When new ownership took over the Thirsty Ear almost two years ago, they kept the best parts and made a few welcomed changes before renaming it Woodlands Tavern. Like Thirsty Ear, Woodlands is a great place for live music and is home to a plentiful selection of beer.

When new ownership took over the Thirsty Ear almost two years ago, they kept the best parts and made a few welcomed changes before renaming it Woodlands Tavern. Like Thirsty Ear, Woodlands is a great place for live music and is home to a plentiful selection of beer.

But now you'll also hear music genres other than blues - on two stages and with free happy hour performances on Thursdays and Fridays - and give your wallet a break at one of the finest happy hours in Grandview. A patio with a fire pit is a nice addition, especially for the chillier months ahead.

The booze:

The main reason to stop by this friendly haunt during happy hour is the beer. It's hard to beat $2 pints of excellent craft selections like Troegs HopBack, Lagunitas IPA and Left Hand Milk Stout. And that's just a few of the 18 taps that are mostly filled with craft brews and seasonal beers.

There are some more standard choices on tap - Miller Lite, Guinness, PBR - for the less adventurous suds sipper as well as $2 domestic bottles and well drinks.

What's especially awesome is Woodlands' appreciation for the misery of Mondays. If you need some drinks to help you get over your weekend withdrawal, Woodlands has you covered ... all night long. It's "Happy Prices Day," with specials lasting until close. Sweet.

The food:

If you're going to be there late Monday gulping down beverages, it's a good idea to get some food in your gullet. Good news: Woodlands' kitchen is managed by the excellent Short North pizza joint Late Night Slice.

The menu is filled with the same kitschy staples you'll find at the Short North location, including a pizza grilled cheese, the Cheezus Crust (American cheese between two slices of 'za) and the Pizza Dawg (a hot dog packed with pepperoni served in a pizza dough bun).

If you want some more traditional pub fare, there are regular slices - I recommend the spicy-ass pepperoni - and deep-fried apps like macaroni and cheese bites and zucchini sticks. There are also some tasty, meaty wings with sauce options like hot ranch and sweet chili.