The Venice Cafe 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.

Tues - Fri: 5pm-2:30am   Sat:4pm-2:30am
163 W. Erie St., Kent, Ohio 44240

Venice Cafe Taps

Live Music & Events

Dan Angotti's Jazz and Rock Orchestra hosted by Andrew Wegierski

Venice Cafe Live Jazz Tuesdays

Jazz Night happens on TUESDAY NIGHTS and all shows are free. Would that make it free jazz?

Danjo Jazz plays most Tuesday nights at the Venice Cafe. Danjo will perform with a full jazz orchestra or smaller combos. They’ve provided many a fun night out with friends and family.

Date Time Event
July 2 7pm Jazz Night
July 16 7pm Jazz Night
August 6 7pm Jazz Night
August 20 7pm Jazz Night
September 3 7pm Jazz Night
September 17 7pm Jazz Night

Thursday - Live Trivia!

Venice Cafe Live Jazz Tuesdays

Fancy yourself a walking encyclopedia of mundane, trivial knowledge? Sporcle Live Trivia every Thursday night at 9pm. Its fun, its FREE, and there are prizes to be won - along with bragging rights.

Looking to find a use for that 2-page jewel of a paper you crafted on Socrates for Intro to Philosophy? Look no further. Venice Cafe is here to celebrate the most leisurely of leisure sports with Knowledge not actually required to participate. Bring a few friends, grab a table, and have a few laughs.

Live Music - Venice Cafe Kent Ohio

Live Music Schedule

All our shows are free. Yes, FREE. Our beer isn't.

Date Time Event
November 1 10pm, 12am Mistress Sable's Drag Show
November 6 8pm Diminished Faculties
November 15 8pm Hot Potatoes
November 16 8pm Thor Platter Band
November 23 8pm City of Invention
November 30 8pm Jim Zeller
December 6 8pm Fallout
December 7 10pm, 12am Jade Uzu Maki's Drag Show
December 13 8pm The Greasy Boys
December 20 8pm Up 'Til 4
December 21 8pm Roger Hoover & The Western Reserve
December 31 8pm 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band)

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


Tues - Fri: 5PM-2:30am
Sat: 4pm - 2:30am

163 W. Erie St.
Kent, Ohio 44240

Call 330-968-4603