Woodlands Tavern acquires the Park Street Complex

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Things in the Arena District, a club-friendly 'hood home to a number of loud, packed bars, might have just gotten a bit more mellow.

The traditionally roots-leaning Woodlands Tavern recently took to its Facebook site to announce it had acquired the Park Street Complex, a sprawling, 20,000-square-foot Arena District space that includes Park Street Saloon, The Social and Park Street Patio, with the intent to stage live music multiple nights a week.

Writing on his Facebook page, Woodlands Booking Manager Paul Painter said the purchase gives the venue "four new stages…to fill with amazing national, regional and local acts."

To celebrate the addition, Woodlands is holding a four-day kick-off party that runs from Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 3-6, and features performances from Ekoostik Hookah, The Spikedrivers, Evan Oberla Project, Forrest & the Evergreens and more.

Click here to see a full schedule of performers.

Moving forward, it will be interesting to see how Woodlands' earthier aesthetic (the venue and its sister space Woodlands Backyard have a tendency to book folk-and-jam-friendly acts) fits in with the Arena District's short-skirt-and-club-music vibe, an issue managing partner Jimmy Woodland touched on in an interview with the Columbus Dispatch.

"I don't think we're totally going to dismiss what's been going on," he told the newspaper. "[But] we have plenty of room to bring in what we want."