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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

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

Type: Bar, Eatery

9605 N Tryon St
Ste A
Charlotte, North Carolina, 28262-8572
United States

(704) 717-8179 | map
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Notes:
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 1:00am
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00am
Sunday: 12:00pm - 12:00am

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PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
72
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
6.92%
 
 
Taps:
82
Bottles/Cans:
140
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 50 | Ratings: 72
Reviews by hyuga:
Photo of hyuga
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Mitchmoore12
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

First off I have to tell you that this was the place that started it all for me. I had my first ever craft brew here and it changed my life. I had a copper amber ale from the olde mecklenburg brewery.
Walking up to it the vibe was very cheerful and homey. A man sat outside with a friendly giant of a dog and the place looked very inviting. Walking in you step onto a hardwood floor and see the wooden bar and tables/chairs. There is more than enough room for a large crowd and plenty of comfy booths. Darts and other games can be played there too. The service is usually pretty quick but when it's at it's peak hours it can be a little before you get your next brew or pick up the check. The selection is phenomenal. Over 200 beers available from around the world to right down the street. I love this place and can't wait to go again!

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Photo of Riff
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

I love the vibe of this place. The plates, the decor, the live band playing in the corner, it's all a very cool place to just chill for a few hours and have some of the many, many beers they have on tap. One of the few places where the tap selection is better than the food selection. That is the one downer, the food is so-so at best, average selection and nothing that really stands out. But really, you don't go here for the food, you go for the beer. The major downside is that this place can get busy in a hurry and service really suffers for that. Considering how well it does you would think they would hire a few more servers to help even that out.

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Photo of cbfrancis
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.61/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

This place was awesome! I got to try so many new beers here from the east coast. The beer was great and so was the food. I ended up kinda drunk because of all the beers I drank. lol But it was still amazing!!!

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Photo of Apellonious
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of RUN-4-B33R
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of bostonbeans
3.98/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of BierDude88
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Hopportunistic
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of NCMatt
4.23/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

It's wonderful to have a bar with a solid lineup of craft beer in the University area. They have a wall of taps, and a two page bottle list. Most days there's a special of one form or another. I usually go for glass night every Wednesday, but I've wanted to try beer poker on Saturdays, just haven't made it out for that yet! Prices are average for most beers not on special, but some bottles (750's and 22's in-particular) have a pretty steep mark-up. Overall, the Saucer is my go-to bar in the University area!

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Photo of dailyminefield
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of evan35
4.23/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of Mirthrandir
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of One1Asterisk
5/5  rDev +19.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of cptbenjamin
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of 3ricks
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Tvrowe88
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of Leebo424
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of Robyn
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of bcp5296d
2.99/5  rDev -28.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 1 | food: 3.75

The food is really good, the service is good (I don't go there during crowded hours), and the beer selection is kind of a joke. about 100 taps and maybe 5 I'd like to order. You can tell they just buy a high quantity of less than par craft beer as most of their customers are new to the craft scene so they get away with it.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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