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, 9p: Open Mic hosted by Bethany Joy

Date Time Event
October 7 9pm Armstrong Bearcat Band
October 21 9pm The Michael Stacey Band
October 27 8pm Colin John & Long Tall Deb
November 03 9pm Punching Oswald
November 04 9pm The Craigslist All-Stars
November 10 9pm City On Invention
November 11 8pm Mick Rogers Band
November 17 8pm Colin Dussault's Acoustic Trio
November 18 8pm Rachel Brown & The Beatnik Playboys
November 24 8pm Jon Mosey Trio
December 01 8pm David and Valerie Mayfield "The Bluegrass Sweethearts"
December 08 8pm Fallout
December 22 8pm Keiper & Company
December 23 8pm Jim Zeller
December 31 8pm New Year's Eve: 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band)
January 12 9pm 9 Volt Acoustic
January 13 9pm City of Invention
January 20 8pm FThe Jillettes
January 27 9pm The Outside Voices EP Release


Tues - Fri: 5PM-2:30am
Sat: 11:30am - 2:30am

163 W. Erie St.
Kent, Ohio 44240

Call 330-968-4603