Beer, friends are plentiful at local bars

Heather Beyer

Glasses clanking, friends chatting and people drinking. This is a normal night for Mo Pickering, bartender at Europe Gyro Pizza.

A junior psychology and American sign language major, Bickering is the coolest bartender in Kent, according to several of her customers.

“It is the best job I’ve had,” she said. “I feel like a mom taking care of a bunch of kids.”

Kent offers a variety of bars for the diverse college crowd. The bar scene is separated by how people dress and look, said J.J. Diaienzo, junior fashion merchandising major.

Sports enthusiasts may enjoy going to Buffalo Wild Wings, a.k.a. B-Dubs, located at 227 Franklin Ave. This restaurant offers a sports bar setting with several big screen TVs broadcasting popular sporting events simultaneously.

Also renowned for its wings, B-Dubs is the place to go with your friends for some hot food, a couple of beers and the big game.

For an inexpensive pitcher and a laidback atmosphere, there are two choices: the Loft and the Zephyr. Located side-by-side on Main Street, both bars offer $5 pitchers of beer and a relaxed ambiance.

“Every time you walk into the Loft you will see someone you know,” said junior nursing major Sananda Johnson. “If I were to ever go alone to a bar by myself that’s where I would go.”

The Zephyr offers an outdoor patio and is conveniently located next to Taco Tontos. Students can order some Mexican cuisine, sit under the stars and socialize with friends, all while enjoying an alcoholic beverage.

Ray’s Place attracts a different variety of people. Students enjoy Ray’s for its fair prices and food. Here one can sit down, have a beer, a meal and good conversation.

Glory Days offers a billiards room that is located downstairs. Located at 132 S. Water St., there is a relaxed bar setting with a DJ willing to take song requests upstairs. This particular bar creates a very open setting that makes it easy to meet new people.

“Glory Days is a great place to go if it’s not packed,” Johnson said.

If pizza and some beer are on your mind, then Mugs is the place to go to enjoy Zeppe’s Pizza inside or on its patio. All one needs to do is walk right up to the window and order.

Another exciting spot is Europe Gyro, located at 107 S. Depeyster St. Gyro offers a food delivery service into the wee hours of the night. They even deliver beer and cigarettes. Europe Gyro has become so popular that manager Michael Ash said his store is constantly called, even if it doesn’t have to do with Gyro’s menu.

“Everyone knows our number,” said Gyros manager Michael Ash said. “They even call us for other numbers.”

Ash said that Gyro attracts a pretty happy crowd, adding the bar gets a lot of Cheers references.

Contact general assignment reporter Heather Beyer at [email protected].