Parking is hard, usually I have to park on Hillsborough. Atmosphere is lousy, mostly college students drinking Miller Lite out of bottles on Mondays (when they can get a pint for less). The pizza is decent but everything else is overpriced and mediocre. Now to the beer....the selection is great for the 6% law but sometimes some beers taste old and oxidized or just not fresh. Also, one waitress gave me a hard time because I called her out on getting me the wrong beer but she didn’t believe me so I had to raise hell to the manager who end up giving me the pint she gave me plus the pint I wanted, as should have been done to begin with. Overall, good place if you are close (best on Monday for $2.50 pints).
DiarmaidBHK (948) 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.
A pretty reasonable tap house with a couple of indoor and outdoor areas serving assorted snacks and meals. With something like 75 taps and twice as many bottles at least, it is definitely a place worth visiting for the selection alone. It had a nice pub feel, good service and the meals were tasty.
OldGrowth (204) 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. Can’t 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. It’s 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 I’ve gone here several times. Line cleaning seems to be an issue, I’ve 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 don’t like this place,
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.
If you don’t like having attractive young waitresses serving you all kinds of interesting brews -- don’t visit the Flying Saucer.
The FS is hands-down the best selection of beers in Raleigh metro area. $3 draughts on Monday is a great deal -- also, ask your server about the UFO club.
The wait staff is comprised of attractive college-age young ladies -- at least one of them is knowledgeable about beers.
The food is better than expected -- try the brat-pretzel or the goat cheese pizza.
Staff is made up of mostly frat guys or something because they really do not know their beer. Big selection, including statewide beers that are not always easy to get locally. Go on Monday when they have $2.50 pint nite. Otherwise, their prices are a bit steep. Oh, the $2.50 no longer applies to belgians--dang it. I haven't had their food so I don't know about it.
The great beer selection is the only great thing about this place. Choose your own ’flights’ 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.
They had a pretty good list of beers to choose from, but I had to send 3 back because they had the old taste. The selection may become better, because they just passed a higher beer law for the state. The service might be better, but our waitress only wanted to keep flirting with her boyfriend at the bar. The food was pretty much grill style and not anything great to choose from.