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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

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62 Ratings
Ratings: 62
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: n/a
Taps: 70
Bottles: 160
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

130 Peabody Pl
Memphis, Tennessee, 38103-3718
United States
phone: (901) 523-PINT

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @flyingsaucermem

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Reviews by JoEBoBpr:
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

My first visit to Memphis and first visit to any of the Flying Saucer bars.

As you walk in you are greeted by a German style Beer Garden feel. Picnic tables joined together in a L shaped space that has big garage style windows that must open up during the warmer months. A nice enclosed bar area with tons of decorations and the famous saucers you get for completing their UFO club.

I had a DFH 60 min IPA that was fresh the lines seemed to be clean and carbonation was fine.

Now, service, here is where they falter. I cant fault them for having very attractive women serving you beer. Hell, who can. But they need to be a little more knowledgeable in the product they are selling. In this case, good craft beer. Our server had no idea about beer and no idea about style. She was forgetful and not very engaging.

Selection is good, some very good Belgium's that are readily and a decent selection of domestic crafts.

Food was good for a bar. Had the buffalo chicken wrap. good flavor.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Visited on a Friday night in February for a couple of beers

Vibe is beer hall - with a bar, tables, and real darts. We sat at the bar.

Draft beer list is expansive and a mix of local, national, import. Regular beers and a few limited releases. A smaller bottle list of special stuff. If you can't find a beer to order, you've got a problem. bartenders are nice and helpful.

Didn't have any food.

Photo of hmvalp
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Best beer menu in town, food is mediocre, service is ok, can be loud

Photo of yemenmocha
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

Enjoyed a few Belgians here and was pleased that I could find them in the area. I didn't have time to look up and evaluate some local options in a hurry so I went with this chain location because I knew that they would have something decent. Food was rather average. Service was a bit neglectful. Beer was good though, but a little pricey for some options but not others.

Photo of bditty187
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Flying Saucer wasn’t on my list of stops in Memphis but I ended up parking right in front of it. And, hey, on Mondays its pint night all day, which means almost everything on-tap are $3 pints. So that’s cool!

We sat at the bar and our bartender was awesome. We told her we wanted a quick pint before moving on to Beale St. She asked if we needed help picking a beer and I said we just wanted something not sold in Nebraska. She offered some local beers but we had most. Ultimately we grabbed a pint each from Memphis Made, both beers were good, kind of malty per the style. But all was good. Great service. Good beer. Great price. We moved on…

We came back a few hours later for one last beer but didn’t sit at the bar. We sat in the open air area. The service was poor and the waitress was of little help. She knew nothing about beer and said they were out of everything we tried to order. None of the taps were cupped or pulled so I don’t know. She kind of killed my motivation to stay. We had one pint with her and left.

No food.

Overall, great location for somebody looking for good beer but I didn’t think finding local craft that hard… outside the area craft, yes, so this is your place.

Photo of ubenumber2
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3

This place has tons of beer to try , the prices are not that great , but they have beers you simply cannot purchase in this part of the country. Some of the beers you can buy at a 1/4 of the price at Joes or Busters , but some you can only buy here. The food is ok, but then most "Irish" places who serve food in the US are sub par when it comes to food , beer first food second. The waitresses are pretty hot , the beer is cold , the price can be high, but hey to get what you cant get anywhere else Ill take it

Photo of KDawg
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

In my short stay in memphis, Flying Saucer was clearly the best of the bars that I came across.

It certainly caters to a slightly louder scene. They had a band playing the night I was there and had some games on as well.

The service was always on point for me. Even with it being wednesday, it was a bit of a zoo. They had about 4 bartenders and it was never hard to get a beer.

The selection was very good. They had a whole bunch of taps available and had everything at great prices. They were blowing out prima pils, and I was able to get it for $3.

Flying Saucer was a great place to grab some good brews in Memphis. If I was staying longer in town I would’ve had some more here, but driving got in the way of spending a lot of time here.

Photo of slander
4/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

After scoping out of the river side music scene, we dealt the natural progression towards the Flying Saucer. It was as local as local as local could be to our hotel, and I’m well done with drinking plastic cup beer on (is there anything that’s not painfully wrong with) Beale Street. I’ve taken in some of the other Saucer locations, and they’re consistent if nothing else. Bare min, you’ll get at some regional play; I suppose you just need to consider then how good your beer region be...

