We talk a lot about getting a better mix of retail shops, office space and residential units in downtown Kent. What you don’t hear us talking about is needing to get better bars and that’s not because we don’t support bars — it’s because with Ray’s Place and the Water Street Tavern we’ve got two of the best night-time establishments found anywhere. Face it, with 24,000 students the bar business plays a significant role in our downtown night life and that night life is a big part of what is unique about Kent when compared to our suburban strip mall competitors. Ray’s Place put Kent on the map for decades and now the Water Street Tavern is making sure we stay there.
Even though both Ray’s and the Water Street Tavern are already at the top of everyone’s favorite neighborhood bar lists they continue to try to outdo each other for the top spot. Both owners made significant investments in their properties this year and as a result both businesses have continued to grow. These guys know that you can’t get complacent in their business and as a result they continue to set the standard for business savvy — and of course it never hurts to put out a great product.
The Water Street Tavern is nearing completion of their new roof top patio which according to early reports looks terrific. It’s going to be make this hot spot even hotter. But don’t take my word for it, look at a few of the customer comments that helped the Water Street Tavern earn this year’s honors as the best neighborhood bar in the Akron-Canton region by the Fox Cleveland Hot List.
- Water Street Tavern
132 South Water Street Kent OH 44240
Tel: (330) 677-0700Hours: Open @ 4pm, M-F, 7pm Sat, closed Sun
Water Street Tavern is a favorite amongst both Kent State students and the Kent community. A perennial winner of Scene Best College Bar award, Water Street Tavern has also been selected as Playboy.com’s College Bar of the Month and featured in Nightclub & Bar Magazine, The Plain Dealer, Akron-Beacon Journal, Record Courier, and more. Water Street Tavern will soon offer patrons three full bars, a rooftop patio, a stage for live music, Mugzee’s Wings, lots of TV’s for viewing games, and much more. Water Street Tavern is the Official Post-Game Party Headquarters for Kent State Athletics and often hosts after-parties for Comedians, bands, and speakers at Kent State.
“Water Street tavern has the best patrons in the world! They WTS offers so much in regards to atmosphere that patrons have been known to be very loyal. In fact, their most famous patron is rumored to be traveling from out of state just to witness the unprecedented advances WTS has made in watering-hole-induced-happiness! There is seemingly a constant stream on coolness that flows from WTS. That coolness can only be found in the mirrors that line WTS walls.”
“Water Street Tavern is the best!!! “
“I love Water Street Tavern, and it’s expanding! Rumor is another bar, a stage for live acts, a full menu kitchen, and more. Can’t wait.”
“This place IS Kent State! when I think about my time at KSU water street was always the backdrop to my favorite memories!!! “
“This is THE place to go in Kent! They have the best prices, great promotions and entertainment, and the coolest crowd in town! I can’t wait for their expansion to open!”
“Great “hometown” bar, clean, fun and very community minded. You are never a stranger at the Water Street Tavern! “
“Only bar in Kent with the blue and gold Kent State pride. The nicest and fastest bartenders. Cleanest bathrooms that I have ever seen in a bar. They always have great shows, events and drink specials. The owner is an awesome guy who is active in the community as well as the university. He holds university events and charity events, such as a bachelor auction in which he auctioned off his male employees with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Big Brothers and Sisters of Portage County. The bar is always a good time and the staff is so welcoming and friendly. It is, quite honestly, the best bar I have ever been to–and trust me I’ve been to many bars”