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
January 15 8pm Guy Pernetti & Friends
January 16 8pm Ritch Underwood's Monopoly
January 19 7pm Lucas Kadish Spearhead 4tet
January 21 8pm Roger Hoover
January 22 8pm Bob Godthwaite & Amanda Morrision
January 23 8pm Fillmore East
January 29 9pm Roger Hoover & Band
January 30 8pm Shooter Sharp & the Shootouts
February 5 8pm RailShakers
February 6 8pm JiMiller Band
February 12 8pm The Bluestones
February 13 8pm Mick Rogers Band
February 19 7pm Kent BeatleFest: Doug Smith
February 19 9:30pm Kent BeatleFest: Colin Dussault's Beatles Project
February 20 8pm Immortal Purpoise
February 26 8pm 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band)
February 27 9pm Roger Hoover & Band
March 4 8pm The Nightwalkers
March 5 9pm Ray Flanagan
March 11 8pm Jim Zeller
March 12 8pm Punching Oswald
March 19 8pm Mo Mojo
March 26 9pm Roger Hoover & Band
April 1 7pm The Michael Stacey Band
April 2 8pm The Jillettes
April 16 8pm Up 'Til 4
April 22 8pm Kent Reggae Jam: Armstrong Bearcat Band
April 23 9pm Roger Hoover & Band
May 6 8pm 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band)
May 14 8pm Jim Zeller
June 11 8pm The Stunt Cycle Band
June 18 8pm Punching Oswald


Tues - Sat: 5PM-2:30am

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

163 W. Erie St.
Kent, Ohio 44240

Call 330-968-4603