The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Taps: 82 / Bottles: 140
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 45 | Show All Ratings:
4.58/5 rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5 | $$$
The standard by which all other restaurants are judged with respect to Craft beer selection. They have lots of taps and bottles. They constantly rotate out new selections for their Beer Knurds (the people who try different beers every time and when they get to 100 they get a plate on the wall).
As a craft beer advocate, I am glad that this location exists to help expose those new to the craft beer world about the variety of options.
The menu is limited to bar foods plus some German influenced items (pretzels and sausages). I would prefer to have more of a 50/50 bar/restaurant mix. This place is definitely a bar first and restaurant second. The servers are typically beautiful women with moderate to high beer knowledge in short skirts.
08-28-2013 03:28:45 | More by Kirkman
3.78/5 rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I really like "The Saucer", especially for a chain, but this place has one problem... It is only one of a few bars in the UNCC University area, which makes for one busy establishment. If you can catch it at the right time, though, Flying Saucer is quite an good beer bar. I love the Bratzel and the always have a very good selection in comparison to the rest of the area. Fair prices on draught beer, but stay away from bottles. That's my general rule of thumb, anyway.
The girls that serve the brew are more often than not quite gorgeous and most of the time know the taps and bottles well.
12-13-2011 07:00:34 | More by blivingston1985
4.14/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Came here for my first time not too long ago for the Down South Beer Tasting that was put on while aasher was in town visiting me for the day. The location was a little hard to find if you were coming off the wrong street. The entrance I took was an entrance for a golf course and then turned right to go down toward the Saucer. Once in sight it was easy to find. Plenty of parking to go around, so no worries there. Upon walking into the establishment the bar is on your right with the wall lined with tap handles. Didn't get a great look at them as we were bringing our own bottles but there appeared to be a pretty decent selection going on here. There was also plenty of seating to go around in the main room as you walked in with a combo of boothes and tables. There was also a back-room with more table seating and bench seating that lined the whole outside wall of the room with tables pulled up to it. We were in the back-room due to the outside bottles obviously. The first server we had was very attentive and took very good care of us while we were there as far as bringing out food and bring extra pitchers of water. After the changeover to a new server, service wasn't nearly as good, but that is understandable based on the circumstances. Didn't get to eat any food while here, but everything everyone else got looked and smelled delicious. Glad I finally got the opportunity to stop in here and will be doing so again in the future without a doubt.
10-26-2011 13:44:42 | More by thagr81us
4.35/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Atomosphere: I went on a Sunday afternoon and it was a bit crowded, as the place was packed for the panthers game. The atmosphere is great for enjoying good food and brew while watching a game. If you are more into just sampling good beers, it's a bit noisy for any critical kind of evaluation. That said, a great place to be on a Sunday afternoon.
Quality: Excellent quality of beer--world class beers both on draft and in bottles. Most impressive, a very solid place to grab some really really nice beers. And considering it is a bar, the prices were quite reasonable for most of the options.
Service: Service was decent. The waitresses were all dressed up in super short plaid shirts and tight, low-cut shirts, but the service itself was merely okay.
Selection: Excellent selection--brews from local breweries (NC), as well as a number of beers on tap from around the world. Their bottled selection was awesome too, as they had all sorts of beer from breweries around the country and world, including many luxury/high end beers and trappist beers.
Food: Food was awesome! The chicken breast is excellent, the burgers are top notch, and everything else I saw but didn't taste looked really good. Also, the fries are amazing but they don't give you very many with your sandwich/burger. That was the only downside.
Value: Prices were reasonable for a bar. If you're looking to get a cheap beer, they had $3 NC beers on tap (had a few really good beers that way). The rest of their stuff is right on par with other bars I've been to ($5 for a two-hearted pint, etc., less for cheaper beers, more for expensive beers). All in all, not a bad value. Plus, on Monday nights, almost everything on tap is $3 per pint. (a few exceptions, notably framboise).
This place also has an event every wednesday night that is great for beer geeks. It varies from meeting a brewer of a well-known brewery to tapping special release kegs, to having other guest beer aficionados come in to talk about whatever. They also have a "beer knurd" loyalty prize where you get a flying saucer with your name and a quote that you can put on the ceiling of the place if you try over 200 different beers there.
10-22-2011 01:38:56 | More by pBRale
4.58/5 rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Inside and outside seating.
Very reasonable prices on food and beer. Great selection. An eclectic mix of stuff from the geographical area and quality imports. Flights are offered. I had a Carolinas sampler, as I guessed that majority of them would not make for a decent pint, to try them out, see what it's all about- a sampler did the job just fine.
They offer a promotion to those that have sampled a certain(large) number of beers at their establishment of a metal plate with their name engraved it on to be put on the wall. Very jealous of the locals- no good beer bar in my area does anything fun like this!
