Tapas are the perfect bar food. The small portions are great for nibbling, not gorging. And the collection of little plates encourages sharing and socializing. Which are all excellent activities for an evening at Republic. The bar/restaurant's menu offers a selection of tapas plates ranging from Szechuan guacamole, which has an interesting Asian tang, to ancho grilled pork tenderloin. Much like the décor, the food has style and taste.
The once-hip patio and lounge known as Republic shut down without warning a few weeks ago--you know that much, particularly if you banged on the doors for a while. Now Jason Quiroga, initial bar manager, reports that he and one of the original... More »
Frozen drinks generally suffer from two problems: Heavy ice content waters down the alcohol, and men holding one start to question their own sexuality. No problem. Ciudad is an Oak Lawn establishment, and Republic sits in Uptown, where straight men commonly disguise themselves as characters from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Republic offers some astonishing drinks. They use fresh fruit in their purees and mix in premium spirits--Vox Raspberry in the frozen raspberry version and Smirnoff... More »
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