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
September 12 9pm Brent Kirby's Luck
September 18 7pm 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band) for Kent 'Round Town Music Festival
September 18 10:30pm Roger Hoover & The Hurt for Kent 'Round Town Music Festival
September 22 7:30pm Roger Hoover
October 3 4pm Kent State Homecoming
October 8 8pm New Soft Shoe (Gram Parsons Tribute)
October 15 8pm The Marshmallow Test
October 24 9pm Ray Flanagan and the Authorities
October 31 4pm Kent Halloween
November 7 7pm The Jillettes
November 13 7pm TBD for Kent Reggae Jam Festival
November 18 8pm Jacob & The Good People
November 21 8pm Mick Rogers Band
November 28 8pm Brent Kirby's Luck
December 31 8pm 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band)


Tues - Sat: 4PM-2:30am

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

163 W. Erie St.
Kent, Ohio 44240

Call 330-968-4603