Welcome to Asylum

Asylum is our dedicated function and events space – a refuge from the everyday world – which officially opened on October 20, 2017.

It’s where awesome Southern bands can throw off the covers, show their true colours and deliver a whole different sound track (Thanks Massav Productions for sourcing those unique talents, while keeping it real for our up-and-coming artists.)

And, thanks to Jade Gillies and The House Series, it’s also where New Zealand’s top comedians take center stage to expand our world view.

And ditto for the amazing Southland Artists who showcase their works on the walls of the Asylum.

And it’s where you can dance to the soundtrack of youths of all ages.

Simply, Asylum is offered to all those marginalised, misunderstood or simply in need of entertainment.


Friday Night Spin  5.30pm til 11pm – Chillax vinyl night, a series of guest DJs, a $5 cover charge and, if  you’re hungry, we often the have Rockdogs cart open, as well as other tasty snacks.

Sunday Jam  12noon to 4pm –  pack a picnic, bring the kids and grab an instrument if you’re musical for a laid back afternoon in a brewery. There’s coffee, light foods and of course craft beers and a range of non-alcoholic refreshments, so it’s the perfect stop on the way home from the farmer’s market. Entry is by koha and all funds raised go towards the Saints All Male Choir charity, while boldly singing what few have sung before in choral form the choir is dedicated to helping a few young talented Southlanders get closer to their dream of becoming a performing musician, by funding lessons or extra extension for young people whose circumstances make it difficult for them to pay for lessons or extra extension. How cool is that?


Sunday February 11, 12noon to 4pm: Sam Cullen, Live, Loud and Clear – Sponsored by RADIO HAURAKI so FREE ENTRY 

Friday February 16:  The Jas Joslyn Band rings in the Year of the Dog the free spirit of indie rock infused with a sweet vibrato. A nation wide album release tour that you won’t want to miss. tickets 

Saturday February 17: Lager is the Best Medicine R18 –  from 4pm to 6.30pm Hear the comic stylings of the south as Reuben Crisp, Annie Hayes, Dan Brader and Simon Kingsley-Holmes take to the stage at Invercargill Brewery Asylum for the first time. It will be epic. It will be awesome. And it will be totally affordable. Tickets just $10, available at the door (Contains adult themes and language which could offend and not recommended for  children).

The Need for Asylum

The late-great Douglas Adams not only authored the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy he was also a money-where-his-mouth-is environmentalist who in 1994 founded Save the Rhino International, a charity still desperately airlifting White Northern Rhinos away from poachers when Adams died in 2001.

In his final novel, “So long and Thanks for the all the Fish”, Adams introduced us to Wonko the Sane, a character who built a four-walled inside-out building, so he could live Outside the Asylum.

The story goes that, distressed and fearing for the world’s sanity, Wonko (aka John Watson) built the Asylum to put the world in so it could get better, after discovering a set of detailed instructions on a packet of toothpicks. To warn himself and others from re-entering the madness “inside” Wonko mounted the instructions near the door:

“Hold stick near centre of its length. Moisten pointed end in mouth. Insert in tooth space, blunt end next to gum. Use gentle in-out motion.”

  • In 2015 a packet of toothpicks purchased in Invercargill bore that inscription.
  • In 2015 the world’s White Northern Rhino population numbered three, none capable of breeding.
  • In 2016 the ICUN Red List of Endangered Species included 60 New Zealand animals – of those four are critically endangered, five endangered and seven are already extinct.