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  • “Even if this place was not actually a brewery, it would still be worth going to for the beer garden alone.” in 6 reviews

  • “My favorites included the Rebel Red and their stout (believe it was called Shandon Stout).” in 4 reviews

  • “But, micro-brewery or no, it is still a pub, a fine spacious one at that, with a very friendly and helpful service.” in 9 reviews

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  • 5.0 star rating
    2 check-ins here
    Listed in Corcaigh

    We were asked by friends to join them at a craft beer festival in Cork. We thought why not, so high-tailed it down the country to the Peoples Republic of Cork.

    The Franciscan Well Brewery is an excellent establishment tucked away through an archway on the North Mall.

    Welcomed warmly by the barman, we found the main bar has excellent tanks / kettles on display behind. We ordered our first pint, 5 EUR for a Purgatory and moved out to the beer garden. This was where the main action was. Here we found the Winter Ales beer festival in full swing. Well as full as it could get for during the day.

    We ordered pizza from the in house pizzeria, Pompei, and it was excellent, fantastic base especially. It was also very quick and they bring it to your table - take note Big Blue Bus, there is room for improvement after my experience here.

    Later in the night the beer garden really filled up and the atmosphere was ninety.

    A fantastic experience here at The Franciscan Well Brewery. I can't wait to go back next time I am in Cork.

  • 4.0 star rating
    1 check-in here

    Great bar to visit if you like craft beer. I've only been once for a Beer festival but it was really pretty cool. Its a good size bar with a pretty big outside / under cover area.

    The beers are good, the pizza is amazing and the actual bar area looks great.

    I had a couple of ciders here as well which were great.

    At the beer festival all pints were a fiver which is pretty good.

    The bar itself is right by the river so its nice walk to it from the town center! We will be back next time we are in cork!

  • 3.0 star rating

    As a craft beer fan, living in the mecca of craft beer in the states, I had to try this place while in Cork.  The atmosphere was nice and comfortable.  And the pizzas they serve are good.

    The three star rating is because I was hoping for something a little bit more from the beer itself.  I had two pale ales and a stout, while all being tasty, I could not help but feel like I was not drinking a craft beer.  There wasn't anything about the taste or smell that made the beer memorable.

  • 4.0 star rating
    1 check-in here

    We came across the ad for this brewery in Aer Lingus magazine on our flight over to Ireland so we decided to check it out whole in Cork. We also found out the local tour agency recommends tours of the brewery as well (10pounds for tour and tastings at 6:30pm). We walked over from our B&B to the brewery and liked the overall vibe. Not sure why they aren't a bar/restaurant. They have great beer and cider but you have to sit out back to order pizza from Pompeii. The pizza is baked outdoor in the brick pizza oven (fresh and fantastic) but I would have loved a salad to go with my pizza as well as some bread. The brewery is cool, the vibe is laid back and relaxed and worth the stop by the barb a pint. The local cider was damn good!

  • 5.0 star rating

    Great little gem of a pub hidden away on the North Mall of cork. Those guys know their beer and if your lucky they'll give you a recommendation and even a quick tour of where the beer is brewed out back and the actual "franciscan well" itself!

    As the beer is brewed on site each month the flavour changes all the time. The very essence of craft from brew to tap!

  • 4.0 star rating

    I found this place on Yelp before making a trip to Ireland.  I am a craft brew fan and I made a special trip to visit this microbrewery.  It was extremely hard to find, but it was worth it.  Definitely a good place and it lived up to the reviews I read. We visited on a weekend when the fired up the wood-fired pizza oven.  The beers were excellent and the staff was very good.  Our party of 4 had a great time.  It can definitely be chilly in chilly weather, so go prepared.  I highly recommend this place!

  • 4.0 star rating

    Although I lived right across the river from this pub for a while, I had only been there a handful of times.  The Well has an impressive variety of seriously good house beers they brew themselves.  My favorites included the Rebel Red and their stout (believe it was called Shandon Stout).

  • 5.0 star rating
    1 check-in here

    The beer is amazing, my husband and I had the blonde, lager and cider (all Franciscan Well brewed), the pizza is superb (we had the Quattro daily special). Service was great, place was hopping on a Friday night!

  • 5.0 star rating

    Disappointing, it was, not to see a single monk about the place....

