The Sprig & Fern Hardy Street Nelson classic 1930’s design adds to its ‘local icon’ status. You can drink and dine ‘al fresco’ in the back’s beer garden courtyard, sheltered out of wind, rain or frying sun, covered by a giant sail. Heaters keep it cosy well into the evening as you enjoy the outdoors and order a meal or snack from their menu. Or you can watch the world go by on the giant picnic table located out front . The Sprig & Fern brewery master franchise are a multi gold winning brewery who make sure all the Sprig & Fern bars, who are independently owned, have the winning product. While the Hardy Street dream team do the rest to ensure Hardy Street maintains the gold standard.
The Sprigs local get togethers are a major component of Nelson’s local social scene and they include the Lee Fern Band which owner Lee Fern began with friends in 2011 shortly after he bought the bar after managing it for a year.
Lee, born in the UK, arrived in New Zealand in 1991 having worked as a professional sign-writer and before that having travelled the world as a musician. An experience Lee is putting into a book – watch this space as they say.
Another feature of Hardy Street is the Tuesday night quiz which has raised $30,000 for charity.“ The quiz runs every Wednesday, for ten months of the year and each month they pick a different cause or group and they get to run raffles as well as getting the quiz entry fee, we run the quiz and they can do other fundraising around the quiz night. It gives us a chance to put something back into the community for community is a big part of the secret to the Sprig & Fern success” says Fern. Outside of music and pubs Lee’s passion include classic bikes and rehabilitating injured Hawks and NZ Falcons.