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Active Beers: 82
Beer Ratings: 4,515
Beer Avg: 3.73
Taps: - / Bottles: -
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1221 E Pike St
phone: (206) 860-1920
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Reviews by Slatetank:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I had a chance to check this place out with a couple buddies, and I must say I was very pleased.
The location is good - it is easy to find on Pike. The large painted Elysian Brewing Company on the building means it is hard to miss. The first impression was good an nice spacious bar area with tables surrounding it as the centerpiece on all sides. There are flags celebrating some well known Belgian breweries hanging from the ceiling along with chandeliers and small candles on the tables and rugs below. I found the music choices to be adventurous and upbeat. I enjoyed hearing some Mr. Bungle as I sipped the Perseus porter.
The quality is top notch- food and beer alike. Fresh food with lots of color and no complaints in the ale dept. either.
The service was prompt and friendly, checking up on our small table frequently. Even after the shift changed we were not forgotten. We were able to split up the check three ways without much difficulty at all.
The selection is great: everything from Pilsner to Imperial stout was on tap with Hefeweizen, Pale ale, ESB and Porter in between. They have most of their beer available for take out in bombers or six packs. There are guest taps and bottles from Belgium that are not that ordinary. Lambics are available as well as sour ale.
The food was brought to us quickly and was presented very nicely compared to most pub food. I chose Mahi Mahi tacos and frites. The curried snapper and cheesteak both looked appealing. I ate some pico de gaillo and mole sauce with corn chips from my friend's plate. The menu was not huge, but there was enough variety to satisfy the majority.
I was able to walk away spending under $50 and I had 3 drafts w/ dinner and got a sixpack to go. I was happy with the experience and would recommend Elysian.
06-28-2007 01:59:24 |
More by Slatetank
More User Reviews:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Had high expectations before moving to the area and was not disappointed by these folks. Arrived on the day Diprohopus debuted and after 800+ beers, it is still my favorite beer. Server was quite attentive and although we did not order food, she did not treat us poorly like some people tend to do when you go to a pub at lunch or dinner time. Got some awesome stickers after asking. Tried 5 beers or so and all but one were memorable. Patrons were truly a mix of working class, hipsters, good Americans like yourself, and Cap Hill regulars. Treated like a regular, which is unique. Have visited many times since my first visit and service was good every time. Sr. Cantwell keeps coming up with new gems that delight my palate. Will certainly go back whenever possible, if not for anything else but to have ANOTHER Diprohopus, try it if you are a DIPA fan or if you simply lover your taste buds.
03-11-2013 03:46:55 |
More by Hopmodium
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I had a few of the Men's Room brew and a taste of The Immortal. I liked what I tasted and walked out with a six pack of Men's Room. It was a great atmosphere, a little older compared to me but still great nonetheless. The service was quick and the bartenders had some good suggestions and were friendly. However, the selection was somewhat limited. It is a brewery so I expect a variety of their own brews, but the menu included minimal other beers. In all, I plan on returning to one of the Elysian Places soon; it was an excellent outing.
11-15-2012 03:42:40 |
More by Kastler
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Up some goddamn hill from the hotel, as Seattle is, apparently, and up and up, it seems. Right smack into the heart of some music festival that Phil says he was talking about, but wasn’t. Around the corner, up another block, and Elysian, easy breezy. Surprisingly not packed to the gills this 9ish in the PM, Saturday night Seattle…
Corner building, lots of panel windows and red trim, Elysian Brewing Company spelled out in block letterings above. Large, and I’m getting sick of saying ‘cavernous’, truth is, I’ve never been in a cavern, I need a new word. It’s a large space, deep, expansive even, seemingly high high ceilings but it may because it drops to a lower level seating to the rear and the ceiling remains at the same height.
Cold concrete floors, gray in this light, burgundy curtained vertical windows with opening uppers running the length over the front and side, and limeish green walls otherwise, with De Dolle prints on the far wall (and I have sadness now for good times had in, believe it or not, dirty Boston with Phip, Ken, & Randy, back in the day), and local art pieces riddled about. Thin wood slat ceiling that must have been a great big pain in the ass to assemble, running the length on ginormous wood beam uprights & across. Piping ductwork, track spots, beer flaggings (Rodenbach, Ommegang, DeKoninck, Hoegaarden, Duvel, Chimay), and, um, there’s something in the back there hanging from the ceiling, either a ladybug paper mache piece, or one of the cocoons from, you know, ‘Cocoon’. I asked. Oh, sure, a caved in earth from an apocalypse event. Yeah, that was going to be my next guess.
