E21 A Year in Review!
Well we decided to do a little switch-up and let Bill have the wheel.  You never know where you'll end up from there.  We revisit a few places from some of our first few episodes and see how they've been doing since.  At least one was a bit of a surprise!  And we have a little "Preachin' with Peaches to give us all a little what's what.
May 28, 2021
S2:E20 Strip Down!
IT'S OUR BIRTHDAY!!!  3 Stars Podcast is officially one year old.  And what else do adults do on their birthdays except go to the Strip Club?!  Samantha really got into looking for some awesome reviews on for this episode and Bill and Brad dug out our favorite book, "Creative Cursing."  Thank you to everyone who has listened and supported us throughout this past year.  We hope you continue to enjoy listening as much as we enjoy recording. Like, Subscribe, Share!
May 19, 2021
S2:E19 Your Mother Was a Snowblower!
Mother's Day is both the busiest and most hated Sunday of the year in the service industry.  We love our mother's, we just don't like yours.  Sit back and relax and listen to some Mother's Day horrors.
May 12, 2021
S2:E18 Cinco De Drinko!!!
What do Americans do best?  Apparently appropriate holidays from other cultures and turn them into all day drinking fiestas just to make it easier to bash bars and restaurants online.  Well, we have something to say about those stupid reviews.  Happy Cinco de Mayo!
May 05, 2021
S2:E17 We're Not Perfect!
Everybody has bad days, right? RIGHT?!?  Apparently review writers have more than most and can't help but go online and just bitch bitch bitch, even if it happens to be on their engagement day.  Oh... Bill's back after a week off and he had the WEIRDEST dream.  Anyone know how to make a COVID Fastball?  You will!
April 28, 2021
S2:E16 4:20 Bro!!!
We don't always get stoned, but when we do, we prefer cerveza!  Yup, it's 4/20 so we thought we'd 4:20.  Drinking some THC beer and ripping apart some terrible reviews of dispensaries. surprisingly, The show get's calmer as the THC sets in... Some tangents were discussed and luckily the editing team saved you all from big existential discussions.  Bill took a week off but we were lucky to have our good friend Tarik Jean of the podcast Just Jivin' roll in on this joint.
April 21, 2021
S2:E15 Super Secret Shit Show!
Is it possible to do a switcheroo on who does which jobs to create an episode, while digging through the old files, yet somehow coming up with new bits AND having entirely too much fun doing it?  Give a listen and you tell us! Thanks again to Matt Cross for contributing a few original guitar riffs and lyrics for our musical interludes.  Find him on IG @mattcrossetc
April 14, 2021
S2:E14 National Beer Day!
Beer is one of the most prevalent liquids in human history.  It certainly deserves it's own national holiday and of course a full episode from the 3 Stars that's chock full of stupid reviews and delicious beer!  Enjoy our new musical interlude created by the amazing Matt Cross.  Find him on IG @mattcrossetc and on FB   
April 07, 2021
S2:E13 This is Just a Tribute!
It's been a year since we lost a good friend and coworker.  This episode isn't about sadness, it is a tribute and celebration to a man who loved harder and more genuinely that most.  No amount of yelp reviews or personal stories can do justice to the real deal.  If you were lucky enough to know Joe Negrete then you know what we're talking about.  If not, then hopefully you have someone in your life who makes you feel as special as Joe made everyone around him feel. 
March 31, 2021
S2:12 Excuse Me While I Yelp the Sky!
Who in their right mind has high expectations of airline food?  What's more, who has those expectations and then has to Yelp about it?  We're flying high on these vacuum sealed sacked lunches.  Oh and what's this... Brad joins the dark side and makes his most despised cocktail!!!
March 24, 2021
S2E11: It's F**king Saint Patty's Day!
