The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 34 | Display Reviews Only:
4.2/5 rDev +8.8%
The Flying Saucer is the only bar and eatery in Columbia, to my knowledge, that I feel comfortable going to drink at and handing out my hard earned cash. The vibes are solid, lots of stuffs on the wall and couches to sit and chill at. Good ambiance. Dart boards and arcade games are there for those who enjoy them. Long bar with dozens of tap choices. Large selection of bottles as well. Overall the pub-ish feeling bar has a good plethora of beer (if not the best in downtown Columbia). Flying Saucer's Beer Goddesses will make sure you are thoroughly lubricated and informed, they are required to take tests on the menu first and foremost, the beer. As the name implies the serving staff might be the best also, 2nd maybe to Hooter's. The bar staff is good, but some better than others. Holler at my man Judson, (usually wears a black "Weiss Ass" shirt)he is by far the most knowledgeable and just overall a cool guy. Show them love and rest assured you will see the love returned. As for food I have only messed with the Luxe Cheeseburgers (standard burger with gourmet cheeses ex: gruyere, cotswold, goat, etc.) and cheese fries, which are satisfying bar food. The Saucer gets my vote and I usually fly 1-2x a week. Maybe lower prices would make it the top destination. Only gripe I have here... more dark beers!!
08-01-2011 17:19:22 | More by Brewski4Drewski
4.15/5 rDev +7.5%
Come through on Sun-Mon nights for good deals on local beer, and pint nite!
This place offers the card where you can achieve one revolution by trying 200 beers and getting a plate on the wall, then you can do it all again. This idea was bitten by a restaurant nearby. The concept is cool, keeps people coming back often, and makes for less of a Bar environment.
Lots of couches to sit, tables for friends, room at the bar.
Service is good, the girls know whats up with their beers because they must take tests, etc. The bartenders always look out.
Rare keg, buy the beer, get the glass, pint nite, usually up there 3z weekly. Enjoying the vibe.
Lots of pretty ladies, lots of TV screens for sports/events, and the suds are most definitely flowing.
They have a few decent eats as well!
07-17-2011 13:38:29 | More by gatorbreath
2.4/5 rDev -37.8%
We been going to the Columbia, SC Flying Saucer for 5 years. Just like the review below, a step above BMC but barely.
After several managers, the place has steadily declined from the best beer-bar in Columbia to a so-so joint. The first to go were high gravity pours and live bands. The selection of drafts has steadliy declined, almost the inverse of the best local beer shop Greens. Belgian pours avg more for a snifter than for a 750ml. Many craft and import pints are the priced the same way. The happy hour 22 oz tall glasses at pint cost are gone, replaced by -$1 on pints. The place is being ran into the ground and it's really sad. The Charlotte FS is much smaller, doesn't have as large an outdoor deck but has much more going on. Beer Advocate mag is full of unique places, Columbia used to have one.
Captain Keith - step in and save this place!
05-25-2011 20:31:31 | More by biermark
3.8/5 rDev -1.6%
It's the best place to grab a craft beer in Columbia, but that doesn't mean a whole lot. It is an awesome place to someone just getting into anything other than the BMC beers, but to people who drink beer as a hobby it is nothing too amazing. The atmosphere is really cool...they have bands occasionally and porch is great when the weather is warm. The prices are a little high and their beer on draft is never very impressive and mostly subject to local beer and anything you can pick up at a gas station.
03-31-2011 03:27:33 | More by southside
4.18/5 rDev +8.3%
the flying saucer delivers as soon as you walk in the door and see the long bar with a huge variety of taps behind it. they have a very large draft selection. you can even order "beer tours" where they will give you a tray of samples so you can try several beers in a visit. the food there is good and the female servers dress in schoolgirl uniforms... which is just an added perk. the saucer also will have live music from time to time which makes for a fun expierence. its one of the better beer bars in columbia if you aim to get a taste of several different beers in one sitting.
02-15-2011 15:23:38 | More by mattkoon
4.25/5 rDev +10.1%
The beer quality and selection are excellent, including of regional beers. Also, the menu changes, with new beers added regularly. The food is good with the beer, and includes hummus, smoked salmon and a good selection of cheeses and meats. The physical space is big and relatively open, so the atmosphere is good but not exceptional. The bar and the booths are the best. It is also nice to sit on the deck. Like other Flying Saucers I've visited, the service is mixed, since they hire young women who seem to have uneven beer knowledge and interest - some know a lot and care and some don't.
