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The Republik has it all: a sound system to die for, a killer bar and live acts that pack the house.
Rock The Republik!
Thanks to the latest arrival on the Honolulu scene, the party’s on.
Catherine E. Toth | Photo: Melissa Kumano and Jonas Maon | November 26, 2012
For a city that’s earned a repeating role among the world’s most livable cities, Honolulu has been desperately trailing behind in the nightlife arena. With the closing of Wave Waikiki and Pipeline Café, the city’s been without a bona fide concert venue for awhile. For visiting acts, the choices were an arena, a concert hall and a smattering of outdoor spots.
Now, there’s The Republik (1349 Kapi‘olani Blvd., Third Floor, 941.7469, jointherepublik.com), the latest destination that’s ignited partygoers island-wide. (Just don’t call it a nightclub since it’s so much more.) The hottest thing to hit the nightlife scene in years, the venue sprawls over 10,000 feet on Kapi‘olani Boulevard, two-thirds of which is a live concert space that can hold up to 1,000 fans. For those who seek retreat from the crowds, there’s the private, intimate lounge and bar—appropriately called The Safehouse—that exudes its own sensual appeal. Among the minimalist black-and-white decor, devotees swoon over handcrafted cocktails and delicious small plates, served six days a week. “It’s like Apartment3 meets Chinatown,” says owner/partner Aubry Boutin. “It’s a sexy lounge—sophisticated but with a bit of an edge.”
So far, The Republik is sure to remain in a class all its own. Concert venues just don’t deliver in the lounge department, while nightclubs aren’t outfitted for high-level live shows. The Republik also has other spaces beat, thanks to 16-foot ceilings, a wide-open dance floor, high-definition cameras projecting on two 80-inch LED screens, and world-class lighting and sound systems. To their credit, the owners—part of the BAMP Project—thought of everything, down to the five entrances and four high-volume bars that don’t obstruct the view of the stage. “The majority of the venue is for live concerts,” Boutin says. Plus, there’s the cool mix to the crowd. More often than not, the stylish and the well-suited rub shoulders with high-energy college kids and music fans.
To its credit, the crew at The Republik have already earned their street cred. Since the nightlife destination’s opening in July, name-brand bands, including Death Cab for Cutie, Gym Class Heroes and A Flock of Seagulls, have graced the stage, leaving some very happy fans. But getting the big-name acts isn’t necessarily the goal. “We want customers to have as much fun as possible,” Boutin explains. “It’s about giving everyone the best experience.”