South Africa became a free, democratic country in 1994, but instead of getting political, this Juta Street bar with damn fine food is dedicated to fun. Ross Cornish, Henry Cock and Craig Smith are the three men behind Republic of 94, as well as two other very popular hangouts nearby in Braamfontein, The Immigrant and ’86 Public. Republic of 94 opened in March and has been hosting well-curated live music acts and parties almost every night since then. There’s never a dull moment.
You would hardly know that this venue was once the location of historic old restaurants such as Linger Longer and Leipoldt’s. Now Republic of 94 has a phenomenally long bar, 20 metres of it, and a really enormous outdoor Corona beer-and-burger yard that has already hosted a drive-through car party. The trendy space also has very grown-up leather-furnished VIP booths for those who want to keep things more intimate.
The owners know exactly what people want in this entertaining part of the city, and that’s what they offer – the best version of everything. Luscious burgers, hearty ribs, wings and pregos are served with your choice of great fries, brought to the tables in their own deep-frier baskets, salads or zucchini chips.
As for drinks, the trend of buying your table a lavish bottle of vodka, whisky, whiskey, gin or brandy with VIP service continues here. Thirst can also be quenched the usual way with numerous beers on tap, ciders, shooters, spirits, popular wines and bubbly, too. Republic of 94 on Juta Street in Braamfontein is open Thursday to Sunday from lunch until late.
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