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McMenamins Old St. Francis School

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McMenamins Old St. Francis SchoolMcMenamins Old St. Francis School
Based on:
4 Beers
5 Ratings
Place Score: 87
Ratings: 30
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: n/a
Taps: 10
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

700 NW Bond St.
Bend, Oregon, 97701
United States
phone: (877) 661-4228

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On-premise brewing:
Old St. Francis School Brewery, established October 2004
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Reviews by gixxerman:
Photo of gixxerman
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

This complex is pretty cool. You can grab a draft in the brewpub and meander around the property, this is actually encouraged. Another nice touch is the theater, were you can sip a pint while catching a flick. It was about 6 degrees F while I was there, so the outdoor activities were null.

There selection wasn't that impressive, I think 5 house beers. I stayed with the Terminator Stout - no complaints.

On a Tuesday night, it was not crowded at all at the bar. The bar was about 50% and there was not a wait for a table. We grabbed seats at the bar. there are a few pubs on the property, we were at the ones near the brewing equipment.

I would consider it a must see, and if I go back I would try to stay on the property in one of the bungalows.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DanG3
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Citreal
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of LouZ
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of JoelClark
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of sharpski
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of John_M
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

For some reason I thought this place was somewhere on the outskirts of town, whereas in reality, it's right on Bond Street, a short couple of blocks from Deschutes. As it was around lunch time, we decided to pop into the pub for quick bite and a beer. The main pub/restaurant is pretty decent size, with lots of wood all around, giving the place the appearance of an old, English style pub. As is typical with McM's outposts, there were plenty of plants, the usual artwork, and even a couple of TV sets. There's a horseshoe shaped bar area as you walk up the short stairs in from the street, with the dining area spread out all around, back from the bar. This is definitely a comfortable spot to hang out with a beer or three on a warm afternoon in Bend.

As for the beer selection, there was the usual line-up of Ruby, Terminator Stout and Hammerhead, along with a pils I hadn't seen before, a couple of IPA's, a wheat, an ESB and maybe the black rabbit porter. For a McM's, I thought the pub had a fairly good selection, and I'm guessing having an on-site brewery probably has a lot to do with that. I got the pils to go with my lunch (the nachos with pulled pork), and as is fairly typical, it was a solid offering, but certainly nothing that would make me forget about the Heater Allen version or the Upright pils (the two best I've encountered so far in the NW). In any event, it went well with the nachos.

Service was prettty good. Our orders came fairly quickly, and I felt like our waitress was making an extra effort to make sure we were well taken care of, and were satisfied with our meal. The food here was much like the beer; nothing exraordinary, but decent, satisfying and filling otherwise. The tavern salad the GF got had plenty of veggies, and everything was very fresh tasting. Prices were fairly reasonable. I think my beer, the salad and the nachos came to around $27.

This is a solid place, but there is a lot to do and see in Bend, and frankly the food here paled in comparison to every other place we ate at over the weekend. Likewise, the beer here is decent, but hardly anything to write home about, and it's pretty hard to imagine picking any of the McM stable of beers over what you can find all over town from Boneyard. My guess is that we won't be back any time soon.

Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of Adamnimmo
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of msubulldog25
3.86/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

My wife and I just returned from our second overnight stay at Old St Francis School in as many years: last spring it was for 1 night so we could attend a pair of back-to-back concerts (The Shins the first night, followed by Tenacious D(!) the second) and this time for the Bend Brewfest. I'll revue both as a hotel and as a pub, because we slept, ate and drank on each visit.

We're very familiar with the McMenamins signature quirkiness, given that we live in Portland and often frequent Kennedy School, which is near our home. Old St Francis feels a bit like Kennedy School Lite - a much tinier version of a schoolhouse setting with fewer gardens, a smaller theater and "only" 3 pub options (the main Pub, the Fireside Bar (our favorite) and O'Kanes - in a former garage). As for rooms, the walls are covered in knotty pine and furniture is cushy, bathrooms are tiled and have walk-in showers. TVs and phones are included (something which not all McM hotels have...). Bed was slightly creaky but quite comfortable and the thick curtains kept out both the morning sun and any minor street noise. We stayed in the "Klondike Kate" room this visit and "Delores Friberg" room; all 19 rooms are named for historic/colorful characters in the town/school's past.

