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Free State Brewing Co

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636 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044-2236
(785) 843-4555
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Today
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Bar scene
Large groups
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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  • 168
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  • 112
    Very good
  • 26
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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
KU beats Texas

We always eat here when we're in town. The beer is excellent. The food is always very good with the same staples I've grown accustomed to, as well as some very cool new selections. Don't expect to just show up and get a table. But they usually get you in in a reasonable amount of time 20- 40... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
BuilderDad
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Kansas
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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316 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Kansas
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We always eat here when we're in town. The beer is excellent. The food is always very good with the same staples I've grown accustomed to, as well as some very cool new selections. Don't expect to just show up and get a table. But they usually get you in in a reasonable amount of time 20- 40 minutes on... More 

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Hays, Kansas
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Not only do I love Free State beers, but their daily specials using local ingredients are absolutely yummy!

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Lawrence, Kansas
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Consistently the best beer in the area, (I've been going since the early 90's) with a menu that is light years ahead of most. NOT just bar food. But you pay for it with a deafening roar that starts when the doors open until close. If you have mobility issues, do not eat upstairs. Very good wait staff, most have... More 

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Lawrence, Kansas
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

This place is classic Lawrence. Funky, fun, and a great place to have a meal or just hang out and enjoy the micro brews

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Lawrence, KS
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

I thought I had to wait a little long for service but it was busy so it's understandable. My dining companion said it's the only restaurant in Lawrence she goes to where she knows whatever she gets will be good.

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Kansas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Much higher quality food than in typical pub. Outstanding brewery. Usually packed and loud, but staff is knowledgeable about food and very attentive. They do have limited less hectic seating area in back. Clientele is college age to "active" retired people.

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Lawrence, KS
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Free State is a Lawrence classic, right in the heart of downtown. If you haven't experienced their award winning brews or delicious food, you're missing out. Go on Monday evening for $1.75 beers.

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Wichita, Kansas
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Not too often do I come across a place that I immediately love and almost consider moving for. The beer is awesome, staff is amazing and the food has me already wanting to go back. Beer lover? Food lover? Do you like friendly people? GO!! I can't wait to go back. I don't like fish, but their fish and chips... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

I never expected to find a restaurant in Lawrence, KS with food this tasty at a very reasonable price. I had an Atlantic salmon dish that was excellent.

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Wichita, Kansas
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Free State has great brews and pretty good food for a brewery. It is a good location, near shopping and other bars. The only problem is, they are always crowded on weeknights and weekends and there will almost always be a wait during these times.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 636 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044-2236
  • Location: United States  >  Kansas (KS)  >  Lawrence
  • Phone Number: (785) 843-4555

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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