Atypical Flying Saucer set up; similar more so to Houston than Columbia, anyway. A large room with spicy yellow mustard high high ceilings & wall uppers of the same and brown trim angled over wood plank lowers. The walls & ceiling are plastered with name plate saucers and ornamental otherwise, ev-ery-where. All sizes, shapes, patterns & depths. 2’ X 2’ green & black checkerboard tiling run diagonally.

To the back of the room, high backed chair seating for 18 on a long straight stained stainless steel topped bar holding a fatty wood lip & base, and piping foot rail. Barback wall is a length of copper panel sheets, (‘non penny’, like the other locations I’ve seen), holding alternating upper lower upper lower taps; 75 in all. The wall of taps runs from end to end over stainless steel counter tops, split only by a center 2 door cooler holding bottled selections. Other bottle coolers on the far ends, with a smattering of bottles & booze about, and shelved glassware, mostly of the pint variety, running the lengths below.

Looking at the wall of taps, it would appear that most of the craft beer is on one end with the ciders, and then the imports, crap macros & stray craft on the other end. Personally, I feel that they need me as a consultant on some placement decisions, like switching the ciders to the import/macro side and moving the stray craft in with what would then become the all craft side. I have other great ideas and will work for beer, but it will have to be beer of my choosing (If you think you’re going to pay me off with the ‘fire sale $3 Abita Turbo Dog’, then I will quickly become a disgruntled employee, and my work performance will reflect as such).

Everything is contained on the ‘fly paper’ beer menu, split first by lagers & ales, and then grouped by style, with nicey nice brief descriptions of. All in all, 75 taps and 130 bottles listed (plus another 10 bottles on the specials board). Roughly ½ the taps hold craft beer and that which is borderline of that term. The bottle list is a mix of everything; American craft, the full range of good to garbage imports, ciders, Gluten frees and N/A’s, as expected. Server let me try a handful of things I ultimately rejected (Yazoo Pale Ale & IPA Project, Ghost River Golden Ale). Started with a Yazoo Dos Perros (a Vienna Lager from Nashville, TN), and then a Schlafly APA, and finished with a New Belgium Fat Tire. Marin started with a Fat Tire, and then a Youngs Double Chocolate Stout, and finished with another Fat Tire. She called it a ‘Fat Tire sandwich’ (She’s smiling now).

Wood panel overhang is bordered with dominoes and die in between, and the trim above there with gold chess pieces and alternating black pawns. A looong vertical board above lists what’s “just landed”, plus a smokes menu on one end, and events on the other (Hey! Stella glass give away this Wednesday brew night, sweet!) Sunken box wine rack pieces up there with pint glasses and random beer bottles displayed, house shirts & hats displayed, and flatscreens out past on both ends. Track spots above the bar on the big board, and all along the perimeter of the room. Drop spin tops about the room with fans & crystal star everlasting gobstopper lamps alternating (those, I like).

A pair of 6 seat bar counters adjacent to the bar, and nearly a dozen square & rectangular tables to the rear, as the room widens and beyond the bar counters. 2 dart boards in the corner ‘cause beer and sharp pointy things, yeah.

Olive colored front garden room as it is, holds 10 picnic tables in rows of 3 or 4 each running back to a rear stage area. Garage door panel window walls open on the front and side side off the corner all awned above. Seating for six or seven or so below, and oh yes, they are smoking there. Corner couching and cushy chairs. Brewery banners, flaggings, mirrors & signage on the walls, and ½ barrel cut planters hanging above. Entertainment provided by southern type looking folks on the single pool table.

Servers were attentive and pleasant, and didn’t roll their eyes when I asked to try a pinch of this or that. Place was fairly quiet this Friday afternoon, that always helps, and the beer seemed to be in good shape. It’s a Flying Saucer. And no, I was not scoping out serving girls in schoolgirl outfits, why do you ask?

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.08/5  rDev -24.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3

Memphis is not exactly a craft-beer meca, is it... but we were in town to meet The King, and wandering Downtown on a Friday night. On the mood for a beer and some partying (the wife, not so much)!

I loved the atmosphere at this Saucer (my first one, by the way). Huge place, with an open-to-the-street section and an enclosed bar and dining area. Busy-but-not-quite, just right, music was not loud. Plenty of room to play and admire the skimpy-skirt-outfitted waitresses. Damn they are hot (the wife agrees)!.