OSF does have a brewery on-site and the beers (beyond familiar McM standards like Hammerhead, Terminator, Ruby, etc) are mostly above average. On this visit, my wife favored the Black Zombie Porter and I really liked "Check Yer Coffeepot", a golden coffee ale. Among others they served: Stone Haven English Brown, Wildflower Wheat, Hop Island ISA, Note Taker IPA and a red ale of nitro (Red Beerd). Pints are proper, temps are good... really I've been very satisfied with the beers here. Good job in the brewery, guys!

Food has been a little hit-or-miss, with some Cajun Tater Tots arriving inedibly salty/overseasoned last visit and perfectly delicious this time. A burger on the last visit was overcooked, but the pretzel this time was doughy and awesome (although the cheese for dipping was soupy and thin). Best option was the gooey and savory Mac & Cheese, we've ordered it both visits. It's not on the Fireside Pub menu, but they'll fetch you some from the kitchen next door if you ask.

Service on all visits has been solid. McMenamins' places have a somewhat deserved reputation for service issues, but our experiences at this location have been good. Nick took care of us on this visit and he was attentive, quick with food & drink - all you could ask. Same goes for the hotel staff - friendly, efficient, not overly chatty - but certainly on their game.

Worth visiting for a beer or food... or an overnight stay (booking in advance recommended). We'll definitely return!

Photo of forestkcary
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25

Great experience a little crowded bartenders could catch up on knowledge,food reasonable for the price. Not a everyday kind of place but a must while in the pacific northwest.The whole catholic school thing is neat but the themes are what make the place if only they didn't have short service

Photo of bradybeer
4.05/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My wife and I stayed here for two nights for our 5th Aniv. The hotel is great and worth staying in if you have a chance. I am not going to say much about this because this is about the beer.

We ate dinner and had a couple of beers the first night. My wife had the Kolsch and I had the IPA. Both were solid and had we not hit two brweries earlier in the day would have a couple of more pints.

My wife had salad and soup which she loved and I had the Elk burger which I really enjoyed.

Since we ate outside I will describe the bar. The bar is very warm and well done in its decoration. This place screams pub and I could see hanging in there during a rainy day with a couple of pints.

The food was good and the service very good.

We would stay the night here again any time.

Photo of Beerasaurus
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

All McMenamins I have been to have been very unique, they are to be commended for their commitment to adaptive reuse with the Old St. Francis School being no exception. Located in downtown Bend, it is a converted school with a garage space with firepits, cozy hotel rooms, theater and of course the Turkish soaking pool. Definitely a cool property.

The atmosphere in the restaurant was good, but nothing innovative like some of their other locations. Service on the other hand was mediocre at best, server forgot items, spilled a beer...and we were there on a quiet night. Beer list was small, just 5 brews, and nothing memorable.

If you are in Bend, McMenamins a quality offering, but there are other places I'd hit first.

Photo of AugiePrimrose
2.2/5  rDev -42.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 2.5

A cool compound in downtown Bend with multiple bars, a movie theatre, a full service restaurant, firepit, and inn.

For the PNW, the beers are average at best with the usual styles brewed.

The worst service in Bend. Chronically understaffed. Unprofessional servers, untrained kitchen...the food never matched the menu description...if it came at all. The few times we ended up here, because the other brewpubs were packed, we left disappointed.

Average. Some of the usual styles.

Inconsistent at best and rarely matching the menu description.

Not overly expensive, but not worth the headache of this place.

Photo of Elimination
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Probably the best mcmenamins location I have ever been to, hands down this feels more like a separate company all together.

