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.
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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The Venice Cafe is also proud to feature Kent’s first Nanobrewery (a brewery that produces no more than 3 barrels of beer in one batch). This artisan brewing style allows for the best possible quality beers with a constantly changing selection and a concentration on the use of local ingredients. Stay tuned for Saturday afternoon beer making classes brought to you by our friends at Label Peelers, monthly meetings of the Kent Homebrewers Association, and opportunities to get your best beer recipes put on tap for all to enjoy.
The iconic staple of downtown Kent cuisine since 1972 brings their signature baked burritos along with an array of new specials to the Venice kitchen.