Elysian Fields

Elysian FieldsElysian Fields
BA SCORE
3.83/5
32 Ratings
Elysian FieldsElysian Fields
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

542 First Avenue South
Seattle, Washington, 98104
United States

(206) 382-4498 | map
elysianbrewing.com

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Added by Knuckles on 09-02-2006

BEER STATS
Beers:
12
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
32
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
3.97/5
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
67
pDev:
12.59%
 
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Reviews by RedDiamond:
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4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
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 Zach122
3.93/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of psoriasaurus
1/5  rDev -74.8%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1

Photo of DoubleJ
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

There is no shortage of watering holes around Safeco Field and Centurylink Field, so Elysian Fields fits naturally within the neighborhood. It's huge, like a large beer hall, and there's a large oval bar where much of the action takes place. I had make it around 11pm, not too long before closing, so while I wouldn't have an opportunity at tasty food, I could see if I could drink a few Elysin beer's that I can't get in Southern California. Also, most of the chairs were stacked on the tables, so naturally the bar was calling my name. It wasn't as exciting I thought it would be for postgame, though I still enjoyed my time.

16 different house beers pouring from the taps, plus an additional 15 bottle selections. Several house IPA's flowing, mailbock, red ale, lemon saison, barrel aged barleywine, and porter along the Elysian selection, while Duchess de Bourgogne, Duvel, and Aventinus could be bought from the bottle. As I learned from Henry's Tavern pre-Mariner's game, plastic cups appear to be the vessel of choice on game day, making service a little quicker, but hurting the aesthetics.

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Photo of IPA17
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

The place was packed for the first Mariners game of the season, but there was a good feel in the place and it's a very large with a number of seating areas and places to stand, so it wasn't uncomfortable. My wife and I found a table in the back room where you were allowed to have drinks without eating. They don't do samplers on game nights, unfortunately. The beers were good and overall we enjoyed ourselves. However, they were out of many beers that were listed as being available, were not available and so I could not get a couple of the beers that I would have really wanted to try. Other than that, worth the stop if you're in the area.

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Photo of kristinc
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Sails_Ambassador
4/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of flagmantho
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
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 -9.8%
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 -14.6%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

Photo of bonercityUSA
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of richj1970
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of yancot
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of SDRedDevil
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of TheBungyo
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Anaxagoris
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of oldsailor
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of LouZ
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of mr-jj
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of efsulliv
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of roan22
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of HoppySeb
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of kmahe
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of mabermud
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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 +13.4%

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Elysian Fields in Seattle, WA
Brewery rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 32 ratings
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