So, in, past the twinkie hostess, and left to the bar; ‘C’ shaped of cut tree coolness, black slab base & piping foot rail, with hightop chair seating for a dozen plus on 2 sides only, the far end lost to service. A large ‘war of the worlds’ alien arm rides along the ceiling and hooks down holding an 8 tap tower suspended just over the bar on center (completely freaky). Booze on 3 glow rope lit shelves barbacked, with a logo panel window piece sitting on center above, and glassware countered and shelved below. Upright bar towers of 4 on opposite ends of the barback there, and 2 handpumps to the left. Kitchenings hiding behind the barback, with shelved growlers to both sides on the back walls there. A drop mesh cage board suspended to the right lists tap selections, haphazardly (seriously, pieces of things pasted or something, huh?)
Bar counter divider space adjacent seating 8 or so, and then nearly 2 dozen booths & tables in the up front and around the side atop. Drop chandelier in the front corner, and a bottle cooler, shirt & swag, all that. And roughly the same for seating down below past the bar wrapping around to the rear; round, recs & squared up, as well as the brewery behind glass back there, and a single TV mounted.
Seating was offered in the time it took me to get a beer at the bar, and we opted for it as we’ll be playing the ‘Phood with Phil’ game, now. Started with the tomato fagioli soup (white beans, sturdy & tasty), and then a wild green salad (mixed organic lettuces, cucs, tomato wedges, with the thyme vinaigrette, all chickened up, solid salad). Phil had the Korean short rib special (with sobe noodles & bibbish salad done vinaigrette). The short rib and noodles deemed ‘Great!’
Oh, and drink. 6 house standards (The Immortal IPA, The Wise ESB, Perseus Porter, Dragon’s Tooth Stout, Avatar Jasmine IPA, Men’s Room Original Red), 10 specialties (Pandora’s Bock, Torrent Pale Beet Bock, Hombre Mexican Lager, Bette Blanche Belgian Tripel, Prometheus IPA, White Woods Wit, Loser Pale Ale, Wasteland Elder Flower Saison, Zephyrus Pils, Shiny Object IPA), and 2 casks (Space Dust IPA & New Belgium collab ‘The Trip XII pink peppercorn IPA’).
I wanted to sample everything or just what I wanted but the options are either you can get a sample of the 6 house standards, or a, get this, ‘bartender’s choice’ of specialty beers. “This is not going to go well”, he says, uncapping the red pen. Opted for a beer or two each, and then instead of the sampler of bartender favor, we ordered 4 schooners to share.
Shiny Object IPA, solid, not of the unpleasant; Wasteland Elder Flower Saison, not too over the top flowery, a nice Saison; Loser Pale Ale, very hoppy, more of an IPA, ‘cept they have 4 IPA’s otherwise; Zephyrus Pils, nice Pils, crushable; Prometheus IPA, piney, another hop monster; White Woods Wit, ginger heavier than most, I could drink a lot of this; The Wise ESB, a bit sweet, nice ESB, and the cask Space Dust IPA, very good, damn good. White Woods Wit, Space Dust IPA, & Zephyrus Pils were the bestest.
Heather server was polite, fun, and put up with drunken us. Good eats, cool house, and some very nice beers. Approved.
11-01-2012 15:17:00 |
More by slander
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
So we are dirive to Capitol Hill to go to Elysian and a parking space opens up right out front. Yes a good omen.
We enter to find two open seats at the bar, we are on a roll here.
The draft list was extensive and included 2 on cask. We did a good job on about half of the draft list. Not a stinker in the bunch.
Over the course of our visit we had 3 different bartenders, all very different, yet all very attentive and helpful.
We ordered the Oasis Plate which has to be the largest/cheapest hummus plate that we have ever had with some of the best tasty options.
This place is a must stop in my book, If some one was openning a brew pub I would suggest using this place as a model.
