If you ask ten people in Kaunas where to watch a football or basketball match, chances are the absolute majority will suggest you go to rePUBlic. The first England-inspired sports pub opened seven years ago right at the intersection of Laisvės alėja and S. Daukanto street, and it did so well rePUBlic became a chain.
There are three rePUBlic pubs in Kaunas right now (the other two are in the Old Town), and, if you get lonely in our capital, there’s one in Vilnius, too. We love the interior details of the pubs, especially the vast collection of fan scarves in rePUBlic #1.
As basketball is the second religion in Lithuania, the Žalgiris matches are of course what draws the biggest crowds to any of the rePUBlic pubs. In fact, we suggest booking a spot as early as a week before a big game. It doesn’t matter if Žalgiris plays at home or away – a lot of people tend to warm up before heading to the Žalgiris arena which is less than 1km away throw away from rePUBlic #1. They come back after the game to either celebrate or share their sorrow. Celebrating has been in fashion lately as Žalgiris are having their best season for years.
Champion’s league is also an excellent reason to head to rePUBlic, as well as significant rugby or ice hockey games, provided that they are not interfering anything Žalgiris-related. In Fact, Formula One racing is also popular in rePUBlic #1, and Liverpool fans tend to choose the Old Town locations. Both rePUBlic #1 and rePUBlic #3 is worth considering if you've put on your boogie shoes as the venues often host live music concerts.
A generous drink (both local and international) menu is also the signature dish of rePUBlic, as well as great finger food and comfort food selection. The helpful staff will definitely assist you so don’t hesitate to ask for recommendations. Pro tip! Don’t even try to choose between the classic cheese balls and the mozzarella/jalapeño cheese balls. Order both.
You can check the match broadcast schedule on the Facebook page of rePUBlic (just click on the tab 'Varžybų transliacijos'). All in all, every city deserves a pub like rePUBlic. We’re glad we’ve got 3!
All photos by rePUBlic
Locations, menu etc.: www.pub.lt