McMenamins Old St. Francis School

McMenamins Old St. Francis SchoolMcMenamins Old St. Francis School
McMenamins Old St. Francis SchoolMcMenamins Old St. Francis School
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

700 NW Bond St.
Bend, Oregon, 97701
United States

(877) 661-4228 | map

Notes: On-premise brewing:
Old St. Francis School Brewery, established October 2004
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Beervana from Canada (BC)

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Sep 01, 2015
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gefinley from California

4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Feb 24, 2020
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lacikuss from Canada (AB)

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Aug 02, 2018
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PapaGoose03 from Michigan

4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

May 06, 2018
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Big_Thirsty from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Jan 29, 2018
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jbarry3000 from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Jul 10, 2017
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kingpin1010 from California

3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Oct 02, 2016
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natfiedler from Oregon

3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Jun 24, 2016
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OregonGrown7 from Oregon

3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

My experience was similar to what others have said here. It's beautiful in here, with an interesting mix of rugged wood/exposed beam and artsy/hipster decor. The service was fast and very friendly. As a stop for solely food and beer, it doesn't really stand up to some of the other choices in bend, but don't let that stop you from trying this place out if you're looking for a nice dinner/ date spot, and have a couple days to explore.

Dec 27, 2015
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Topher78 from California

3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

The place smelled like old people...

Jul 07, 2015
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flagmantho from Washington

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

I stopped into this McMenamins during my annual Bend pilgrimage this weekend. For the most part, it's like other McMenamins locations, with a similar array of beers available. There were about 10 beers available, with several chain standards plus a few I've only seen at this location.

Service was very good despite being a busy holiday weekend, which is appreciated. I wil also say that this is definitely the prettiest McMenamins I've been to, with a four-sided central bar with a copper top and a big skylight shining down. Neat stuff.

Jul 05, 2015
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nickfl from Florida

4/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Stayed here one night while in bend. As a brewpub, it's mediocre... but as a weird hipster beer hotel/resort it's kind of awe inspiring. They have done a really neat job of restoring the building and adding their own quirky touches to the place. Murals in the hallways, custom headboards for the beds, a movie theater, three totally different bars, a soaking pool. The place is crazy. The beer is average, and the food in the pub was about on the same level. Service in the hotel was excellent, in the pub it was only good enough. Overall, it is a must see in bend, but not for the beer of food, really best experienced by staying there. At only about ten dollars a night more to stay here than the Double tree a couple of blocks away it was a great price and it was a very cool experience.

Apr 25, 2015
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DanG3 from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Jan 21, 2015
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Citreal from Oregon

4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Jan 10, 2015
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LouZ from Washington

4/5  rDev +4.4%

Nov 25, 2014
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BKotch from Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

Sep 18, 2014
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JoelClark from Idaho

4/5  rDev +4.4%

Aug 03, 2014
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MacWonk from Oregon

4/5  rDev +4.4%

Jun 29, 2014
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sharpski from Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Jun 26, 2014
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Z_Anderson_0406 from Minnesota

3/5  rDev -21.7%

Jun 23, 2014
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tylerstravis from Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.4%

Jun 05, 2014
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John_M from Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

May 27, 2014
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Johnny_Muir from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +11%

Jan 08, 2014
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KCuff from Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Dec 17, 2013
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Adamnimmo from Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Nov 30, 2013
McMenamins Old St. Francis School in Bend, OR
Brewery rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 11 ratings