07-30-2010 02:24:13 | More by mmonagh1
4.05/5 rDev +4.9%
I've been to 3 Flying Saucers and I would rank this one as the second best I've been to (after Memphis before Charlotte).
This place is big and I have never had a hard time finding a place to sit. Granted I've never arrived late at night on any of their busier nights. They have several TV's and a huge projector they use for special sporting events. There is no smoking inside so that is a definite plus, however you can smoke at the tables outside so when my dad comes to town I can still take him.
The service is pretty good. Sometimes you can get a bad waitress but most tend to be pretty good. They aren't as knowledgeable as your average BA but they aren't clueless when it comes to beer.
The selection is great. They have an extensive draft list and a lot of other things in bottles. They carry a lot of beers brewed in the Carolinas (and even have those on special on Sundays, my favorite day to go). They even had 3 different vintages of Sexual Chocolate when I went a few Sundays ago. Only the newest was on special but $2.75 SC was a great deal.
The food is solid. If I wanted to go out to eat somewhere nice I wouldn't go here but if I wanted to go out and have some beers and have a decent meal then I would. The big dipper is a great sandwich. Also the hot German potato salad is delicious. Cheese fries are also pretty solid. They also have a decent selection of vegetarian options and even some vegan ones.
Overall this is one of the better places in Columbia to drink beer. It doesn't wow you but it is a good place to go and I visit this place regularly. Luckily for my wallet it is on the other side of the city so I'm not in there all the time!
03-07-2010 14:54:50 | More by jpmclaug
3.6/5 rDev -6.7%
visited on 28 Nov 09:
Stopped by the Flying Saucer after dinner while in town visiting a friend for Thanksgiving. After stopping at a couple of disappointing bars down in the Five Points area earlier in the weekend, I was looking forward to Columbia's premier beer bar. It wasn't as good as I expected, though.
Granted, it was on a Saturday after a big USC game, but the bar was not overly crowded -- there were more than a few empty tables. Service was still slow; I had polished off my pint (a German hefe poured into normal US pint glass) well before our waitress returned to see how we were doing. She also took a bit to come back and tell one of us that the Tripel Karmeliet ordered was not available, recommending a Tres Pistoles instead... So, in addition to an at-best average experience and an overall vibe that just didn't work for me, but my major gripe was that their vast number of taps were taken up with what for me are a lot of stand-bys or US pale ales. In other words, most of the beers I would like to have on tap were available only in bottles because the pale ales, etc. were eating the tap slots.
That said, this place is head and shoulders above the other bars we stopped at in town. So, while I was disappointed, I'd still head there if I was in the area and wanted some brews on tap.
11-30-2009 03:53:47 | More by ocmpoma
4.25/5 rDev +10.1%
This Flying Saucer is similar to the others I've been to. They have a huge bar with about 70 taps, tables for eating and the couches, living room chairs, and coffee tables for just kicking back at. Mondays are $2.75 draft night, as long as it's not "high gravity" which seemed to be about 7ish% or above. There is a pretty good selection of regional beers including; Sweetwater, Terrapin, Highland, Foothills, and Thomas Creek. All the drafts I had were fresh and seemed well cared for.
The food menu is a bit more limited than the beer menu. The double brat sandwich was good, but I'd steer clear of the beer cheese soup. It was way spicier than I would expect and there was only about 4 oz. of it in the small bread bowl it's served in.
Since Columbia is a college town, most of the waitresses looked very nice in their uniforms. Both of the servers we had on our visits there last week seemed knowledable about the beers and were very attentive to our needs. When back in Columbia we'll definately visit again.
04-19-2009 20:18:08 | More by Fireboy
3.88/5 rDev +0.5%
The Flying Saucer is definitely a college bar. Just walk in the Columbia location, and you'll see what I mean. Lots of cute girls & frat guys. They also have a sort of hall of fame where they list the names of people who have had 200+ varieties of beer there.
Quality is good. I had a Victory Moonglow in the bottle, and it was very fresh. The taps lines seemed clean as well. The service was a bit lacking. Inattentive, and a little on the flakey side with comments like, you know that's a bottled beer, right?
Selection is excellent--Avery, Victory, Highland, Carolina as well as lots of German & English beers. Then again, anything is better than Louisiana. The food's pretty good too. There's the typical bar stuff--hamburgers, pizza, and sandwiches. There are also cheese pairing boards.
Overall, a pretty decent experience.
03-17-2009 03:24:11 | More by theghost3
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Columbia, SC
87 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.