Irish craft beers land in new Franco-Irish bistropub in Lyon

The best Irish craft beers served with fine French cuisine?

It sounds like a perfect match to us. And Accasbel doesn’t disappoint. Accasbel, a new bistropub in the heart of Lyon, boasts 16 carefully-selected beers on tap from the Emerald Isle’s top microbreweries.

By James Edgar and Emma Clark


Smart and stylish, the bar and restaurant offers both the discerning beer lover and craft amateur a premier taste of Ireland’s fast-growing love affair with artisan ales, with many of them exclusive to Accasbel in France. From refreshing session I.P.A.s to Irish Red Ales and punchy stouts at 10.2%, there’s a wide selection to work your way through.


Maud and Darragh McElligott, owners of the Accasbel pub, and chef Vincent Coulaud.


Best Irish beers in Lyon

And if the choice overwhelms you, the charming owners Maud and Darragh McElligott are on hand to expertly talk you through your options (in English too!). A personally-tailored tasting board of four beers for 10 euros provides a good starting point to help you pick your next drink.



“We travelled around Ireland and spoke to lots of breweries before picking what we think are genuinely the best ones – we have to really love them ourselves if we want to sell them. Our customers range from craft beer aficionados to people who don’t know much about beers, but there’s something for everybody”, said Darragh



Maud and Darragh travelled around Ireland to select the best breweries.


Delicious pork cheek dish

Like their bistropub, Maud and Darragh are a Franco-Irish marriage, and their rich food menu also reflects the bond. Chef Vincent Coulaud brings French flair to Irish Black Angus steak (22 euros) and burger (from 18 euros) and uses stout in his delicious pork cheek dish (17 euros). You can choose between Dublin (11 euros) and Lyon (9 euros) salads and the pike-perch fillet with curry risotto (21 euros) stands out from a small but innovative menu.
If your date hasn’t yet jumped on the craft beer bandwagon, then there is also a small but expertly-selected list of white and red wines.


French cuisine in an Irish pub.


The lunchtime plat du jour costs 12 euros (Tuesday to Friday), while the Menu Accasbel of two courses from the “A La Carte menu” and a tasting board of four beers is 35 euros, available at lunch and dinner.


You can find Accasbel 20 Place Carnot near Perrache Station.
It’s open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch, dinner and drinks and will open for Sunday brunch from April 9.
For more information visit the Facebook page or for reservations call 0478372980.


From 12 to 35 € the menu

How to get there?

Metro or Tram, Perrache station

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