The Free House Pub


Hours: Monday - Friday 3pm - till 11 ish, Saturday - Sunday 12 pm till 11 ish

Phone: 03 548 9391

From the Free House food caravan come hand cut chunky chips and other deliciousnesses. See the blackboard menu at the bar. The Free House also welcomes you to bring in your own food, or order from another local restaurant. (provided it isn't globally homogenous, branded fast food)


The Free House is untied to any brewery. It isn't a brewpub but rather a portal for the multitude of craft beers being created all over New Zealand. In the barren beer years of the early 2000's Mic and Eelco started holding quarterly beer tasting events called the Nelson Beer FĂȘtes. They did this in the selfish hope that some visionary soul would open a pub to irrigate the parched. Three years passed and the FĂȘtes grew in popularity, but the prophet failed to show. When the old Reformed church went up for sale. Mic and Eelco saw it as sign and in the quiet autumn days of April 2009, The Free House was created. Thirst slaked.

95 Collingwood Street, Nelson, 7010


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