The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Taps: 65 / Bottles: 190
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 69 | Reviews: 62 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by wedge:
3.3/5 rDev -22.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
The Flying Saucer is a local bar, 10 minutes from my door, with a long wall of some 50+ taps...and I hardly ever go there.
Dude, the beer selection is huge. Most of it I skip over. When I go out to drink, I like to try the current seasonals or other special beers floating around. Often, I'll stick to the locals or a select few classics. All the other taps are just fluff for me. There's a good selection of bottles too - but I buy bottles at the store, you know? I can drink them at home for much less. I come to bars for draught beer. Basically, I don't even look at the impressively large, multi-page, small type beer menu anymore. All I need is the chalkboard above the bar with the "recent landings" and there are other, better places that offer what I seek.
They do get rare kegs/casks, sought after seasonals and local one-offs, and seem to treat their "UFO members" well. It seems to cater to the college crowd though...big loud room, short skirts, some sort of phony attitude vibe, plates (sorry, saucers) lining the ceiling celebrating the personal achievement of drinking many different beers. I like the idea, getting people to break outside of their narrow beer universes...but those damn plates. The acoustics are terrible, so it's near impossible to hold a conversation on a busy night.
The food is pretty average bar grub, with everything feeling just a little bit more bad for you than it should. There's just nothing that's ever stuck out. I feel like my wife and I have been told they were out of a certain beer we ordered multiple times. Not sure if that's just coincidence, bad luck, or what, but we joke about it, so it's left an impression on us.
Service is really spotty. We've been ignored for too long several times at the bar and honeslty, I haven't met an outwardly friendly or remotely memorable bartender yet. Call me crazy, but I'm attracted to bars where the guy or girl behind the bar remembers your face or at least tries to interact with you in some way. We're not hard to please. Service at tables is fine, I guess.
I just don't really enjoy being there. I don't get the attraction.
04-08-2011 04:35:48 | More by wedge
More User Reviews:
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.