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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

Not Rated.
The Flying Saucer Draught EmporiumThe Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

47 Reviews
Reviews: 47
Visits: 66
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: n/a
Taps: 82
Bottles: 140
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

9605 N Tryon St
Ste A
Charlotte, North Carolina, 28262-8572
United States
phone: (704) 717-8179

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @flyingsaucercha

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Place added by: BeerAdvocate

Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 1:00am
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00am
Sunday: 12:00pm - 12:00am
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Reviews: 47 | Visits: 66
Reviews by CBlack85:
Photo of CBlack85
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (1,598 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of bostonbeans
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of BierDude88
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Hopportunistic
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of NCMatt
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

It's wonderful to have a bar with a solid lineup of craft beer in the University area. They have a wall of taps, and a two page bottle list. Most days there's a special of one form or another. I usually go for glass night every Wednesday, but I've wanted to try beer poker on Saturdays, just haven't made it out for that yet! Prices are average for most beers not on special, but some bottles (750's and 22's in-particular) have a pretty steep mark-up. Overall, the Saucer is my go-to bar in the University area! (512 characters)

Photo of dailyminefield
4.1/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of evan35
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of Mirthrandir
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of One1Asterisk
5/5  rDev +20.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of cptbenjamin
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of 3ricks
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Tvrowe88
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of Leebo424
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of Robyn
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of bcp5296d
2.99/5  rDev -27.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 1 | food: 3.75

The food is really good, the service is good (I don't go there during crowded hours), and the beer selection is kind of a joke. about 100 taps and maybe 5 I'd like to order. You can tell they just buy a high quantity of less than par craft beer as most of their customers are new to the craft scene so they get away with it. (324 characters)

Photo of CBM45
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Stargazer2892
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jbriggs7
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of G3RG
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of bcgeiman
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Hodgin
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Kirkman
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (747 characters)

Photo of blivingston1985
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (593 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.14/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,463 characters)

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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Charlotte, NC
92 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.