The north mall in the city is not a place you will find too many pubs. However you will find The Franciscan well here. It is a unique pub in that they brew their own beer. It opened its doors back in 1998. It is a little bit of a walk outside the city center but it is certainly worth the trek. It is located up an alleyway and in to the right. As you walk in the door the bar is straight in front of you. There is seating all around you. You will see the brewing equipment and big kegs behind the bar. It is certainly a very different experience to a normal pub. If you walk left and go up a few steps there is another section here with more seating. If you keep walking up you go out a door and you come into their beer garden. This is a great place to hang out during the summer and i’ve been to a few bbq’s there. There are plenty of benches here and they even open an outside bar during the summer. Their beers and stout are great. This is the first mention of beer in these reviews but they deserve mention here. Some of these you will come across are Shandon stout, Blarney Blonde, Rebel red, Purgatory pale ale, Friar weisse and Bellringer winter warmer which is 6.5%. I find the Blarney blond and the Rebel red to be nice but am not too gone on the Shandon stout. The drink is costly enough but you’d expect that.
The well does very good business and can get busy. The toilets are not great and are very small. They are located near the entrance to the beer garden. They have been messy any time i have visited. Overall it’s a great pub and a very interesting place to go if you’ve not ventured there before. For that something different it’s great. Check it out during the summer months when we have some sort of good weather to relax in their beer garden.
Toilet rating: 4/10
Pint rating: 8/10
Overall rating: 8/10
Final comment: The Franciscan well is a super pub and i don’t mean that in terms of size. You are always guaranteed something different with their brews and you should head there just to sample some local Cork drink.