The bartender's Super Bowl, yet sadly, once again this year, many aren't able to work it the way we'd like.  However, that doesn't stop us from finding some terrible yelpers to bash while we kick back with some Irish Whiskey! Special thanks to Kevin Macleod for uploading some free tunes for us to use in this episode! Master of the Feast by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Source: Artist: Achaidh Cheide - Celtic by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Source: Artist:
March 17, 2021
S2E10: Self Yelp!
We're not sure if this episode was to help reviewers or Bill, or maybe it was to help a little bit in all of us.  Grateful to have had Ashley Roueche M.A.  L.P.C. on with us to take a deeper therapeutic look at some of our most notorious reviewers.
March 10, 2021
S2:E9 No Pets Allowed... Except Service Animals!
This is the kind of topic that really splits the community, the audience, and even the hosts of the show.  Non-service animals in bars and restaurants... yay or nay?  Well, we dive into some reviews and try to hash some of it out.  It's a Doggy Dog world out there.
March 03, 2021
Half Shot: ID's... Yes Really!
We had done a full episode surrounding ID'ing back in season one, but this was a half shot we recorded as well.  It never hurts to remind everyone about the fact that when we ask for ID it's because we really do need to see your ID in order to keep our jobs.
March 01, 2021
S2:E8 Ridonkulousness
Sometimes there are just some seriously ridiculous reviews that we just can't ignore.  And of course we couldn't just choose some and not others.  Here's a good selection of some of the dumbest reviews we've collected.  Special thanks to Lyre's Non-Alcoholic Spirits for sending a few sample bottles our way so we could mix up some delicious mocktails and low ABV cocktails to sip on.
February 24, 2021
S2E7: What it Takes Pt 2
Wrapping up this two parter with Colin Overett from Union Lodge No 1.  Just an amazing time with an incredible bartender, reading reviews and having yet another delicious original cocktail, The Kiss Goodnight.  And Brad's story at the end brings it all full circle.
February 17, 2021
S2:E6 What is Takes Pt 1
It's virtually impossible to keep a 5 Star status on Yelp or Google Reviews.  However, we got to sit down with Colin Overett of Union Lodge No. 1 to find out exactly what it takes to give the level of service that keeps them at the top.
February 10, 2021
S2:E5 Return of the Red Eye
Dry January is officially over and we are already Hungover AF!  We tapped the industry for favorite hangover remedies; Found some fun reviews from bars featured in the Hangover 2;  Dig into some sciency hangover stuff.  Oh yeah, and we drink Red Eyes!
February 03, 2021
S2:E4 We Asked, You Answered!
We didn't have to search for reviews AT ALL thanks to some amazing sharing from listeners of the show.  Thank you so much for sharing with us so we could tear these people to shreds.   Bill rages on and we get pretty hyped up on some Energy Drinks with quite a bit of info from Samantha.  Check out some links she read up on for you. Rockstar vs. Bang:
January 27, 2021
Half Shot: Yelp Thinks Everyone's a Health Inspector
Yelp now allows the average person to tell on businesses for not following Covid rules.  This is what we think about that!
January 26, 2021
S2E3: Is He Evil or Alternative?
We decided to revisit The Alternative Baker who is known for having a demeaning and crass attitude toward his customers.  Some of these definitely made our eyes go wide.  Is he doing it for effect or is he really an alternative to being a nice person?  What do you think?   Oh yeah... Samantha surprises Brad and Bill with what we're drinking for Happy Hour.
January 20, 2021
S2:E2 Wake Up And Smell The Coffee!
Once in a great while someone will stand up and do the right thing.  That's when the bottom of the barrel thinks it's their time to shine and write crap reviews.  Hugh Jackman does amazing work with his coffee brand and we jump in to fight back against some of the negative nellies who just can't help but be giant turd blossoms.
January 13, 2021
S2:E1 I'm Vegan Bro!
A couple of our fans asked for this episode and we were more than happy to oblige.  Our first episode of Season 2.  Some fun with vegan reviews, a bit of a switch-up on hosting roles and happy hour, as well as a new segment, Behind Bars with Bill!
