The Republic Bar Comes to Washington, DC

The Republic Bar and Grill is more than just a bar, it’s a vibe. A popular day and nightlife spot located in Osu, a suburb in Accra, Ghana, The Republic Bar and Grill serves culturally inquisitive consumers with a variety of signature cocktails, live music, food, and a nostalgic atmosphere. Founded in 2012 by brothers, Kofi and Raja Owusu-Ansah, The Republic Bar and Grill stands apart in the nightlife scene in Osu for it’s unique experience and offerings. Their menu boasts locally sourced products, including their signature cocktails. A common ingredient found in all their signature cocktails is locally distilled alcohol made from sugar cane or palm wine called “Akpeteshie” which means “the act of hiding” in Ghana’s local Ga language. This name is tied to a time in Ghana’s history where locally brewed spirits were prohibited by the British rulers. Leading the pack, The Republic Bar and Grill became a pioneer in the re-branding of this local spirit.

  Owners of The Republic Bar and Grill, Kofi and Raja Owusu-Ansah |Picture Courtesy of The Republic Bar and Grill

Owners of The Republic Bar and Grill, Kofi and Raja Owusu-Ansah |Picture Courtesy of The Republic Bar and Grill

The Republic Bar and Grill is taking this nostalgic experience on the road and will be making their first stop in the Nation’s capital of Washington, DC.

“This is going to be a tour which will display Ghanaian culture through art, fashion, food and music,” says Kofi Owusu-Ansah, co-owner of The Republic Bar and Grill. “We want to give the same vibes of The Republic Bar in Osu with hopes of giving outsiders a dose of our Ghanaian culture”

  Ghanaian American Hip Hop Artist, Blitz the Ambassador | Picture Courtesy of The Republic Bar and Grill

Ghanaian American Hip Hop Artist, Blitz the Ambassador | Picture Courtesy of The Republic Bar and Grill

Staying true to the spirit of Republic bar, attendees will experience a live performance by Ghanaian-American Hip-Hop artist, Blitz the Ambassador, DJ set by DC’s very own DJ Akuaa and DJ Mixmasterberto, art exhibits by Bright Ackwerh and Sedinam Awo Tsegah and  vendors like Aydi and Afrodesiac Worldwide.

The menu for the event also features some delectable bites representative of some of the culinary offerings of Ghana. On the drink menu is the house favorite, The Kokroko, a refreshing reddish cocktail made from the hibiscus flower.

“The Kokoroko is the cocktail everyone likes. It has become our Signature cocktail overtime and we want to give attendees a taste of this gem” says Kofi Owusu-Ansah.

If beer is more of your vibe, on tap all night long is the Beer Sap, a lager beer infused with the hibiscus flower concentrate.

  The house favorite cocktail - The Kokroko | Picture courtesy of The Republic Bar and Grill

The house favorite cocktail - The Kokroko | Picture courtesy of The Republic Bar and Grill

“People in attendance will get to have a priceless experience from the very best of live music, DJ sets, delicious food and art exhibits. The fashion vendors that are going to be onsite will only add so much more color to the ambiance. The Kokroko cocktails should do it's magic with its unlimited supply throughout the night.” - Kofi Owusu-Ansah

A ticket to Accra, Ghana could break the bank, so here is a great opportunity to partake in what Kofi Owusu-Ansah calls “ The Spirit of the Republic” - a vibe that can be experienced in one night, in one major city around the world.

And for all you wanderlusts searching for great vibes around the globe, meet us at Republic Bar and Grill’s original location in Accra! Your first Kokroko is on us!

Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the event.

Republic Bar: Coming to America - Washington, DC takes place this Saturday, September 29th at Big Chief,2002 Fenwick St. NE, 9pm -3am; $30.