NYC Gay Western Bar ‘Flaming Saddles’ Gets Reality Show

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Famed NYC Hell's Kitchen country'n'western bar 'Flaming Saddles' is getting its own reality TV show.

From The New York Post

[The show] will follow the straight couple Jacqui Squatriglia and Chris Barnes, who own the saloon that’s hosted “Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Anderson Cooper and members of “The Book of Mormon” cast. Apparently the stress of managing the venue and its cast of muscled, dancing bartenders is enough to require not one but two couples therapists. Squatriglia was a chorographer at another party-hardy dive, Coyote Ugly, before opening Flaming Saddles. Former “SNL” writer Margaret Oberman will produce for the production company Traveling Picture Show.

New York Magazine rated 'Flaming Saddles' the best gay bar in 2012.


  1. Eddie in OKC says

    Oh sheesh. The bar could actually be really fun if they’d hire real cowboys to dance on the bar and bartend. In fairness and full disclosure, the last time I was there, I did see one authentic ‘poke. Otherwise, it appeared to be chorus boys – cute though they were — trying to pass. Flaming, for sure.

  2. says

    That could be fun! Flaming Saddles is a strange bar. It’s fun, corporate, soulless, humble, predatory, surprising and varied. It’s like if the world’s coolest applebees decided to try and be a real restaurant.

  3. keating says

    Will the first episode be how the bar was shut down by the Department of Health for flies in the beer, among other delicacies?

  4. Elsewhere1010 says

    How great, a show about straight people and all the wacky adventures they have the gayz…. pass.

  5. AngelaChanning says

    Keating, if that is the case, you know there will be close up shots of the flies, like they way they do on Hoarders.

  6. says

    I love it. As a regular customer have gotten to know them a bit and both are first class human beings so glad to see them in the spotlight.

  7. Precious says

    I would seriously rather bathe in my own fecal matter than set foot inside that hellhole again — let alone watch a TV show about the straight couple behind the scenes. Why not place a camera directly into my toilet?

  8. Billy Crytical says

    Why can’t gay people be entrepreneurial? Every time a gay-oriented business is mentioned on this blog it’s always owned by heteros.

  9. Roy says

    Ugh. Worst bar in the hood. And whatever you do, don’t eat the food or put your hands on the bartop.