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The Hulk cocktail prepared by the Loft on April 6, 2015. The Lofts signature Hulk was voted as the best cocktail in Kent, Ohio. 

Best Cocktail: The Loft’s “Hulk”

Mark Oprea April 7, 2015

The Loft’s ‘Hulk’Newcomers to Kent’s bar scene often are initiated via a handful of drinks from local bars. This undeniably includes The Loft’s notorious “Hulk,” a two-glass concoction with...

The Zephyr on April 6, 2015. The Zephyr was voted as the best bar in Kent, Ohio. 

Best Bar: Zephyr Pub

Mark Oprea April 7, 2015

Zephyr PubShedding its niche, cultish image in recent years, Zephyr Pub has grown into a hotspot outside of any Hipster classifications.After 14 years in business as a bar, the “Zeph” is bigger than...

Kent State alumni Kat Kasee, Erika Knopsnider and Erin Duffy enjoy the $2 happy hour in Water Street Tavern on April 9, 2014.

Best Happy Hour: Water Street Tavern

Mark Oprea April 7, 2015

Water Street TavernIt’s hard to think of Happy Hour at the Water Street Tavern without a big number two in front of it — as the Tavern runs a seven-days-a-week special on liquor, bottled and draft...

Insomnia Cookies. April 6. 2015.

Best Dessert: Insomnia Cookies

Payton Moore April 7, 2015

Insomnia CookiesFor those with an insatiable craving of M&M cookies at 2 a.m., fear not, for Insomnia Cookies will deliver. Literally. The top dessert in Kent goes to Insomnia for its hot, gooey and...

A burger crafted by Bar 145 chef Molly Wednt. Bar 145, the burger and bourbon bar on E. Erie Street, won best burger in Kent.

Best Burger: Bar 145

Jamie Brian April 7, 2015

Bar 145Skimming through a Bar 145 menu offers a moment of confusion at first, with options, such as the Apple Pie Burger, challenging every expectation you’ve had of the classic American burger.Once...

Don and Lola Treadwell talk before ordering dinner at Bricco on Monday, April 6, 2015. The Treadwells have been happily married for 25 years, and the two have had many dates at Bricco.

Best Place for a First Date: Bricco

McKenzie Jean-Philippe April 7, 2015

BriccoBricco is Downtown Kent’s premier Italian restaurant and has been named this year’s number one choice to bring a first date.Seated on the corner of South Depeyster Street, Bricco is the place...

The Rays staff keeps busy behind the bar on Tuesday night during the Indians vs. Padres game on April 8, 2014.

Best Place for a Blind Date: Ray’s Place

Jamie Brian April 7, 2015

Ray’s PlaceBlind dates can be nerve-wracking. Your date could be the real-life incarnation of his or her Twitter feed, or there’s always the chance that the conversation will be more of a battle than...

Jeff Markgraf prepares a couple of quiches at Ray’s Place in Downtown Kent on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Ray’s Place was voted the best place to take your parents in Kent.

Best Place to Take Your Parents: Ray’s Place

Jamie Brian April 7, 2015

Ray’s PlaceSince it opened in 1937, Ray’s Place has become synonymous with Kent and is a must-stop attraction for visiting folks.“We have a lot of history,” Charlie Thomas, Ray’s Place owner,...

Mischief at midnight: Kent Halloween’s absurd night in costume

Mark Oprea October 26, 2014

 Around midnight Saturday, the streets of downtown Kent filled with costumed students, out-of-towners and spectating locals, gathered to celebrate Halloween with the Kent community. Thousands of revelers...

Kent Blues Fest 2014

Summer Stater Photographers July 21, 2014

The 6th annual Kent Blues Fest was a free live music event hosted by 23 venues in downtown Kent, Ohio hosted on Friday, July 18, 2014.A crowd gathers at Acorn Alley Plaza to listen to the Brighter Side...

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Do you fit the Kent Bar Stereotypes?

Katy Coduto April 16, 2014

A night out in downtown Kent means hitting one of the city’s 18 bars — and, if we’re being honest, hitting more than one (and hitting at least one probably pretty hard). As you navigate the drinking...

Rays bartender Angelo Cataldo, junior exercise science major, pours a draft in downtown Kent, Tuesday night, April 8, 2014.

Best Drink Selection

Katy Coduto April 9, 2014

Ray's PlaceBest Drink Selection is one of six first-place finishes for Ray's Place. Click here to read the full profile.101 BottlesA place called 101 Bottles should have an outstanding drink selection...

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