Freehouse is a gathering place for grad students, faculty, staff, neighbors and visitors who want to enjoy an authentic Berkeley experience.
ROOTED IN BERKELEY HISTORY
Housed in an historic building and former Presbyterian Ministry, the building has witnessed Berkeley history in the making since 1928. During the Free Speech Movement in 1964, Mario Savio led meetings in what is now our main dining room. Come in and taste a little slice of Berkeley history at Freehouse.
THE MEANING BEHIND OUR NAME
Our namesake has two inspirations. First is the old English definition of a free house: a public house or inn which is not owned or controlled by a particular brewery and which is therefore not restricted as to the range of beers it may sell (Oxford English Dictionary). Secondly, we tip our hat to the role this building played in the Free Speech Movement of the early 1960’s.
LET THE PARTY START!
Freehouse is a great place to host parties—large and small.
Reserve our private dining room (up to 12 guests), or do a buy-out and take over the whole place! We also have a pool table, which can be used for standing-room-only events, or as a table for 20.
Please call or email us for more information.