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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 woemad:
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4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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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

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

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

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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.