Seattle >Food & Dining > Kells Irish Pub & Restaurant
1916 Post Aly, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810147.610386 -122.342216
11a.m. until close daily; Live music from 9p.m. until close.
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Pike Place Market
Nice interior, too loud – I came here with a group of 4 a few fridays ago - it was average at best. I had high hopes, as one of the girls we were with is Irish and raves about the place. It was crowded, but we found an empty table pretty quickly. Unfortunately, it was right next to the stage (and speaker), so we could barely converse with one another. Our waitress did come and take orders pretty quickly, but as it got more crowded it took forever to get her back over. In addition, as the night wore on, the place was getting more and more crowded, and the speakers were getting louder and louder. There were only two real saving graces: 1. A band called the Corner Bhoys performed. They were okay, but one of them was called Liam Gallagher, and yes, they did "Wonderwall"; and 2. There were two cute girls in the corner whom we attempted to guess their age. Fun.
RUDE TO LOYAL CUSTOMERS – Staff very rude to customers. Do not make paying customers feel welcome. Act superior to customers.
Do Not Eat Here – If you're after Irish cuisine, don't eat at this place. It's not quality food, it seems pre-packed from a freezer and is completely overpriced for what it is. The pasties they make do not exist in Ireland. The soda bread is not bad but you'll need plenty of Guinness at $5.50 to wash it down. Be sure to order 10 minutes in advance though, as it'll take that long for them to get it to you.
Do not think about having just a pint of stout outside - you won't be allowed. You see, even though you might spend $22 on 4 pints, that's just not enough for these people. They want you to buy Irish stew from a packet for $10. So you'll be forced inside by management, like the poor woman who was humiliated in front of us. I then heard the waitress who showed us to our seats being reprimanded for "costing us 2 tables outside". Quite breathtaking treatment. Not very Irish at all.....
AVOID - Unprofessional and Rude – The bartenders at this establishment did not conduct themselves in a professional and polite manner. Not only did they use profanity when they spoke with me, but also spoke to me in a way that attempted to demoralize me. I had no prior alcohol consumption before entering this establishment, so I was not inebriated before consulting with them.
When I attempted to close my tab, the bill was wrong. But again the bartenders were very rude and said, "Why are you wasting my time. You are a waste of space here." He went on to say that neither he nor the first bartender would re-make my drinks because they didn't want to serve me. I proceeded downstairs to speak with the manager but nothing could be done.
Avoid this place at all costs
Feels like Ireland to me – Kells is a great place for socializing. Good beer, good food, love the pasties(I think chicken's the best). The staff are usually friendly. You can have a lot of fun here, people not too stuffy. St. Patrick's Day is very busy, but they have an upstairs room now with views of the water. I grew up in Ireland, the Kells owners grew up in Ireland...... this IS an Irish pub.
cool little hideaway! – they allow dogs and i thought that was very cool! the bartender poured great drinks...very strong...and there was a couch to snuggle on....this place is small...that is what i like about it...and you walk down an alley to get to it.....very cool to take a girl here if she has never been
An Irish bar in Pike Place Market attracts a lively local crowd. – In Short
Various Pike Place Market visitors and regulars settle in to drink, eat and talk. On weekends, the bar scene is overwhelmingly young. There's an outdoor patio for sipping and supping alfresco and a smoky bar featuring live Irish music. Folks come for the Irish brews and food, such as shepherd's pie, corned beef and cabbage, pasties and sausage rolls, fresh salads, leg of lamb and Irish whiskey cake.
Best Irish Grub, Best Music, Best Beer! – This is by far the best Irish bar in town. Take my word for it.
The food is excellent. You can tell a lot of thought went into the food. The pasties are amazing, the sodabread is fantastic. Steak and kidney pie had a bit much kidney in it for my taste, but was excellent otherwise. The music was top notch. They had a band from San Francisco and a Seattle band got on stage with them at one point. Both bands were brilliant. My friends and I stayed all night long until close. The frat boy contingency was high, but they didn't become rambunctious or stupid. High class place. Don't believe the haters!
The Best Pub in Seattle – I have enjoyed the ambiance and quality of Kells for several years. It is one of my favorite places to take visitors to visit; they have never come away disappointed.
Get A Guinness But Skip The Food – Amazingly bad food is featured at Kells. The Irish stew is straight from a can, the corned beef comes from a plastic package, and sadly, these are not exaggerations. The bottomline is that food here is a distant afterthought. Nothing is made from scratch. You can seriously get better food at the grocery store.
The focus at Kells is drinking. You can get a good pint of Guinness on tap at Kells.
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