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Elephant & Castle

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Elephant & CastleElephant & Castle

Type: Bar, Eatery

1415 5th Ave
Seattle, Washington, 98101-2313
United States

(206) 624-9977 | map

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by nortmand:
Photo of nortmand
3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5

Actually just accidentally stopped into this place between wife's shopping spree in downtown Seattle.

Nice little British themed pub, not extraordinary and alot of business people there.

Beers were fresh and tasty enough.

Friendly bartender, not real knowledgeable, but talkative enough.

Selection was OK, but honestly not much better than a slightly better than average pub in Michigan. 4-5 micros and several typical UK beers: Guinness, Bass, etc. Plus the usual cast of boring international lagers.

Honestly, I wouldn't recommend this place to visitors, but if I lived walking distance from here and wasn't so close to Elysian, I'd probably some here once in awhile.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%

Elephant and Castle is located below street level, with a big, welcoming cave-mouth for an entrance. Inside it is everthing you want a basement pub to be: big, central bar with lots of mahogany wood and brass. The walls are covered with a faux-Tudor style timber pattern, which I like. It's not as dank as a real basement pub, but I like it anyway. Staff are turned out nice in vests and are quick and friendly.

They have about 18 taps, mostly with UK beers or English-style local offerings, plus at least one cider. The atmosphere is convivial with a big happy-hour after-work crowd. I will definitely be returning here, possibly with my own happy hour crew.

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Photo of efsulliv
3.17/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of SlightlyGrey
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Redrover
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

The Elephant and Castle is located below street grade. It has an attractive entrance of red stone, black wrought iron, old style lighting a British phone booth and some plants. Part of this area doubles as a patio.

Inside there is a pressed tin ceiling and lots of dark wood, brick, plaster and plants. Mellow soft/modern rock on the sound system and a decent sized crowd that was also mellow...

The dinning room on your left the bar area is straight ahead. The large T shaped bar seats 25 plus. The "top" of the T includes a massive bar back with all the top line liquor bottles on display.

They offer a decent tap list that is heavy on UK and PNW options. 18 total choices. They also offer about 30 bottles with at least 15 being interesting selections. The tap choices include a rotating seasonal and an IPA.

Service is professional but not overly chatty. I did not try the food this time.

Worth a stop, I think this place could be fun and it's large enough to handle a good-sized group.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This place is below the hotel I stayed at when I went to Seattle recently. It looked like a great place to relax, sit back, and have a good beer.

The atmosphere of this place was great. It is below ground level, yet there is plenty of outdoor seating. The bar itself looked similar to others with stools and a good amount of beer on tap.

I noticed they carried Rogue from Oregon, Elysian, and Maritime. It was nice to see a good range of beer styles as well. The beer selection is good, but not great. The food was good.

The service was this places weak side. I had waited several minutes waiting for a hostess to tell me I could sit anywhere outside, no problem. The problem was no one came. No biggie. However, the waitress we received was rude and slow. It's a shame because I enjoyed everything else about this place.

Overall, it is a nice place to sit down, have a beer, and grab a bite to eat. A little pricey, but it is a nice atmosphere.

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Photo of Gavage
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

This place is located about 20 feet below street level. You first notice a multi-layered outdoor seating area that was packed with people enjoying pints and food. The bar itself had a British theme to it. There were about 20 stools and 14 taps available.

The beers on tap were Deschutes Red, Maritime Islander Pale Ale, Manny's Pale Ale, Stone IPA, Rogue Dry Hopped Red, Boundary IPA, Hales Kolsch, and Elysian Perseus Porter. Stella, Bud Lite, Newcastle, and London Pride rounded it out.

I did not try any food. Service was a bit slow and I did not get a chance to discuss any beer offerings with the bartender.

This is a place to grab a quick pint if you are in a local hotel. Otherwise I would hit some of the better places in the city over this establishment.

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Photo of TheBungyo
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Nice decor and very comfortable. Selection wasn't anything special but I was happy to see they had a decent amount of local stuff and alocal seasonal.

service was nothing special.

The food was definitely a high point. I had the Bangers, Beans, and Mash and loved it. My girlfriend had some kind of chicken sandwich and liked it a lot as well.

I'd go back for the food, but not for beer. For visitors to Seattle this may be a good compromise when accompanied with a non beer lover. Small but decent selection of beer for you, and good food for them.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

If you are not staying at the Red Lion Hotel, this place is hard to find, as there is only one small sign at street level. The place is worth looking for, though. Beautiful outdoor terrace with seating on nice days leads down to a modern British-style pub with enough seating for at least 100. Dark wood dominates, complemented by dark carpet, some brick and some half-timbered wall, and a red tile ceiling. Despite the front wall of glass, the place is basically dark.

There were 16 taps, 12 of which were craft, ranging from wheat to porter and all local as far as I could tell. The bartender was difficult to attract and not overly helpful, although he did let me sample the first beer I asked about. In general, the brews were served too cold, but were otherwise in good shape. The food (fish and chips) was quite good. Although there is a Rock Bottom just one block away, I'd rather come here.

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Elephant & Castle in Seattle, WA
Place rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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