The atmosphere is like some of the other occasion, a building filled with american pickers like signs and decoration.

Quality of beer is better than normal, curly the brewer really turns out some great beers, many are sort of experimental, and not only that they always have a large number on tap.

Service is very good, everyone is always working hard, very knowledgeable, and friendly

Selection is good, there is something for everyone here.

Food is pretty good, the regulars-burgers, pizza, fries, salad, sandwiches.

This location also has a movie theater, soaking pool, hot tub, 3 different bars, a couple different restaurant menus depending on what part of the property you are on, and lots of seating.

Photo of RedBrewer83
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This is definitely one of the better McMenamins in the state, the atmosphere is great with the addition of the hotel, theater, and the outside firepit is one of the best atmospheres to be had in bend. As for the quality....its good, not great. McMenamins beer is always a little weak in my opinion and they never do anything too crazy to push the limits. Very standard. The service is good and the waiters are attentive. The food selection is good, typical pub food, burgers, sandwiches etc, but the quality of the food is ok...Overall this place is great for atmosphere and it drops off from there.

Photo of yuriruley
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I love the atmosphere at this place. Haven't stayed in the hotel, but would like to at some point. Their food is pretty good, but I felt it was a little overpriced for what you get. On the other hand their beer and beer milkshakes are quite good. They have events from time to time that are pretty interesting, this summer they had a great scotch tasting event. McMenamins is also set in a very lively part of town which is nice, so there are lots of great restaurant and stores within walking distance if you are staying in the hotel. Not to mention a park and the river right down the road.

Photo of flexabull
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Yet another well restored and unique location from the McMenamis bros. This one is a great old Catholic School with numerous bars and pubs scattered around, a theater, lots of outdoor seating, and a soaking pool.

Quality is above average. I've never thought that their beers were all that great. But they always tend to be solid and above average.

Service was good, a bit slow, but the girl that tended to us let us play an hour of pool for free.

Selection was good. About a dozen taps. A few losers and some wine sprinkled into the taps, but there were at least 8 good on site brews represented.

Food is good pub grub, at a reasonable price. Had a tasty personal pizza for about $7.

I'd definitely come back, just for the atmosphere. The beer is just icing on the cake here.

Photo of LittleA
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2

First off, I like what the McMemanim brothers have done in the PNW. They have restored many architecturally and historically important places in Oregon and Washington. Come on, how many microbreweries have a historian on staff? Hats off to them for this.

Now for the review. The Old St Francis school is great. Typical McMen's style, but with unique touches. O'Kane's bar is a converted garage with 3 outdoor firepits and the Grateful Dead playing - very nice after a long day of hiking or skiing to sit outside and look at the stars. The Turkish soaking pool is just right too - with a skylight that open directly to the elements. One recommendation would be to add a second entrance to the pool so soakers have the option of not walking past the music hall and smoky pub if they choose.

Hotel staff were great. We stayed in the Art House and it was nice, nothing fancy, but a good value. Comfy beds, a confusing TV system, good coffee and plenty of glasses.

All in all a nice place in a great location in the center of Orange County North (i.e Bend, OR)

Photo of Hollenbeck2
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

My wife an I went here for our first wedding anniversary. We actually just randomly found it because we saw people sitting outside eating. We stopped and were pleasantly surprised by what we found. The place is really really cool. It’s a converted school that is now a bar/brewpub. It has a very old feel to it but also maintains a almost hippy-ish (for lack of a better description) atmosphere.
The food was pretty tasty and the wait staff was really friendly. When I went in to buy a couple bombers to go the bartender had to run to the basement to get the beer. After he ran down and got my beers I decided that I should grab a couple more for friends. He was very busy but very promptly ran back down and got my dumbass a couple more.

This place is great but let me let you know in the summer when it can be 100 degrees outside, there is NO air conditioning in the hotel, so be warned.

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McMenamins Old St. Francis School in Bend, OR
87 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.