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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

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The Flying Saucer Draught EmporiumThe Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
BA SCORE
95
world-class

91 Ratings
Ratings: 91
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.67%
Taps: 65
Bottles: 190
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

328 W Morgan St
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27601-1369
United States
phone: (919) 821-7468

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @flyingsaucerral

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(Place added by: yosh)
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Reviews by LittleDon:
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3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Great selection, clueless but attractive waitstaff, loud young professionals crowd.

Now that I've been to my third Saucer, I've seen the formula. Find a trendy spot in town to open a place with a dark interior and plenty of outdoor seats. Staff it with beautiful women under 25 who need know nothing about beer, food, or service. Use just about the same large beer selection found at every other location with a few locals thrown in for variety. Add some decent bar food.

You've got a winner.

This Saucer is similar to the other two I've been two. The main difference has been:
1) How much attention has been given to what's on tap beside the standard micros and,
2) How much the waitresses/bartenders know about beer
Some are better than other. Overall, it's formulaic. Novel at first, but tiresome after you've seen the show a few times.

My visit produced several mediocre local beers (all my doing as I tend to order what's made close by), served by a cute but clueless server (I'll give her points for trying, perhaps too hard, to be attentive). The food was surprisingly good and the prices were dirt cheap (Sheboygan Side-by-Side and six pints for under $30 + tip during happy hour). Deafeningly loud by the time I left despite it not being very crowded.

Would I go back? If I can find a place in Raleigh that scales back the quantity, focuses on quality, and gives a shit about beer more than what the servers look like (and I'm sure I can) absolutely not.

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of MIchael_D_Larkin
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Just about my favorite place in Raleigh. Occasionally the service can be slow (still very friendly but it gets very busy or the waitresses can sometimes be... herbally infused...). I stop by just about every time I go to Raleigh. The food menu has just recently been changed, I wish they would have expanded it more and left the original menu for the Hungry Farmer. Sit outside on the patio and enjoy a cigar. The most dog-friendly place I've seen in Raleigh so far.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of jprivott
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

80 beers on tap is quite a thing to behold. I was enthused to see the nightly specials were local beers, and our bartender was prompt and attentive. Shared a light platter of meats/cheeses so I don't have much input on the food, although it looked tasty on the menu. I showed up on a weekday, and could imagine it getting quite packed on the weekends. There was also a nice patio for folks to sit or stand. Found the place by chance after pulling off the interstate, would bring a friend back, seems like a successful venture!

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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Photo of rw1992
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Interesting place to go to. It was quite busy, but we did go on a Saturday night. Loved the selection of beer and the overall atmosphere for the place. I would definitely go again due to my first experience there. However, I would go at a different time/day in order to receive better service (due only to the fact that they were packed).

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of HopintheSouth
3.93/5  rDev -8%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Raleigh, NC
95 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.