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Active Beers: 8
Beer Ratings: 24
Beer Avg: 3.76
Taps: 20 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Eatery ]
542 First Avenue South
phone: (206) 382-4498
(Place added by: Knuckles on 09-02-2006)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Had not been by here in a while, and had some extra time today, so...
Conveniently located next to Safeco and Qwest Fields, Elysian fields looks like a large, converted warehouse, with pale green walls and lots of darkly stained wood all around. There are several flat screen TV's in the pub, and the place has high ceilings. The place has a fairly laid back feel, even though it has something of an upscale look. There is a very large wrap around bar in the middle of the pub, that I would guess holds a good 40 or 50 patrons. The dining area is likewise large, which I assume comes in handy on game days.
On this particular day, the brewpub had around 18 different house beers on tap, including the immort ale on cask. What I really appreciated this day, was the number of seasonal, speciality beers available. Just the one's I tried included a saison (one of two available), a Belgian gold, a Belgain triple and a Belgian Stout. Quality was pretty good I thought. While I was not thrilled with the stout, the saison and triple were very good.
As for service, my bartender was pretty good. I'm still a bit annoyed that you can't purchase a sampler selection or purchase some sample size glasses; apparently the policy is that they'll let you sample something you're interested in trying, but you can't get a group of sample glasses. EF also did not have any WiFi, which I point out, only because they're the first place I've been to this week that didn't have it available. Otherwise, service was polite, pleasant and generally efficient. Also, when the bartender noticed I wasn't thrilled with my schooner of stout, she took it off the bill.
What can I say? This is a nice enough place, especially if you're looking for a place with a good selection of beer either before or after the game. I'll be back.
07-22-2009 20:32:08 |
More by johnmichaelsen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Easy to find in the area around the stadiums. Walking in from 1st Ave you first notice the brewing equipment and a large bar that can seat about 40 people or so. The other intersting thing was for how big the entire place was, it was very dead. About 6 people at the bar and one table of business men eating lunch. The other side of the restuarant had large garage door windows that were opened providing some fresh air.
The bartender greeted me warmly and showed me the beer list. Since he could tell I was from out of town he gave a few bits about some of the beers.
The selection was great for me - Hubris Imperial IPA, Golden Fleece, Loser Pale Ale, Zephyrs Pils, Dragonslayer Stout, Perseus Porter, The Wise ESB, Immort IPA, Fields Wit, Saison Elysee, Yuzu Golden Ale, and Daedalus Irish Stout. The also had Bud on tap for those unadventureous soles. I ended up here on two different days to enjoy the variety of pints they offered. The beers ranged for decent to great. The standard offerings were solid tasting and fresh.
I did not try any food here, but this place along with Collins Bar are the two must stops in this side of the town. I preferred the Capital Hill location for atmosphere, but the beers were just as good.
08-05-2008 00:07:32 |
More by Gavage
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I am re-reviewing(is that a word?) after my initial stop shortly after they first opened.
A: Good. Big long oval shaped bar in the middle of the place with seating around it. Nice vibe. Quiet today, no games. Patio outside on OccidentaL
Q: ELysian always makes quality beer and quality establishment, this place is no exception
S: Ok. Typical. You might get a jackass who thinks everybody among him know nothing of beer or you might get someone cool. Today was sordove of d-bag but provided ok service.
S: About 10 Elysian brews, few guest taps inluding one crap tap for the masses which drives me crazy
F: Not tried food at this location
05-16-2010 16:44:59 |
More by barleywinefiend
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
This was the second stop we made on our downtown pub trip in Seattle over the long weekend (5/4 - 5/7). After leaving the Pyramid Alehouse, we walked back towards Quest Field and stopped into the Elysian Fields for a beer. We had visited the Elysian Brewpub on Capitol Hill on a previous trip, and this version was much different. The Fields was a huge, warehouse-like brewpub with avant-garde art on the walls and tons of restaurant seating. This place just doesn't have the charm or the feel of the Capitol Hill location, but it's meant to be different and cater to a different crowd. We were there on a Mariners off day, so we snagged a seat on the patio facing the football stadium. I ordered the Maibock and my wife tried one of the guest draughts, which was a Mandarin Hefe from Lang Creek Brewery, Montana. Both were $5.00/pint. Bartender was friendly and chatted a bit with us. This place was absolutely dead that day, and with the place being so big, it seemed like we were the only people there. It must get pretty packed on game days, but if I could get in, this is were I would want to tailgate.