January 06, 2021
Half Shot: Twisted Tea Takedown
We just had to crank this one out quickly for the craze goes away.  If you haven't watched the video we're talking about, just google away and you'll find it.
January 04, 2021
Episode 33: 2020 Would Not Recommend
It's finally here!!!  The end has come to both 2020 and our first season of 3 Stars Podcast.  We've definitely found some of the worst yelpers to rage about in our season finale.   Hope you enjoy, and make sure to join us as we gear up for Season 2 and a whole new year!
December 30, 2020
Episode 32: Santa's Lap or Santa Slap
Who would have thought that there are a plethora of reviews about going to see Santa?  Well... we did.   The holiday season is definitely a tough one this year, but what was everyone's excuse in years past?  Oh well, here we go.  Happy Holidays from your 3 Stars!
December 23, 2020
Episode 31: Oy Chanukah!
Brad insisted that if we were going to do a Christmas episode then we had better do a Chanukah episode.  Bill was all about it, seeing as he's a regular Grinch for Christmas.  We're gonna kibbitz a little, maybe have a nosh and get ferschniket while going over reviews of some famous Jewish Deli's.
December 16, 2020
Episode 30: For an Average of 3 Stars!
According to more than a few smarty pants people who do things like research and write articles and stuff, 3 star reviews are more trustworthy than the ones and fives.  We thought we'd focus on some of those.  Also putting Bill to sleep with some Hot Toddies!
December 09, 2020
Episode 29: Shame Shame I Know Your Name!
Some people just write really dumb reviews without realizing that doing so makes them our play thing.   It's been a tough year and we definitely take it out on some reviewers who dared to leave bad reviews during a pandemic and also on one bar that insists on screwing it up for the rest of us.  
December 02, 2020
Episode 28: THANKSGIVING!!!
Unbeknownst to our listeners, we had recorded enough episodes to give ourselves a break from recording for a month.  It was much needed, but we also missed it very much.  We were thankful to get back to it and back into our flow just in time for the holidays.  Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!
November 25, 2020
Episode 27: Cocktails and Dreams with Rodrigo Delpech!
On our 2 day trip to Las Vegas we were lucky enough to catch up with the one and only Rodrigo Delpech.  With 17 World Championship Flair Bartending titles along with over 120 Flair Competition wins to his name, Rodrigo is truly a Master of his craft and also happens to work at two of the world's most renowned flair bars.  We go over some flair bar reviews and of course, tear them to shreds!  Ooooo yeah and we taste some delicious Rosita Cocktails made with The Rock's Teramana Tequila!
November 19, 2020
Episode 26: Bar Stars Happy Hour!
IT'S HAPPY HOUR!!!  We were super excited to take the show on the road and take our chances in Las Vegas.  While there, we were lucky enough to catch up with fellow podcasters Tom and Jackie Alley of Bar Stars Happy Hour.  We were thrilled to have them on the show and learned a lot from two true service industry professionals!
November 11, 2020
Episode 25: Electile Dysfunction!
We don't get into politics on this show, and we still don't in this episode.  After all, we're about service industry reviews.  We did, however, find a couple of gems we couldn't resist.  We ALSO received the most incredible review about US.  That's us... 3 Stars Podcast... not THE US... not sure we want to read that one.  
November 04, 2020
Episode 24: This House isn't Haunted!
Haunted houses suck according to Brad and Samantha, and apparently according to these reviews, but for different reasons.  Bill also learned to read a new book of insults!
October 28, 2020
Episode 23: Wendy's is Frosty!
What goes well with the absolute fire behind Wendy's Twitter game?  A Wendy's Frosty of course!  And what goes well with a Wendy's Frosty?  Well... Richardo's Decaf Coffee Liqueur of course!
