The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Taps: 65 / Bottles: 190
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 83 | Reviews: 66 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by drinksandeats:
3.26/5 rDev -23.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Was taken here by a local friend. The first thing I noticed was a blackboard outside advertising the day's specials: all NC beers for $2.75 a pint. Not too shabby.
Once inside, my mouth dropped as I looked up to the myriad plates indicating patrons' beer consumption (200 different beers drunk gets you a plate on the wall or ceiling), down to the long line of tap handles, and further down to the waitresses' tawdry outfits. We hit it on a Sunday evening and found the bar mostly empty; the place was large enough and quiet enough with enough tables to be mistaken for a library at nearby N.C. State.
Ordered a few pints at the bar and took the comfy couches in the front window, where a waitress told us she'd serve us the rest of the evening. We never saw her again.
Great selection. About a hundred beers on tap, and several hundred more in bottles. The list of NC specials was a couple dozen long. We each went through a couple of pints, most of which tasted off. Don't know if they're not keeping the draft lines clean, or if there's another problem, but it was disappointing to get a nice pint of local brew that doesn't taste right.
05-23-2008 14:53:57 | More by drinksandeats
More User Reviews:
4.34/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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.
07-26-2014 15:29:16 | More by MIchael_D_Larkin
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 83 ratings.