The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Taps: 65 / Bottles: 190
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 63 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by MrMcGibblets:
3.98/5 rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
somewhat typical large bar environment. a plus is that the smoke nazis have not conquered this state yet. large selection, most of it good. 2-3 dozen taps and many more options via bottle. gotta love two-hearted on tap. selections are grouped via somewhat vague styles but no individual descriptions. the beer list could be more up to date as well. u.s. craft beers and nc beers are well-represented. some macros, but not too much. glassware not great, everything i had was served in typical bar pint glasses-no nonics, etc. they do have some proper glasses for certain branded belgians. also one of the beers i had was ruined by the chemically blue water bar shit. it smelled off, and i knew it wasn't the beer but the shit they "wash" and "rinse" hundreds of glasses in...can i just get one rinse in actual running water? please? the bartender knew his beer and our waitress that was dressed like a slutty catholic schoolgirl (beats a burka any day) actually liked good beer and had seemingly valid recommendations. nice that you can get different sampler flights.
12-02-2008 07:11:04 | More by MrMcGibblets
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3.93/5 rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
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
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Raleigh, NC
94 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.