October 21, 2020
Half Shot: Yes Chef
In response to Episode 22 we were amazed to get a voice message from the One Star Chef, Davide Cerritini.  Make sure to check out his new venture at
October 20, 2020
Episode 22: A Review You Can't Refuse
Mamma Mia!  Never mess with the Italians when Yelp stars are on the line!  Very few restaurant owners take on Yelp and not only win, but also become heroes in the industry.   Davide Cerretini of Botto Bistro is one of those restaurant owners.  Unfortunately for us, he's sold his restaurant, but luckily continues to inspire industry professionals everywhere.
October 14, 2020
Half Shot: The Last Chair
This one is still hot and fresh.  We got some pretty fast feedback from the owner of The Last Chair in Whitefish, MT following the release of Episode 21: Pants on Fire.  We can't thank him enough for his feedback and gratitude for our take on Renaaaaaaay's terrible review.  Also, thank you for this great satirical article, "Freedom to Not Wear a Mask."
October 11, 2020
Episode 21: Pants of Fire!
Some people fib a little when they leave their review.  Others... well... LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE!!!  And when it hits close to home, 3 Stars Podcast is gonna call it out!
October 07, 2020
Epoisode 20: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Our Big 20th Episode featuring our special guest Tarik Jean, host of the podcast Just Jivin'.  We are talking about reviews with pictures and whether or not these pics in particular add value to the review.  Oh and Bill learns basic division.
September 30, 2020
Episode 19: May The Farce Be With You!
We did a lot of ragging on Helen the Hut in our last episode, so we thought we'd bring in Master Ella D. to do battle against the forces of evil yelping.
September 23, 2020
Episode 18: Helen the Hut!
We were going to call her something else, but our editor said the 'C' word still isn't acceptable in North America.  If ever there was a reviewer deserving of that word, Helen the Hut is it.
September 16, 2020
Episode 17: If I Could Give it Zero Stars
It seems like 1/3 of the reviews we read wish they could give less than 1 star.  Well, so do we, so here's an episode dedicated to those wishes.
September 09, 2020
Episode 16: Leftovers!
Few things are better than enjoying something so much that you want more of it, even if it's cold and in the refrigerator.   Pizza, Chinese food, and of course 3 Stars Podcast.  Enjoy some reviews that had to be cut from previous episodes in order to save time.
September 02, 2020
Episode 15: Let's See Some I.D.
It's like an episode of the Simpsons, Only Bill is Mrs. Krabappel. I will bring my valid I.D. to the bar.  I will bring my valid I.D. to the bar.  I will bring my valid I.D. to the bar.  I will bring my valid I.D. to the bar.  I will bring my valid I.D. to the bar.  I will bring my valid I.D. to the bar.  I will bring my valid I.D. to the bar.  I will bring my valid I.D. to the bar.  I will bring my valid I.D. to the bar.  
August 26, 2020
Episode 14: Teens in the Industry (AKA The Clean Episode)
What happens when you put a teenager on the microphone?  Well let's just say that Bill stepped up to the plate to come up with a slew of alternative curse words allowing Brad to list this as a "Clean" episode.
August 19, 2020
Episode 13: Some Good ONES
Brad's sister challenged us to find some good 1 Star reviews.  We weren't sure about it either at first, but we did it.  Also had our good friend Mike "Guzzie" Guzman pop in from Las Vegas with an original cocktail for happy hour and to help rip apart our final review.
August 12, 2020
Episode 12: Time to Make the Donuts
Wow, what a fun few weeks!  Super excited to bring you the result of a BrewStillery tour at SkaStreet in Boulder, CO and to share some amazingly awful reviews written by idiots while we are all doing our best to stay afloat in this industry.
August 05, 2020
Episode 11: Sean M***** F****** Kenyon Pt. 2
How does it end, how does it end???  Quite warm and cheery actually.  Sean gives us the inside scoop on the Mr. Peanut review as well sharing just a piece of his immense spirits and cocktail knowledge.   Add in some good bar stories, some stupid reviews, and a whole lotta love for the industry and you've got episode 11!
July 29, 2020
Half Shot: Building Family with Sean Kenyon
This is a very important clip that unfortunately didn't make it into the full episode but it really hits at the heart of how to treat your staff.
