Welcome to The Free House
New Zealand's Premier
Craft Beer Destination
and Nelson's Craft Beer Heaven
Overall Best Beer Venue in New Zealand
- Beer and Brewer Magazine -People's Choice- 2012)
- Lonely Planet NZ Guide 2011-12
Fri May 24th MON YEOMAN and DAVE HENLEY - The Asia + Himalaya
Bicycle Tour, 8pm, Koha with purchase of a drink.
SAT May 25th THE ELECTRIC FLEAS - 6/7 piece ukulele
group (plus melodica, harmonica and drum machine t-shirt for a few
songs). The Fleas play a fun mix of covers from Johnny Cash and
The Beach Boys to Pulp and The Phoenix Foundation. 8pm,
FREE with purchase of a drink.
Sun May 26 SINGING SESSION The join-in
Singing Session - in The Yurt at The Free House - 7pm-9pm
(FREE, (but if you buy a drink or two, The Free House can
continue to provide this free venue for singers!)
MON MAY 27 NELSON LIVE POETS SLAM! Enter now
by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org 6pm, Koha with purchase of
upcoming pub events here.
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Free House is untied to any brewery.
Since opening in April 2009, we have served on tap
460+ different craft beers served from 58+ different breweries..
you ever wanted to know about The Free House.
The church bar The
Tuesdays to Saturdays - fab new food menu
for the Free House
- see the menu here.
from STEFANO'S (5-9pm only), Fernando's Chorizo, Home Made Pies,
Ploughmans, bowl of dolmades + artichokes + olives, bowl of mixed
olives, pickled eggs, PROPER crisps, peanuts and occasionally PICKLED
EGGS! OR Bring your own takeaways into the pub and we will usually
provide plates, napkins and cutlery. (Sorry no McDonalds, Burger
King or similar fast food outlets). If you can bring your plates
etc back to the bar when you have finished eating, we will love
A selection of fine local wines from Blackenbrook, Greenhough,
Neudorf, Orinoco, Richmond Plains, Te Mania, Tussock and Waimea
Estates. Plus a superb selection of premium Whisky, Vodka,
TAP: Mussel Inn Ginger Beer, Mussel Inn Lemonade, filtered water.
BOTTLED: Karma Organic Cola, Benger Juices (Apple and Boysenberry,
Apple and Feijoa, Apple and Raspberry, Apricot, Nectarine and Tomato),
soda water, tonic water, lime juice etc.
IN CARTONS: Charlie’s Pressed Apple Juice, Charlie’s
Squeezed Orange Juice.
is at the heart of New Zealand’s hop growing region and is
the epicentre of the Kiwi craft brewing industry. The Free House
is Nelson’s first pub of its kind - our goal is to 'set the
beers free' - meaning we aim to offer you an endlessly changing
menu of local and national craft beers. We are the only pub in Nelson
serving cask-conditioned real ales.
Only hand pumps in town ~ religious paint
job ~ the amazing Free House Sound System.
first free house pub is the brainchild of Dead
Good Beer Events, the creators of the ‘Nelson Beer Fêtes’
held quarterly at Founders Heritage Park and the annual MarchFest
hops and music festival.
What is a ‘free house’ ?
WIKIPEDIA: “Unlike a tied-house, a free house is a pub that
is owned independently of the brewery (or breweries) that supply
it. As a result, a free house can stock whichever beers it chooses
from whichever breweries it chooses. Free houses are rare, the majority
of pubs are tied-houses.”