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Leva Bonaparte Proves Republic Goes “Balls to the Wall” with Holiday Vibes: Take a Look

The Southern Hospitality boss shared a look at the “magical” transformation that happens at her Charleston restaurant at Christmastime. 

By Abby Feiner
Leva Bonaparte's Bar, Bourbon N' Bubbles, Is Insanely Chic

On Southern Hospitality, viewers are getting an in-depth look at all aspects of Leva Bonaparte’s nightclub, Republic Garden & Lounge. However, as Leva recently revealed, the venue now has an entirely new appearance for the December holiday season.

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On November 29, the Southern Charm-er reposted Instagram Stories that showed Republic decked out with red bows, string lights, and poinsettias. “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!” read the caption of one photo originally shared by Republic’s Instagram account. 

This is likely just the start of the festive vibes at Republic and the other bars and restaurants owned by Leva and her husband, Lamar: Mesu, Bourbon N’ Bubbles, and 1st Place. When it comes to decorating for the holidays at each business, Leva told in November, “All of them are very different, but yeah, we go in hard.”

“Republic actually always orders, like, a Christmas uniform as well, because we’re just that into it,” she continued. “This year… we’re actually thinking about turning the patio into an actual Christmas bar. So really actually going, you know, balls to the wall, basically like just Christmas-ing it out to the best that we can, because Christmas is magical… If we can even get a Santa here, we will.”

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Leva also has big plans for her new house this holiday season (press play on the video below to take a tour). “We definitely are gonna be decorating at home as soon as Mom gets her bearings,” she told “I go big. I’m convincing my husband to let me buy some six- to twelve-foot nutcrackers. So we’ll see how that goes.”

“I love going big, especially ’cause I have a little 4-year-old at home,” she continued. “But we go big at all our spots too.”

Another important holiday tradition for Leva is donating toys to local children. “We usually always do some gifts for kids at Title 1 schools, so we’ll be doing that again this year,” she said. “We try to do a drive, but sometimes we just send out the staff to, like, Target, Walmart, and just have them buy a bunch of gifts… I just think it’s fun for them to do that and then we actually meet up with some local schools, and we actually meet up with the kids ourselves and give them the gifts, which I think is, selfishly, just more how Christmas should feel as opposed to just giving it to an organization and we never get to see it in the kids’ hands, you know?’”

“I’m pretty sure I’m gonna send my elves out at some point in the next few weeks to get going on that,” she shared. “I selfishly just enjoy them getting into it and love seeing the kids get spoiled.”

See Inside Leva Bonaparte's Gorgeous New Charleston Home

Watch Southern Hospitality on Bravo Mondays at 9/8c and the next day on Peacock. Catch up on the Bravo app.


— Reporting by Shannon Raphael

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