917 S State St, Salt Lake City, UT | Directions 8411140.749240 -111.887997
Neighborhoods: People's Freeway
Best Bar in this State!!!!!! – This bar is the best bar I have been to in this state. However, all opinions should be considered by their source (including those negative reviews below). My story is I hate clubs, I hate trendy, snooty places, and I hate places full of rude and obnoxious people. Which is exactly why I love this bar. They really do a pretty good job of keeping those types out. Sure their door guys are tough, but by no means are they rude. But what would you do if you owned a bar? Put a teddy bear at the door? I just started going there within the last year, and when I very first started going there the bar staff made me feel very comfortable right when I walked in. Sure, the door guys didn't give me a warm, fuzzy, christmasy feeling, but by no means were the rude! For me, that means they were doing their jobs, they didn't know me (yet) and they were making sure I wasn't going to be rude, obnoxious, or trouble myself. I never have been watched like a hawk there, I think those peole who have written that previously may need to realize that the world does not revolve around them. If you put a chair right in the path of a walkway (such as near the stage) then of course they will ask you to move! That's fire safety! If they didn't they would be violating fire code! The bar staff has welcomed me with open arms since day one. I'm not a heavy drinker, an average bar tab for me is no more than 20-30 bucks and that is if I am buying other people drinks too! Yet they still love me. When my entire family decided to go there after a funeral for a bit of a send off, the owner, bar staff, and everyone there welcomed us and even moved around furniture to allow us to have more room. We didn't schedule that in advance, it just sort of happened, and they love us for it. If you want a bar with great people, smart people, and people without attitude come to this bar. Oh and by the way, I never wear black and I never have a problem.
What do they know?! – I was prompted to write this review when a friend of mine told me that she read the reviews of my favorite bar and that all of them were BAD! I am shocked really, I have been a "regular" of the Republican for just over a year now (my friends and fiance significantly longer) and I am happy to say that I have never once had any issues, been treated poorly or experienced any one of the horrible things that have been said about this wonderful little "hole in the wall".
As a matter of fact, my fiance and I hosted our engagement celebration there in April 2008 with about 40-50 guests (90% of them are not regulars) and we didn't have one issue, complaint or problem. All we had to do was talk to Jason and give them about 4 weeks notice, they took care of everything else. Jason (the owner) didn't even require that my guests meet a certain dollar amount for a bar tab, like some other bars do. We came in, drank had a good time and that was it. Our engagement party guests had such a good time that my fiance and I will be hosting our wedding "after party" there too!
The door guys, Damien and Mikey are a little rough around the edges, but it's because they are there to keep the obnoxious people out. That is what they are PAID to do... and there have only been a few occasions where I have seen them deny people entry or ask someone to leave... and every time it was because the people hammered and being obnoxious. David, Josh and the other bartenders are quick, professional, friendly and good at what they do. I love that Jason is a "regular" in his own bar too.
My suggestion to anyone looking for a relaxed laid-back atmosphere and you don't want to spend 7.00 for a drink give them a shot!
Great place to chill out and have a pint! – I've been going to the Republican for about 2 years now and I've never had a bad experience. I know all the staff by name and they all know me and I'm always greeted with a friendly handshake by the staff. Rarely has anyone in my party had to wait for a drink longer than expected. If your sitting at the bar Cameron, Josh, or David will likely get to you before your drink is a 1/4 gone. The staff is extremely weary of "trouble" and if you come in late after drinking at another bar Mikey or Damien at the door will probably send you packing. These boys have homes too, this is not Piper Down or The X Wives Club.where they spend the night cleaning everyone's mess. Come here to sit and watch a match, talk with your friends, have some beers, or shoot some pool. Sundays they have a live band which is well...interesting, but definitely entertaining. Jason (the owner) is a character, he usually can be found at the end of the bar talking to a close knit group of friends. Dont be fooled though, he's a good guy and if you take a second to introduce yourself to him and the rest of the staff they'll remember your face forever. If you fancy a chat about football there is no one better than Jason. The rest of the bar staff is extremely knowledgeable about their booze! I recommend taking the "stout challenge" to compare the 3 tasty stouts they have available. Or if liquor suites you best, they have quite the assortment of not just top-shelf specialties but some other less known brands that are extremely tasty. Parking can be tricky, but usually i find easy parking in the Autozone parking lot nex tdoor or across the street. This is not a bar to pick fight or show off to the ladies. If you have an ounce of 'machoism' in you stay away. If you want a bar where you can get a well made drink, don't have to put up with drama, and can meet friendly strangers who carry on good conversations then the Republican is the place for you!!!!
you're being watched.... – My question is, why does the owner of this lovely little bar let such an awful person work the door? I love this place - the big wooden bar, the shuffle board and pool tables....It's a great dive. But the entire time my friends and I were there, Mikey at the door was glaring at us. I think it was because we weren't wearing black, which apparently is a requirement to be treated decently at this bar. You can't move a bar stool two feet out of line without this Mikey guy being all over you. It is so ridiculous. I would love to be a regular there, but I'd rather not be under the microscope while I'm hanging out....especially by such a tool. Besides, according to Mikey, they have all the regulars they need...and they are all dressed in black.
