The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Taps: 65 / Bottles: 190
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 69 | Reviews: 62 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by drinksandeats:
3.26/5 rDev -23.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Was taken here by a local friend. The first thing I noticed was a blackboard outside advertising the day's specials: all NC beers for $2.75 a pint. Not too shabby.
Once inside, my mouth dropped as I looked up to the myriad plates indicating patrons' beer consumption (200 different beers drunk gets you a plate on the wall or ceiling), down to the long line of tap handles, and further down to the waitresses' tawdry outfits. We hit it on a Sunday evening and found the bar mostly empty; the place was large enough and quiet enough with enough tables to be mistaken for a library at nearby N.C. State.
Ordered a few pints at the bar and took the comfy couches in the front window, where a waitress told us she'd serve us the rest of the evening. We never saw her again.
Great selection. About a hundred beers on tap, and several hundred more in bottles. The list of NC specials was a couple dozen long. We each went through a couple of pints, most of which tasted off. Don't know if they're not keeping the draft lines clean, or if there's another problem, but it was disappointing to get a nice pint of local brew that doesn't taste right.
05-23-2008 14:53:57 | More by drinksandeats
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3.79/5 rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$
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 69 ratings.