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Reviews by RedDiamond:
4.38/5 rDev +9%
After a decade or more of imbibing at Elysian's primary on Capital Hill, I finally got around to visiting their Fields. From First Ave., the Fields looks like the last best watering hole in Pioneer Square. But the back end of the place opens up onto the perimeter of some... stadium. I don't dislike stadium's per se, but I hate being reminded of how I was swindled into buying one for a billionaire. I mean, what did Paul Allen ever do for me?
(Beer. Focus.) Okay. I've never actually been to Elysian Fields at game time, but it's understood that the place will be packed then. Not crowded - packed. Two oversized garage bays open up onto a rear patio in the shadow of that... stadium. The position of stadium parking directly behind Elysian Fields assures an unobstructed view of a select reach of Seattle's skyline, including the King Street railway station. Score one for a nice view.
Inside, the floorplan is spacious and elegant with oversized booths, candles, local artwork, and some very impressive fish tanks. The aquariums define one wall of a more secluded room which looked like the place to be for your party of twelve to twenty. The long oval-shaped bar offers about ten house taps plus two casks and distilled spirits. Elysian taps are an equal mix of Elysian mainstays from Capital Hill and downtown Elysian Fields specialties. No guest taps are provided and television is given only a marginal play. Given the location, I'm sure someone must have been tempted to make Elysian Fields a sports bar. Thank goodness it is not.
Elysian Fields has a very urban, contemporary, and hip vibe. Even the urinals are a funky egg-shaped variety and the bathroom sinks are made of glass. The adjacent 9-bbl brew house facing First Ave. produces some admirable beercraft. Rrecent collaborative efforts with New Belgium Brewing of Colorado have yielded some especially worthy Belgian-style and exotic sour beers worth seeking. Just bear in mind that local city ordinances in the Pioneer Square area prohibit offsale purchases of alcoholic beverages, so you can't get growlers filled or bombers to go.
Food is ambitious, artistic, and reasonably priced and service is excellent. Happy hour food specials run from 9 until closing at 11.
03-01-2009 03:53:47 | More by RedDiamond
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4.25/5 rDev +5.7%
Went for dinner last Saturday and lunch last Sunday before the White Sox games.
Vastly preferable to Pyramid (which is closer to the ballpark). Bigger selection of better beers at comparable prices. Smaller selection of better food at comparable prices.
Prices are reasonable (for close-to-stadium joints). Beer is good-to-great. Food is good. Service is pretty good. Location is a walk from the ballpark (practically in the football stadium parking lot, though).
08-16-2014 03:50:48 | More by snaotheus
3.85/5 rDev -4.2%
Crazy place on game days as one might imagine but is a great spot to eat and drink in the Downtown Seattle area. They keep the standards you see on tap in the area as well as specialties you can find only here. Beer list is 5 pages long so take your time and try some of the more unique listings. They have a full bar too but who needs booze when there is beer? Food is good but a little pricey. Go early if you go on the weekends or like I said earlier on Sounders or Seahawks games. Enjoy the mayhem and fun.
01-05-2014 21:09:44 | More by Sound_Explorer
3.99/5 rDev -0.7%
Stopped in here when I was in Seattle for a conference. Neat ambiance, HUGE place, and a great selection of Elysian brews. Got a bunch of brews, 4 or 5, on cask and on tap. There was a nice variety from stouts to IPAs and other things. Food was solid enough and prices--while not cheap--weren’t completely outrageous. Decent service. Recommended, especially for game time.
11-22-2013 02:21:08 | More by BMMillsy
Elysian Fields in Seattle, WA
90 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.