Sorry, the ale isn't free here—the name means that this place isn't tied to any particular brewery, so you can try a whole range of the best crafted beer from this very crafty beer region. You can also order in light meals and pizzas or bring takeout and eat with the locals out on the lawn—plates and blankets provided. There's live music some nights, in the adjoining Mongolian yurt, at other times maybe a poet or two. Check their website for upcoming gigs. The Free House is also family-friendly, even in the evening—and it's been voted one of New Zealand's best beer venues by a specialist beer magazine. Oh, and it's in a former church.