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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

The Flying Saucer Draught EmporiumThe Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

Taps: 82 / Bottles: 140
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

47 Ratings
Ratings: 47
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 7.19%
$$ - reasonable


[ 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

Notes:
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 1:00am
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00am
Sunday: 12:00pm - 12:00am

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hyuga

North Carolina

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
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bcgeiman

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-28-2014 03:47:46 | More by bcgeiman
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Hodgin

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-13-2014 16:29:32 | More by Hodgin
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Kirkman

North Carolina

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
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blivingston1985

North Carolina

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
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thagr81us

South Carolina

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
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pBRale

Iowa

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
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SevaTse

New Hampshire

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
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CBlack85

South Carolina

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
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marvin213

North Carolina

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