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 didnít know much about beer. This is a MUST stop in Raleigh, just be prepared for a loud place.
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 Iíve visited, is that the beer is old more often than not. Iím 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 wouldíve ever expected from this joint.
Beer selection is decent, although most of the drafts are American, probably due to cost and turnover rate (skunked kegs). Waitresses are usually very easy on the eyes and the food is mediocre. BBQ Chicken Pizza and the Hippie Hollow wrap are the best things on the menu in my opinion.
Nice patio to bring your well-behaved dog to on nice evenings, although there isnít much of a view.
This area of Raleigh also gets a lot of riff-raff walking by begging for change and the like. Kind of annoying but cíest la vie eh?
erock1 (5) Cary, North Carolina | November 10, 2006
My first experience with the Saucer was in downtown Memphis. I was blown away. I live in the Raleigh area, so I was happy when the Saucer opened up here. You canít beat the selection. The wait staff is pleasant on the eyes and even though the food selection is limited, it is very good.
Let me say.. AWSOME PLACE.. my new favorite bar.. they have a beer club called UFO that i joined.. u get a tshirt and if u try all the beers u get a pla8ue on the wall.. VERY nice selection.. 81 on tap and over 200 in all.. the food is decent.. i tried the german platter.. cheese and sausage.. works well with the beer... ANDDDD VERY FINE WOMEN bringing the beer .. 17/20 awsome bar
Very impressive beer selection. Food is OK but not half bad. Somewhat overpriced but not entirely unreasonable. Flights for sampling, different beers on special regularly rotated, newly arrived brews posted, glass night on Wednesdays (very cool), and a 200 beer club where you can get your name put on a plate on the wall. All fun stuff if you are into beer. I would have liked to see yards available but given the usual crowded college atmosphere this is probably prohibitive. There are a decent number of TVs on the walls to watch a game on. There is even a little sofa lounge area near the front of the building to hang out and relax. Pool and darts are in the back as well. I recommend checking it out. Cool place.
OldGrowth (193) the Containment Area, North Carolina | June 3, 2006| Updated August 10, 2013
Visited 5/31/06. Wife and I had dinner here. Great beer selection, though weird way they break down the beers, they use the Standard Reference Method (Pale, amber, dark) to classify beers and have a unique pricing chart on the menu. Using symbols to represent prices, prices from 3.00 to 26.00, Good mix of local, national, international beers here. Canít imagine not finding something you like here. Kind of kitchie, lots of stuff on walls, hanging from ceiling, dark and smokey inside, they do have a patio area to sit outside. Big bar area 25 - 30 chairs and tables too. It is loud when full. Itís a sit yourself policy for finding tables. Waitress was good and prompt. Knew one of the beers was out as soon as I asked for it. Food was Ok, very limited menu. Apps and a couple sandwiches mainly. We had some buffalo chicken and a couple of the pizza slices. The pizza slices are about 1/4 of a decent size pizza and were Ok. I had the Edenton big boss ipa, Cotton wood endo ipa and the Duck-Rabbit milk stout. If you want the biggest beer selection in Raleigh this is it. Some street parking is available and ther are a couple pay lots right next door. Near the Clarion hotel in the downtown area. Worth a visit if in Raleigh. 06/03/08 Just to add on some comments now that Iíve gone here several times. Line cleaning seems to be an issue, Iíve had several beers that taste like someone just plugged in a new keg. This Saucer has a very small kitchen and it shows, food is fairly lame.brought down foods score and overall score to reflect my opinion. I keep trying, but I just donít like this place,
I have been to this place 3 times now, and it is great if youíre 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.
The great beer selection is the only great thing about this place. Choose your own íflightsí are a great way to try a bunch of beers for cheap. Service is slow as hell and stuffed into stupid school girl uniforms, making me embarrassed to be seen there. Noisy inside, but if the weather is nice the patio is great. Very frat-tastic. Why do they go to a place with a bunch of great beers on tap if they are just going to order Mudweiser? Go during NC State school breaks only. And bring the waitresses some pants.
bmanning (8) Holly Springs, North Carolina | October 19, 2005
Most people go to this place for their HUGE selection of draft beers. The food is below average bar food however. And the service is very slow.