09-16-2011 12:59:57 | More by SevaTse
4.08/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Situated on the corner of a strip mall, this place is fairly easy to find.
The atmoshpere is that of a fairly traditional pub. Lots of dark wood lines the walls and the place is covered in saucers, some merely decorative and others representing those in the "UFO Club". There is an area for live music, and a couple of dart boards, I did not wander around or to take in the entire place, but I was told that there is an area with billiard tables as well. Really, it's a nice change from some of the Charlotte area drinking establishments that lack character and are littered with TV's...
The service was terrific. The waitresses are wearing school girl outfits, complete with tiny little plaid skirts, knee high argyle socks, and skin tight tank tops. Somewhat similar to the outfits worn by the Tilted Kilt girls. Quite appealing. Aside from thier appearance the wait staff seem to have at least a rudimentary knowledge of the beers on thier list.
The beer selection was outstanding, somewhere around 100 taps, and at least as many bottles covering a wide array of styles. If only they planned thier food menu as well.
The food was uninspired, and fairly plain. Fairly standard chain pub fare, and not terribly well executed at that. Not that the food was bad, just not terrific. And definately not worth the prices.
They do have some specials, I think they have a couple of days a week where drafts are $3, but overall I found the beer and food pricing to be a bit high.
Overall, I would definately go back. The atmosphere and the extensive draft list are alluring, even if the food is not.
07-13-2011 16:11:54 | More by CBlack85
3.65/5 rDev -12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
I like girls in short skirts and, perhaps more objectively, the plates on the wall honoring regulars makes for a fun feel. One high chair in the entire joint though (another baby had to wait for my mine)--coupled with no non-glass serving cups--doesn't exactly welcome the family lunch crowd (I went just after noon).
The beer quality is good. Many options for most anybody, and the occasional rare offerings make the place an indisputable "beer bar." The food, though, has never impressed me. Pizzas, nachos, poppers, burgers, and even the fancy cheese--all of them are basically misses. Shoestring fries with a "1/2 lb" burger I could paper clip? C'mon....
Service was pretty solid, though I had to wait a while to finally get a check. This is particularly painful with kids, but I don't expect the little hotties in short skirts to relate to that.
As I said, the beer selection is definitely solid. I expect this widespread chain offers a similarly dank selection at every location. Though the menu warns about karma suffering if patrons swipe special glassware, I've never (6 beers minimum) received a beer in anything but a pint glass.
The food is an Achilles heel for this place. I love to go to a place solely to have a beer or two, but I don't think a place with 100+ taps really wants to discourage eaters. As for value, only the oddball hours offer better deals than a wine bar, so I'd say it's on average in that regard.
11-19-2010 20:23:36 | More by marvin213
4.45/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The place is completely awesome. They have great beer with tons of different styles. Almost 70 beers on the draught wall. And tons more in bottles. They do a $3 Beer Poker on Saturday that is absolutely awesome. Atmosphere is very college townish and somewhat exclusive. Quality is unsurpassed in the Charlotte area. Food is quite good. Value is unmatched especially on Mondays and other days when the specials are advertised. If you are coming to Charlotte this is the only place you need to go. They have tons of NC beer and lots from across America. A great place. Best beer place in Charlotte.
10-28-2010 18:29:33 | More by TheKingofWichita
3.95/5 rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
My last stop in Charlotte on my way back home. Stopped here for dinner. This was the last "must see" on my list. This place was packed out around dinner time. I found one spot at the bar. Great service. Was acknowledged right away even though they were crazy busy. I started out with a SN Tumbler on tap. Their selection was pretty great. Many of their offerings were ones that you would see most anywhere around, they did carry some very special brews like: Avery Maharaja, DFH Bitch's Brew and Saison Du Buff. The prices on those were high for sure, but it was cool that they had them. They had Founders Nemesis in bottle form as well as about 50 other bottled beers. I ordered a smoked salmon sandwich on rye. Very good, but the fries that came with it were pretty average. Finished off the night with a DFH Bitch's Brew. Very good. The atmosphere was pretty cool in there. There was a sort of back room with some billiard tables and such. Cool place. This was second only to Mac's - Steele Creek. I'd love to come back sometime.
09-24-2010 19:33:17 | More by Onenote81
4.46/5 rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
if you're in the charlotte area, you must come here
atmostphere-this is definitely one of those places where it depends on which night you visit. on a busy night, this place can be a pain, being difficult to find a seat. on a non-busy night, i'm sure this place is perfect as the inside is very new and clean.
service- always great with the bartenders helping out
selection-if you've been searching for a beer to cross off your "wanted list" then you might be able to find it here. i know i have been able to do that on many occasions. the selection is large and wonderful.
the value seems to be pretty much on par.
09-07-2010 06:42:26 | More by AdamBear
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Charlotte, NC
93 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.