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Elysian Fields

Not Rated.
Elysian FieldsElysian Fields
Based on:
12 Beers
27 Hads
Place Score: 90
Reviews: 38
Visits: 62
Avg: 4.02
pDev: n/a
Taps: 20
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

542 First Avenue South
Seattle, Washington, 98104
United States
phone: (206) 382-4498

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Place added by: Knuckles on 09-02-2006

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Reviews: 38 | Visits: 62
Reviews by RedDiamond:
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4.38/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Sails_Ambassador
4/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of flagmantho
3.86/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I went to Elysian Fields again the other day to see what interesting beers they have available and to relax after work. It was my first trip to the location not either immediately before or after a sporting event; as this place is just a few hundred feet from Seahawks Stadium, you can imagine how busy it gets on those days.

Overall the location is pretty sizeable, with a big oval central bar that has copious seating. There were around 20 taps, including both Elysian staples as well as rotating and seasonal beers; I really appreciate the variety. Service was a bit slow, considering the relatively low volume of people in the place, but the staff were friendly and helpful -- and I wasn't in any hurry.

This place is definitely worth a stop. They make some interesting beers at Elysian, and this location seems to have their biggest selection.

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Photo of Hawkfish
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Great place before Seahawks games.

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Photo of bumchilly25
3.39/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

Photo of bonercityUSA
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of richj1970
4.06/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of yancot
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

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4.1/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.84/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of kmahe
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of mabermud
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Right next to CenturyLink and Safeco Fields. Good food and beer. Modern compared to the Capitol Hill location.

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Photo of muskiesman
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of snaotheus
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).

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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Elysian Fields in Seattle, WA
90 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.