05-09-2007 18:15:46 |
More by morebeergood
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
massive joint, adjacent to Quest Field and a short walk from Pioneer Square and/or Safeco field
small outdoor seating area, huge expansive interior with a fair amount of tv's.
full food menu, though we didnt eat or even peruse the menu.
there were quite a number of elysian taps - many of the standards and then probably 8-10 additional specialty beers. the quality is about what you would expect from this established brewery though the service is certainly more geared to the downtown and transient crowd rather than the beer community.
still, no complaints, and far superior to Pyramid if you're looking for a brewery in stadium region.
07-11-2011 18:21:02 |
More by dirtylou
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I stopped by Elysian Fields while in Seattle on business. I'm a big fan of their main location so I wanted to check this one out.
The place is very big with a large oval shaped bar in the middle and table seating all around it. I loved the natural wood supports and ceiling. The bartender said it's all original and was restored when they opened the brewpub. It adds a lot of character to the place. Unfortunately they covered the walls. I think it would have looked a lot better if they left the exposed brick.
They offer quite a few of their own beers on tap including several IPAs, a Belgian or two and a couple of wheat beers. The guest was Carlsberg and the cask selection was one of the IPAs (not the Immortal). I had the cask IPA and an Immortal. I love the Immortal and I usually find the others good but not outstanding.
Elysian Fields is a great place for a beer; especially if you're heading down to the fields for a game.
04-01-2009 13:44:09 |
More by GJ40
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I was in Seattle for work and was taking some clients out for our annual Mariners outing. I was happy to see this place was open, as I was not really looking forward to going back to the Pyramid Ale House again.
This Elysian Fields occupies a nice older warehouse that has been redone. They have some great high ceilings, wood floors, big beams, and some good design work adds up to a nice space.
There is a large bar in center and various seating areas around the perimeter. I like how the establishment fronts two different streets. Fantastic bathrooms with really cool glass sinks.
They offer about 8 of their own beers on tap and a cask option. They have about 8 guest taps, which strangely included Coors light and MGD. To be fair, the rest of the Guest taps were solid choices. They also have some good bottle offerings.
The food was innovative and pretty decent. However, you could tell the staff and kitchen was still working out the bugs as the food did not all arrive at once and a couple of the orders were missing something. They quickly rectified the shortages and the service was friendly. Great fries by the way, they kind of remind me of the Brew City Fries you get in Wisconsin.
I will be back and can recommend this place over the Pyramid because of its better beer, better food and for the lack of attitude by the staff.
I had the Stout, ESB on Cask and Pale Ale.
09-05-2006 17:05:13 |
More by Redrover
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: 4.5 | 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.
03-01-2009 03:53:47 |
More by RedDiamond
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped here before a Mariner's game.
Big open warehouse, that was crowded, but not overly so. Big two sided bar, with packed seating areas.
Quality is good, Elysian makes solid beers, I was quite happy with the 2 I ordered.
Service was very good, the place was busy, but I was served very quickly, and was asked a couple of times if I was ready for another beer.
Selection was great, 18 house beers, and a few guest brews too.
Didn't have any food.
Prices were quite fair, I was surprised too, because this place is so close to the stadium, but I only paid $4.50 for a pint, which was quite reasonable.
If I make it back to Seattle for another game, I'd definitely come back.
06-18-2011 06:49:29 |
More by flexabull
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