Best of Bars and Specialty Drinks


Spring weather brings out all kinds of spirits. Bryce Lunde and Gordon Zeniseck enjoy a pitcher of beer on the Zephyr Pub patio Wednesday afternoon April 5, 2017.

William Kovach

Every Thursday through Saturday night, residents and students flock to Downtown Kent to kick back and blow off stress from the prior week. Each bar has something different to offer, whether it’s a specialty drink, atmosphere or a hangout location.

Ray’s Place

Ray’s Place is a staple of the long weekend nights. Next to good food, the go-to drink here is a Long Island Ice Tea, which consists of rum, gin, vodka, tequila, triple-sec, your favorite cola and lemonade.

Zephyr Pub

Zephyr Pub is a place that caters to drinkers of all types. It’s three floors with a patio and karaoke nights, which speak for themselves. 

The Loft

The Loft is known for three things: pizza, peanuts and its specialty drink entitled “The Hulk.” This two-glass concoction consists of Grizzly Energy Drink, 7UP and a shot of vodka.

Water Street Tavern

Water Street Tavern is renouned for its every day happy hour — with specials on any alcohol from liquor to draft beer, all for $2. Oh, don’t forget about their ladies’ night drink specials on Tuesdays.

157 Lounge

157 Lounge brings flavor and flare into the city of Kent with its robust sushi menu, local DJ’s, extensive drink list and club-like atmosphere. It also offers reduced price sushi and ladies night on Tuesdays.


Brewhouse Pub was voted Most Fun Under 21 in 2015 by KentWired. Sporting a cover charge for those under 21, they offer DJ’s, pool tables, games and giveaways.

William Kovach is a reporter. Contact him at [email protected].