    But if ever you find yourself on the Emerald Island, make a point to go SW and check out the magical little town of Cork. I just love this place, and this brew pub was a mighty fine representation of the burg and its friendly denizens. The Well is close to the water, close to everything downtown, just a perfect spot to get some relief for your eternal hunger and thirst. If you think of it, tip one back for me and all your loved ones back home...

  • 4.0 star rating

    This pub made it on to my radar because it hosted the Easter Beer fest this past weekend. The beers avaliable were from smaller breweries all over Ireland and even from the University College of Cork! The UCC beer was my favourite.
    They brewed two beers just for this beer fest titled Hansel and Gretel, both with a 5.4% alcohol content and both simply delicious. It's a shame that these beers will not be sold in stores! *sad face*

    I don't know how often events like this are held at the Franciscan Well, but they definitely have the room for them! A nice place with BBQ available at the beer fest and also a heated smoking patio.
    It's on the way back from the Cork Gaol, so stop in for a pint!
    The pub only takes cash and there is no ATM, so come prepared!

  • 5.0 star rating
    1 check-in here

    The beer is great (I love the white one) and the pizza here is great (I'm Italian and this was one of the best pizzas ever)

  • 4.0 star rating
    2 check-ins here

    This pub/brewery comes with such good reviews from friends that I make sure to visit it on any trip to cork.
    They stock all there own brews, along with other good ones. Like other pubs in cork the food is ordered in - they will give you the menu for a local pizzeria.
    As for the setting, this is a great, spacious pub, with plenty of seating in the half covered and half uncovered area out the back. But there is plenty inside as well, making it a great place to meet up with a group of friends for some great beers.

  • 5.0 star rating

    I love the Franciscan well beers so of course the place they are brewed has got to be a good place to go.

    Even if this place was not actually a brewery, it would still be worth going to for the beer garden alone. Almost the entire courtyard outside is covered and has patio heaters. In fact the beer garden is bigger than the inside of the pub.

    A number of guest beers on tap and bottle are available as well as their own beers.

    Outside in the beer garden is the brewery in its own out building with large glass windows so you can see the shiny copper kettles etc.

    The Well also plays host to a number of Beer festivals during the year with the EasterFest being the biggest and best.

  • 5.0 star rating
    Listed in Bottled in Cork

    The Franciscan is best known for its amazing Easter Beerfest. It's a crazy long weekend when they pack the beer garden and break out the strangest beer from around the world. You might feel like a sardine, but after a few pints of bizarre concoctions, you'll forget all about it.

    For the rest of the year, the Franciscan is just a great pub. They brew on site, and have the best beer garden in Cork. Perfect for the couple of days  of sunshine that we call summer!

  • 5.0 star rating

    This place is one of my favorite breweries I've been to in the world. Their Shandon Stout is one of the top rated (overall) beers in my database, and several others are extremely good as well. The Rebel Red is a very good ale. The building is awesome, with the stone open area out back. They have a wonderful Oktoberfest celebration here where other breweries from around Europe will come set up stalls and there's also food stalls during this. The people are friendly, the beer is tasty, and the locale is wonderful. There's nothing not to love about Franciscan Well.

    • Qype User cor…
    • Cork
    • 12 friends
    • 475 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    Called into the Franciscan Well Brew Pub over the weekend. You know this is a different sort of pub when you see the three big vats behind the counter and a group of fifteen fellows coming in to start the tour.

    But, micro-brewery or no, it is still a pub, a fine spacious one at that, with a very friendly and helpful service. If you are wondering which of the many beers you should taste on draught then you'll get a little sample to help you make up your mind.

    Leaving the Friar Weisse, the Rebel Red and the Shandon Stout aside, at least for this visit, I went for the Blarney Blond. This lager is an excellent drink and a pint and half cost about €6.45 which is more or less the normal lager price. Well worth a try if you are a lager drinker.

    As the bar is a magnet for tourists, there is also a large selection of international beers available (though no Heineken or Carlsberg or Guinness or Murphy's, nothing form the big name brewers). But you won't miss them.

    I'm beginning to liking for Czech lagers. They didn't have Staropramen and, from the selection offered by the very helpful Polish bar-person, I choose the 1795 Budejovicky Pivo. A 50cl bottle cost me €4.80. This is a terrific drink, even better then the Staro, and I'll certainly be looking out for it in the future, especially if I'm passing Bradleys in North Main Street.

