Republik aims for cool, casual vibe...and no fish
with Vivian Chen
Just as we'd fully recovered from bidding farewell to the sharks and decadence at the M1NT club in Hollywood Road, we were invited to check out its new incarnation.
Andrew Lewis, a co-founder of M1NT, renovated the space and transformed it into Republik. 'We want a warmer atmosphere here and a more casual vibe,' Lewis said at Republik's soft opening last week.
And you won't find any fish tanks at the new club. 'We are staying away from the animals,' Lewis said. What you will find is a couple of rocking chairs in the space downstairs, now opened up to attract happy-hour-goers. And for the hardcore party animals, there are cool vintage car mirrors on the walls upstairs and a bigger DJ booth.
The soft opening might have coincided with Boujis' three-night, pop-up club opening nearby at The Space, but Lewis wasn't worried about the effect on turnout. 'This is just our soft opening, I wanted to keep it a bit low key anyway. I heard of Boujis' opening and I'll be popping down there tomorrow night. It's great for the area.'
We totally agreed that there was nothing to worry about - who wouldn't choose Republik's opening, given all the free booze flowing?