Atmospheric little brewpub in Cork, it’s not outside the city as another rater said, it’s just across the river from the cutsie old town...very casual and comfortable interior with good opportunity for conversation. Quite a wide range of house beers, none are particularly exciting but most are well-made.
(Visited 11/2012): Franciscan Well is located on North Mall right near the water across from Bachelor’s Quay. Parking is available along the street.
The entry is through an arch and down a short alley. The interior opens to table seating with a bar in the rear. The space is split level with more seating on the upper tier and a beer garden in the back. Dark red and worn wood motif, with hanging Christmas lights. Brewery tanks are located right behind the bar.
The brewpub features 7 house beers, all of which are available in a sampler. These included an Irish Ale, ESB, Pale, Hefe, Lager and Kölsch on our visit. The beers were all average to decent, with no real standouts. Two guest taps as well. There are around 25 bottled beers available from brewers like Sierra Nevada, La Chouffe and St. Peters.
Service by the bartender on our visit was friendly and knowledgeable. He also made recommendations on other places to find craft beer in the region. The brewpub also does regular festivals, and there are a bunch of posters on the wall from past events.
This place does not serve food to my knowledge.
Overall this is a worthwhile visit if for the simple fact that there are so few actual brewpubs in Ireland.
September 2009 - Visited early on a Sunday evening. With its huge outside sitting area, this place was a nice break from the routine in Ireland, offering 5 solid German-style house beers. The lads at the bar were friendly, and the crowd was an interesting mix of European tourists and young, hop Corksters. With no food of their own, they ordered pizza for us from down the street, a good pie, but pricey at 20 Euros. Fun spot.
I really enjoyed this place. Very original...great feel to the place. The people are very welcomimg. The night I was there they had somebody visiting that was making wood fired pizza which they insisted I would like even after I said I was from NYC...they were right! The beers were very good compared to the syles I had been finding in Ireland during this visit (hard for me to find the hoppy beers I love from back home). I would highly recommend this place to anyone in the area...even worth a special trip.
Enter via an alleyway, through into the main bar area. Three redundent coppers straight in front of you behind the bar, all had crisp boxes sat on them.
The front room is square with a raised portion to your left, through there you enter a huge semi-covered courtyard/garden area. To your right as you enter the garden you can see the brewing equipment.
Upstairs they were holding a ’Polish Cultural Evening’. I didn’t venture up there but I could hear the dancing from the toilets.
6 of their beers on tap, 3 handpulls (none in use). Too busy to chat with any staff, but they were pleasant enough when serving you (at the bar). The bottle list was poor, 11 boring beers with heavy prices.
I liked the copper lightshades, the wall to your right as you enter (displaying beerfest adverts) and the overal feel of the place. Certainly worth the walk out to it (via the Bierhaus of course). Friendly, noisey, upwardly mobile group of customers, no riff-raff in here. Wooden floors, with tiles around the bar, for spillage reasons I’d guess.
The music was at the right level on my visit, just above background volume. They were playing Irish/British Rock, semi-heavy metal stuff like ’Stairway to Heaven’ and the likes.
My only complaint, no cask beers!
Nice little place. Did not open until after 300PM when we were there. Atmosphere varies, nice dark wood in the main part with brewing tanks behind the bar, bit more of a patio atmosphere toward the back. Bartender was okay when serving us. A bit more forthcoming later when I starting asking more questions about the local beer scene. It was pretty quiet when we were there - we got there early and had to wait for them to open the doors. Strikes me as someplace that might get quite busy later in the evening. I could see spending a night there. Beers were all serviceable but non particularly stood out. Had a guest tap from White Gypsy when we were there.
Visited on a Wednesday afternoon in May, there was a nice covered patio in the back (and resident kitty) but we stayed inside the dark bar where they were playing some fun fast music. You can tell a lot of people come here because the floor is so well-worn, in that tanks-behind-the-bar friendly local brewhouse kind of way. Six of their own brews were on tap and some visitors like Boon, Leffe, Rekorderlig, and Chimay. Didn’t try any food other than Tayto crisps, but the service was very friendly and chatty after he got sorted out (we came right when they opened at 3pm). Great place.
Good range of the brewery’s own beers on with a few guests, service is a little disinterested and brusque but efficient. Quite dingy inside but a great airy courtyard with freshly made wood-fired pizzas a highlight.
Very quiet on a lunchtime, opening is 1pm. A good selection of the breweries own beers, a Blonde, Pale Ale, Stout, lager etc. a good choice if you’re not looking for the traditional oirish (I.e tourist) experience