We didn't have food because we were coming out of a great dinner at nearby Automatic Slim's (grilled Chincoteague oysters!!??). Menu looked a lil' boring, except for meat and cheese plates.

Service started out good, but deteriorated almost immediately. I assume those cute girls don't know much about beer, but beyond that, I ordered a North Coast Old Stock '08 from the printed menu and she brought an opened '11. What! I told her and she didn't look like she cared at all.

So on to the beer list: massive indeed but boring. Some cool locals (Yazoo Hop Project, Lazy Magnolia, Ghost River Pale Ale), tons of macros and safe crafts (Sierra, Arrogant Bastard). Almost 50 taps and I ended up ordering from the bottle menu, if you know what I mean.

Then our server took 400 hours to bring me a sample, then she stopped to chat with her buddies at a nearby table while I waited to order a beer. When she finally came over again, I got the check and left.

I've always said it: I'd rather have an ugly dude who knows his beer than a beautiful-but-brainless waitress. That said, I would go back when in Memphis, mostly because it is the only option in downtown.

Photo of jsprain1
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

A- A pretty big bar with open air seating in part of it, some pool tables, darts. A long bar as well and plenty of tvs showing sports. Only complaint is it's loud and the acoustics don't help that much.
Q- Beer was served at proper temperatures, typically in a style-appropriate glass, with no major issues here.
Ser- Service has been a problem. I, and others in my party, have frequently gotten the wrong beer brought to our table. About one in three times there's an issue with our tabs/checks, and no one has struck me as particularly knowledgable about the beers.
Sel- Easily the largest number of taps in Memphis, with a good number of bottles as well. A broad varieties of styles as well, which is always nice.
F- Food is decent, but nothing beyond standard bar food, except for their Bratwursts, which were notably good.
For downtown Memphis, the food and beer prices were both reasonable.

Photo of jillmart
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

I was in Memphis covering the flooding, and because of BA reviews, I decided to take my crew here for lunch.

I might actually be more impressed by the vibe of this place more so than the beer selection, and that's no slight to the beer selection whatsoever. The decor was simple with saucers all over the walls and ceiling, but the openness of the restaurant and bar gave it a very comfortable and inviting feeling. I felt at home here immediately despite never stepping foot in the place before.

The beer selection felt much like a Taco Mac -- lots of taps, lots of bottles, which can be found in a separate 3-4 page menu displaying beers by type, if it's on tap or bottle, and the cost. I had a Dragon Stout, which I was impressed was on the bottle list, as I don't see it in most bars, and a Yazoo Dos Perros on tap. Beers on tap the day I was there cost under $4, which is a pretty good deal considering the selection.

I recommend the goat cheese pizza slice -- it's what you're looking for in terms of bar food.

This place also sells cigars, and there's a comfortable place undercover outside where you can smoke.

No complaints about the service. She did her job, and that's all I ask.

For those passing through Memphis, check this place out.

Photo of FrankWBurnsIII
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

I guess you could consider this to be the main Saucer in Memphis, with the other being in surburban Cordova.

Which one you prefer will probably depend on where you live (or where you are staying) and what kind of atmosphere/crowd you want to be around.

I mainly went to the Cordova one, but one time I went to the city one.

The city one is very large with lots of seating, but extraordinarily crowded and loud, and perhaps a bit younger. For me, I enjoyed that less but it's just what others are looking for.

Other than that it doesn't differ much than other saucers. It has some food and tons of beer.

For more saucer details feel free to consult my review of the Cordova location.

Photo of jayhawk73
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Went to the Memphis Flying Saucer last night in Memphis w/ a bunch of co-workers. They had a band playing(way too loud), so there was a cover to get in. We immediately went to the next room over to try and get away from the noise- and succeeded. They didn't have as many beers as I was hoping on draft, but they did have Sierra Nevada Bigfoot on draft. That was a pleasant surprise, and it wasn't listed on the menu. Our service was good, although it was obvious the waitress had no clue about beer. I didn't try the food, but some of my co-workers said it was pretty good. Most of the beers seemed reasonable, but the ones I ended up with seemed priced pretty high for what I've had elsewhere. All in all, a good experience- and the massive choice of good beer shouldn't be missed if you're in the Memphis area.

