Best Pub - Lonely Planet NZ Guide 2011-12
Pub in NZ (People's Choice -Beer and Brewer Magazine 2013)
Pub Nelson-Tasman Region 2013 (SOBA Awards)
Best Nelson Beer Destination (Wild Tomato 2011,2012,2013)
Free House - we don't worship beer
but we do hold it in great reverence (as well as casks and kegs).
FRI Apr 18 GOOD FRIDAY CLOSED
SAT Apr 19 TILLERMAN, 8pm FREE with drink purchase
SUN Apr 20 EASTER SUNDAY CLOSED
Tues Apr 22 NELSON LIVE POETS SARADHA KOIRALA, 6pm Koha entry with
drink from the bar.
SAT Apr 26 KEN NICOL (UK) (ex-Albion Band and Steeleye Span) 8pm,
$10 on the door
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Free House is untied to any brewery. Since opening in April 2009,
we have served ON TAP over 520 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 newly arrived Giant
Squid at 95 Collingwood St. or see map below...
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.”