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Taps: 20 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Eatery ]
542 First Avenue South
phone: (206) 382-4498
(Place added by: Knuckles on 09-02-2006)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Easy to find in the area around the stadiums. Walking in from 1st Ave you first notice the brewing equipment and a large bar that can seat about 40 people or so. The other intersting thing was for how big the entire place was, it was very dead. About 6 people at the bar and one table of business men eating lunch. The other side of the restuarant had large garage door windows that were opened providing some fresh air.
The bartender greeted me warmly and showed me the beer list. Since he could tell I was from out of town he gave a few bits about some of the beers.
The selection was great for me - Hubris Imperial IPA, Golden Fleece, Loser Pale Ale, Zephyrs Pils, Dragonslayer Stout, Perseus Porter, The Wise ESB, Immort IPA, Fields Wit, Saison Elysee, Yuzu Golden Ale, and Daedalus Irish Stout. The also had Bud on tap for those unadventureous soles. I ended up here on two different days to enjoy the variety of pints they offered. The beers ranged for decent to great. The standard offerings were solid tasting and fresh.
I did not try any food here, but this place along with Collins Bar are the two must stops in this side of the town. I preferred the Capital Hill location for atmosphere, but the beers were just as good.
08-05-2008 00:07:32 |
More by Gavage
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I was in Seattle for a long weekend with a friend from Iowa. We were touring about and ran across Elysian at a time when we were very thirsty.
The bar is situated on the first floor of a remodeled warehouse. It has high ceilings, exposed beams and ductwork, and bare brick walls. There were massive fish tanks with colorful salt water fish. The main dining room had wood floors and dark black leather seats. There is a large bar in center and various seating areas around the perimeter.
The bar offered about 8 of their own beers on tap and about 8 guest taps. There was also an extensive offering of bottled brews (micro and mainstream).
The food menu was impressive but a bit overdone and expensive.
We were their early in the evening on a non-game day so the bar and restaurant were virtually empty. Given the lack of customers we received great service and pleanty of attention from the waitstaff.
07-09-2008 21:30:50 |
More by dnichols
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped here after a Sunday afternoon Mariners game and was surprised how empty the place was. The bar itself was pretty full but most of the tables were empty. I expected more of a crowd after the game. We sat at the bar and I was shocked to see a Bud tap along with their own beers (not a good sign). They had >10 (of their own) beers on tap. It looked like a mix of Belgian inspired and more traditional american beers. I started with the Jasmine IPA because I did not read the description closely. I don't know if it was the jasmine that the "dry hopped" with or a funky real hop but it had a terrible aftertaste. I drank about half to see what happened (hoping it went away) and then gave up and switched to the regular IPA. That was a much better beer, but nothing out of the ordinary (3.5 out of 5). The bartender was competent but not very friendly (she did not charge me for the jasmine beer).
Worth going if you really need a beer before the game but I would not make a special trip.
06-23-2008 20:15:52 |
More by wspscott
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
This place is very big, with lots of ample seating. I got here about 1.5-2 hours before the ball game and it filled up right after I got my seat. This didn't stop the service from being excellent. They had a lot of beers on tap and some on cask. I first opted for The Wise on cask... and oh man, that is a great beer. I didn't keep notes, but if I did it would have gotten an A+ from me. So so so good. They also had a beer called OM, which seemed like a brown ale, but they added pomegranate molasses to it sometime in the brewing process... but I don't remember when. It was very good too and very interesting. I might go back just to have those two again. They had a lot of other beers on tap from the other elysian breweries, but they also had some macro stuff which was a little disappointing. The food was a little overpriced for the quality. I had a cheese plate, which came with an inadequate amount of bread (but maybe I was just spoiled by the Vine in San Diego... best cheese board ever). I also had a steak salad... which was underwhelming. It wasn't bad, but it tasted very similar to a bunless hamburger. Next time I'd just get a hamburger. The beer was well priced, but the food a little bit high. Overall a good place to stop and just as worthy as the Elysian Brewpub on capital hill.
06-01-2008 18:48:15 |
More by dbalsock
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in for lunch on my way out of town.
Situated basically right inbetween Safeco Field and where the Seahawks "play football". No games scheduled the day i was there so it was me and about 5 other people at 12:30 on a Saturday.
Vibe of the place was more of restaurant that happens to serve brews they make. If that makes sense. Some local artist art hanging on the walls was a cool touch.
Quite a few taps. At least 8+ if I remember correctly. I had the stout, which was nice & dry. And the double IPA, which was just okay. Looked like they had some macro as well to appease the run of the mill sports fan they attract.
I had a Neiman Ranch pastrami sandwich and fries that was fantastic. Wish I could have tried more because I really enjoyed this.
Couldn't see myself going out of my way to come here again unless I was hitting a game up.
05-24-2008 21:56:40 |
More by bbothen
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$$
Elysian is easily my favorite Seattle brewery--the Capitol Hill and Tangletown pubs have great atmosphere in particular, and the food at all three is great. The Elysian Fields location--punnily named as it's close to the Seahawks' and Mariners' stadiums--is the least inviting. That said they've got a great selection of Elysian beers, which are all well done.
This brewpub is huge. The space is cavernous and chic, with lots of granite, copper, dim lighting, and techno-muzak. There's even a fish tank lighting one of the side VIP-style rooms; it feels more like a nightclub than a neighborhood pub, and perhaps that's what the Elysian folks wanted from this satellite. They had eighteen of their own beers on tap, including some that aren't available in Tangletown or at the original brewpub on Capitol Hill. I especially enjoyed the Fields Wit, which had a great balance of spices and a nice, crisp malt presence. The Prometheus IPA was a nice spin on their regular Immortal IPA as well. Other taps included all of the regular Elysian brews, several strong ales, a hefe weizen, and a house bitter.
