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

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Live Music & Events

Venice's Drag nights are hosted by Jade Uzumaki

Venice Cafe Drag Show in Kent, Ohio

Drag Night happens on the FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT of the month (unless noted) and all shows are free.

Venice Drag nights start at 10pm with a second show at 12am (midnight). 21+.

Date Time Event
January 18 11am Jade's Retro Drag Brunch
February 7 10pm Jade's Venice Drag Show
March 6 10pm Jade's Venice Drag Show
April 3 10pm Jade's Venice Drag Show
May 2 10pm Jade's Venice Drag Show
June 5 10pm Jade's Venice Drag Show
July 3 10pm Jade's Venice Drag Show
August 7 10pm Jade's Venice Drag Show
September 4 10pm Jade's Venice Drag Show
October 2 10pm Jade's Venice Drag Show
November 6 10pm Jade's Venice Drag Show
December 4 10pm Jade's Venice Drag Show

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
April 4 8pm 15-60-75
April 11 8pm Stamper Starr Band
April 18 8pm Surfside Band
April 24 7pm Kent American Roots Festival: Cory Grinder Band
April 24 10pm Roger Hoover's Hootenanny
April 25 8pm Punching Oswald
May 1 8pm 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band)
May 8 8pm Fallout
May 16 8pm City of Invention
May 23 8pm The Greasy Boys
May 30 8pm The Jillettes
June 27 8pm Kent Heritage Festival: 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band)
July 17 8pm Kent Blues Fest: 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band)
September 18 8pm Kent 'Round Town Music Festival: 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band)
September 25 8pm Armstrong Bearcat Band
October 9 8pm 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band)
December 11 8pm Fallout
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