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Elysian Fields

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BEER AVG
3.85/5
Based on:
12 Beers
27 Ratings
Place Score: 91
Ratings: 58
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.06
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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Ratings: 58 | Reviews: 38
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Photo of snaotheus
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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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Photo of mabermud
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

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.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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.

Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited 7/23 following the Yankees/Mariners game.

A: Nice, upper-scale feel, more like a restaurant than a pub or brew pub. Large seating area, big oblong bar area, plenty of seating, nice tables and chairs.

Q: Quality seemed good in my opinion, beer and food seemed just fine.

Service: Meh. Not horrible, not anything worth writing home about. The waitress was aloof, yes, but also busy serving a section in the bar that was full of post-game baseball fans. I'll cut her some slack. The bus boy filling water was always pretty close by.

Selection: Pretty darn good, almost all of their regulars were on tap (The Immortal, Jasmine, Mens Room, Perseus, etc., plus Dragonstooth) plus 7 or so one-offs and experimental brews that I've never heard of. I selected a a tropical-fruit-forward IPA that was recommended (the name escapes me now) and it was decent.

Food: Looked like a pretty standard selection, and I was disappointed by the lack of seafood considering how close to salt-water we were. However the mussels in red curry sauce were very good.

Prices seemed reasonable, especially for Seattle. A big gripe I had was the lack of Elysian stuff for sale (growlers, glasses, etc.). I definitely would have bought some stuff if there had been an option for it.

A treat to find this place open for business after the game. Overall, I would go back and try it again, and I would recommend it if people are down in the Stadium district of Seattle.

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Overall, I liked this place. Even the aloof waitress, probably taking long breaks turn edit her tome of the modern decline of something....was randomly informative, and present. Hey, it's Seattle. The Perseus Porter stood out for me. Quite nice. A good mouth feel, not to heavy, not too light, almost just right. Not going for a session here though, just one or two. My wife and I had a burger-good, along with some fries- decent, but honestly nothing jumped out as memorable about our selections. Next time, maybe I'll ask for a recommendation to give them a fair shake. When I come back to Seattle, I'll definitely give Elysian another shot.

Photo of MexicanSkittel
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Disclaimer right off the bat, we visited the Monday after a Seahawk game, so that is why the lower score for selection.
We had a great time and can't wait to get back.
Huge spacious inviting and CLEAN establishment.
We caught happy hour and were greeted as we approached the bar. We bellied up and the bartender explained the lack of selection from the previous days game.
We had four or five beers a piece, were offered a taste of anything. I asked what the Hubris was and aside from my detailed description a taster 3-4oz pour came along with it.
Food was great, nothing over the top, but fresh bright flavors well prepared. Every bartender and good runner was helpful, nice, offering of assistance.
All in all. Great job Elysian Fields. Keep it up!

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Atmosphere: Quite upscale for a brew pub. The place seems new and is nicely decorated. Situated close to Safeco and Quest Fields for a perfect place to meet friends before the game.

Quality: Good beers and the food was also of good quality.

Service: The service could have been a bit better, in terms of attentiveness, as there was a large amount of staff working all things considered.

Selection: Good selection of beer and food.

Food: What was expected, nothing too exotic on the menu. Typical pub fare.

Value: Decent value, nothing to complain or rave about.

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

massive joint, adjacent to Quest Field and a short walk from Pioneer Square and/or Safeco field

small outdoor seating area, huge expansive interior with a fair amount of tv's.

full food menu, though we didnt eat or even peruse the menu.

there were quite a number of elysian taps - many of the standards and then probably 8-10 additional specialty beers. the quality is about what you would expect from this established brewery though the service is certainly more geared to the downtown and transient crowd rather than the beer community.

still, no complaints, and far superior to Pyramid if you're looking for a brewery in stadium region.

Photo of flexabull
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped here before a Mariner's game.

Big open warehouse, that was crowded, but not overly so. Big two sided bar, with packed seating areas.

Quality is good, Elysian makes solid beers, I was quite happy with the 2 I ordered.

Service was very good, the place was busy, but I was served very quickly, and was asked a couple of times if I was ready for another beer.

Selection was great, 18 house beers, and a few guest brews too.

Didn't have any food.

Prices were quite fair, I was surprised too, because this place is so close to the stadium, but I only paid $4.50 for a pint, which was quite reasonable.

If I make it back to Seattle for another game, I'd definitely come back.

