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First Look: Country Music Bar Bristol Republic

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega First Look: Country Music Bar Bristol RepublicPhotos by Lauren Sega.
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Short North’s newest bar opens Thursday, April 18. First announced in May, Bristol Republic has taken over the space that Basil held for nine years, transforming it into a country music venue, barbecue restaurant and whiskey bar.

The interior is nearly unrecognizable to those who frequented Basil, with a wide open floor plan featuring a large stage for live music, two bars, and abundant seating in between. Guitars, cowboy hats and pictures of famous country music artists dot the walls, and cow patterned stools, chairs and couches add to the honky tonk vibe.

Down a hallway, patrons can find the kitchen, where they’re putting out an expansive menu of barbecue fare. It’s all smoked in-house using Bristol Republic’s BBQ partner Smoked on High’s techniques and recipes. 

Hot links, pulled pork, brisket, spare ribs and wings are featured items, but diners also have a selection of starters, sharables, soups, salads, cheeseburgers, sandwiches and fried chicken options to choose from. Entree pricing ranges from $6-14.

Live music will be a main attraction for Bristol Republic, with bands playing 9:30 to midnight on Thursdays, 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Fridays, 12 to 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Saturdays, and 12 to 3 p.m. on Sundays.

The grand opening begins at 8 p.m. on Thursday. It’s located at 1124 N. High St.

For more information, visit bristolrepublic.com.

During live performances, the projector will go up, and bands will take over the stage behind.
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