Active Beers: 9
Beer Ratings: 24
Beer Avg: 3.76
Taps: 20 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 42 | Reviews: 36 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by woemad:
4.16/5 rDev +4%
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.
07-17-2010 18:00:30 | More by woemad
More User Reviews:
3.85/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
01-05-2014 21:09:44 | More by Sound_Explorer
3.99/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Stopped in here when I was in Seattle for a conference. Neat ambiance, HUGE place, and a great selection of Elysian brews. Got a bunch of brews, 4 or 5, on cask and on tap. There was a nice variety from stouts to IPAs and other things. Food was solid enough and prices--while not cheap--weren’t completely outrageous. Decent service. Recommended, especially for game time.
11-22-2013 02:21:08 | More by BMMillsy
4/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
07-30-2012 13:55:29 | More by Scotchboy
Elysian Fields in Seattle, WA
90 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.