This is the 5th flying saucer Iíve visited and theyíre all pretty much the same; Lots of plates Covering high ceilings, waitresses dressed like jailbait, tons of tapas with very few locals, bartenders with limited beer knowledge. Of course this one added a dodgier then usual location in a shopping center next to a head store and Some place called the red door which sells the worldís sexiest erotic lingerie or words to that effect. Surely we can do better for craft beer than the Flying Saucer.
This beer bar in northern Charlotte suburbs is rather hard to find from North Tryon street as it is hidden from view, but once you find it you should start getting excited. 82 taps, most of which for excellent brews (Duck Rabbit, Bellís, Foothills, etc.) and a bottle list which is as attractive. There are hundreds of plates on the walls everywhere, but all is neatly done and does not feel cluttered. Our server was outstanding, remembering all of our orders by heart, serving us promptly and with a smile. The smoked salmon wrap I had was quite good and rather inexpensive for its quality. I was expecting less quite honestly in such a beer-focused bar. The Foothills Pilsener I had was as fresh as the mindblowing Duck Rabbit Baltic Porter that followed, so I guess they are able to keep their lines clean and their lineup fresh most (if not all) of the time. I will definitely be back here if I can go back to the Charlotte area.
Dedicated free parking, much easier than Nashville. Slighly smaller than Nasheville. Similar decor to Nasheville plates on the walls and ceiling and several big screen tvs. Service was quite good. Selection was good, but not great. I did find a bottle to try. Average to higher pricing. Place smelling like smoke, but I would go back.
Second Saucer Iíve been to? Stopped by with some pals in March and found it to be the lesser cousin of the Raleigh branch I know better. Same average food, same questionable sartorial policy for the female staff, and while there was a nice selection of brews it certainly wasnít as wide-ranging as one finds elsewhere. Mind you, I had plenty of choices and enjoyed sampling a couple of local brews. But this branch isnít any great shakes.
This is a small chain of restaurants that specialize in beer. I have also been to the Raleigh, NC location. Both have 80ish draught beers, and you can create your own flights. The food is typical pub fare. Staff are very helpful, but I have found it is much better to go on slow nights.
Located in a strip mall. Similar to other locations that Iíve been to. Has a lot of local breweries, but nothing particularly rare was on tap when I was there. Definitely worth a visit if youíre in the area.
Visited in November 2008. Fun atmosphere . Lots of smoke, but I donít mind that too much. Tons of North Carolina micros, far more than I even knew existed, and a large number of them on tap. Plenty of creative deals as well. Almost nothing imported. As far as new beers go, for an out-of-towner, itís a lucrative spot to find them. I drank probably four new beers and tasted five or six more in one evening and had a lot of fun discovering North Carolinaís brew scene. Kind of an awkward location from what I gathered, sort of in the suburbs it seemed. Didnít eat. Great for rating purposes, definitely, although itís definitely the type of place that values quantity over quality.
Visited on a Saturday afternoon for a late lunch. Fairly quiet, so the service was pretty attentive. The layout is almost identical to Raleigh, even though this one was in a strip center. For the most part, though, it was a typical FS experience.
Visited here when I was working for Duck Rabbit four years ago. Pretty similar setup to the Raleigh location (and I imagine all locations, good amount of pretty good taps, probably at least 10 local/NC beers. I would never seek this place out but its better than your average bar in charlotte.
Some folks indicated that this place was hard to locate, but on a recent trip to Charlotte (3/7/08), we were able to find it fairly easily by locating the shopping center itís in first then tracking down the bar. Nice selection of American craft, Belgian and German ales among many other beers (including local favorites). We tried some hard to find drafts in our area like Kasteel Rouge, Franziskaner Hefe and Maredsous 8. Good food (smoked salmon and buffalo chicken wrap were very good) but unless you are a smoker, this place is a little less than appealing in terms of air quality. Interesting, roomy bar with a nice selection of beers.