July 28, 2020
Episode 10: Sean M***** F***** Kenyon Pt. 1
You read that right.  We were lucky enough to sit with world renowned bartender and bar owner Sean Kenyon for our milestone 10th Episode!!!  Sean invited us down to his bar Occidental so we could jab at reviews of his bars and give us insight into the mind of one of the world's most talented barmen.   Yes it's a longer episode.  Yes it's only Part 1.  We recommend taking it a bit at a time, going for a long drive, or inviting your partner for a little 3 Stars Podcast and chill.  When the episode ends you'll be jonesing for Part 2.
July 22, 2020
Half Shot: How to Tip
Obviously this is a much bigger conversation than just one Half Shot, but here are some thoughts.
July 19, 2020
Episode 9: Self Yelp
After decades in the service industry it can be fun to go yelp yourself.  Samantha and Bill revisit some reviews written about them and provide a little context.
July 15, 2020
Episode 8: FOHBOH
There are 2 things you need to know about this episode.  1)  It's actually William Shakespeare and not Bruce Lee.  2). Bill's eyes did get watery.  Swear on all that is holy!
July 08, 2020
Episode 7: Bill Hates Kids
Hate is a strong word, but if Bill get's on the same side as a restaurant review... well he may feel pretty strongly about this.  Listen to us actually take the side of some of these reviewers who think children running amuck in restaurants needs to stop.
July 01, 2020
Half Shot: Don't be a Nick
Ever since the Karen episode we've been asked about the male version.  Well we think it's Nick.  He doesn't just want to talk to the manager, he wants the whole staff listed on the menu.  In a blog article, restaurant critic Nick Lander suggests how everyone can better cater to his needs.  This deserved some attention so it's more like a Double Shot.   Here's the article link if you want to follow along.
June 28, 2020
Episode 6: I'm in the Industry
The Service Industry is a huge family, but every family has an Aunt Karen or a stupid uncle who just have to complain for nothing.  We're talking about some reviews written by people who claim they are in the industry, but we don't claim them back.
June 23, 2020
Half Shot: Incomplete Parties
Have you ever wondered why we won't seat your incomplete party?  Well let's talk about it.
June 22, 2020
Episode 5: Plugging Others
It's okay to just write a good review, but when you plug another establishment twice in your review...Ya' suspect!
June 16, 2020
Half Shot: Back to Work
Following up on our first half shot, we are all back to work now and want to share some of the things that have changed in our restaurants and bars.  And Samantha says Brad shouldn't have finished on an up note.  
June 14, 2020
Episode 4: Brunch and Bubbles
Brunch may be one of the best meal times to enjoy with friends and family... Unless you write a terrible review and have to face the 3 Stars!
June 10, 2020
Half Shot: Now We Wait on Them
Reading and some commentary on an article published in San Diego Magazine.  The article is called "Now We Wait On Them" by food writer Troy Johnson.  Amazing take on the reopening of restaurants post COVID-19 shutdowns.
June 03, 2020
Episode 3: We Give You Ella D.
You've asked what we consider a good review, now here it is.  If you're anything like Bill, this'll have you drooling for more.
June 02, 2020
Episode 2: Those Who Can and Those Who Karen
It's heartening to know there are people in this world who turn a bad situation into something positive.  And then there's Karen.
May 26, 2020
Episode 1 THE REBOOT
What do you do when you've recorded 3 hours for a 1 hour episode that will take 10 hours to edit?  You REBOOT.  So here it is for the very 2nd time; 3 Stars Podcast Episode 1!
May 19, 2020
Trailer: We 3 Stars!
In a high tech world where people have ever-increasing courage to sit behind a screen and dole out opinions without consequence, comes 3 heroes prepared to fight back through the safety of our microphones and digital airwaves.  You’ve got one star for us?  Well we’ve got 3 Stars for you!  Here comes 3 Stars Podcast ready to dish it out!  
May 15, 2020