The Full Moon Lounge at Woodstock Opens Dec. 31

After its closing more than seven years ago, the historic Full Moon Saloon will soon reopen as a concert venue and bar. The property, built in 1915, was best known as a local gay watering hole that was a cross between a biker bar and a concert venue.

The Full Moon Lounge at Woodstock is set to open its doors for a soft opening December 31, with the grand opening sometime in February. The property located next to Parliament House Resort will feature an indoor bar, The Full Moon Lounge, with an outdoor patio featuring gazebos and bar area. Over the next year, the plan is to turn the vacant acres beyond the patio into a multi-level concert space, Woodstock.

The venture was formed by Darryl Sheppard and Kevin Naylor, who have been leasing the space from a private owner since February of this year. Fellow partner J.T. Clark says they have a 10 year lease with an option to purchase afterward. The evolving concept will hone the charm and welcoming atmosphere of the original Full Moon Saloon.

“We want to foster an environment where everyone can enjoy themselves,” said Clark.

The new watering hole boasts a sporty vibe, from BBQ on the patio to sports on big screen TVs to intimate outdoor seating areas. Clark says his goal is to offer food and live entertainment daily.

Months of labor intensive work is evident. The main building was all but rebuilt from the ground up due to years of deterioration and termite damage.

When asked if any hidden oddities were discovered during the construction, Clark said there were a number of homeless people living in the vacant lot and had to be given eviction notices. On a lighter note, inside the building, they found a pit-bull pup, who had clearly been living there for awhile. The friendly dog, who they named Luna, quickly became their mascot on site. Clark says that she has found a forever home and was adopted by one of the construction workers, but she still visits the site everyday.

Manager J.T. Clark and Full Moon mascot Luna.

Manager J.T. Clark and Full Moon mascot Luna.

The free New Year’s Eve festivities, benefiting Village Hope Orlando, will take place on the newly opened patio and feature DJ Joanie spinning and performances by Kevian Aviance. There will also be food, vendors and a live stream of the NYC ball drop at midnight on a 40 ft. big screen TV, with a champagne toast.


Along with the four day soft opening, the bar will be serving up beers and BBQ and airing the FSU game on the big screen, January 1. Saturday, January 3, will kick off their regular leather night, followed by Sunday Brunch and Sunday Night Live, featuring Power Infinity.

“We are working tirelessly to bring back your favorite bar,” said Clark.

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