GET A LIFE – I agree with the last 2 reviews. HORRIBLE. I went for a friends birthday. Door guy so rude - holding the door -tells you to wait to enter, ugh WHERE exactlly are you supposed to wait and why? Dont forget your black hoodie or you will NOT fit in! The place was maybe 1/2 of capacity and the 4 bartenders working could not even serve drinks! Im in the industry and I will never step foot in that dive again. The bar was not even 2/3 people deep and you had to wait at least 15 minutes for a beer! Then at 1:35AM, my beer was taken from my table and thrown away. HINT .. you can legally stay in a SLC bar till 2AM ..WTH? And another HINT to the owner ... your butt is not stapled to the barstool at the end of the bar! Get off it and help the servers, barback, bartender and GET A NEW DOORGUY without an attitude!
WORST BAR IN SALT LAKE!!!! RUDE, RUDE, RUDE!!!! – Never have I been so outraged. I tried to go to The Republican a few weeks ago with some friends, and it was a terrible experience! It was 12:15 on a Friday night/Saturday morning, and the RUDE, pathetic, doorguy who sits around and plays World of Warcraft while on the clock refused to let us in. He said they were 'done for the night.' Please, closing at 12:15 on a Friday night?!?Maybe if it was dead, but it was busy AND the hours sign on the door says 4-2am. I guess I was cutting it pretty close at TWELVE-FIFTEEN!!!! To make it even worse, our friends (two attractive girls with big cans) were let in 10 minutes before us! AND they were at the bar ordering OUR drinks so we could have something to drink when we got there. We tried to explain to the door dillweed that we were meeting our friends, we had drinks waiting for us, and he asked my boyfriend if he was retarded or deaf that he didn't understand that they were done! THEN, in the midst of trying to flag down our friends to tell them we were not allowed in, two guys with arm-sleeve tattoos, black jackets, and black hats came in behind us. They did the awesome fist-to-fist thing with the door guy and were let in- free of charge. We never once got snappy or raised our voice to the door guy- we kept our cool, simply trying to understand why we were not allowed in, and he gave us nothing but attitude. Eventually our friends came over, found out we could not join them, and left without paying for their drinks.
I have never been so angry in my life. I had heard bad things about this bar, and I should have taken the advice NOT TO GO THERE. Unless you are a regular or some white trash wannabe Irish, sitting around listening to Flogging Molly or Dropkick Murphy's, talking up the city of Boston even though you have never seen the other side of Bangerter highway, you will be treated HORRIBLY. DO NOT GO HERE. And if you do, I look forward to reading your awful review which you will inevitably post.
Worst time EVER. Horribly rude employees. – I recently went to this HOLE for my best friend of 15 years' 26th birthday. Only a couple of friends, no drunken lush idiots with us. I have been to my share of clubs in the Salt Lake City as well as elsewhere and know a good time and good hosts. But when upon walking in the front door you are are met by completely rude bouncers...it sours the mood from the get go. The doorman taking the IDs and $ was very short with us, as if we were just not wanted there. A girl with us insisted the bar tenders were very nice as she had been here before and knew them. Ha! (Ok, the one with the Modest Mou$e T-Shirt on that helped me was very nice.) However this short stocky balding A$S was very rude. He didn't even look at us when he came to take our empty glasses a plenty...I mean 4 of us dropped over $200 there in the hour we could stand staying. There was a lack of seating, so we took our spot on the floor of the stage. I didn't want to sit on the floor since there were several leaks in the ceiling and the floor of the stage was wet so I took an empty chair from the neighboring table. Not 2 seconds later I was told by the same rude doorman that I had to put the chair back, it couldn't be there. No please...no explanation...nothing. So I apologized and put it back. I put my drink down on the side of a table near the wall and was told immediately that I could not put it there...again, by the rude door guy. It was like he was watching us like a hawk because we were not regulars. This is a dive cement floor neighborhood type bar...not the damn martini bar. We were spending money and not being obnoxious, we should have been treated decent. When midnight rolled around my friend tapped on the bass drum of the kit that was set up on the stage and said Happy Birthday Katie!! Not "abusing" the drums or even continuing to touch them after that. The short stocky fat dude immediately yelled at us and told us to leave. Don't go here unless you are a regular. They are totally ridiculous.
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