Photo of SisuPride
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A great place to hit before Beale St. Park in the garage right above it and be sure to get your parking validated! Really quiet and laid back at lunch and early dinner. Really hopping with people almost every night. Usually has great bands and of course their offerings of collector's glasses. Trivia night is always busy as well. On Wednesday night is keep the glass - buy beer of the night and you get a collectors glass. Also a great place to go when money is tight - Monday's has most beers for $2.50 and every night their is a fire sale beer for the same price.

Photo of TheBear11D
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

This is a growing chain with several around the nation and two in the Memphis area. This particular location is at a nice spot downtown Memphis. There is plenty of parking nearby and is a great place to spend an evening after downtown activities.

The food left something to be desired and I have tried a few different dishes. With so much great food in Memphis anyway, I would just recommend grabbing beer here.

They have a wide selection of brews and many are on tap. It can be a little pricey if you are not getting their fire special.

They have something happening nearly every night. My favorite is on Wednesday nights they have a featured beer which you can purchase a glass for. The glass is the proper serving glass for that particular beer. Plenty of people collect or trade their glasses as well.

The atmosphere is enjoyable and relaxed. They do have a couple TVs with sports on, but this is not a sports bar. If you are adventurous, you can join their UFO club and try a multitude of beers and have a saucer placed hung in your honor.

Photo of froghop
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

place probably has the most taps in memphis.

overall the place was pretty good, said they had 136 beers, many on tap. 'fire sale' beers for $2.75 a pint.

i don't know if the value was that good for the area, but it was really good compared to seattle or san diego.

service was really good, place was very busy but never had to wait for another beer. the 'beer goddess' knew the beers well, gave recommendations, and was friendly.

this was definitely the best place i went to while visiting memphis for the four days i was there.

Photo of BeerGirl80
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

What a great place! This was the first time we were in Memphis and we didn't know what to expect. This was recommended by both Beer Advocate and the travel book we had. The vibe was great! Loved the windows all around this corner bar that opened up the inside to the outside. Our waitress was FANTASTIC!!! I was exhausted from the day and totally forgot her name, which I have to get into a better habit of. She wasn't totally knowledgeable about beer, but she was fun, nice and energetic. Plus she didn't mind answering our 'dumb' question about the plates on the walls.

Their menu for beer alone was 4 pages. They had it separated by style, which helped a LOT, because if they just had them listed in alphabetical order, I would be lost. I had a Yazoo Dos Perros, which was surprisingly refreshing after a long day of walking around. I then ordered a Ghost River Wheat. I didn't care for it, so I switched w/ my sister, who ordered a Ghost River Brown Ale, and preferred the wheat. The Brown Ale was ok, a little flat but since it was my 2nd beer in an hour, it was good.

The food was ok. I had a pizza, which they claim to be one giant slice, but is really more like a personal pan pizza. It was good, thin crust and it tasted like they fired it in a wood overn. Not sure if they did, but it was good.

Would definitely revisit if I am ever in Memphis again. Don't know when that will be yet, but maybe in the next couple of years, I'll be back. Maybe then I'll join th UFO Club!

Photo of memphischas
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I have only been to the one downtown but I have always had a fun time. Some nights when bands play there is a cover fee but if you get there before 7 or 8 you can get in free.

Monday nights are pint nights and you can get most beers off the menu for 2.75 Have not had the food yet so I'll just give it a 4. I can't forget to mention the cute waitresses in school girl mini skirts! They are very friendly, are fast with the serves, and most are very knowledgeable in the ways of beer. A swanky bar with a loud, frat house atmosphere.

To the previous reviewers from out of town. Tennessee has outlawed smoking in all establishments except for businesses that enact a 21 and up policy. Memphians will abuse our rights sometimes to the extreme. Smoking in bars has gone from being moderate to full-blown as a result of the ban. It's hard to avoid the second-hand smoke in Memphis bars. The Flying Saucer has a nice sitting area with a cafe/patio setting when it is nice outside if you can't avoid the smoke next to the bar.

Photo of KI9A
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Been going to Memphis every April for an all Chevy car show, for 10 years+. Always Beale, never rab across this gem until now.

