The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

The Flying Saucer Draught EmporiumThe Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
The Flying Saucer Draught EmporiumThe Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(704) 717-8179 | map

Notes: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 1:00am
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00am
Sunday: 12:00pm - 12:00am
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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 73 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by pBRale:
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pBRale from Iowa

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Oct 22, 2011
More User Reviews:
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atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Jul 02, 2020
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BeardedWalrus from North Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Jan 05, 2020
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Mitchmoore12 from Texas

4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

May 26, 2016
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Riff from Virginia

4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

May 22, 2016
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cbfrancis from Louisiana

4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

May 14, 2016
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jeffjeff1 from California

4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
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!!!

May 05, 2016
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Apellonious from North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Mar 13, 2016
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RUN-4-B33R from North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Dec 16, 2015
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bostonbeans from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Aug 15, 2015
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BrewsNRecords from North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Jul 14, 2015
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Hopportunistic from North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Jun 21, 2015
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NCMatt from North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

Jun 02, 2015
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dailyminefield from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Feb 13, 2015
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evan35 from North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Jan 21, 2015
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Mirthrandir from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Jan 12, 2015
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One1Asterisk from Florida

5/5  rDev +17.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Dec 22, 2014
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cptbenjamin from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.7%

Oct 13, 2014
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3ricks from South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Sep 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Sep 04, 2014
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Leebo424 from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +17.9%

Aug 30, 2014
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Robyn from South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Aug 18, 2014
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bcp5296d from North Carolina

2.99/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

Jul 29, 2014
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CBM45 from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Jul 19, 2014
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Stargazer2892 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.7%

Jul 16, 2014
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Charlotte, NC
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