Passed this place while walking from Crank Arm back to my hotel. Empty late on a Wednesday night, folks must have 8 o’clock classes. Huge long bar, cavernous interior, nice covered patio. Beer list was massive with a few decent surprises, though overall more about the quantity. Decent stop if you’re in the city center.
I liked the Flying Saucer. It’s a large place but somehow felt comfortable and homely and it has a nice patio with chunky wooden tables and benches. The very long and impressive beer list is matched by a long, long bar, backed with shiny copper pennies. The walls and ceiling are covered in saucers each bearing a name, a number, a date and a quote. The different coloured edgings (gold, silver, bronze and red) denote how many beers the owner of the saucer has drunk, in multiples of 200. And that’s a lot of beer, as there are no half pours here.
(Visited 13 February 2014).
April 2007, the night before the World Beer Festival -- one word review: awesome! Superb beer list wtih a huge number of quality brews available on tap. The menu is limited, but we ate was good. The service was attentive, if she didn’t know much about beer. This is a MUST stop in Raleigh, just be prepared for a loud place.
DiarmaidBHK (862) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | September 27, 2011| Updated October 9, 2011
If you’ve seen one Flying Saucer you’ve seen them all. Lots of wood and polished brass and plates as far as the eye can see. Apparently if you drink something like 200 different beers you get a plate with your name on it and the chance to write something pithy. Tons of taps lots of bottles. Nothing too out there although they had a number of local taps which is always appreciated. The food was solid although insanely overpriced. I got like 8 wings for $8 and we’re not talking Quaker steak here. As mentioned in the previous post the fact that the waitresses are all required to dress like 13 year old reform school students with barely there skirts is off putting. I think we can all enjoy craft beer without the environment of casual sexism.
Bleh. Lots of saucers! All over the walls and ceiling. Food quality average and overpriced. Great beer selection, but I was a bit peeved when they took my beer order of a beer that was posted on a chalkboard, only to inform me later that they had been out since two days before. Service friendly but inept.
This is not as big as their location in Nashville, but has easily has as many beers. Taps galore and I was here on $2.50 pint night. The waitresses did their uniforms justice. At about 10pm there were no seats to be had. My only problem with the Saucer, and this goes for every location I’ve visited, is that the beer is old more often than not. I’m always weary about ordering anything hoppy and I try to stick to the "new draft" list. Not bad if I can do that. The lox sandwich is way better than I would’ve ever expected from this joint.
Just off the centre, unpromising from the outside and a bit of a barn inside but a superb range of beers - US and imported - and simple long bar makes this a great place to while away half a day. Nice staff too.
JCB (289) Durham, North Carolina | November 19, 2010
I’ve no idea how many dozens of times I’ve been here since moving to NC a decade ago, but it’s a lot, Jack. And it’s always been a reliable place to bend the elbow, even before the local beer scene heated up. Dark wood ambiance, long tables, not too obtrusive telly presence, and tons of breweriana. Food is perfunctory at best but the service has always been good. Usually a terrific selection of state, national, and international craft, with a smattering of rarities at any given time.
I have been to this place 3 times now, and it is great if you’re up for trying new beers on tap (or in bottle). The other night they had 81 draught selections. In addition, you can create your own flights. The food is typical pub fare. Staff are very helpful, but it is very busy in there, especially Thur through Sat night, so they do their best to move quickly.
Suttree (213) Knoxville, Tennessee | April 29, 2008| Updated March 21, 2014
Got there fairly early on Friday before the WBF, and glad we did - It got crowded pretty quick. Nevertheless, we thought the service was pretty good - our waitress was attentive and kept our glasses full. Selection was good, I was able to find a nice mix of new stuff and old favorites. Overall, I’m guessing this is pretty typical of Flying Saucers - and that’s a good thing.