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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

Not Rated.
The Flying Saucer Draught EmporiumThe Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

69 Reviews
Reviews: 69
Visits: 102
Avg: 4.23
pDev: n/a
Taps: 65
Bottles: 190
Cask: Y
[ 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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Reviews: 69 | Visits: 102
Reviews by LittleDon:
Photo of LittleDon
3.85/5  rDev -9%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of TheBeerBuckler
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

I love this place! I tend to go on Mondays for Pint Night, it's very loud on these nights, which is kind of a set back. However if you go to the back room there's hardly ever many people in there so that you may enjoy your time with friends and be able to hear each other! The establishment in general is very nice, there's all sorts of plates on the wall and ceiling with random remarks from people who have drank large amounts of beer there which can be entertaining to stare at and read if you feel inclined to do so. The waitstaff is good for the amount of people they service on nights with specials. The main reason this is one of my favorite bars is because of the affordable price ($2.50 on Pint Night for most drafts) they have a great selection of beers! I haven't tried much actual food here, I've only dabbled in the appetizers a bit while with friends, but from the few things I have tried they were all acceptable, nothing spectacular-- but what do you expect from chips and dip or a pretzel with queso?

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Photo of Barracudas
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of oldn00b
3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

My third Flying Saucer and it's a lot like the rest. It's got a lot of open space. Decent vibe. Has a very oddly placed dart board - felt like we were in the way of the servers getting their beers from the bar but they kept saying we were fine so they were definitely nice about it. Selection was a bit disappointing actually, especially after hitting up a couple places like State of Beer and Tasty with tiny menus but impeccable choices.

Food was fine, typical flying saucer bar and pub food. It happened to be an Elvis night where they were giving out Elvis pint glasses and playing a lot of Elvis songs. Was definitely a nice touch.

Overall I feel like they could do a bit to put some more interesting things on tap here but it's definitely a nice place to stop in that near a lot of other things.

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Photo of lastmango
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

My law school daughter took me here before the 4th of July celebration, yesterday. I could have stayed the rest of the day! Well over 50 drafts and then 30 plus bottled beers . . . WOW! Excellent service. Great atmosphere with music piped in ranging from Dylan to the 80s and Carolina Beach. Can't wait to return.

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Photo of AngryVeteran
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of SFNC
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Macsimus
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of evan35
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of MIchael_D_Larkin
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
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 +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of jprivott
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Raleigh, NC
94 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.