    The Franciscan Well is nicely laid out and has a covered Beer Garden. They also do various Beer fests, seasonal barbeques, live music, tours and tastings and also supply Party Kegs. See their website franciscanwellbrewery.com  or ring 021 4210130.

  • 4.0 star rating

    We had a great time last night at The Franciscan Well! I love the Shandon Stout. I ordered a wood fired pizza -- chorizo, goat cheese & black olive. Sooooo good. Vibe here is friendly and cool. It has a great outdoor area with long tables. by 10 it was packed on a Thursday.

    • Qype User George…
    • Dublin
    • 2 friends
    • 55 reviews
    3.0 star rating

    This pub is small but special. It is just out of the centre and does not get as much trade as it deserves. There used to be a Franciscan monastery around here, hence the name. They brew their own beer on site.

    This pub is frequented by those in the know. Cork professionals often have a penchant for nipping over here in their lunch hour. Not especially a place for bright young things.

  • 4.0 star rating

    I used to live in Dublin and I got used to good micro brewed beer there, but thank god for Franciscan well in cork. Great selection of beers..hurrah , nice venue, I like the area out back for hanging out in.Only problem is that its practically in the centre but just a little out of the way.

  • 5.0 star rating

    My favorite pub when I lived in Ireland! They have an excellent selection of beers. The atmosphere is very laid back, and the garden is suitable for larger gatherings. Excellent spot for foreigners looking for an authentic Irish pub experience!

  • 5.0 star rating

    This is an awesome place to hang out for an evening.   At the moment they  have BBQ on weekends and make yummy burgers.  They brew all their own beer and cider and it is all delicious.  If they ever have a festive on make sure you have time to visit here!

    • Qype User dcroni…
    • London, United Kingdom
    • 236 friends
    • 50 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    6/9/2012 Updated review

    As another viewers said, this place is truly special.  It has a huge beer garden and variety of locally brewed beers. One of my favourite times here was a the beer festival and I don't even drink beer!

    5.0 star rating
    13/4/2012 Previous review
    One of my favourite bars - not just in Cork but anywhere, The Franciscan has lots of history… Read more
  • 5.0 star rating

    We heard about this pub from a friend and found it close to our Hostel. It was a nice evening so we sat outside in their patio area and enjoyed two pints of their home brewed Stouts. Great setting. Seems very popular among locals. Only had pizza available, but it was good thin crust offering.

  • 5.0 star rating

    Amazing pub that you could easily miss on a visit to Cork. Take the trip away from the main drinking spots around St Patricks street and venture over the bridge to the north mall and check this place out. The beer itself is great and its well worth treating yourself to a tasting session. If you can make it to one of their easter or oktoberfest festivals you'll be in for a treat.

  • 4.0 star rating

    The only brewpub we were able to find in Cork.  Stopped in on a Sunday, place is pretty expansive, nice wait staff and very good beer.  Brewed beer runs the gamut from a Weiss to an expected Irish Stout, but oddly enough, no Belgians!  There were also no casks on and no food both of which were disappointments.  But all in all definitely worth a stop, if they added some food or casks or a nice Belgian Golden, would be 5 stars.  They did have 2 nice guest taps on.

  • 5.0 star rating

    I had a sampler and liked every single beer.  That never happens!  I bet on a warmer day, the beer garden is an absolute blast.

    • Qype User nori…
    • London, United Kingdom
    • 17 friends
    • 134 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    Brilliant pub with it's own micro brewery, the beer fest here is a must! Huge selevtion of unusual beers here.

    • Qype User acedis…
    • London, United Kingdom
    • 5 friends
    • 83 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    Definitely the best bar in Cork for beer. The Franciscan (as it's known) has its own microbrewery, so there's always something new to try. In fact, you can have a different pint every time you go there. You'll never need Heineken again.

  • 4.0 star rating
    First to Review

    Great pub and beer garden. The Blarney Blond is so popular in summer it often sells out. Very little food, just snacks, etc. and BBQ schedule on Fridays and Saturdays during summer(?) but go for the beer.

  • 5.0 star rating

    another local gem, has the best outdoor seating area in the city with patio heaters, and i havent talked about the beer yet.... 4 diff types plus they often have brews from other microbreweries... great place to go a beer garden in the summer sun.... and on the wend nights it gets busy...

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