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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

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The Flying Saucer Draught EmporiumThe Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
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94 Ratings
Ratings: 94
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: n/a
Taps: 88
Bottles: 125
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

111 10th Ave S
Ste 310
Nashville, Tennessee, 37203-3815
United States
phone: (615) 259-3039

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Ratings: 94 | Reviews: 62
Reviews by ndolover:
Photo of ndolover
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

The flying Saucer is a chain. This one is located in an old union station. It has high ceiling that are covered in "saucers."

They have a beer club, and seem to be good at promoting it. The wait staff seems to be all women dressed in tight clothes.

They have quite a large slection of drafts and bottles from both local breweries and from all over the world. Yahzoo was a surprise hit for me. They also had Stone, Brooklyn, DFH, etc.

The food menu was small, but they had all the usuals. Of note would be the sampler plates with cheese and meats that you can mix and match.

If you are in the dowtown area, I doubt you would be able to find a better selection of beers. If you are in to the scantily clad women they have that too. However, I found the smoking to be distracting at times. Check them out if you are in the area.

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Photo of funkydrumma
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

It's all about selection, selection, and selection. You can't find this many taps anywhere else in Nashville. The bartenders are awesome and the vibe is laid back. It can get busy some nights, and food menu is average, but nobody's coming here for the grub. It's all about the beer at the Flying Saucer, and they are killing it.

Photo of Dreizhen
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5

A very popular place to drink great beer in Nashville. Has kind of a club/lounge/house (home, not the music) feel. Service can be a touch lacking when it gets crowded, but still a fun place to go with a group, especially after visiting the neighboring Frist museum. Pretty extensive beer list with good weekly specials. If you like craft and are in Nashville, this is a good place to start. Worth seeking out if you've got a weekend.

Parking sucks.

Photo of AdamTebbs
4.86/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Outstanding place to grab a beer in Nashville. I Like all of the flying saucers I have been to. Great beer selection. Always a fun crown and our server was very knowledgeable.

Photo of ronobvious2
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

What can I say? Probably the best place in all of Nashville to get your drink on and it's located next door to the Frist so you can get your art on and let some of the booze wear off. I'm a UFO member working on my green plate so I've hit this place enough to know it's pedigree. Thing is that they have a decent food selection too, although the Pork Belly sandwich is gone and you should be sad for that, even if you're never had it. Large tap wall, drink specials every day of the week (the "fire sale"). Just join the UFO club and make what you drink count towards something.

Photo of SomethingClever
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

I will straight up start with I like this place has a neat vibe to it it's in part of an old railroad station. Lots of taps good local representation my only beef was I felt like stouts were under represented maybe time of year? I think I've become jaded though because Tennessee distro is kinda average I felt they didn't have anything stand out on tap, but it's still a very solid tap list. Food is fairly average their renowned pretzel is good but not astonishing. A fairly knowledgable bartenders which is very nice I asked for a fruity IPA the last time I was in and she laid it on me.

Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

I love the Saucer, it has a huge selection of beer on tap and in bottle. Menu is sorted by Style and it is massive. I would suggest sitting where you can see the huge chalkboard, as it has new arrivals and exits not on the menu. It is very close to Vandy, so you get a lot of young college kids which can be annoying. The food is average, nothing really to rave about. If you are in Nashville, you should go here.

Photo of orangesol
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of sholland119
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

HV

Photo of otispdriftwood
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of jsprain1
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of Lewmoore
4.45/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of leagr
3.08/5  rDev -26%
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.

Photo of crlova2
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of TheGordianKnot
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
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)...

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped by for lunch with my girlfriend after doing some touristy stuff around the music city.

The place has a cool vibe to it like it was part of a train station. There is a narrow but long lounge area that has couches and coffee tables on one side and picnic tables. We ordered a flight with Flying Dog Old Scratch, Yazoo Hefe, Terrapin Rye Pale, Highland Kashmir IPA and a Youns Double Chocolate Stout. The vibe was pretty relaxed at this time.

Service was good and selection was deceant but not excellent.

Photo of sommersb
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

I've been to the Saucer in Nashville a couple of times. I've only hung out in the main room because of watching sports and smoking cigars. I like the fact you can smoke a cigar -- they have some for sale or you can bring your own. Our waitress has always brought us a cigar ashtray when smoking.

The beer selection is quite phenomenal with a nicely segmented menu of the beer choices, plus additions put up on a chalk board. Beers on tap I've had include those from Spaten, Young's, Belhaven and Victory. Besides those on tap they have more in bottles. Quality has been good. Glassware is so-so; they seem to favor the shaker pint which I'm not too fond of.

The service has always been friendly and attentive. I've had food there once and it was OK. Some of the prices seemed a little high, but they also have special nights where beer is on sale, so I think it averages out.

Overall a very cool place to hang out and drink from a wide selection of beers. Definitely recommended

Photo of Dogbrick
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Flying Saucer is located in a pretty building between Broadway and Demonbreun next to the Visual Arts center. We walked from our hotel but it looked like they had a small parking lot and there appeared to be a garage as well.

