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Matt Yunk from Zephyr takes a minute on March 28, 2024.

BOK ’24: Best bartender

Lauren Bischof, Beat Reporter April 4, 2024

FIRST: Brittany Garner, Barflyy Retro Bar & Arcade Brittany Garner started bartending at 21. Seven years later, after coming back to the profession, she is now the general manager at Barflyy Retro...

Matt Yunk, a bartender at Zephyr Pub, won Best Bartender.

Best bartender

Grace Davies, Staff Reporter April 7, 2023

FIRST: Matt Yunk, Zephyr Pub Matt Yunk is a Kent bartending veteran. He was hired at the late Kent landmark, the Stone Tavern, as a doorperson which quickly evolved to a full-time bartending role.  After...

Best Bar winner, Zephyr Pub, is located at 106 W. Main St.

Best bar

Jacob Shondel, Reporter April 7, 2023

FIRST: Zephyr Pub Zephyr Pub has something for everyone, according to general manager Josh Sed. The bar features a space for listening to live music, watching drag shows, playing pool or just...

Kent State celebrates Fake Paddy’s Day 2023

The Party Begins The Fake Paddy’s Day celebration kicked off early Saturday as students lined frat row with drinks in hand.  Jake Rankin, sophomore history major and member of Phi Delta Theta, said...

Crooked River offered succulent plant flights, or succulents planted in glass, to customers for the Crafty Crawl.

Main Street Kent hosts first-ever ‘Crafty Crawl’ featuring crafted goods and craft beers

Colleen Burns and Gianna Cicchi June 26, 2022

Craft beer, local arts and crafts, music and food were part of Main Street Kent's first Crafty Crawl event on June 25 from noon to 5 p.m. Kent’s streets were filled with eager customers who made their...

Onya Nerve being crowned Mx. Zephyr by judges Jade Uzumaki (left), Bella Sin (middle) and Agata Why (right) in the first Zephyr Drag Takeover at the Zephyr bar in downtown Kent on June 17, 2022.

Onya Nerve crowned Mx. Zephyr at Zephyr Drag Takeover

Berkeley Chadwick, Reporter June 19, 2022

After hours of performing, weeks of competing and a final elimination lip sync battle between Onya Nerve and Monica Mod, Nerve took first place and was crowned the first Mx. Zephyr. “I found drag...

A group of students wait in line at Barflyy on Oct. 31, 2020. The bouncers were charged with making sure the line maintained social distancing.

Halloween 2020: A blue moon over an empty Kent

Nathan Mehring, reporter Kaitlyn Finchler, photo editor Morgan McGrath, features writer November 1, 2020

Halloween in Kent has always been a spooky, widely-celebrated tradition. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Halloween looked a little different this year.In recent years, it’s estimated that...

Kent resident Kristen Misbrener enjoys the Halloween festivities at the Zephyr Pub on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016.

Best of Kent: Bars

First Place- Zephyr PubLocated at 106 W Main Street, Zephyr Pub is in the heart of downtown Kent. With three floors, an outdoor patio and a unique atmosphere, it’s easy to see why students and residents...

Nolan Drinkard a bartender at Zephyr Pub in downtown Kent won first place for best bartender voted on by the community. Nolan has been working for Zephyr for around five to six years now.

Best of Kent: bartender

First place: Nolan Drinkard, Zephyr PubWalking into Zephyr Pub, a local bar in Kent, Nolan Drinkard stands out compared to the other bartenders. He’s a tall, 6-foot man wearing a colorful shirt 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...

Customers sit at the bar of Water Street Tavern on Friday, April 15, 2016.

Best of Kent: Best Bar

Angelo Angel April 18, 2016

First Place - Water Street TavernCombining the atmosphere of a sports bar with the appearance of a tried-and-true college bar, Water Street Tavern finds a way to harmonize these qualities and become one...

Sights and Sounds: Kent Blues Festival

Neville Hardman July 20, 2015

Music poured from downtown Kent on Friday evening as the seventh annual Blues Festival stretched into the early hours of the night.Line at Venice CafeBobby DiMauro, 62, waited in an expanding line with...

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