Downtown bars celebrate St. Patrick’s Day


Evan Paul, dressed in a full green suit, gets in a selfie with two girls outside of the Venice Cafe in downtown Kent on Patrick’s Day on March 17, 2015.

Anne-Marie Colant

Bars throughout Kent will begin St. Patrick’s Day early with some opening as early as 5:30 a.m. Here is our guide to St. Patty’s Day in Kent.

Brewhouse Pub on North Water street will open it’s doors at 5:30 a.m. It will offer $1.50 mugs of green beer, $2.50 Coors tall boys and $2.99 Irish Car Bombs. Nicole Devine, a senior public health major and bartender is anxious about working her first big event.

“I feel like there will be a lot of people, but a lot of excitement for St. Patrick’s Day,” Devine said. “So it’ll be fun.”

Next stop, Ray’s Place on Franklin Avenue. The bar features corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, Irish whiskey and green beer every year. This year marks the 38th anniversary of the Irish celebration for the bar. The bar will also host a bagpipe player in the afternoon.

The Loft on West Main Street, which will also open at 5:30 a.m., will offer $4 drop shots. It will serve up $3 Paddy Devil’s Apple, Long Islands, Jameson and Captain & Coke. This month, it features Miller Lite for $1.50 a mug and Labatt Blue for $2.50 a pint.

Water Street Tavern will have a live stream of the festivities on for anyone who can’t celebrate in person.

Savannah Freese, a bartender at Water Street Tavern, enjoys the diverse group of people who come to Water Street.

“It’s awesome getting to see so many different groups come in and out all day,” Freese said.  

Head over to Bar 145 for Kegs ‘n Eggs at 7 a.m. and enjoy a free beer with a breakfast purchase. There, you can get a green Fireball shot for $4.

Brittany Warren, a senior psychology major, said she can’t wait is excited for the festivities.

“I can’t wait to meet up with all my friends in the morning for kegs and eggs,” Warren said. “We’ve done it every year since I can remember and the nice weather this year is great, too.”

Ann-Marie Colant is the Business and Neighborhoods reporter for The Kent Stater. Contact her at [email protected]