Photo of BuckeyeOne
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This is my least favorite of the Elysian brewpubs. It's located very near the football/soccer stadium and the baseball stadium and will be packed on game days. Unless you're heading to a game, avoid this place on game days. Not only is it packed with a line to get in, it's often filled with d-bags (especially the bar). Also, on game days, they serve their (very good) beers in plastic pint cups. Blerg.

When there are not games, it's a decent place to hang out and get a pint or more of their very tasty Elysian offerings. It's rather cavernous in size and space, which is OK if you like that kind of architecture. It is located in a warehouse section of downtown and mirrors the architecture. In other words, it's not cozy.

The service leaves a bit to be desired and not just on game days. The bartenders are not attentive and some do not know the beers very well other than what's written in the beer menu. The waitstaff are better in terms of service than the bartenders, though.

Usually has a large selection of Elysian regulars, seasonals, and special offerings (but does offer BMC on tap --- I suppose to satisfy the d-bags on game days).

The food is great. The bangers and mash are worth the trip. This is not your standard pub fare.

It's a little pricey, food-wise. The pints are reasonably priced.

Photo of goatgoat
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Went to Elysian last night. Upscale atmosphere, a little fancy. But with friendly hipster servers. A good selection of Elysian brews supplemented by a few good taps and a fairly typical import heavy bottle list.
The Elysian brews were good. The Wise ESB got rave reviews around the table, followed by the Immortal IPA kegged as well as cask.
The food was upscale pub with pasta and salads. I had an excellent linguine dish. The menu definitely kept up with the general foodie culture of the area.

Tasty food, good in house brews, a little upscale.

Photo of woemad
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Walking towards the Safe, my brother asked me if I wanted to grab a beer at Elyusian Fields. Having the sun in my eyes and not knowing my way too well around SoDo, I asked him where it was. He pointed out we were right in front of it. How could I say no?

Cavernous place, not too well lit. The big, oval-shaped bar was the centerpiece to the place. This place was built with "industrial-chic" decor, with lots of exposed pipes, etc. We were about an hour from the first pitch being thrown at Safeco, so there were tons of people. This place was designed really well in terms of game-days, as it didn't feel cramped despite it being pretty-much standing room only. Acoustics were great, as I was able to carry on a conversation despite it being fairly boisterous. I can imagine feeling tiny in this space when it's a normal afternoon. I was a little surprised to see that the only sports paraphenalia in evidence related to the Sounders. Now, I know the Mariners suck (though they would go on to beat the Yankees that night) and aren't so much a team as an xhibition as to why pitching isn't enough to win games, but it seemed odd to have semingly hundreds of baseball fans milling around, all looking at a big Sounders banner hanging above the bar.

Beer quality was outstanding, with Elysian regulars and seasonals/rotators/one-offs available, plus a few guest taps. There was one mass-market tap present. Why it's there when Elysian brews at least one similar beer, I don't know. Hell, they could brew a basic, no-frills lager just for Elysian Fields but apparently they are afraid to offend the people who will absolutely not drink something actually branded by B/M/C.

I was in a "basic" beer mood so I went with a Zephyrus pilsener, which was exactly what it was billed as. My bro went with The Wise, which he really dug. We ordered from the bar and were promptly served by one of the bartenders, who was cheerful and efficient. Beers were $4.75, a little steep to me but understandable considering where we were, and it certainly beat the $9 or so they would have cost inside Safeco Field. Although shaker-style pint glasses were visible on the bar, with the big gameday crowd that was on-hand, the staff was sticking to plastic, which, again, under the circumstances, was fine.

There was no time for food, plus we'd had enormous potato burritos at the Casa in Bellingham earlier that day, so hunger wasn't a problem for us.

Next time I'm in the area, I will definitely stop by again.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.94/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

I am re-reviewing(is that a word?) after my initial stop shortly after they first opened.

A: Good. Big long oval shaped bar in the middle of the place with seating around it. Nice vibe. Quiet today, no games. Patio outside on OccidentaL

Q: ELysian always makes quality beer and quality establishment, this place is no exception

S: Ok. Typical. You might get a jackass who thinks everybody among him know nothing of beer or you might get someone cool. Today was sordove of d-bag but provided ok service.

S: About 10 Elysian brews, few guest taps inluding one crap tap for the masses which drives me crazy

F: Not tried food at this location

V: Reasonable

Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

wonderful place in the foothills of qwest field. been here once before, when they did not have the brewery going down there yet. cavernous on a friday afternoon with a seahawks team not playing anymore and baseball months away. had some delicious beverages: saison poivre, valhalla, hubris imperial ipa, and toro oro mate tripel. all of these were outstanding, even the mate beer. got to talk with one of the bartenders about his bourbon knowledge and tried to search out the brewer still working.
he was gone but a server kindly searched the building for him and let us know he'd be back shortly and she'd let him know. sure enough, twenty minutes later, the gentleman reappeared and led us to his 8 barrel lair. all the fun stuff elysian does happens at this beautiful place. james gave us the tour and it was the start of a beautiful weekend in seattle.

