FREE HOUSE | Local Beer & Food Hall

4.6
65 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary Canadian
We are a casual beer hall with a passion for fresh local food and awesome local beer. We opened our doors in Calgary’s Kensington neighbourhood in January of 2020.

We feature 24 rotating beer taps and a menu that focuses on North American Cuisine​ — think a sophisticated twist on traditional Canadian comfort foods. We always pride ourselves on making all of our dishes in house from scratch, using the best local producers and farmers as much as possible.

Our mission is “Eat - Drink - Be Local! We aim to connect our community with local craft beer & breweries through fun experiences and fresh food.” We believe that every person that joins our team and every guest that walks through the doors becomes part of our family as we grow and evolve.

Support FREE HOUSE | Local Beer & Food Hall during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 65 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.6
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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VeronicaG
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered our Thanksgiving dinner from here and it was amazing so we went to the restaurant to try out the rest of the menu. Food was great. Our server was very attentive and nice. The Pinot Gris they carry is delicious! Cute little spot and we even had our 3YO in tow and they were super accommodating.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow this place is great, food,service ambiance and of course the beer !!

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TANYA
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Mussels and frites were good. Beer a little overpriced. Surprisingly, after new COVID rules just rolled out, they jam packed all the 2-4 table diners beside one another without spacing when there was so much more room to spread diners from one another. Three of us were sandwiched in between tables, and the plexiglass had no effect of “distancing” diners at separate tables. Strange!

FREE HOUSE | Local Beer & Food Hall
Responded on December 4, 2020

Hi Tanya! We are so sorry to hear you didn't feel safe during your Free House experience. Unfortunately, due to these trying times, we are running with very limited staffing and to make it manageable, we have had to seat tables in the same section of the restaurant at certain times. We hear your concerns and have already removed multiple tables from all sections of the restaurant in order to distance even more. We hope you will return to Free House in the future!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place so much! Got a great vibe from the time we walked in. Fantastic service, great drink selections and the food was so good! The chef went above and beyond for us when my friends kid needed a bandaid. He personally went and got one for her from his personal stash for his own kids and later brought us some homemade gingerbread cookies he just baked. Can’t wait to go back soon!

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MikeS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved this place

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Foodie
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

It took forever for our waitress to bring us napkins, food was subpar for the price. Paid $16 for cold cauliflower mush. The burger did look really good but sadly I didn’t order that. I dunno - maybe I was just expecting something different but the slow service really trumped everything else.

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LinetteP
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our meal and beers here, service was great and we loved the decor!

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Andy
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were amazing! We went Sunday night and it was quiet, which was good because our 15 month old daughter could wander a bit.

We can't wait to go back.

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JenN
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!

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kristen
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

server did not tell us about happy hour and seemed surprised when we mentioned it. She rushed our order to get it in 2 minutes before happy hour started.

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DavidS
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Second time having been to Freehouse YYC. Good pub; good food; good service; good beer selection.

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TBerg
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I was surprised by this place, as I knew it as Molly Malones from way back. It looks great inside - TOTAL revamp - and the food was AMAZING! In no way was it 'pub food'. The caesar salad was surprisingly good - super light and tasty. Amazing place for catching up with a few friends or a great casual date night.
We will definitely go back - still need to try the mushroom toast!!

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vipkyranf
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice and bright inside - great food and solid beer selection

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rogerm
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Didn't eat but the craft beers from Cabin were great and during happy hour, fantastic value. Great job!! I'll be back again (and again!)

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AlysonJ
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great late happy hour prices and delicious pizza!

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JanineW
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great evening with excellent food & service. Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so lovely! Staff gave such great service and food was amazing

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a find! Not only was the selection of beers excellent... food beautiful, service impeccable and decor really nice too.

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall fantastic experience. Since COVID I tend to not eat indoors, but their setup is spacious, sanitizer at each table and all precautions we followed by staff.

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AngeleD
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I love all the beer selections and our waitress had great suggestions.
The food was good but my falafel sandwich was a little crisp. Other than that everything was great. I like all the clear partitions between tables. It gave the feel of privacy.
I'd go back!

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vipCheezDoodle
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was excellent and service was good. Ate inside at socially distanced table. Had the YYC pizza week special and the rigatoni with Caesar salad.

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vipSheppie
Calgary
223 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fantastic service. Great set up and very safe

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MalindaK
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great casual atmosphere with tasty food.

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LindseyC
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very good, good service

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Jonah
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time having drinks and dinner at Free House. We were there for more of a ‘date night’, but it also seemed like a great place for friends to go as well. I really enjoyed the selection of beer and there were also a lot of fun cocktails.

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RachelB
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love Free House! The service is always stellar and the staff are so accommodating and great at recommendations.

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vipsmac
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! First time at the Free House YYC and it exceeded our expectations. Pimento cheese dip was great but the Humboldt squid was top notch (we ordered the aoli on the side & it was still delicious). Will definitely go back - great selection of local craft beers was the icing on the cake! Patio is great - adequately spaced and all safety precautions taken. Cheers!

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BrandyL
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was probably the best pub/bar experience I've had. This place is decorated so nicely, the servers were attentive and nice and the food and beer was delicious. They were well prepared with covid regulations and it was a great experience!

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NancyP
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1.50$ mimosas! The brunch special was also delicious

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maricela
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection of food , our whole table got the lunch board which was awesome and let you choose three options for 18$. They have local beers and the option to get a flight ! Great service and beautiful interior and exterior .

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MikeO
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Need to allow for rooftop booking. Sorry but with high demand and everything else excellent the research shows booking beats ‘take your chances’. Leave 25% to door entry and offer them a reduced starter drink at the bar while waiting

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12345
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patio was fantastic. Staff were perfectly attentive.

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AshlyS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The bruschetta was delicious! and so were the cocktails, but when we went to order our mains, almost a quarter of the menu was sold out. So we ended up leaving to go elsewhere for the main course.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really on point, drinks were great and we felt very safe and comfortable dinning on upstairs patio.

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SashaS
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was great! And we felt very safe, as the restaurant is clearly very careful about following AHS guidelines. The only “issue” would be that the food seemed a little pricey. A nice place to go once in a while, but we wouldn’t be able to afford to make it a regular occurrence.

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Chris
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Cool atmosphere and great drink selection! Food was good and there is a nice upstairs patio if the sun is out!

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RG17
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, fantastic beer selection, and outstanding service. It's everything I want in a good spot these days.

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Pd19
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was good but our server didn’t really “serve” us. Never came to check if we needed anything. Didn’t follow up with the appetizers or realize our second appetizer was not brought out until a servers assistant brought it after we had finished our main meals. Thankfully a manager came after to apologize about this, the server really did nothing other than take our order at the beginning.

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Jenvvvvv
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in the neighbourhood. Terrific variety on the menu. Great value.

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BillW
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great beer selection. But only takes credit cards, no cash.

FAQs

FREE HOUSE | Local Beer & Food Hall does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes and Uber Eats. FREE HOUSE | Local Beer & Food Hall also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (403) 452-1339.

FREE HOUSE | Local Beer & Food Hall is rated 4.6 stars by 65 OpenTable diners.

FREE HOUSE | Local Beer & Food Hall does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://anycard.ca/store/FreeHouse.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.