There are only a few bars freshmen can get into at night, but some of these downtown hot spots are great for grabbing lunch or dinner. As for the rest, consider them something to look forward to.
Everybody loves Ray’s – literally. The crowd is usually a blend of students, alumni and residents. On busy nights, a line forms outside the door around 2 a.m. as everyone tries to avoid closing time for another half hour.
What to drink: large beer selection, Amaretto Sour, Long Island Iced Tea
Fun fact: opened in 1937 and has been open the longest of all bars in Kent.
Perks: birthday wheel, open until 2:30 a.m., happy hour.
Food: yes, full menu
Candle-lit tables surrounded by ottoman seating set the scene at this new hangout.
What to drink: martini, wine
Fun fact: just opened this summer
Perks: upscale bar
BUFFALO WILD WINGS
B-dubs, as it’s called, is one of the few places in Kent to see a game on a big screen and enjoy a beer at the same time.
What to drink: selection of drafts
Fun fact: Commonly called BW3’s because its original name was Buffalo Wild Wings & Weck.
Perks: outdoor patio, big screen TV’s for sporting events, wing night
Food: yes, full menu
Several pool tables take up most of the space in Dom’s and the patrons are usually the older college crowd and Kent residents.
What to drink: beer, Cherry Bomb
Perks: outdoor patio, free pool games on certain days
The Loft crowd varies from fashionistas to football fans, but the free peanuts keep them all coming back.
What to drink: Grecian Urn, Incredible Hulk
Perks: free peanuts and pretzels
The artsy crowd is a mixture of the young and the young at heart. The establishment doubles in size when the patio is open, and is known for its laid back atmosphere.
What to drink: pitchers on the patio
Perks: outdoor patio, hosts bands, Taco Tonto’s pick-up window
THE VENICE CAFE
Though its spacious and the walls are lined with booths, the young crowd usually huddles toward the front of the bar. Venice veterans usually settle near the pool tables and jukebox.
What to drink: Flaming Apple Pie shot, Naughty School Girl, $1 cans of Keystone and Natural Light
Perks: free chips, occasionally other free snacks
WATER STREET TAVERN
The newly expanded tavern gives patrons more room to mingle and drink. The crowd varies, but usually includes Greeks and athletes.
What to drink: Mongolian Motherf&^#@!, fish bowls
Fun fact: also known as Glory Days
Perks: outdoor patio, happy hour
Food: Cajun Daves, 4 p.m. – midnight
MUGS BREW PUB & SPORTS GRILL
Mugs is usually packed with an assortment of people, especially when there’s a DJ.
What to drink: Green Tea shot, Red Rose shot
Perks: outdoor patio, corn hole, live music
As one of the few downtown destinations that is open to 18-20 year olds, the Brewhouse often entertains younger students.
What to drink: 75 cent mugs and $3 pitchers of Keystone Light, Bubble Gum shot
Perks: hosts karaoke, 18+
THE ROBIN HOOD
The layout allows patrons to watch bands perform or sit and listen from afar.
What to drink: Long Island Iced Teas, beer
Perks: hosts bands, outdoor patio, 18+
The pub is intimate and inviting. Most patrons are already acquainted, which makes it seem more like hanging out at a friend’s house than a bar.
What to drink: Large selection of unique beers
Perks: wireless Internet, board games, open mic on Tuesdays, hosts bands
Food: Zou’s Grill, 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. Closed on Sundays