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.
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!
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).
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)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
THE FRANCISCAN WELL
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.
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...
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Brilliant pub with it's own micro brewery, the beer fest here is a must! Huge selevtion of unusual beers here.
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.
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.
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...
This user has arrived from Qype, a European company acquired by Yelp in 2012. We have integrated the two sites to bring you one great local experience.