Columbus >Bars & Clubs > Woodlands Tavern
1200 W 3rd Ave, Columbus, OH | Directions 4321239.985079 -83.037596
Neighborhoods: Grandview Heights
Still Columbus' Best Little Music Club – This is my 1st time ever writing such a review, but I felt I must respond to hottasapistol, below.
I've been to 'The Ear' many times--B4 & after the ownership chng., B4 & after the show in question, & even on that particular show. True, it wasn't the best I've seen there, but the experience was an isolated one. There haven't been any similar problems since. I, too, spoke w/ the owner, who seemed quite perplexed; he insisted he'd paid his bill on time, & didn't know what the problem was. He made no mention of a curfew because there isn't one (& BTW the club is in Columbus, where there also is no curfew). As to why the band played only 1 set, well, maybe that was all that was in the contract. Perhaps the subject should be taken up w/ them.
Hottasapistol is right about 1 thing: the club isn't the same under the new owner. It's better. The crowds have been bigger (they've often had to lock up for sold out shows--too bad the place isn't a little bigger!), the staff seems to be having fun & are awfully nice, the beer selection is kept up to par, & the GM, Bill (he'a crack-up!), tells me sales have been up since the change. I understand the new owner, (Dan, I think?--he seems 2 B a nice guy), has never owned a business B4, let alone a bar, so he's probably got a lot to learn. But if he hadn't bought the place, where would Columbus be in the way of having a quality intimate music nightclub, now that The Blues Station & Little Brother's are gone?
The Thirsty Ear is hardly dead. They just celebrated their 10th anniversary last month w/ a sold out show by Tab Benoit. I can think of no reason to stay away from The Ear, which I once heard described as "Columbus' Bitter End Cafe" (& BTW, their pizza is FANTASTIC!).
The band quit early, the club didn't pay their gas bill...$25 a head and the band simply walked off after one set. The band said they had to quit due to a curfew in Grandview but there is no in Grandview. No food, except on the weber kettle burn because the club didn't pay the gas bill. The Ear is dead and I'm out $54. A total and complete ripoff. Stay away, its not the same since it changed ownership. Wishbone Ash is gone never to return according to the band members. They are done and I am done. It is a waste of an excellent venue.
Best beer menu, best live music – Great local pub combined with great live music, this is a friendly neighborhood place with good food, good service, escellent beer selection and always great music. This is the place to see people you wont see all the time. In addition, they have a jam on Sunday afternoon where all ages are welcome, hosted by the Columbus Blues Alliance.
A favorite spot for some decent grub and an intimate musical experience. – In Short
A small but boxy room houses several tables for dining, as well as a substantial bar and a healthy stage. It shifts identities easily--from intimate neighborhood pub to junior juke joint. Music is generally booked five nights a week. While you might find rock and country performances, the Ear most often dishes up the blues. There's a considerable beer selection available, with 19 microbrews and imports on tap and more than 99 brands of bottled beer. The menu offers deli and grilled items, as well as daily specials at reasonable prices.
The Staff are the best!!! – The staff give great service again and again. Very friendly and yes trendy atmosphere. They were out of Red Bull during my visit :( and the beer could have been a lot colder. Very clean atmosphere and excellent decorations on the wall. Very fun place.
Great Place to hang – Great place to hang out with your cronies after a long day @ work. Food is awesome, entertainment entertaining, & the bar staff the best.
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