The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Taps: 88 / Bottles: 125
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 56 | Show All Ratings:
4.11/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$
Stopped in here for dinner tonight after a visit to Yazoo. Really nice old building repurposed into multiple businesses. Place was packed with people enjoying themselves so seating was limited. Two seats opened up at a table with four other people so we went with it and they couldn't have been nicer. We talked about local beer and about some of the places back home I like to visit, turns out two of them were from PA originally. Service was a tiny bit slow but the place was packed so that wasn't a huge deal for me. Quality was top notch and the selection was quite good. They had about 8-10 local beers on and plenty of other beers from all over the world to fill out the rest. Food was solid as well. I got the club sandwich, pretty good, and the spicy tots which were awesome. Value was pretty good, maybe a touch high but they weren't outrageous or anything. Overall a nice beer bar in the heart of city, glad we made the effort to stop here.
02-02-2014 04:08:08 | More by orangesol
4.19/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
First time to a Flying Saucer. I would say this is a cut above average for this type of regional craft beer chain. It is locatedin what I take to be a converted railroad station with a nice open air porch. The dining room has a very long bar and a good number of tables..
Selection was huge, with a great local presence and a wide choice of regional beers from breweries I was unfamiliar with. We started off with a local flight (pretty nice variety in styles and breweries) and moved on to a couple of regional beers I had never heard of. They also had quite a fine list of bottles.
All the food reviews we saw recommended the pretzel of all things so we got that. And it actually did live up to the hype. Moved on elsewhere for dinner but we'd try more from the menu.
Service was a bit daffy but pleasant and reasonably prompt. All in all, we really enjoyed it.
05-24-2013 00:34:19 | More by sholland119
4.88/5 rDev +19.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$
Now this is a beer bar. Walked in around 30 min. after it opened and already there were about 20 people in the place on a Thursday. Was greeted as soon as I sat down, given a beer menu and a friendly "just let me know when you're ready". Great beer selection and even though there were statements that they had wine and liquor, it was hidden somewhere. Had a 12" pizza split with my wife who is somewhat of a pizza expert living in NY for her entire life. Had pepperoni on it which was well cooked and the whole thing wasn't greasy at all. And oh, did I mention there wasn't a beer over $6 on the list and most were between $4.75 - $5.50. Overall, great value and would recommend it to anyone looking for a great beer bar and great bar food.
05-23-2013 20:20:30 | More by otispdriftwood
4.06/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | $$$
This is the beer bar shop in downtown Nashville by a long shop. Tap list included mostly local brews with a selection of some of that larger craft breweries like SN, Green Flash, etc. and some Belgians. TN has pretty thin distribution overall, so the tap list won't jump out at you, but it is still great for what else is around in Nashville.
The place is huge and the vibe isn't the best. Service was very friendly and very knowledgeable.
04-29-2013 15:42:15 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is like most other Flying Saucers. They have a good selection spanning most styles. the atmosphere is fairly dark, but has a great deal of seating, even with a few couches around. A few tv's for watching sports, but without a sports bar feel to it. The selection is among the best in Tennessee. Service is friendly, though not all of their staff is up to date on some of their beers and occassionally slow. Generally a good bar and definitely a place your average BA can find a good drink at. Worth a visit.
06-04-2012 21:48:07 | More by jsprain1
4.45/5 rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This is my home Saucer and I am certainly somewhat partial but I love this place. It is important to note after reading most of the reviews that this Saucer is SMOKE FREE as of 6/1/11! This was a common complaint and they have cleared the air.
This Saucer is fortunate to be located in a historic structure (former baggage building for Union Station train terminal) and has cool architecture. The front "Beer Garden" (an area of picnic tables and couch groupings) has a wall of tall arched windows with stained glass at the top. These windows are on garage doors that are opened for nice weather. There is also a huge grand hall where the bar is located and a separate pool room. There is live music on some weekend nights and a variety of beer specials including a daily "Fire sale" pint for $3.
The servers are, by and large, very friendly and knowledgeable as the training is extensive and intense. The food is a fun take on bar food. I especially like the pretzels (!), the pizzas and, for a non bar food option, the snack plates. This is a selection of nice meats and cheeses paired with apples, almonds, and an olive tapenade. The selection is quite good and always changing based on the season and new breweries. They have a nice stock of proper glassware so that a Chimay, for example, will be served in a Chimay glass. The only limitation seems to be what happens to be distributed in Tennessee.
Parking can be somewhat of a challenge as this is located in downtown Nashville. However, there is a large lot down behind the building for which they validate parking.
