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Elysian Fields

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Elysian FieldsElysian Fields
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

47 Ratings
Ratings: 47
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.44%
Active Beers: 11
Beer Ratings: 26
Beer Avg: 3.81
Taps: 20
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, 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 by woemad:
Photo of woemad
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

woemad, Jul 17, 2010
More User Reviews:
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

HoppySeb, Sep 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

kmahe, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of mabermud
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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

mabermud, Sep 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

muskiesman, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of snaotheus
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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).

snaotheus, Aug 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

cherche, Jul 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

strongaf, Jul 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Lorianneb, Jul 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

spark3148857, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

Sound_Explorer, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of TaborTime
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

TaborTime, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of BMMillsy
3.99/5  rDev -1%

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.

BMMillsy, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

jaydoc, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

Scotchboy, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of 2beerdogs
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%

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.

2beerdogs, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of MexicanSkittel
4.15/5  rDev +3%

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!

MexicanSkittel, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

DaftCaskBC, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

dirtylou, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of flexabull
4.21/5  rDev +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.

flexabull, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeOne
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

BuckeyeOne, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of goatgoat
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

goatgoat, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%

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

barleywinefiend, May 16, 2010
Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

olympuszymurgus, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of beertunes
4.03/5  rDev 0%

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.

beertunes, Sep 13, 2009
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Elysian Fields in Seattle, WA
90 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.