Photo of beertunes
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Elysian Fields is my regular stop before Mariner games and with a baseball stadium down the street and a football stadium directly across the street, this place is packed on event days. I recently visited for the first time on a non-game day and found a much more relaxed and friendly pub.

They have a variety of Elysian brews, both house brewed and from the other 2 Elysian locations. You will certainly find something to fit your mood. I have found the food to range from very good to excellent.

If you visit on game day expect a loud, boisterous room. Off days the other personality comes out and a quiet meal can be had. Worth a visit.

Photo of Graham5161986
3.29/5  rDev -19%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4

My girlfriend and I went here a couple weekends back before watching the Mariners take care of those pesky Texas Rangers.

We sat outside on their little patio looking out over Qwest Field (actually, our table was the one right in front of that big brick pillar as seen in the photo!)

My first impressions were quite good as the place was bumpin' before the game. Still it wasn't overly busy and we were able to get a spot on the patio without much trouble.

Didn't try any food, but I had a couple of their own beer offerings (the saison and...I don't remember for sure but... a Belgian blonde ale I think). They were both quite tasty, HOWEVER, I wasn't impressed with the fact that they were serving all of their beers in cheesy plastic cups (like you would get inside the stadium). Is this normal for this place? It certainly seemed that way when I looked around and noticed everyone else was drinking out of plastic cups. No brownie points for that.

As for service, we were very disappointed. Perhaps it was because we were blocked by the large brick pillar but our waitress seemed to disappear after bringing our first drinks. We sat there for 45 minutes, waiting for her to come back and even asked two other people working there to see if they could find her. After all that, still nobody came... It was a real shame because I probably would have ordered at least one or two more drinks.

Overall, Elysian Fields had a nice atmosphere and good beer selection but the service left much to be desired. Also, please...stop with the plastic cups. Great beer is far more enjoyable when sipped from glassware of equal quality.

Photo of John_M
4.14/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Had not been by here in a while, and had some extra time today, so...

Conveniently located next to Safeco and Qwest Fields, Elysian fields looks like a large, converted warehouse, with pale green walls and lots of darkly stained wood all around. There are several flat screen TV's in the pub, and the place has high ceilings. The place has a fairly laid back feel, even though it has something of an upscale look. There is a very large wrap around bar in the middle of the pub, that I would guess holds a good 40 or 50 patrons. The dining area is likewise large, which I assume comes in handy on game days.

On this particular day, the brewpub had around 18 different house beers on tap, including the immort ale on cask. What I really appreciated this day, was the number of seasonal, speciality beers available. Just the one's I tried included a saison (one of two available), a Belgian gold, a Belgain triple and a Belgian Stout. Quality was pretty good I thought. While I was not thrilled with the stout, the saison and triple were very good.

As for service, my bartender was pretty good. I'm still a bit annoyed that you can't purchase a sampler selection or purchase some sample size glasses; apparently the policy is that they'll let you sample something you're interested in trying, but you can't get a group of sample glasses. EF also did not have any WiFi, which I point out, only because they're the first place I've been to this week that didn't have it available. Otherwise, service was polite, pleasant and generally efficient. Also, when the bartender noticed I wasn't thrilled with my schooner of stout, she took it off the bill.

What can I say? This is a nice enough place, especially if you're looking for a place with a good selection of beer either before or after the game. I'll be back.

Photo of froghop
3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

went with my wife on a saturday afternoon.

very large, and seems larger in the late afternoon with only 6 people in the place. dark with art on the wall, and branches with birds hanging from the celling.

service was good, no complaints.

selection was very good, about 12 of the brewpubs beers on tap, and another 15 or so bottles to choose from.

overall a good place, but im sure that it is a lot more busy before and after the seahawks, sounders, and mariners, since it is right outside the stadiums.

Photo of GJ40
4.14/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I stopped by Elysian Fields while in Seattle on business. I'm a big fan of their main location so I wanted to check this one out.

The place is very big with a large oval shaped bar in the middle and table seating all around it. I loved the natural wood supports and ceiling. The bartender said it's all original and was restored when they opened the brewpub. It adds a lot of character to the place. Unfortunately they covered the walls. I think it would have looked a lot better if they left the exposed brick.

