'Stylish' new club to open in Downtown

La BoutiQ to open in the former home of Republique

The space that once held Republique is to be reborn as a ‘stylish' new nightclub promising international DJs.

Republique was known for its retro parties, ‘no house music policy', and laidback arty crowds. However the club rang out two years in its home at The Address Dubai Mall with a closing party in June.

Time Out has learned the empty space is instead being refurbished into a new venue, opening later this year and to be called ‘La BoutiQ'. While hotel bosses are remaining tight-lipped about what's to come, it is clear the club's direction is in for a change.

A source at the club told us: ‘It is a stylish evening location, which will be unveiled around [autumn]. Taking the ultra lounge concept in Dubai to a new level of sophistication, the stylish outlet will feature world class DJs as well as a broad range of live music and entertainment.'

Meanwhile clubbers will be relieved to hear the team behind Republique have pledged to open a new venue, with a similar theme and ethos, in the Dubai Marina area. While a location is yet to be confirmed the new venue is tipped to open before the end of the year.

Republique isn't the only well-known Dubai club that failed to open its doors after the summer break. Madinat super-club Trilogy, and its neighbouring live music venue Jambase, both shut without notice in July.

However both spaces will be combined to make way for the arrival of a rather notable international clubbing brand - Pacha, set to open early next year.

Expect to hear more about both new venues in coming weeks.

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