If you are in or visiting Nashville, the Flying Saucer is a great place to meet friends and enjoy some fine beers. Also, it is quite convenient if attending a Preds game, concert, or other event at Bridgestone Arena as it is a short three block walk down the hill.
07-25-2011 22:59:59 | More by Lewmoore
3.08/5 rDev -24.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This is my home saucer. I'm somewhat partial, but at the same time, I am just as critical. I want this place to be good, and for the most part it is. The "beer garden" is my favorite area, although the "grand hall" and the pool room are nice too. My friends and I have had many parties and many memories here - the staff and atmosphere is a are great for getting people together an celebrating.
The food is pretty good - LOVE the pretzels! My wife really enjoys some of the salads. There is something for everyone. Beer selection is pretty good. I like to say this is where I received my beer education. Selection at the Sauce often depends on breweries distribution areas - but despite some of those restrictions, selection is pretty good.
Although I think the service has gotten a bit better, for the past several years, the service here has sucked.... beyond sucked. I used to patron quite often when I was living in Nashville, and the service was notoriously bad - but I think/hope that is changing.
All in all, this place, loving and hating it, is not a bad place to stop by for a pint.
06-12-2011 20:21:15 | More by leagr
4.2/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Although I gave this place such high ratings as it deserves there is one MAJOR thing that bugs me.. That major thing being the Cigar and cigarette smoke that almost seems encouraged there. I was in Nashville from out of town and wanted to try a bunch of beers I couldn't get from KY. However after a couple beers I realized I wasn't tasting anything other than smoke and all the beers kinda blended together. Other than that the food was great and the beer selection was awesome. Not to mention the outstanding band that was playing. Definitely recommend this place but just be prepared for a lot of smoke.
05-06-2011 16:54:24 | More by crlova2
3.83/5 rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Alright, I figure I have been here enough that I should just go ahead and review it; I have been holding back until now because I have never tried any of the food here...
Anyway, this is my go-to place in Nashville with the #1 reason being it is the best bar within walking distance of my apartment. I like the deals they have on some of the more well known crafts so I can get my girlfriend or buddies to try stuff without breaking the bank if they hate it. I am there every Tuesday for trivia night and they always have a $3 special that is usually a good introductory beer for a BMC drinker, but also one that a craft person can appreciate for the price.
It is very dimly lit and the front room has a nice lounge feel to it that seems pretty chill. I always go to the main bar room and grab a table. The selection is decent, but a lot of the beer there is for the masses. The good stuff I would say is much more limited than you would think. And the really good stuff is pretty expensive (ie La Folie- $25) that I wouldn't pay the prices on a bar trip. You will definitely find your typical german, belgian, and european beers there and the American craft is kind of sporadic. Some of the typical stuff around here I think they should have, they don't...
My biggest complaint is the service. It seems like the servers are knowledgeable on what they have, but thats it- they know jack shit about beer. They think every Wit is like Hoegaarden or every stout is like Guinness. Also, almost every time I have been there, I ask for something the server says alright, then comes back and says they are out! That just drives me nuts for some reason (especially when what I asked for is on special, like last night... shouldn't the server know when they are out of one of their specials?!) Anyway, its nothing to merit them a terrible score for, its just an annoyance sometimes.... Oh, also- they put a lemon on my Hefeweizen!!!
I would recommend this place to almost anyone. They have a decent selection and if you are willing to pay a lot, they have a GREAT selection. I like the ambiance and trivia night is awesome. I haven't had their food, but my friends have and said it was decent for bar food (they got nachos w/ queso and loaded fried)...
04-06-2011 18:03:01 | More by TheGordianKnot
4.08/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I broke away from the group I was with one afternoon after the meeting ended a little early. I wanted to get away from the Braodway and 4th St crowd so I sauntered down to 11th ST. This is about the 8th different Saucer I have been in. They are all unique in their own way and this one was unique as well.
I actually like that this place is off the grid a bit. That touristy stuff is nice but it is also nice to get away. Of course, the inside was adorned with saucers. I wasnte really into the smoking indoors thing. That was a big turn-off. I guess I am just used to all smoking being outside.
Beer selection was phenomenal as always. I just wanted to wet my whistle so I got a Prima Pils. Other selections were broad and all-encompassing.
I still like the Mojo a little more than here, but the Flying Saucer always holds its own with selection, no matter what city they are in.
04-02-2011 16:21:32 | More by SaCkErZ9
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Nashville, TN
91 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.