06-07-2012 14:24:27 |
More by youbrewidrink
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I've stopped in Elysian a few times - the Pike location (cap hill) is a bit further out of the way than Tangletown for me. Parking is a bit obnoxious, but there is a lot of stuff to do in the area, and it makes for a nice pre-neumos spot.
sprawling bar area, separate dining, no tv's (seemed odd). The taps are displayed on a board, and feature a lot of offerings that arent bottled. Unfortunately, both beers I had on my most recent trip were pretty boring, and I really didnt find the selection to be any better than recent trips to Tangletown or Fields. They do sell bottles to go - typically just the stuff you can buy anywhere else in the area, but also the big pumpkin releases.
the menu is pretty typical - we had some nachos that really weren't very good.
service on this particular night was bad - not very busy at the bar, with about 4 bartenders occupied with meaningless tasks and not paying enough attention. being a hipster is cool, but you're a bartender at elysian, so you really arent that hip if you think about it.
maybe an off night - i'll be back, but a bad first impression.
12-20-2011 17:54:55 |
More by dirtylou
District of Columbia
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I'm a big fan of this place. Very laid back crowd, not overcrowded. The bartenders are very nice and attentive. Most importantly, the selection of their own beer is quite good. They had 12 elysian taps and 2 guests when I was there. You have to stop by if you are in seattle. I had only had the jasmine, so I was quite impressed with the quality of the beer. The dragon's tooth stout is a very chocolatey stout, and the immortal on cask is dope (better than on draught in my opinion). I didn't try the food, so I cannot speak to the quality. Beer lovers who stop into seattle need to drop by, a very cool spot.
11-03-2011 06:40:56 |
More by tpaz1913
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
What? No review? How many times have I danced through these halls?
Well, the Elysian revamped the place a couple years ago but the look and feel is more or less the same. Same high ceilings, same eclectic mix of music, same random and awesome pictures rotating on the screensaver on the computer behind the bar. What has changed is a lot more Men's Room Red, which has had an overall negative effect on the selection available. Often they'll have 10 or more of their own brews, either brewed there, at Tangletown or the Fields. Sometimes more, sometimes less. And aside from the Men's Room, almost all of their beers are exceptionally drinkable and delicious.
Most recently went there and had an excellent selection, double IPA, two IPAs, the standard classics, the Great Pumpkin, an American mild, and a few other beautiful beers. They do have some guest taps, depending on how much of their own they are pouring. The bartenders are pretty excellent, as is the staff. Friendly and sexy, I'd say.
The food is good, very good for brewpub food, and I enjoy me a nacho plate. I hope that's still there. I probably should've gotten one yesterday. Mistakes were made.
One of my favorite places in Seattle, my old stomping ground.
06-14-2011 03:28:56 |
More by dragonWhale
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went to school by this place, and when if ever I was in Cap Hill and not in classes, I was here. This was my beer education. I like the atmosphere, purposefully industrial. Dig the brewing smells that waft into the eating area from time to time. The quality is good, for what it's worth. I don't know how to separate the scores on the other aspects from quality. Service is OK, sometimes the servers are slow to know what's currently on tap. There's a blackboard, sure, but servers can see it as well as patrons and it's part of their job. Selection is alright, used to be better, with good seasonals and now some guest taps. Small bottle selection as well. The food is pretty good, get the hot babe sandwich and come up with a joke the server's heard a hundred times. Food and beer prices are good for the area and what you get, no great deals though. I was bummed that their $1 off happy hour special does not include special schooner-served beers. Only pints. However, this place is still awesome.
05-04-2011 22:30:14 |
More by jag21
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Fairly average experience here, but that's not a bad thing! Enjoyed some good beers and some good food, in a nice open atmosphere with fine service. Had a sampler as usual, with a pint of my favorite of theirs, the Perseus Porter. The sampler was a bit lackluster, but the Perseus was great as usual. The burger was average and didn't stand out. Overall this is a fine place to go for a meal and a pint or three, but there definitely exist plenty of better brewery restaurants. give it a try if you're in the area, but don't go out of your way.
04-25-2011 15:44:37 |
More by greenmonstah
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Elysian Brewing Company in Seattle, WA