Hardy Street Sprig & Fern Tavern, Nelson

Voted Nelson’s Best Bar 2012

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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.

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.

How to find us


280 Hardy Street,
Nelson CBD, Nelson
Phone: 03 548 1154

Contact Us

Trading Hours

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

What we are 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.

Quiz Night


Join us for a fun quiz night!

Live Music


Come in and enjoy a pint with some live music.

Like us on Facebook to get updates on gigs, special events, competitions and limited release brews.
Click below to go to our Facebook page.

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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.

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.

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 on 03 548 1154 to talk about what you would like to do for your next function or party.

Alternatively, please use the form below to contact us.

Tavern Page Contact

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.

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.


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