The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Taps: 94 / Bottles: 128
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 48 | Reviews: 45 | Show All Ratings:
3.84/5 rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.25 | $$
While on a recent Dallas weekend trip I was looking for a place to grab a good beer and watch Thunder Grizzlies game three. After calling and speaking to the helpful bartender, this place looked like it fit the bill.
The first thing I noticed was how open this place was, with patio seating and a couple of rooms off to the sides which should accommodate just about anyone's particular preference in that sense. All beer was served in the proper glassware of course. Would be surprised at the beer places that do not adhere to this, but it seems to be less common and beer drinkers become more sophisticated. Selection was good.
Prices were fair with a nice array of styles at differing price points. Started off with the fire sale Big Sky Saison then had an Abt 12 as well as some chili queso, which was nothing special, but then again chips and queso aren't supposed to be special, but just serve the purpose of getting some food in the belly. Had spent some time drinking at Deep Ellum Brewery, and was a bit fully already, so cut this visit a bit short
Waitress was nice and did her job well, but was not a firecracker, which is not a problem. I would rather get served than get chatted up to be honest. Her beer knowledge was good, and I have no complaints there. I don't expect a cicerone.
I approached my first visit to a Flying Saucer a bit apprehensive about the smoke and noise, and am pleased to say on this day that was not a problem. I left pleased, except for my not so pleasant conversation with the douche-bag who decided he wanted to watch hockey with one minute left on the clock and a tie ballgame between OKC and Memphis. I chose not to let this guy be a reflection on the establishment, but thought management could have asked him to wait until the end of the game instead of changing the channel, as it was obvious I had been cheering for the Thunder for its entirety.
Overall there's really nothing to set The Flying Saucer apart from any other good beer bar, but then again I couldn't find anything major to gripe about beyond Mr. Assholio either. Would definitely visit again if in the area.
05-24-2013 20:34:32 | More by stephens101
3.88/5 rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$
Visited this particular Flying Saucer location in Addison during a visit. Always love the ambience at Flying Saucer - with the saucers up on the walls recognizing all-time great beer drinkers to have entered the coveted doors of this place. At this woodsy location there were three different areas to sit - a semi-outdoor (in the summer) front area. A cool main seating area in the middle, and the Pub of Love, which is a smokeylounge area in the back with beat up old couches to slouch on. Sexy waitresses serving up good beer. Can't beat that! Amable tvs surrounded the area. Food was just mediocore at best. I wouldn't recommend eating here except maybe for selected apps or pizza (can't go wrong with that). I wasn't a fan of their spices that they seem to OD on just about everything. Now onto the beers - GREAT vast beer collection. I quite enjoyed their local Texas beers - I was able to try the Live Oak Oaktoberfest as well as some locals from Saint Arnolds, etc.
10-25-2011 17:40:05 | More by CuriousMonk
3.4/5 rDev -16.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Summary: Loud and smoky. What you might have expected from a Flying Saucer before more progressive smoking laws were passed.
Loud and busy on a Thursday night. Parking lot was full, hard to find a space. Atmosphere is similar to many Saucers, soft chairs, lots of picnic tables, etc. I'm docking them points because of the inescapable smoky atmosphere. (The smoking allowed in the bar area easily makes its way into the much smaller nonsmoking areas which were only separated by open doors.) Service was questionable from the wait person (serviced many around us but not us for long periods), but very good from the beer tender. I'd score the former a 2 and the later a 4.5. Score reflects the fact that most of the "service" came from the wait person. Typical FS selection, lots of regional including two beers from the only brewery I'm aware of in the Metroplex. Quality was good, in general, at least for the two drafts I wound up with. Tasted the cask first which was a good thing. Oktoberfest with a sour milk characteristic. When I told the beer tender all he said was "I don't drink cask." Would I return? Given the smoke and service, I'd look for another place first.
11-19-2010 23:15:59 | More by LittleDon
4.44/5 rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Was able to make a quick stop on the way from a meeting to the airport.
I've been to Flying Saucer's in Nashville, Memphis, and Little Rock and have found them to be a solid choice when seeking out good beer in less-than-desirable beer areas.
I began at a table near the bar and eventually moved to one of the comfy couches in the back when Texas' outdated indoor smoking policy prevented me from enjoying my beers.
I began with the Live Oak hefe which I've been wanting to try for the longest time and was not let down. From there, I went with the 5 beer sampler - Live Oak pils, 512 two, Real Ale full moon rye PA, Franconia dunkel, 512 pecan cask. Getting all these quality TX beers on tap at a single stop speaks volumes about the focus on good beer at FS. In fact no crap on tap or in bottles as far as I'm concerned. If a good beer is available in the area, the can or will have it.
