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
June 15 9pm Armstrong Bearcat Band
June 16 9pm Nick Wilkinson and the Featured Players
June 23 8:30pm Punching Oswald
June 30 7pm 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band)
July 7 8pm An Evening of The Beatles with BC Hudson, Dan Socha and Bethany Joy
July 13 6:30pm 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band)
July 13 10pm DenZon and The Road Doggz feat. Joe Vitale
Aug 3 8pm Dan Socha, Ben Gage & Randy Horvath
Aug 4 9pm Thor Platter Band
Aug 10 8pm Colin John & Long Tall Deb
Aug 17 9pm Cory Grinder Band
Aug 25 8pm Robbie Schaefer of Eddie From Ohio
September 14 8pm 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band)
September 14 10pm Roger Hoover with Ray Flanagan and The Authorities
September 15 9pm City of Invention
September 21 9pm The Outside Voices, The Hawkeyes, Coup De Grace
September 22 9pm Armstrong Bearcat Band
October 20 8pm Up 'Til 4
October 26 9pm Thor Platter Band
October 26 Kent Halloween
December 31 8pm 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band)


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

163 W. Erie St.
Kent, Ohio 44240

Call 330-968-4603