The Venice Cafe

The Venice Cafe on the corner of Erie and Franklin is one of the original and most iconic bars in the storied city of Kent. Since 1941, generations of residents, students and visitors have enjoyed the Venice Cafe for its authentic ambiance, great drinks, delicious food and more. Its noir-ish mahogany atmosphere and hued Italian murals have provided a unique backdrop for many a fun night out with friends and family.

163 W. ERIE ST. | KENT, OHIO 44240 | CALL: 330.968.4603

Erie Street Kitchen

Farm fresh local produce from artisan suppliers and farmers for the finest in hot chicken, one-of-a-kind sides, seafood fun, and more.

The new Erie Street Kitchen — now open in the Venice Cafe — is bringing farm fresh local produce from your favorite artisan suppliers and farmers to downtown Kent for the finest in hot chicken, one of a kind sides, seafood fun, and a creative sharable toast section with accouterments. This new, chef-driven and clean, food-focused eatery will be a favorite for the whole family as well as the hottest spot to bring guests to impress.

163 W. ERIE ST. | KENT, OHIO 44240 | CALL: 330.593.5928


Our jukebox features a 100 album selection of classic rock, Americana, independent, and local rock n’ roll. Jukebox curator Roger Hoover, who recently had some of his own works added to the Rock n’ Roll Hall Of Fame’s Northeast Ohio Popular Music Archives (NEOPMA), selects all of our albums.

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Every Tuesday, 7:30pm: DanJO - Dan Angotti's Big Band Jazz Orchestra
Every Wednesday, 8p: Open Mic hosted by Bethany Joy

Date Time Event
March 16 8pm 9 Volt Acoustic
March 17 8pm Chris Hatton
March 24 8pm Rachel Brown and the Beatnik Playboys
March 31 8pm Natalie Stamper and the One Shoe Highway
April 13 9pm City of Invention
April 14 9pm The Outside Voices
April 20 8pm Jim Zeller
April 21 8:30pm Breezy & the Sleeves
April 27 7pm American Roots Festival
7pm: Monica Robins and the Ninja Cowboys
10:30pm: Roger Hoover and David Mayfield's Hootenanny
April 28 8pm The Jillettes
May 4 8pm 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band)
May 5 9pm Craigslist All-Stars
May 11 8pm Fallout
May 19 8pm Memphis Cradle
June 15 9pm Armstrong Bearcat Band
July 13 7pm 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band)
September 14 8pm 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band)
September 22 9pm Armstrong Bearcat Band


Tues - Fri: 5PM-2:30am
Sat: 5pm - 2:30am

163 W. Erie St.
Kent, Ohio 44240

Call 330-968-4603