09-08-2010 20:37:26 | More by Yetiman420
4.13/5 rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Awesome place!! this place made me a beer lover, the samples are very usefull and all recommendations were apporpiated
Whenever I come back to US for sure i will lock forward to go again and again.
What I appreciate the most are the different offers they have amd the promos, you could get an Obama pint or special bottles with the brand on it.
The food was nice, and the atmosphere it was good enough, it was kind of empty but probably it was just not a busy day.
Nice selection on draft, bottle and some cans, they have some out of stock but that is ok
07-18-2010 18:07:08 | More by treque
3.6/5 rDev -12%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I love Flying Saucers all over, but this one on this day in dueche town central pissed me off. They had six different taps up one the wall that I couldn't drink because of the fact that they were out or as with the (512) Pecan Porter, they couldn't serve until the dist. got there. While a legitament reason, why on earth were they out of so much beer and why were the taps still up their. One of the taps had "been gone for like a week". I understand this is a busy local and they go through a lot of this very tasty beer but if the taps are spent, either take them off the wall or put a tap sock on it like FS usually do. Plus my waitress seemed to be pissed that I was only ordering from their list of beers that they aint got. Other than that good day. Got some Festena Peche and Live Oak Hefe. But for shame on your customer service this day.
06-14-2010 19:26:20 | More by RobertTh3Texian
3.95/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in for happy hour on a Wednesday night.
Don't remember specifically what the special was (either happy hour or whatever the theme was), but everything was reasonably priced. Massive selection of TX beers and national brands, but also too many BMC and other useless brands.
Scantily-clad servers are all around. Everyone's friendly enough though they can't really chat about craft beer. Not a big deal for me.
Had a Rahr's beer that was very tasty, then had a New Belgium Ranger IPA (yum) & 1 other forgettable national craft. I had low expectations for the bratwurst nachos, but they were loaded and had alot of flavor.
Was shocked to see people smoking - there are places in the US that still allow this obnoxious behavior? (Off soap-box). Dug the atmosphere but this dragged it down. It got busy and the place had a haze of smoke. Blech.
Been to a few of the other FS spots and this one compares favorably. Worth a stop if you're in N Dallas/Addison.
06-12-2010 18:15:47 | More by SunDevilBeer
2.58/5 rDev -36.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2 | $$$
The Flying Saucers are usually great-I love going to the lake and forth worth locations as they're truly quality joints. I don't know if its the management or being in Addison but this location fails on almost every level. The brewery nights on Wednesdays are horribly orchistrated, there seems to be no rhyme or reason as to what beers are included on happy hour special or are going to be served in a small goblet as opposed to a full pint (the menu indicates some beers as "not pint nite special" but this means nothing), and almost no one that works there knows anything about beer. What little they do know is wrong. What bothers me the most is I live less than a mile from this location but rarely go as I leave annoyed most every time I do. A huge waste of what usually is an incredible establishment.
12-29-2009 19:43:41 | More by Dixonian
4.28/5 rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I visited with some co-workers while in Dallas on business.
The Addison location is very different than the other two Flying Saucers that I've been to (Houston & Raleigh). It's in a newer shopping area and a building that seems to have been built specifically for this purpose. But it works and in fact seems to fit right into the area. It was packed when we were there on a Wednesday night.
The tap list, as with the others, is long and impressive. They're got lots of Americans, Belgians and other Europeans. I went with an Anchor Steam and a Ska Decadent Imperial IPA. The food is pretty good bar food but not outstanding. We had a quesadilla, pretzel and rocket tots.
The Addison location, while in a different setting, does not disappoint.
12-17-2009 12:44:59 | More by GJ40
4.35/5 rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Monday's Fire Sale - most pints $2.75. Can't beet that.
Started with Dale's Pale Ale (regularly $4.75) from Oskar Blues. Then I noticed the New Arrivals board that included: Avery's Kaiser, Left Hand's 400lb Monkey, Sierra Nevada's Anniversary, New Belgium's 2 degree Below, Big Sky's Moose Drool and Stone's 13th. I went with the Stone which was an amazing brew; strong, dark and warmingly intoxicating.
After my second sip of the Stone, I decided I'd better order food if I was planning to stay for another. I ordered the Bratwurst platter ($8.99) w/German potato salad and kraut. The food was decent and, as usual, there wasn't much left on my plate when I was done.
My final beer is the Stone 09.09.09. Compared to the 13th this is fruitier, less hoppy and with a drier finish. Another good beer, from among the multitude of excellent beers available on tap and in bottles at the Flying Saucer.
I would highly recommend this place based on the beer alone, but the service and atmosphere make this a must stop place when in the DFW area.
11-21-2009 04:02:28 | More by 86sportster883
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Dallas, TX
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