Worth a stop for Elysian beers, but don't expect much in the way of pub atmosphere.
04-07-2008 20:57:46 |
More by benito
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is a great bar situated very close to Safeco and the Seahawks stadium. Obviously it caters to a gameday crowd, but we were there on an offday, and enjoyed a pleasant meal and drink in the evening.
The interior is industrial chic with copious amounts of comfortable seating. The interior is industrial chic, and very well done. There's a good tap selection of the brewery's beer on tap, including a couple casks. The Perseus Porter and Dragonstooth Stout were both very fresh and of the highest quality. As for the food. the burger I had was absolutely delicious, and my wife also enjoyed her meal. It certainly seemed to be at the higher end of pubfare.
01-16-2008 19:22:55 |
More by bobsy
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
this place was great, found while walking around the new seattle seahawks stadium, checking out the crowd and pow a micro brew right my happy face, these are always the best to find, the one's you are not expecting. anyway, very cool place, very good looking employees too might i add, these bartenders were smokin hot, and the beer was great.
Huge selction of mocro brew, very cool menus as well with good descriptions and inviting graphics to tempt you toevery beer.
I would highly recommend especially bofore a seahawk game, mariner game or concert
01-01-2008 23:38:14 |
More by Hollenbeck2
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Visited with 4 buddies on a mid-September Friday afternoon, prior to a Mariners game. Easy to find - just a couple blocks north of Safeco Field in a renovated brick and timber warehouse. We came in the 1st Street entrance, a seemingly secondary portal, (especially on a game day) - definitely will take the nicer walk up Occidental next time. Took one of the last outdoor tables (one of the dark umbrellas to the right side of the photo). Service was quick with water and taking orders, with a bit of chit-chat and some ribbing over my friend's Giants cap (server was a Dodgers fan).
The list of beers was good, 22 taps, 15 or so by Elysian (including 2 cask choices). From the looks of the menu, 6 were full-time taps: Zephyrus Pilsner, The Immortal IPA, The Wise ESB, Perseus Porter, Dragonstooth Stout, Elysian Fields Pale Ale. Other seasonals included: Prometheus IPA, Achilles Amber, Hydra Hefeweizen, Night Owl Pumpkin Ale and Titania (don't recall the style). Non-Elysian brews were more along the macro-lines (Bud Tecate, Guinness, Sam Adams, Hoegaarden, etc.) but I couldn't fault much considering the masses of fans attending M's/Seahawks games down the street. A decent list of bottled beers, including perhaps a dozen Belgians, caught my eye, too. I chose a Hydra Hefeweizen to start with (a nice banana/clove-filled German-style rendition - served with a lemon wedge floating in it! I chuckled a little as I fished that out, transplanting it to the ice water where it belonged...). My latter pint was the delicious Night Owl Pumpkin Ale, which I've been salivating over since trying last fall... Prices: $4.75/pint.
Food was a good variety of well-dressed sandwiches, pastas, salads, etc. A notch or two above pub food for sure. My chicken club was tasty and sizable; the guys all seemed to like their food (though oddly almost no one commented on the beer...). Prices were a little high, with most sandwiches in the $10-12 range and a few of the pastas around $15.
Location as mentioned before is close to both stadiums, near the north end of Qwest Field specifically. As relaxing as it was on the small patio, just inside the gaping garage doors is a spacious interior that's quite chic, modern and more than a little industrial. Exposed concrete floors, heavy posts and beams and refinished hardwoods are the standards. A smaller 'party room' surrounded by a gigantic aquarium lends to the swank factor as does the gargantuan, sexily-lit oval bar at the center of the room (which was packed with happy hour-goers...). Nice artwork, cool 'urban' space, candlelit booths - not quite the vibe I gravitate toward, but still well-done and enjoyable.
Worth a visit before a game or when in the neighborhood.
09-16-2007 06:02:19 |
More by msubulldog25
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I've been here a few times when in town on business.
This location has a modern loft style atmosphere, with enough dark wood and dim lighting to seem more warm then cavernous, which it is. Huge and inviting chocolate brown leather booths, stainless steel bar, and some interesting artwork, 1/2 of which has the look of graffiti artist gone legit, which I really dig.
The quality of Elysian beer is great, quintessential Seattle microbrew. You really can't go wrong. And if your just not in the mood for one of the 10+ styles of their own, try one of the well chosen guest taps, which are mainly imports and macros.
Staff is helpful, friendly, attentive, and generally good looking. Note that whenever I'm here, it's on the slower side. I'm sure it's a whole new ballgame when the stadiums are kicking.
The menu is a bit more upscale then average pub fare. I like the kobe beef burger, with their tasty Heinze 57 style house sauce for only $11, which is one of the lower priced entrées, all of which sound very appealing and upscale. The burger though is a real winner, with rogue blue cheese another 50 cents! Definitely on par with rogue's version, and while it comes with applewood smoked bacon, is another 4 or 5 bucks. I remember having some sort of chicken dinner the first time I was here, and while it was fine, was nothing special.
Beer I think is about average, I'm normally there around happy hour, and never seem to drink my way into too large of a bill! Their main location is definitely a younger more laid back atmosphere, but this one has it's charm and plenty of good food and drink.
08-30-2007 19:34:46 |
More by ccrida
Elysian Fields in Seattle, WA
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