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Barrio’s margarita won “Best Alcoholic Beverage” in Best of Kent.

Best alcoholic beverage

Harleyann McQuaid, Reporter April 7, 2023

FIRST: Barrio's Margarita Barrio’s margaritas come in sweet flavors like “barrio paloma” with fresh lime juice and grapefruit to more savory styles like its “freaky tiki” made with jalapeño-infused...

Sophia Fricioni poses with her roommate on their front porch. 

Fake Paddy’s Day celebrations not stopped by COVID-19

Rachel Karas, Assigning Editor Zaria Johnson, General Assignment Editor March 13, 2021

A gray house on the street corner of East College Avenue was vibrant with people in St. Patrick’s-themed garb filling the yard, the porch and the neighboring house’s balcony, but the festivities were...

Fake Paddy’s Day celebrations draw smaller crowds due to COVID-19

Amanda Levine Sports editor March 15, 2020

Every year, Kent State celebrates Fake Paddy’s Day, a big event for the university students the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day. Despite classes being moved online for the rest of the semester and...

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.

Best of Bars and Specialty Drinks

William Kovach August 7, 2017

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...

A Long Island Iced Tea from Ray’s Place on Monday, April 11, 2016.

Best of Kent: Best Cocktail

Angelo Angel April 18, 2016

First Place - Ray’s Place Long Island Iced TeaTaking an iconic cocktail and making it their own, Ray’s Place’s Long Island Iced Tea is a favorite within the establishment, boasting a price tag of...

Kent to host Reggae festival Friday

Bailey Purpura Downtown Reporter November 9, 2015

Downtown Kent is set to host Kent’s reggae, Island and Jam Band Music Festival this Friday at various locations in the area.Hosted by Main Street Kent and Crooked River Arts Council, 15 participating...

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...

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...

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