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


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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Taco Tonto's

The Venice Cafe is also proud to feature fresh, handmade, Mexican cuisine that is unlike any other from Taco Tonto's. Burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, taco salads, pizzaritos, and chips and salsa/guacamole, are just a few of our tastiest options.

Taco Tonto's Hours
Tues - Sat: 5pm - 12am


Every Wednesday, 9p: Open Mic hosted by Randy Horvath and Erik Urycki

Date Time Event
March 19 8pm The Muskrats (featuring Brett Davis and Topher Starcyk), Bill Lestock, and The Jen Maurer Project (featuring Jen Maurer, Anthony Papaleo, and Kevin Johnson)
March 25 8pm Bob Goldthwaite & Amanda Morrision
March 26 9pm Roger Hoover & Band
April 1 7pm The Michael Stacey Band
April 2 8pm The Jillettes
April 14 8pm Marshmallow Test
April 16 7:30pm Up 'Til 4
April 20 8pm Jacob and The Good People
April 22 8pm Kent Reggae Jam: Armstrong Bearcat Band
April 30 9pm John Patrick and the Outside Voices
May 6 8pm 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band)
May 7 8pm Bob Goldthwaite & Amanda Morrision
May 13 8pm RailShakers
May 14 8pm Jim Zeller
May 27 9pm Ray Flanagan and The Authorities
June 4 8pm Punching Oswald
June 11 8pm The Stunt Cycle Band
June 18 8pm Brent Kirby & His Luck
July 22 9pm Kent Bluesfest
July 30 8pm Fallout


Tues - Sat: 5PM-2:30am

Taco Tonto's Hours
Tues - Sat: 5pm - 12am

163 W. Erie St.
Kent, Ohio 44240

Call 330-968-4603