The Republican is your run of the mill, ""let's try and look like a seedy Irish bar"" hang out. The place is littered with pro-IRA propaganda. As someone who was born and raised in Ireland it makes me a little upset to see these pseudo-Irish wannabes (the owner is like German or something, his last name isn't Irish and none of the employees are Irish). Don't they realize the war is over? Have any of them even been to Ireland?
Anyways, aside from that, it is a quiet place with good beer. Sometimes it's quiet. Other times, the jukebox is turned off so the bartender can blast Sublime or something stupid.
The crowd that regulars here are your normal ex-skinhead punks, or fake Irish wannabes (you know, scally caps, chops, they pretend to like soccer and even call it football), or it's a bunch of wannabe greasers. Greasers, in Utah, in the 2010's? Are you serious?
The door guy, Damien, is a big prick. Last time I went, though, he was working the bar and was nicer, while the girl was working the door and was actually friendly. Maybe they realized they were losing money and their regulars sucked?
The other bartender, this little twat by the name of Josh, is just a snot. He purposely doesn't refill your drink, gets mad if you don't tip right away (ever heard of a credit card you daft twatt?) and talks shit on just about everyone and everything. Oh, and he was adding $1.00 to all of my credit card tips. I didn't notice this for a long time -- SO BEWARE.
The other guys who show up just sit around and play World of Warcraft on their laptops. Are you kidding me? Dorks.
I go here once in a blue moon now, but it seems to be slowly improving. Now all they need to do is realize they're Americans and there's a huge difference than having a tiny bit of Irish blood in you and actually being from Ireland.
Pros: Good beer, nice location, quiet (sometimes)
Cons: Rude employees, fake Irish, they add money to CC tips