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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

69 Reviews
The Flying Saucer Draught EmporiumThe Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

328 W Morgan St
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27601-1369
United States

(919) 821-7468 | map
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PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
104
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
6.86%
 
 
Taps:
65
Bottles/Cans:
190
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 69 | Ratings: 104
Reviews by slowbie:
Photo of slowbie
4.4/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This place is almost always packed when I go. Granted, I am a grad student, so I rarely go before 9 pm and usually go on weekends, but it usually seems to be pretty full and loud.

However, I guess I should be thankful for that, because even when I order an IPA that's more obscure, it always seems to be fresh, which is really impressive considering the number of taps they have.

The service is good. It's pretty clear that they hire their waitresses for their looks and not their beer knowledge, but they're very helpful when they can be and are obviously trained in beer knowledge at least a little bit.

This place has the best selection I've ever seen. It's one thing to have a lot of taps, but they fill most of them with really interesting stuff. All of their BMC options are in bottles and they have a rare beer night every Thursday.

They don't have a dinner menu, but their pretzels are really good after two beers.

A note about pricing: Most of their beers are very reasonable and their $3 pint night is about as good of a deal as you'll find on craft around here, but it seems like there's this arbitrary line where a beer suddenly jumps up in price. It's usually around $8 for a snifter of any imperial stout, but a couple (Brooklyn BCS, Bear Republic Big Bear) come in a pint glass for about $5. I'm aware that those are two cheaper RIS choices, but the $8 snifters usually aren't nearly twice as expensive outside of the bar.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of rosmith51
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of dwagner003
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of TheBeerBuckler
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

I love this place! I tend to go on Mondays for Pint Night, it's very loud on these nights, which is kind of a set back. However if you go to the back room there's hardly ever many people in there so that you may enjoy your time with friends and be able to hear each other! The establishment in general is very nice, there's all sorts of plates on the wall and ceiling with random remarks from people who have drank large amounts of beer there which can be entertaining to stare at and read if you feel inclined to do so. The waitstaff is good for the amount of people they service on nights with specials. The main reason this is one of my favorite bars is because of the affordable price ($2.50 on Pint Night for most drafts) they have a great selection of beers! I haven't tried much actual food here, I've only dabbled in the appetizers a bit while with friends, but from the few things I have tried they were all acceptable, nothing spectacular-- but what do you expect from chips and dip or a pretzel with queso?

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Photo of Barracudas
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of oldn00b
3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

My third Flying Saucer and it's a lot like the rest. It's got a lot of open space. Decent vibe. Has a very oddly placed dart board - felt like we were in the way of the servers getting their beers from the bar but they kept saying we were fine so they were definitely nice about it. Selection was a bit disappointing actually, especially after hitting up a couple places like State of Beer and Tasty with tiny menus but impeccable choices.

Food was fine, typical flying saucer bar and pub food. It happened to be an Elvis night where they were giving out Elvis pint glasses and playing a lot of Elvis songs. Was definitely a nice touch.

Overall I feel like they could do a bit to put some more interesting things on tap here but it's definitely a nice place to stop in that near a lot of other things.

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Photo of lastmango
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

My law school daughter took me here before the 4th of July celebration, yesterday. I could have stayed the rest of the day! Well over 50 drafts and then 30 plus bottled beers . . . WOW! Excellent service. Great atmosphere with music piped in ranging from Dylan to the 80s and Carolina Beach. Can't wait to return.

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Photo of AngryVeteran
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of dailyminefield
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of SFNC
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Macsimus
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of evan35
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of MIchael_D_Larkin
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Just about my favorite place in Raleigh. Occasionally the service can be slow (still very friendly but it gets very busy or the waitresses can sometimes be... herbally infused...). I stop by just about every time I go to Raleigh. The food menu has just recently been changed, I wish they would have expanded it more and left the original menu for the Hungry Farmer. Sit outside on the patio and enjoy a cigar. The most dog-friendly place I've seen in Raleigh so far.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Raleigh, NC
4.23 out of 5 based on 104 ratings.
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