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

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Visitor rating
  • 182
    Excellent
  • 121
    Very good
  • 26
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent experience

The food, beer, service, atmosphere and value of my meal at Freestate was excellent. The only downside was that the dining room below was pretty loud during the lunch hour. Fourtunately my friend and I dined in a roomy booth upstairs and had a lovely view with a little quieter space. The manager... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
yogateacherinkansas
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Lawrence, KS
via mobile
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
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342 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Lawrence, Kansas
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

It's over priced. Poor quality of food, lacking taste. People go there simple for the beer. I'm not a drinker and don't like the atmosphere.

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Lawrence, KS
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 via mobile

The food, beer, service, atmosphere and value of my meal at Freestate was excellent. The only downside was that the dining room below was pretty loud during the lunch hour. Fourtunately my friend and I dined in a roomy booth upstairs and had a lovely view with a little quieter space. The manager came over and chatted with us to... More 

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omaha, ne
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42 reviews 42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Went here for a graduation dinner. Along with great service, we enjoyed both great food and great beer. We had asparagus cakes, and several appetizers. Other members of the group had hamburgers and other wonderful entrees. For dessert we had a wonderful carrot cake.

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Missouri
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

One of my favs in Lawrence. The food is good and consistently so. The Beer is great. The food was timely and tasty for all. the service is good for a college town...The seating leaves something to be desired. I have been here multiple times. Some of the tables are close and most are too small for 4 people. all... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

This was the first brewpub in Kansas: they opened in the late '80s. The beer is excellent. Brewpub aficionados will love it. The food is just average. Their menu is too ambitious. Stick with dishes that are fairly simple. The fish and chips is a local favorite. Service is fine at the bar. Our waiter at the table wasn't the... More 

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Humble, Texas
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85 reviews 85 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

They have some great beers here, the food is pretty good but it isn't five star by any means. But saying that is is much better than typical bar flair. Good variety of flavorful choices on the menu. Some are hits and some are misses. The service is excellent here and they understand the definition of customer service. Try it... More 

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Leavenworth, Kansas
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I was there today, had the Vella Chicken flautes with rice and black beans. Disappointed, meal was cold, flautes were fried too hard and didn't taste good, Spanish rice was out of a package, not good not fluffy. I felt this place is a beer drinking place to socialize and just forget the food. Service was good however. Both myself... More 

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015 via mobile

It's pretty much a must do in Lawrence, though on game day it can be so busy you can't even get in the door. Yes, this happened to me once as they actually got to full capacity even for standing in the bar and had to limit incoming patrons until others would leave. Yes, it can be like that. But... More 

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Upatoi, GA
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Traveling with family to do the fantastic Running with the Cows 5k and stopped in town for lunch and kU shopping!! The beers were terrific. Summer IPA and LoveJoy! Terrific onion rings, sandwich options and chicken salad! Try this place. Great variety and fun !!

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Cincinnati
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37 reviews 37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

My husband and I were driving through Lawrence on our way to Wichita. We decided to check out Mass St for some walking and lunch. We ordered one of their Free State beers, which was really very refreshing. We ordered our lunch and were pleasantly surprised by how quickly we were served! I ordered the gumbo and it was huge!... 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: Large groups, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Bar scene
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?