The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Taps: 65 / Bottles: 190
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 82 | Reviews: 65 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by LittleDon:
3.85/5 rDev -9.2%
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.
04-05-2011 01:04:41 | More by LittleDon
More User Reviews:
4.03/5 rDev -5%
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!
07-03-2014 01:46:56 | More by jprivott
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Raleigh, NC
94 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.