The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Taps: 65 / Bottles: 190
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 63 | Show All Ratings:
3.93/5 rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
Great selection of good beer, gets very packed, especially on Monday (Pint Night). Worth trying out, good place to go after work for a cold beer. I spent my 21st birthday here on Pint Night and was welcomed to 'real beer' after drinking mass amounts of Coors Light and Natty Light.
04-08-2014 23:39:08 | More by HopintheSouth
3.79/5 rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$
You walk in to see a long bar down one side, with open seating all in front of it, and a raised area with some sofas and chairs. Great vibe right off the bat. Of course, the walls and ceiling are decorated with their Member Saucers, and as you hang out, give some of them a read, because there are a few pretty funny ones. Our "Beer Goddess" was very friendly, although she seemed a bit frazzled on a very slow early afternoon, with many empty tables around. Great beer list, with a ton of local NC brews, as well as some other craft from all over the country. We only ate off the appetizer menu, but what we got was very tasty. I'm not sure how many taps there were, but it was a lot, and they are ever rotating. There is also a bottle menu, with some more rare bottles being available if you are willing to shell out for them. Their Saucer club is 200 beers, and they use a swipe-card system to help you keep track. When you finish, you get one of the aforementioned plaques on the wall/ceiling. Everything looked fresh, the place was very clean, and we had a really good time. I get the feeling this place packs people in on evenings and weekends, but we were there on a Friday afternoon and it was very chill. Can't wait to go back when we are in town again.
02-16-2014 17:36:05 | More by GarthDanielson
4.1/5 rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$
This was a much different joint when i was in school (c/o 2004) - it used to be about as smoky as anywhere on the planet, where any one of their bountiful taps would end up tasting like a camel light stub eventually. Thankfully, times have changed and you can actually breathe in this place now.
It's a chain - at least their patronage club is quirky and unique. The walls and clings are covered in plates/saucers that are fun to visually peruse.
I hate the beer list. Its difficult to read as taps and bottles aren't segregated and I'd be worried about how up to date it was. They had foothills Jade on tap, which was all i needed. Great beer, and a fun visit to a haunt of years past.
01-01-2014 22:40:35 | More by dirtylou
4/5 rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Great place to begin a night a brew tasting! Local breweries as well as some of the best BA rated examples filled their menu! We went on a Saturday night and while it was busy, service wasn't slow by any stretch! Didn't try the food, but some examples others close by ordered smelled and looked amazing! Ditto on the Patio on a nice night, it doesn't get much better!
06-28-2013 01:12:30 | More by TheRougeBastard
4.4/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.75 | $$
Great place to go drink great beers in Raleigh. It is almost always busy, and they have something special going on every night. Rare Kegs, glass night, locals on special, etc...
I go here almost everytime I am in Raleigh.
Their Beer selection is great
The Food is average.
The Service is usually good, they do get busy often though.
They have a big patio that is in high demand when the weather is nice.
04-27-2013 21:19:16 | More by tsing
4.18/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
A - It's a bar but with a nice large bar area and plates everywhere honoring those who have made it through 200 different beers at least once.
Serv - The service has been good every time I've been there. The bartenders make a point to learn your name and help find drinks you'd be interested in.
Sel - Seriously? It's amazing!!
F - Better than average bar food but not by a whole lot. It's the normal dishes and a few salads. I ordered one of the salads last time I went and was surprised at how well it was presented (and good it tasted).
05-07-2012 03:41:29 | More by SteveMi
4.6/5 rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
This place is kind of downtown, sort of near NC State. Parking can suck if you have poor timing, as its mostly on the street. The draft selection is amazing. Im down with any place that has Bell's Two-Hearted. I went down to hear what everyone was talking about. I didnt get any food, just went down for the beer selection. The prices were fair (about what I would expect for the area). I do like the saucer club. Kind of shows you how much beer they really offer. Im guessing this place is the equivalent to The Winking Lizard in NE Ohio.
It was a small room, with a low ceiling. Kind of dingy, but appealing if that makes sense.
The service was helpful, and even gave me amazing directions over to the Big Boss Taproom.