The inside is essentially one big room with the bar running along the back wall, and long tables taking up most of the remainder of the seating. There is a big chalkboard behind the bar listing what beers are available. As with other locations, there are saucers displayed prominently for club members.

As with other locations, this Flying Saucer has a pretty robust beer menu. There are around 70 taps, and unlike Broadway Brewhouse a good portion of them are microbrews. Brewers like Sweetwater, Terrapin, Highland, Yazoo, Starr Hill and many other area brewers are represented. Various flights are available as well.

Service was good on our visit. The bartender was helpful in choosing beers for our flights and knew his stuff.

We did not try any food on our visit.

Overall this is a good spot to hit that is somewhat removed from the masses of tourists closer to the main drag downtown.

Photo of Hibernator
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium was undoubtedly the best beer bar that I visited during my vacation to Nashville over the weekend. We ended up here both Friday and Saturday night.

Yeah, this place is that good.

First off, they have music and the two bands that I watched couldn't have been more polar opposite. On Friday night, there was an awesome blues band with a woman soul singer and Saturday night was an 80's band that left a lot to desire. There was a $3 cover charge each night. This was actually the only bar that I went to all weekend that charged to get in. You come here for the beer though. I always enjoy having good live music to enjoy while having some craft beers.

The atmosphere reminds me of a cross between a big German beer hall and a a hip craft beer bar. Candles set the chill mood and there are craft beer menus located all around. Service was really good during both visits, including my well received free sample without asking. Re-fills were prompt and service was helpful. All beers were served in proper glassware and at the right temperatures.

Draft beer highlights during my visit included Shiner Bock, North Coast Scrimshaw, Victory Prima Pilsner, Yazoo Dos Perros, Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan, North Coast Red Seal Ale, Brooklyn Brewery Brown, Avery IPA, Stone Smoked Porter, Terrapin Rye Ale, Avery White Rascal, Young's Double Chocolate Stout and many more.

There are also tons of coolers behind the bar showcasing a great bottle selection. I ordered a Rochefort 10 that was delicious, served correctly and in the right glassware.

Food selection was limited and I only tried the "Chicken Snack" which are good quality, white meat chicken tenders.

As a side note, we stayed at the Holiday Inn Express that is located literally across the street. Things couldn't have worked out much better than when you have a beer bar of this magnitude so close. I really appreciated this convenience and is hopefully a good tip if you're traveling from out of town and looking for somewhere to stay that is close to the honky-tonks in Nashville.

All in all, I was very pleased with the Flying Saucer. Certainly worth checking out if the area. You'll easily understand why it's one of the best beer bars in Music City USA.

Photo of NODAK
3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I strongly dislike the atmosphere of the Flying Saucer. The waitresses have generally had poor attitudes when we've been there, and they are basically advertised like Hooters girl. (They are called "beer goddesses" here.) The seats are uncomfortable....everything is wooden in an oak finish...heck it even LOOKS like a Hooters to me.

The beer selection is the best in Nashville, however. The prices are pretty par for the course, I suppose. There isn't much to compare it to around here since it is the only place that carries many of these beers.

And the food?? It's decent. My wife loves the soft pretzels. I had buffalo chicken strips, and they were 5 alarm hot.

Photo of thunver
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

If you've been to one Flying Saucer, you've been to 'em all. Great beer selection, silly plates everywhere, and beer, beer, beer. My only complaint is the $3 per person cover at the door. Seriously?!?

The facility itself was a bit bland. One big box with a couple of TVs and a combination of tables, high and low. Plates everywhere, of course. The seats were not very comfortable, otherwise we might have stayed longer. A better variety of comfortable seating would have made a nice improvement to the place.

Photo of mjw06
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Atmosphere was great, I only gave it a 4 because its a smoking bar, and though they keep it well-ventilated with high ceilings and wide-open spaces, I'd rather do without the smoking.

The service was exceptional, our server knew all the beers to a T, and helped me choose what I would like. She was very attentive and came back to the table with a cigarette after my friend asked if she could bum one (ironic after what I just said about the smoking).

What else can you say about the selection... over 200 beers on-tap. It really doesn't get much better than that.

Prices were amazing. I went on a Monday nite which is $2.75 pint nite. I left with a tab under 10 dollars after having a number of pints and even ordering a beer flight, which the offer a selection of inexpensively.

Photo of mulder1010
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Found this while in Nashville. Suggested by Union Station Hotel.

Did not eat, only came in to drink. Very impressive selection of beers. Some of the Belgians were a bit pricy but understandable. Good selection of beers from the region and had a good selection of North Coast beers and Stone. $6 for Old Rasputin is a steal.
Atmosphere is solid and music is a big plus. Bar service was good but could have been a little better as the bartenders do not hold glasses correctly.
Did not drink in the Memphis location. Memphis store had a little better selection of beers than Nashville.
Good place to get quality beers but not nearly as good as pubs in CA or CO with the same amount of bottles.

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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Nashville, TN
93 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.