They offer quite a few of their own beers on tap including several IPAs, a Belgian or two and a couple of wheat beers. The guest was Carlsberg and the cask selection was one of the IPAs (not the Immortal). I had the cask IPA and an Immortal. I love the Immortal and I usually find the others good but not outstanding.

Elysian Fields is a great place for a beer; especially if you're heading down to the fields for a game.

Photo of RedDiamond
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of RoryGilmore
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Elysian Fields is located withing a very short walk of Seattle's football and baseball fields.

Finally stopped in a few weeks ago for happy hour. I went in with low expectations - I was expecting to see a cavernous building with annoying, over the top sports bar atmosphere.

Upon arriving on a Friday evening, my concerns about the mammoth size were quickly put at ease. Yes, this place is big enough to handle the sporting event crowds, but the bar area is smartly laid out so that when you visit during a non-sporting time you don't feel like you're the only one in the place. On this visit, I sat at a table in the bar area which had a very lively atmosphere (and surprisingly light on the sports decor), while the rest of the brewpub was in silence.

I sampled a few of Elysian's offerings, and have no complaints of the quality other than my stout was served too cold.

The selection was very solid, with all of Elysian's standards and some of Elysian's more obscure brews. Of course, there were two taps dedicated to BMC to appease the football crowd. But with over 10 taps dedicated to their own beer, plenty of selection to please the beer geek too.

Service in bar area was good, with table service in addition to the bartender. My server was quick, attentive, and friendly in that Olive Garden sort of way.

I really was impressed with the happy hour food. Small portions, cheap, and really tasty. Of the three items ordered, all were delicious and very nicely plated.

Photo of beertravel
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

We were looking forward to visiting here with great anticipation and we weren't disappointed. Getting there just as they opened on a very blustery, rainy day, we were warmly greeted by the bartender and were served quickly. I walked around this large venue with the aquariums and comfy sitting rooms enjoying the ambiance. The high-backed booths were an elegant touch and the beautiful bathrooms were a marvel and unusual in a brewpub.

We found the food to be quite tasty and plentiful. I had the hummus plate that I could hardly finish. The beer selection was excessive and diverse. We get a few of their more esoteric beers on the East Coast from time to time so I found a few new ones even that I hadn't seen before...Saison Poivre was subtly peppery(as its name would imply) and very distinct in flavor and the Nieuw Bruin was refreshing.

We didn't make it to the other locations but enjoyed this site immensely. I would definitely put this on the must-do list when in Seattle. Just across the street from the ball fields, it is convenient before or after or even during the game!

Photo of Gavage
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Easy to find in the area around the stadiums. Walking in from 1st Ave you first notice the brewing equipment and a large bar that can seat about 40 people or so. The other intersting thing was for how big the entire place was, it was very dead. About 6 people at the bar and one table of business men eating lunch. The other side of the restuarant had large garage door windows that were opened providing some fresh air.

The bartender greeted me warmly and showed me the beer list. Since he could tell I was from out of town he gave a few bits about some of the beers.

The selection was great for me - Hubris Imperial IPA, Golden Fleece, Loser Pale Ale, Zephyrs Pils, Dragonslayer Stout, Perseus Porter, The Wise ESB, Immort IPA, Fields Wit, Saison Elysee, Yuzu Golden Ale, and Daedalus Irish Stout. The also had Bud on tap for those unadventureous soles. I ended up here on two different days to enjoy the variety of pints they offered. The beers ranged for decent to great. The standard offerings were solid tasting and fresh.

I did not try any food here, but this place along with Collins Bar are the two must stops in this side of the town. I preferred the Capital Hill location for atmosphere, but the beers were just as good.

Photo of dnichols
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was in Seattle for a long weekend with a friend from Iowa. We were touring about and ran across Elysian at a time when we were very thirsty.

The bar is situated on the first floor of a remodeled warehouse. It has high ceilings, exposed beams and ductwork, and bare brick walls. There were massive fish tanks with colorful salt water fish. The main dining room had wood floors and dark black leather seats. There is a large bar in center and various seating areas around the perimeter.

The bar offered about 8 of their own beers on tap and about 8 guest taps. There was also an extensive offering of bottled brews (micro and mainstream).

The food menu was impressive but a bit overdone and expensive.

We were their early in the evening on a non-game day so the bar and restaurant were virtually empty. Given the lack of customers we received great service and pleanty of attention from the waitstaff.

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Elysian Fields in Seattle, WA
91 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.