01-16-2012 20:10:03 | More by VncentLIFE
4.09/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
The best thing about this place, in my opinion, is the atmosphere. They have a decent selection of taps, but they tend to stay mostly the same. If you're going to try something new, they probably don't have it on tap and if they do have it, it's probably something you could easily get in a bottle for a third of the price just down the road and Tasty Beverage or another store.
I usually go on Monday for $3 pint nights or Wednesday for Brewery night (where you keep the glasses from the brewery of choice for that night). They also have a "fire sale" every day (except Mondays) for a select beer for $3. The brewery night and the fire sales have prompted me to try several new good beers. The pint nights usually involve just drinking stuff I have had before, as the taps are quite limited (they only have about seven very common IPAs on tap, for example).
If you have a group of friends that you want to go drink some good beer with, and do not care about trying all new beers, I recommend going here on Mondays or Wednesdays. Wednesdays are more likely to bring new selection and you get a cool glass, but you will probably come away with a cheaper tab on Mondays (after fighting the crowd).
11-27-2011 09:30:34 | More by BeerNoobNC
3.4/5 rDev -19.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
The Saucer is definitely an interesting place. They offer tons of beers - but often are out of stock of the things I'd most like to try. They occasionally have events with some interesting/rare type stuff, but the place becomes a mad house and I'm just to cynical to elbow through that crap. The draw is always what they have (or don't have, as it may be) on tap. They also have a great selection of bottles, but I don't like to order bottles when I could get something on draught.
The food is German-style pub grub - you like sausage and you may like this place. Personally, I like things on the lighter side, and I know that I'm not necessarily going to be successful there. They did recently revamp their menu a bit, which has streamlined it and added a few options. My hope: that they perfect the items that they have on there.
And the service...if you go into the Saucer and want to find the right beer for your mood, don't rely on your server. Ask a friend instead. You could ask the bartender, and if she looks clueless, get a sample. I've had patchy service both at the bar and at inside/outside tables. I appreciate that the servers are young, marginally attractive and wearing short skirts, but if I am curious about a beer on the menu, I'd love to talk to someone who's been over the age of 21 for longer than 6 months and who has tasted some of the beers.
Overall, I like the Saucer, but it gets loud and rowdy even though it does appeal to a (somewhat) professional crowd.
10-05-2011 18:53:24 | More by bikehorn
3.3/5 rDev -22.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
The Flying Saucer is a local bar, 10 minutes from my door, with a long wall of some 50+ taps...and I hardly ever go there.
Dude, the beer selection is huge. Most of it I skip over. When I go out to drink, I like to try the current seasonals or other special beers floating around. Often, I'll stick to the locals or a select few classics. All the other taps are just fluff for me. There's a good selection of bottles too - but I buy bottles at the store, you know? I can drink them at home for much less. I come to bars for draught beer. Basically, I don't even look at the impressively large, multi-page, small type beer menu anymore. All I need is the chalkboard above the bar with the "recent landings" and there are other, better places that offer what I seek.
They do get rare kegs/casks, sought after seasonals and local one-offs, and seem to treat their "UFO members" well. It seems to cater to the college crowd though...big loud room, short skirts, some sort of phony attitude vibe, plates (sorry, saucers) lining the ceiling celebrating the personal achievement of drinking many different beers. I like the idea, getting people to break outside of their narrow beer universes...but those damn plates. The acoustics are terrible, so it's near impossible to hold a conversation on a busy night.
The food is pretty average bar grub, with everything feeling just a little bit more bad for you than it should. There's just nothing that's ever stuck out. I feel like my wife and I have been told they were out of a certain beer we ordered multiple times. Not sure if that's just coincidence, bad luck, or what, but we joke about it, so it's left an impression on us.
Service is really spotty. We've been ignored for too long several times at the bar and honeslty, I haven't met an outwardly friendly or remotely memorable bartender yet. Call me crazy, but I'm attracted to bars where the guy or girl behind the bar remembers your face or at least tries to interact with you in some way. We're not hard to please. Service at tables is fine, I guess.
I just don't really enjoy being there. I don't get the attraction.
04-08-2011 04:35:48 | More by wedge
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Raleigh, NC
94 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.