Hardy Street Sprig & Fern Tavern, Nelson

Voted Nelson’s Best Bar 2012

Voted Best Bar in Nelson in the 2012 Wild Tomato Dine Out Awards, The Hardy Street Sprig is the friendly place to enjoy superb craft beer, local wines and good old home cooked tavern meals in the heart of Nelson city.

Contact us

280 Hardy Street, Nelson CBD
Phone: 03 548 1154
Email: Tavern manager

Trading hours

 Mon - Sun: 11am - Midnight+
Rigger sales available.

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How to find us

What we’re about

18 taps of Craft Beer

We have 18 taps of locally brewed and naturally made craft beers and ciders. Tasting trays are available and our staff are here to advise you on the range. 

Local wine and produce

 Located in the centre of Nelson, we serve a great range of local wines and a substantial menu of home cooked food made with local ingredients.

Live music venue

Live music and entertainment is a feature of our tavern, and we feature local and touring acts two to four nights per week. No cover charges, ever.

We must be doing something right

Voted Nelson’s Best Bar

The Hardy Street Tavern was voted Nelson's Best Bar in the 2012 Wild Tomato Dine Out Awards.

We do Hospitality

Because we know hospitality, this is a favourite watering hole for the rest of Nelson’s hospitality workers.

Award winning beers

We proudly serve the entire range of Sprig & Fern craft beers and ciders - awarded 11 medals at the Brewers Guild of NZ Beer Awards 2014.

Real Craft Beers and Ciders

From European style lagers through American style ales to some innovations in Kiwi style beers, we offer a full range of brews to suit every palate. Using locally grown hops as well as some imported flavours on occasion, every drop is carefully crafted by our skilled brewery team to have your taste buds dancing.

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Take home a rigger

If you have to head home, but you fancy another bevvy, why not take home a rigger enjoy later? If you're from out of town, you can jump onto the Brewery website, order online and we'll courier it to you anywhere in New Zealand.

Food and bar snacks available

Focused on flavour

Our food focus is on flavour. We use the best local produce where possible and offer a full menu from open until close. Home made pies are our specialty, and we do a range of pizzas, burgers, salads and much, much more. Check out the blackboard menus for full details.

A selection of Nelson's finest wines

Locally produced wine, spirits and soft drinks.

We have a great range of locally made wines and even some Nelson made spirits plus the best range of Whiskey in town.

Lee Fern - Hardy Street Tavern

Your host - Lee Fern.

Your host for the evening is Lee Fern.
The Hardy Street Tavern is independently owned and operated by Lee, who took over the running in 2011. With a background as a touring musician, every night is entertaining one way or another.

Group bookings and functions

You can reserve a table or three.

 We are happy to take bookings and will do our best to cater to your needs. Themed dinners and large BBQs are a bit of a tradition with us so by all means give Lee a call to talk about what you would like to do for your next function or party.

See Facebook for gigs & events

Like us on Facebook to get updates on gigs, special events, competitions and limited release brews.
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Vouchers & Merchandise

Treat someone, or yourself today.

If you can’t get enough of the Sprig, and we do understand - you can take home a cap, tee shirt or one of the other items we regularly offer as mementos to great times.


Sponsorship and community

We support local causes and businesses


As well as supporting local businesses, we also endeavour to support a bunch of local causes through sponsorship or fundraising events such as our very popular quiz night. Our current causes range from sports and community groups, to individuals who need help in times of difficulty.

Feedback and Reviews

“Best bar in Nelson.” (5/5)
What a great place, huge selection of local beers and ciders. The atmosphere is very welcoming and the friendly staff make this place to be the perfect spot for an evening out in town. As a German I am impressed with their beers... :) Will definitely be back.


AS (via TripAdvisor)

"A warm and friendly atmosphere." (5/5)
When I went to the Sprig and Fern in Hardy Street, I found the staff extremely friendly, service was excellent, food was great and I will definitely be going there again very soon!


KC (via TripAdvisor)

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