Milton Street Sprig + Fern Tavern, Nelson


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Set in a renovated bungalow in a graceful old part of Nelson, the Sprig and Fern Tavern on Milton Street provides a cosy, relaxing and intimate atmosphere, enjoyed by the locals and visitors alike.

Your host – Karl Russ

Karl purchased Sprig + Fern Milton St from our Master Brewer in July 2018 and has a passion for good old fashioned hospitality.

Born and Bred local , Karl has over 18 years’ experience in hospitality and has worked in London and Mauritius before deciding to make Nelson his home again.

How to find us


134 Milton Street
The Wood, Nelson
Phone: 03 545 7117 Contact Us

Trading Hours

Mon- Sun: 2pm-10pm
Rigger sales available.

What we are about

Nelson’s Craft Beer on tap

We proudly serve the entire range of Sprig + Fern’s multiple award-winning Craft Beers and Ciders. We also stock a range of quality wines and spirits.

A community tavern

We provide a welcoming, community environment – unpretentious and easy going. It’s classic Kiwi, sociable and with a  great sense of humour.

Real beer and real people

We have no TV’s, pokies and pool tables in our tavern, so great conversation and human interaction abounds. It’s a refreshingly real experience.

Free Pulled Pork Burger

Monday (First of every month)

One Monday a month we do a free pulled pork burger (also veggie) with any pint of craft beer or cider from 7pm-9pm!

Nelson Mountain Biking Club Night


We have food deals and $1 off pints with their Nelson Mountain Biking membership tag.

Quiz Night for Charity


Every Thursday night, kick-off at 7:30pm-9pm!

Free Bar Nibbles


Free nibbles every Friday at 5:30pm!

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We must be doing something right

Best NZ Beer Venue

In 2013 we won Best New Zealand Beer Venue in the Beer and Brewer Magazine People’s Choice Awards.

NZ’s Best Bar

The Milton Street Tavern was awarded New Zealand’s Best Bar in the 2012 Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence.

Other Awards

Winner 2013 Tohu Dine Out Awards
Nelson Bar of the Year 2012 – Nelson Hospitality Awards

Real Craft Beers and Ciders

The Sprig + Fern Brewery produces a big range of craft beers and ciders, and Sprig + Fern Taverns are the only places you can enjoy the whole range on tap.

Whether you’re partial to a dark porter, a scotch ale, a hoppy IPA or a crisp, refreshing lager, there is a beer here for your taste, and probably a few more besides.

Take home a rigger

We have an off licence, so you can take away your favourite beer or cider.

We supply 2 litre plastic riggers, or you can bring your own in to be refilled. We are more happy to keep it in the fridge for you while you stay and have a quick pint.

Food and bar snacks available

We serve a range of pizza’s, extremely popular curly fries, a ploughman’s platter and the mountain bikers’ favourite – BLT on either focaccia or rye bread.

See our blackboard menu or table talkers in the Tavern.

A selection of Nelson’s finest wines

We serve a range of wine, spirits and soft drinks.

As well as being New Zealand’s Craft Brewing Capital, the Nelson region is also home to numerous boutique vineyards, with a reputation for crafting superb aromatic varieties – such as Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer, as well as a distinctive take on Sauvignon Blanc. We source a selection of great wines from our local vineyards.

Group bookings and functions

You can reserve a table or two, if you’re lucky.

We’re not a big Tavern, and it gets pretty busy in here some nights, but we’ll do our best to accommodate your group if you want to reserve your favourite table in the corner. Please phone the Tavern during business hours on 03 545 7117 to talk to the Duty Manager about your needs.

Alternatively, please use the form below to contact us.

Tavern Page Contact


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We have tee shirts and a range of other merchandise available for purchase.

Proud to support the FC Nelson Locomotive Team

We’re part of the community, and it’s a big part of us, so we really love to get behind local sport teams and community groups when we can. The image gallery below showcases some of the community groups we support, and who in turn, support us.


Use the form below to enquire about sponsorship.

Please ring the tavern on 03 544 4900 to organise group bookings. We are also available as a venue for hire outside of normal trading hours.

Alternatively, please use the form below to contact us.

Tavern Sponsorship Email