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Kell's Irish Restaurant & Pub

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Kell's Irish Restaurant & PubKell's Irish Restaurant & Pub
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Kell's Irish Restaurant & PubKell's Irish Restaurant & Pub

Type: Bar, Eatery

1916 Post Aly
Seattle, Washington, 98101-1015
United States

(206) 728-1916 | map

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by Hobbz:
Photo of Hobbz
3.86/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Location is a large selling point, but this establishment also tends to do what Irish bars do, and they do it well -- at least on those three or four times I ventured inside. Because I was with a friend and this was his first Seattle experience, I figured a good ol' Irish bar never fails (though admittedly I was mainly going inside for his potential satisfaction...as far as I am concerned, the Seattle and environs area has too many local beers to be factored in when time is of the essence). Although it was only dinner time, we were in the area and started with a few beers and began to notice as time went by that the sparsity of other patrons was less and less a factor as people were settling in. A mix of locals and tourists, young and not so young. I will also admit up front, that though I have read reviewers (not in BA's pages) who rated pretty poorly things like service (lack of, etc.) and other aspects, I am also biased in that after some good-natured conversations with the bartender pitted with a rather nice compensatory gesture ($), my friend and I were treated beyond superbly and factored as a big reason we returned a few trips inside afterwards.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of flagmantho
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Kells is in an interesting spot, located out of the way in Post Alley at Pike Place Market. It's your basic Irish-themed pub, with dark wood and low ceilings. They had 7 taps when I visited, including 6 house beers brewed at their brewpub in Portland and, of course, Guinness. Not a huge selection, but since they're house beers they're all pretty stylistically appropriate. When I visited, I had the shepherd's pie, and while it is simple fare it really hit the spot for me.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.39/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Located within a small alley near the Pike Public Market, Kells is an Irish-themed pub with a large wooden interior with sports on TV, a dark atmosphere, and it brings a different accent to the area. After so many American-themed bars and breweries that I visited, Kells was a refreshing change of pace that didn't hit me too hard. 12 different beers pouring from tap, and that included 4 Kells branded beer, Manny's Pale Ale, and a few common beers that you would come to expect at an Irish pub. The Kells Lager I drank was simple and refreshing, a little better than a Harp. Sure, a beer geek could do better for beer selection at a bar, but the beer tickers of the world should take note of the 4 unique house beers that you can't get elsewhere.

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Photo of laketang
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

it's in an alley, we sat outside, my wife went inside to check out some area of a reported ghost sighting(lol)
the food was typical pub style, I think I had a guiness or two.close to pike market and pier( where we stayed at holiday inn for Alaskan cruise. I would go again.

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Photo of dundeestalacerveza
4.44/5  rDev +26.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Traditional Irish pub in the heart of Seattle Downtown. Typical selection of beers. Almost to the point of being too cliche'.
That being said. I LOVE THIS PLACE.

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Photo of Brandonparrent
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Photo of NWbyNW_Brew
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Photo of efsulliv
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of HoppySeb
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Braz
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Kind of dark and narrow but this place is always a blast. Live irish music 7 nights a week. Beer selection is just ok. Whiskey and scotch selection better. Guinness, harp, Smithwick's etc. Best St pats festival I've been too as well.

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Photo of tylerstravis
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of cherche
2.5/5  rDev -29%

Photo of BigBlacke
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

My buddies always wanted to go here because they had Kilkenny on tap. It is nestled in a little alley up the road from Pikes Marketplace. Atmosphere is kind of lame. When I go to an Irish pub I expect people cheering and stuff, but this place is dead. The only really good thing about this place is they have hot ass waitresses. Service is not that great, but I didnt mind due to how hot our waitress was. Selection is sub par, a few Irish and English beers, nothing to write home about. Food was quite good. I had the sheperds pie and was pleased. Other than that there is just your common Irish dishes. As for value, I found it to be a little overpriced.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Stopped by here once while stomping around the Market. I had been down Post Alley a million times before I finally had the inclination to stop. It had the look and feel of every other Irish pub out there. The feel was touristy and no real beer talk. I did not try any food and it was pretty busy on Saturday afternoon in March. Service was average and not beer savy. I had a Mannys Pale and that was it then bailed. Other selections were uinness(of course) Stella, Smithwicks, Mannys, Widmer stuff, Boddingtons, Newcastle.If you want the irish Pub things head on down to Fado or Owl and Thistle. Better beer and better feel IMHO.

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Photo of GJ40
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

I stopped in to visit Kell's at the end of the night while in Seattle on business. After several visits to the Kell's in Portland, I wanted to check it out.

Kell's is located off the main street and can be hard to find. It has a cool and comfortable atmosphere. The main room has a long beer hall feel to it with lots of natural wood (floors, walls, tables, etc.). There are other rooms as well but I didn't get to them.

