917 S State St, Salt Lake City, UT | Directions 8411140.749240 -111.887997
Neighborhoods: People's Freeway
My Local : ) – The first time I went into the Republican, it was a little slow so I thought it wasn't a great bar....we came back a few months later just for kicks and we ended up making great friends with Josh the bartender, staying for pub quiz night, and making it our local. The staff is always kind, they are caring and have incredibly fast service, and they are always helpful and fun to hang out with. More than once, if my friend and I weren't safe to drive, the bartender has offered us cots or water to help us along. Sometimes there are iffy people there who are just looking for hookups but the bartenders look out for you. Smoking cage is great, the in-bar games like shuffleboard are great, they've always got the matches on televisions in there, they've got decent music in there most times and we've recently started going to their music sessions on Mondays. Great bar, great people, decent prices, and great atmosphere.
Republican is garbage – When i showed up at the bar at first it was a great time but this was also at 7 when the bar was practically empty.. once the bar started to pick up i could NOT believe the service i got. I can say that i will not freely EVER come back to this garbage wana be pub. The owners of this bar need to do a rehire and get people that actually have manners and also have respect for the people paying there bills. I can say for an irish bar i will go to PIPER DOWN every single time over this bar!! NEVER GO TO THIS GARBAGE PLACE
Whiners, just stay out. This place rocks. – I've been to many a drinking hole in my day, and have been frequenting The Republican for about 3 years now. I don't really know any regulars, and I have ALWAYS been treated well and served fast. The Black and Tan's here are some of the finest I've had, and I've tried my share.
My guess is if you've written a bad review about this place, you have written several other bad reviews about several other places, so here's my solution: STAY HOME. Your Mom misses you.
Not Irish. – The Republican is your run of the mill, "let's try and look like a seedy Irish bar" hang out. The place is littered with pro-IRA propaganda. As someone who was born and raised in Ireland it makes me a little upset to see these pseudo-Irish wannabes (the owner is like German or something, his last name isn't Irish and none of the employees are Irish). Don't they realize the war is over? Have any of them even been to Ireland?
Anyways, aside from that, it is a quiet place with good beer. Sometimes it's quiet. Other times, the jukebox is turned off so the bartender can blast Sublime or something stupid.
The crowd that regulars here are your normal ex-skinhead punks, or fake Irish wannabes (you know, scally caps, chops, they pretend to like soccer and even call it football), or it's a bunch of wannabe greasers. Greasers, in Utah, in the 2010's? Are you serious?
The door guy, Damien, is a big prick. Last time I went, though, he was working the bar and was nicer, while the girl was working the door and was actually friendly. Maybe they realized they were losing money and their regulars sucked?
The other bartender, this little twat by the name of Josh, is just a snot. He purposely doesn't refill your drink, gets mad if you don't tip right away (ever heard of a credit card you daft twatt?) and talks shit on just about everyone and everything. Oh, and he was adding $1.00 to all of my credit card tips. I didn't notice this for a long time -- SO BEWARE.
The other guys who show up just sit around and play World of Warcraft on their laptops. Are you kidding me? Dorks.
I go here once in a blue moon now, but it seems to be slowly improving. Now all they need to do is realize they're Americans and there's a huge difference than having a tiny bit of Irish blood in you and actually being from Ireland.
Only went twice – A great little hole in the wall with great staff and cheap drinks. I don't normally find it easy to talk to people when I go out drinking because they just seem like such jackholes. Didn't have that problem here.
I can understand why some people may have had issue with some of the staff. The first night I went there it was a low traffic night. I asked for a chocolate cake shot and was promptly told "We're a bar not a club sweetheart." I can totally see why some people may think the guys are a little rough but as long as you're not soft skinned you can handle the teasing the staff can dole out. If you don't like them, simply leave. We're all adults supposedly.
Expansive pub feel, minimal BS – The Republican is fairly unique on the downtown SLC bar/pub scene. It has an ambience that's hard to accurately describe but is always enjoyable, yea, even comfortable.
It's not a bar everyone, it definitely has a laid-back feel to it. Monday nights feature an ecclectic, but always enjoyable, Irish music jam.
The smokers can congregate in the back smoking cage and the patrons can enjoy the pleasantly lit converted warehouse interior.
Staff has always been pleasant with me, but I've never been there on a really busy night, so I haven't dealt w/ them under pressure. I tend to think they'd still be agreeable.
Overall, a great neighborhood pub with a unique vibe that's easy to sync up with.
come as you are, unless your lame. – This is a nice down to earth pub that you should stay out of if you are looking to make an jack-A out of yourself. For years I have been looking for a place that isn't so dedicated to turning into the biggest hippest bar in town that they basically sell out the people that put it up in the first place. These guys arent looking to generate a base of frat boy or singles hookup junkies. If you can hold your liquor and humble yourself at the door you can walk in sit down and have a pleasant enough time and converse with the patrons. Just remember most these guys have been around a long time and dont give two hoots about what you think their bar should be like. If you like the hype there are countless bars in town that cater to just such a patron. try the other "irishish" bar just down the street.
Old school pub, not for everybody – I always go there with the regulars ever since day-one, so you can argue that is the reason they always treat me fine. The Republican is definitely a different kind of pub. They seem to be more interested in making it a comfortable hangout for the regulars, than expanding the customer base. And I can see how first timers would judge this place. But it all boils down to this: Whenever I wanna see meat market, I go to the Port'O Call, Piper Down, or any of the thousands of bars in SLC. Whenever I wanna get imports, I go to the Bayou. But whenever I wanna just chill out with my regular hangout crowd without the annoyance of people around trying to pick up girls/guys, I go to the Republican and other old school pubs. Name your own pubs where you don't feel like talking to strangers, and I bet that first timers there would feel the same as these early reviewers feel about the Republican.
I have to agree with... – ...the first handful of reviews. If you are not a regular here, you really are treated like garbage. And, no, I am not some stupid airhead who belongs at Port O'Call or Green Street. I consider myself very polite and considerate, and would like that in return. I have been to The Republican probably 10 times, and unless I am with some of these "regulars", I am completely ignored and am constantly being watched or given unneccessary attitude by the infamous door guy. Dude, I'm a 5'2, 26 year-old-female. I'm not going to trash or create a scene in your bar. It is a shame that the employees are so rude (and their rudeness exceeds "they're just doing their jobs") because ambience-wise, it's a really cool place. It would be nice to be able to kick back with a beer and play shuffleboard without being given the evil-eye. Oh well. If anyone is looking for a place to just chill out with a beer, friends, and possibly a game of pool, I recommened X-Wives Place. Staff is always friendly, even if they are busy, and have a "the more, the merrier" attitude.
some peoples kids – Ok first off if your crying about the republican you should not have been there in the first place you pansys , how old are you people ten ? Your all just mad cause your up on your high horses thinking your important but your not and the guys at the pub dont owe you anything ! everyone there has always been good and respectful to me , i have been asked to leave and cut off for getting a little out of hand but unlike you A$$ holes i know they are just doing there JOBS !!!!!!!!!! so go cry in a corner get some money from your mommies and daddies and go to port o call or something and leave the pub to us respectful , open minded , black close wearing , tattooed people ha ha ha ha ha ha ha , ok i mean im pretty sure they dont serve drinks with nipples on the glasses for babies like all of you ! if you want good music , a place you can feel safe in , good drinks ,good people and good music the republican is the right choice.
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