There is always that one place where people feel right at home, even when they’re thousands of miles away. For Filipinos in Las Vegas, that place is easily Gimik Republik.
This happening destination never fails to remind Filipino communities in California of home. They have a comforting menu of “lutong bahay” (home-cooked dishes), including street food favorites that are the perfect beer match for Pinoys. And, of course, a live band is featured on stage every night, playing the best-loved OPM songs from pop to rock and every tune in between.
Gimik Republik, whose name was coined to describe a place for people to connect and have fun, first opened 2019 in the Chinatown district of Las Vegas. It quickly became a favorite hub for fun-loving Filipino immigrants who hang out to enjoy authentic Pinoy food and live OPM music.
Like many other businesses that faced hardship during the pandemic season, Gimik Republik temporarily closed but made a fresh start late last year. It returned with a bang via a two-day grand relaunch that drew a standing-room-only crowd.
The two-day event featured the best Filipino live bands in Las Vegas, among them, Heroes of the Day, The Playlist LV, Left Arm Scar, Vegas Pnoy Band and The Hausband. They played the iconic music of Filipino rock bands like Eraserheads and Rivermaya. The second night treated audiences to a spontaneous jamming session with celebrity guests Teddy Corpuz of “It’s Showtime” and Gladys Guevarra, formerly of “Eat Bulaga.”
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Gimik Republik owners Geraldine Zheng and John Claudio, along with the venue’s PR Associate Jessica Claudio, Operations Manager Jessie Claudio and Entertainment Manager Chris Flores were present to welcome the loyal “gimikeros” and “gimikeras” to their home away from home.
Now open six days a week, Gimik Republik continues to treat guests to homecoming specials such as Happy Hours, offering 50 percent off on local beers and select appetizers and Karaoke Nightly, where they can take to the stage for unlimited song selections. There is Industry Night every Tuesday, which especially caters to service workers with crazy price cuts on everything on the menu; Girls Night Out every Wednesday, where ladies take center stage; and the famous No Cover Live Band entertainment every Friday and Saturday.
Located at 3650 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89103, Gimik Republik Restobar is open Tuesdays to Sundays, from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. The Claudios are always ready to welcome fellow Pinoys to their home away from home.
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