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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

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The Flying Saucer Draught EmporiumThe Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(919) 821-7468 | map

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Reviews by wedge:
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3.3/5  rDev -22%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

The Flying Saucer is a local bar, 10 minutes from my door, with a long wall of some 50+ taps...and I hardly ever go there.

Dude, the beer selection is huge. Most of it I skip over. When I go out to drink, I like to try the current seasonals or other special beers floating around. Often, I'll stick to the locals or a select few classics. All the other taps are just fluff for me. There's a good selection of bottles too - but I buy bottles at the store, you know? I can drink them at home for much less. I come to bars for draught beer. Basically, I don't even look at the impressively large, multi-page, small type beer menu anymore. All I need is the chalkboard above the bar with the "recent landings" and there are other, better places that offer what I seek.

They do get rare kegs/casks, sought after seasonals and local one-offs, and seem to treat their "UFO members" well. It seems to cater to the college crowd though...big loud room, short skirts, some sort of phony attitude vibe, plates (sorry, saucers) lining the ceiling celebrating the personal achievement of drinking many different beers. I like the idea, getting people to break outside of their narrow beer universes...but those damn plates. The acoustics are terrible, so it's near impossible to hold a conversation on a busy night.

The food is pretty average bar grub, with everything feeling just a little bit more bad for you than it should. There's just nothing that's ever stuck out. I feel like my wife and I have been told they were out of a certain beer we ordered multiple times. Not sure if that's just coincidence, bad luck, or what, but we joke about it, so it's left an impression on us.

Service is really spotty. We've been ignored for too long several times at the bar and honeslty, I haven't met an outwardly friendly or remotely memorable bartender yet. Call me crazy, but I'm attracted to bars where the guy or girl behind the bar remembers your face or at least tries to interact with you in some way. We're not hard to please. Service at tables is fine, I guess.

I just don't really enjoy being there. I don't get the attraction.

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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

Photo of gbarbee
5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ncstateplaya
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of bluedaisy0627
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of styleisking
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of Highbury09
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Ian504
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of lupercmda
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
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