The beer lineup is typical for an Irish pub. They have the usual European lineup of Guinness, Harp, Stella, etc. We had Rogue's Kell's Irish Lager which is brewed specifically with them in mind.

I like the atmosphere at Kell's but the lack of craft beer is a bit of a drawback.

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Photo of beertravel
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2

It was pouring rain and we were only a block away, so we stopped in to see what they had. I liked the ambiance which was like an upscale Irish bar(which it is) and it was dry and warm.

Not much in the way of beers to choose from...Guinness, Smithwicks, Hoegaarden, Manny's Pale, Kell's Lager(made by Rogue), Widmer Hefe, Carlsburg, Stell, Harp, etc. While enjoying our Lager, we noticed the fine selection of single malts they had behind the bar! Nothing like a warming Scotch on a dreary day! We split a Glenfarchlas 105 cask strength and an Edradour 10...really hit the spot and renewed our souls to brave the weather once again.

The bartender was quite friendly and attentive.

We had just had lunch so no food was tasted.

Nothing unusual here but it was a cozy spot on a rainy day. Prices are a bit up there, but I wouldn't spend every day here either. Worth the peek and a quick drink.

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Photo of LPorter33
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

I went here with a friend during my vacation to Washington. The draught selection wasn't impressive but they had that "Manny's?" Pale Ale that's popular which we both ordered. It was a bit dark and cave-like which I don't mind but I could see others being turned off to this. They had some nice TVs showing the Mariners getting their butts whipped. Service was a bit better than average especially given the crowds and the size of the place. I did think it was a bit pricey though, and more expensive than most Boston bars.

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Photo of Gavage
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Located in a small alley just of Pike's Market, you first notice all the outside tables are taken by folks enjoying a beer. Inside it is a bit darker and less crowded. There are two rooms each with a bar. Plenty of table for dining. Dark wood, celtic music playing overhead, and an Irish theme throughout is pleasant.

There are about 9 beers on tap and 15 in bottles. The tap list consisted of Guiness, Carlsburg, Stella, Harp, Smithwicks, Rogue Irish Red, Manny's Pale Ale, Widmer Hefe, and Hoegarden. The pint I had was a bit cold but fresh.

Service was decent but there was a light crowd. I did not try any food this visit, but about two years ago I eat here and it was mediocre at best.

Another Seattle bar that is not worth making a trip to unless you are in the Market and want a pint or feel like sitting in an Irish bar.

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Photo of bierme
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2

Wonderful atmosphere, very easy feeling to it, nice to sit down there. The wood work is nice and the people there are fun.

Service has been above average everytime i have been there, the are pros and make an effort.

Selection is standard Irish stuff.

I have not try the food, although it looks good and my sister has enjoyed it.

The place is reasonably priced for the area and Seattle.

My sister loves this place, and i enjoy it too. I just don't like the singing, but most do i am the odd man out.

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Photo of zuggy9
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The first Kell's I've ever visited was in Portland, so I was curious about the original. Tucked away in an alley just off of Pike's Place Market on the waterfront, Kell's is a place not to be missed. It has a very down to earth feeling, more modern than traditional, but it works. A reasonable selection of the more commonly available pub beers, and very friendly and professional wait staff. Unfortunately, my visit saw some construction work so I was unable to tell anything about the food, but judging on the Portland Kells, it must be good. The decor is very nice, with all of the usual trapping. Very nice place.

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Photo of tommy78
3/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2

I had heard many good things about this place. Upon entering it, it resembled like every other Irish pub on this planet. The cool thing was that it was the "official" Glasgow Celtic Supporters pub in the Seattle area. So, there were cool pics of the squad, especially one of the club enjoying pints at Kells. As for the service and beer selection, pretty average for an Irish pub. Nothing above average or below average. However, I was very disappointed with the food. A limited selection of food on the menu, at a high price, drowned whatever enthusiasm I had upon entering the premises. I left disappointed. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this pub, but if you are into Irish pubs, then check this place out.

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Photo of jaskiern
2.14/5  rDev -39.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2

There were lots of screaming girls and obnoxious guys (this was a weekday), a bit much like a frat party. The live music could be nice, but it's played much too loud to enjoy. The bar area was entirely too small -- this made it difficult to order a beer or just sit and enjoy yourself. The beer selection was average: they stocked a few common low end beers. And then a couple less common and local beers, but nothing special. The beer prices were a bit high, but this is not unexpected or unreasonable for the center of downtown Seattle. I left before ordering food; I was not enjoying myself there or the atmosphere.

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Photo of jreitman
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Kell's is what you would expect an Irish pub to be. The bar is setup in two sections: one with table seating and one that is the bar proper with live celtic music every night. The beer selection is Guinness, Harp and Murphys plus a house brew made by Rogue's Issaquah Brewhouse. Overall, a good place to meet some friends and have a drink.

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Kell's Irish Restaurant & Pub in Seattle, WA
Place rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 23 ratings
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