Free House - untied to any brewery.
600 different beers poured on tap and hand pump since 2009.
Recommended - Lonely Planet 2011-14
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)
Upcoming Happenings in our vast Mongolian Event Yurt
Sat Dec 20 TOM'S FIELD XMAS
GIG! 8pm FREE ENTRY with drink purchase.
Sun Dec 21 XMAS CAROLS in the YURT with Anna Heinz, 6.30pm FREE
The Free House is CLOSED XMAS DAY, BOXING DAY and
NEW YEARS'S DAY. Have a great seasonal break!
info and other upcoming pub events here.
up for Free House and Marchfest news updates here
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...
the new Spring menu from FOK (From Our Kitchen) here.
from STEFANO'S (5-8.30pm only), BLINC Pies, 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.
Regardless of the kitchens at FOK, Stefano's etc. being open/closed
we can offer customers other substantial dishes at all times,
right up until closing time. These include gourmet pies, pasta meals,
chorizo/cheese platters and Ploughmans.
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.”