Hours: Sun-Thu: 7am-11pm, Fri-Sat: 7am-1am
Come for the atmosphere and the fun decor, and get solid menu items and longtime beer mainstays to boot. The Communication Breakdown burger topped with sautéed mushrooms and spicy Cajun tots is a proven attraction. Classic breakfast items including biscuits & country gravy, scrambles and omelettes, plus house-made sweets pair nicely with the Bacon Bloody Mary or Morning Martini. No judgement! Featuring sidewalk tables, fire pits and multiple outdoor seating areas.
McMenamins Old St. Francis School is a bohemian’s heaven, complete with second-run movies viewed from couches perched just an arm’s length from the nearest bar. A soaking bath, hand painted murals, live music and free pool round out the offerings. Known more for its ambiance than its execution, McMenamins features pub fare such as grilled sandwiches, burgers, and chicken dishes, decent salads and reasonable prices. (Whatever you order, make sure to get the Cajun Tots on the side if you can handle a little kick.) McMenamin’s signature brews are available on every tap on the cozy campus.
The McMenamin brothers' contribution to Oregon cannot be overstated. What started as a simple brewpub has grown to an empire that deliver a lifestyle—and has renovated dozens of iconic buildings throughout the Northwest. Each is immensely familiar with its mosaic pictures, painted murals, and standard Hammerhead and Ruby beers, although each “outpost” also flexes its own personality within those guidelines. In Bend, the Old St Francis School is casual and comfortable, and local brewer Michael “Curly” White is as approachable and friendly as they come—and that personality is reflected in his beers—consistent and fun. “It wouldn’t be a McMenamins without Hammerhead, Ruby, and Terminator,” he says. But adds, “I tend to go malty in the winter. Doppelbocks, brown ales, and anything with a full body.” In summertime, White often switches to “something mellow with a crisp flavor.”
• Drinks: $4.75 McMenamins pints, $5.75 McMenamins cider, $4.50 wells and $6.75 wine, $7 brewery taster tray, $10.25 house distillery flights. Food: Assorted appetizers and meals.
Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun, 3pm-6pm
• Drinks: $4.75 McMenamins pints, $5.75 McMenamins cider, $4.50 wells and $6.75 wine, $7 brewery taster tray, $10.25 house distillery flights. Food: Assorted appetizers and meals. (Drink specials until midnight)
Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun, 10pm-12am