Atmosphere would have been a 5, 'cept for the smoke inside. Now, it wasn't a typical hazy smoke filled pub, but, c;mon, this is the 21st century, lets get with the reat of the modern world, keep it outside so we all can enjoy the smells/tastes of good beer.

Service was just great. Bartenders were not only quick, but very knowlegable of the beers, and glassware. Very cool to talk beer, with a nice looking 20-something young lady behind the bar.

Impressive selection of beers on tap, and bottles. Everything I tried seemed very fresh.

Photo of Vancer
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

First time at the chain beerpub, the Flying Saucer - and I was most impressed and enjoyed it immensely.

A huge beer selection, from local session brews to the high end Belgians - mostly served in correct glassware from very friendly servers. Enough TVs to enjoy the March Madness both inside and in the enclosed beer garden, which supplied a nice spring breeze. And the breeze helped detox the air - of course a couple morons have to light up their cigars for everyone's benefit. (When is clean inside air going to be commonplace?) Couches inside and out made for comfy beer drinking.

The food was pub grub, but not bad - a chicken philly steak was hot and tasty, fries were plain Jane - but all the beers more than made up for it.

Be sure to include the Saucer while downtown - before hitting the infamous Biel street.

Photo of KroMagnon
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Great place, really enjoyed it; waitresses/ barstaff were very much on their toes and friendly. Great beer selection, classic beer geek place. They did tend to be out of a lot of the things I asked for, but their specials (pint night on Monday, then Yazoo beers on Thursday) were great and economical.

foodwise, I only had the house salad and wings (on two different nights) but they were good and the bleu cheese dressing was awesome, thick & rich with large nuggets of bleu cheese.

I highly recommend it, esp. if you are visiting Memphis & staying downtown

Photo of FSUmac
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I love the Saucer. Great beer selection (on tap or in bottles), good bar food, and live music on the weekends. Also, don't miss brewery night on Wednesdays to get a free glass to go along with your beer.

If you are really dedicated, sign up for the UFO club and attempt to drink 200 beers to add your own Saucer to the wall.

There is also an open air section of the bar where you can peer out onto the happenings of Downtown Memphis. I suggest parking above the bar in the Peabody Place garage.

There is another location in Cordova (Memphis suburb) which has similar beer selection and more seating.

Oh, and the waitresses aren't bad lookin either. :D

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in here while walking around Beale Street and downtown. The place was smokey as you can smoke in the bars in Tennessee. Walking in is a long wooden bar on the right against the wall. The bartender was pretty cool and somewhat beer savy. When I was in there in 06 they had Dogfish Head 60 Min IPA, Rogue Dead Guy, Sierra Nevada and some others I just dont remember. It has been to long. They also had some typical English ales on like Guinness, Newcastle, and so on. I was surprised to see it because most Southerners know much of craft beer. Just not a priority or way of life. A great selection! If in memphis and downtown I will go back again. Just be prepared to get smoked out.

Photo of cartdan
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Stopped by the Flying Saucer as I always try and do when I'm in Memphis. We got there around 5PM on a Wednesday and the place was just starting to get a crowd. Beer menu was huge. Service was decent, not outstanding, but I was there for the beer. Unfortunately they were out of a good bit of the draught that we wanted, 3 out of our first 4 choices weren't available. Not sure if this is common occurrence since I only get there once in a while. The food was average, but not bad for a bar. As it got later, the bar became packed with a crowd in their 20's. We ended up having several good beers though, before we headed out early, mainly because the service had gotten too slow and the conversation difficult due to the noise. The main negative for me though was the smoking in the bar. If I'm paying $12 for a Rochefort 10, I'd like to be able to smell the aroma, not a bunch of second hand smoke.

Photo of wvukb
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Every time I visit Memphis, I make sure to carve some time out of my calendar for a visit to Flying Saucer. Great live music, an amazing beer list (broken down by style and country of origin), and dozens of beers on tap make this place a true destination point. If you are lucky, you can relax in several comfortable couches at the front of the bar area while enjoying your brew. In warm weather, the windows are removed from the place which opens you up to the hustle and bustle of individuals walking to and from Beale St., which is right around the corner. Although a bit pricey, Flying Saucer is worth it in that I'm sure you will always find a beer or two (in bottle or on tap) that you've never had. Take it from me, if you don't stop in Flying Saucer while in Memphis, you are missing out!

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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Memphis, TN
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