Best Pub - Lonely Planet NZ Guide 2011-12
Pub Nelson-Tasman Region (SOBA Awards) 2013
Best Pub in NZ (Beer and Brewer Magazine 2013,2014)
Best Beer Destination (Wild Tomato 2011,2012,2013,2014)
Free House - we don't worship beer
but we do hold it in great reverence (as well as casks and kegs).
Upcoming Events in the Mongolian Yurt:
TUES July 22 TUES July 22 MOVIE
NIGHT: THE QUEEN OF TREES, 7pm, Free entry with drink
SUN July 27 SUNDAY ROAST at The Free House, starts
today! In conjunction with Mint Dining Rooms.
Please register at the bar before 5pm on the Friday before the Sunday
you wish to eat. Full details here.
More info and other upcoming pub events here.
up for Free House and Marchfest news updates here
Free House is untied to any brewery. Since opening in April 2009,
we have served ON TAP over 530 different craft beers served
from 60+ different Kiwi breweries..
you ever wanted to know about The Free House.
Can't find us? We are opposite the Giant
Squid at 95 Collingwood St. or see map below...
Check out the new winter menu from FOK called "Our
Tempting Menu" PLUS Pizzas
from STEFANO'S (5-8.30pm only), Gourmet Chorizo, 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 you forever.
A selection of fine local wines from Blackenbrook, Greenhough,
Orinoco, Richmond Plains, Rimu Grove, Aronui, Brightwater Gravels,
Kahurangi Estates, Woolaston and Waimea Estates. Plus a superb
selection of premium Whisky, Vodka, Grappa
TAP: Mussel Inn Ginger Beer, Mussel Inn Lemonade, filtered water.
BOTTLED/CANS: Da’ Maha Cocunut Water, All Good Lemmy Lemonade
and Gingerella, 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
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
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.”