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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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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 238
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  • 154
    Very good
  • 32
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  • 8
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  • 6
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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
Good food and excellent service-hostess meh...not so much!

I'm not a beer drinker but friends with us are and they had and enjoyed a few. They do offer a lot of meatless fare which for my husband and I was a good thing. Our waiter was really great and We did enjoy our meals-fish n chips, artichoke tortellini, and some grilled shrimp. All were very tasty... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
BAP1976
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I'm not a beer drinker but friends with us are and they had and enjoyed a few. They do offer a lot of meatless fare which for my husband and I was a good thing. Our waiter was really great and We did enjoy our meals-fish n chips, artichoke tortellini, and some grilled shrimp. All were very tasty and given... More 

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Thank BAP1976
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place for family, couples and even sit at the bar if you are solo. Food is great and very unique. Don't forget the ol' bar food standard- onion rings. They go beyond expectations! The beer is awesome with ad Astra being one of my favorites.

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Thank Lynn R
Oak Ridge, TN
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place was so busy, definitely a place that locals like. We had a great meal and the beer was pretty good as well

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Thank fl55mkg
Lawrence, Kansas
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Luckily I only live four block from Free State. It is a great place for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Very diverse menu, that includes a great Sonoma shrimp fettuccini dish, an incredible turkey club on focaccia, an excellent clam chowder (when available), and lots of other great menu items - including the best fish and chips around - oh... More 

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Thank Doug M
Lawrence, Kansas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Free State beers - both standard and seasonal - are consistently good, and the food is fresh and tasty. You can imbibe at a front or side bar, inside or outside, upstairs or downstairs - in a noisy, welcoming, historic building. Admittedly, the noise can be a bit much, but the place is inviting. It's easy to strike up a... More 

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Thank Robert P
Lawrence, Kansas
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

You might have a little wait but that just gives you a chance to sample a few different house brews. If you like an option a little lighter & sweeter, order a "Cyclist" (a combo of the house Wheat State Golden and lemonade). Make sure you take a look at the specials...always good options there. Personal favorites are the cheddar... More 

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Thank larehare
Kansas City, MO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did a little road trip for my birthday in January. From KC to Lawrence. I chose free state for lunch due to ratings on here and KU friends suggested it. I loved the food. The onion rings are seriously the best I've ever eaten. Different than most. A soft onion inside. And huge. We split one of the lighter... More 

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Thank letsgo12
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Cant go wrong eating here with anyone, great food, great beer, good service, variety of choices, something for every, whether you are 80 or 8!

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Thank buzzm d
Boulder, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Mostly fried food a little greasy, but you can buy kegs out the back door that are great. You order ahead for the local brew you want and pick it up with a gas tank so no pumping and a big plastic barrel to ice down the keg.

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Thank David B
Lawrence, Kansas, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is a great place to eat and/or drink in Lawrence. They feature an excellent menu using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. There are always new special dishes to try out. There are many vegetarian options that are quite good - and I'm not a vegetarian. The beer selection is always good and seasonal brews are offered. What's not to... More 

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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, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?