The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Taps: 82 / Bottles: 140
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 52 | Reviews: 45 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by hyuga:
3.88/5 rDev -7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
The Flying Saucer chain seems to have been set up to cater to beer geeks, but this one is a bit lacking in other areas.
The selection and the beer itself is great, I've never had any problems with that. There taplist is huge and they have quality beers. The pricing is a little out of hand though, I think. $8 for a Chimay?? I don't drink Chimay, but I know how much it costs on tap at most bars since it's common and is usually the most expensive thing. But I'm used to seeing $6 or so. Good thing is it does say on their beer list what each beer costs. It can get a bit confusing though, with all of the different prices.
The staff seems to know nothing about the beer they're serving for the most part. It doesn't bother me too much, but I do like it when my servers can talk to me about the selection. They're pretty fast though, in my experience.
Since I'm vegetarian there isn't a lot on the menu that I'll eat, but they do have a cheese plate, which I appreciate (even though it's expensive). The fries are good too. Overall, it seems pricey in the food department too.
Atmosphere... I prefer to come in here in the daytime when it's deserted, since it seems to be the local hangout for the recently-turned-21 crowd. Not that I'm much older, but to me age isn't a number. Way too many kids in here on Monday nights and weekend nights. Nice decor, though. Very pub-like and clean. Good, low lighting.
I can't say I avoid this place, but I'd prefer a different environment and staff that knows something about beer. Too close to the college I guess. I guess if I had always lived here and hadn't experienced anything better as far as selection goes, I'd be happier about this place, but I think I'm being fair when I say it could be better in a few areas.
08-31-2005 13:05:35 | More by hyuga
More User Reviews:
4.58/5 rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5 | $$$
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
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Charlotte, NC
93 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.