The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Taps: 82 / Bottles: 140
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 32 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by jamescain:
3.1/5 rDev -22.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
When I first moved to San Antonio I was excited to find out that I was living only a few blocks from the Flying Saucer. I had been to the one in Austin and enjoyed it so I was looking forward to living close to another one. Sadly this saucer is not like the one in Austin. There have been a few times that I'm pretty sure they were selling beers using dirty lines. I refuse to drink any beer there unless it was tapped that day, because of that. They very rarely tap "exciting" beers like the other saucers in the state. The feel of the establishment is that of a hipster bar. I have no problem with trendy places, but it is more like a college bar then a beer bar. I understand that I have the ultimate choice whether or not to go, and I choose to not go there. It's disappointing that this location is not as good as the other locations within the state. I've emailed them before, complaining about their dirty line and other various objections, but they just send me excuses and refuse to fix the problems. I'm not the only person that has experienced these problems with this bar before. There food is good though, but that is not enough to make me go there. If I were asked by someone visiting the city, where to go for a good beer, I would not recommend this place.
07-22-2011 20:57:40 | More by jamescain
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2.8/5 rDev -30%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 2.75 | selection: 2.75 | food: 2.5 | $$
I seem to always hit up the local Saucer, where ever that might be. It is not my favorite franchise, or beer spot by any means. It is just usually solid. This location might be one of the lesser ones out there.
A small, awkward, and crowded bar. Along with a large dinning/sitting area. The typical penny lined tap wall and metal bar. The service seems clueless, which would be one thing. Though they also don't seem to care. At least when people are trying to get beers at the bar. Maybe I can't blame them when most everyone sitting at the bar is texting on their phones? Anyway, it takes forever to get noticed here.
I felt the beer selection was very substandard for the franchise. Certainly some good beer on the wall, but overall it just left me flat. There are probably 10 beers I have never had on the wall at downtown Houston. Here, they had 4 new beers total. Scrimshaw, Rodeo Clown, Karbachtoberfest, and some Euro lager. While the first three are great, just something I would expect them to have all the time (granted Karbach is relatively new here). The selection seemed more geared toward Euro beers, which is a mixed bag. I was really put off when they did not have anything from Live Oak, and no 512 Pecan Porter. No excuse to not have those.
Food is the same generic stuff at every other location. Basically the exact same menu.
Maybe as bad as the Little Rock location. Which is not good. I was not impressed here.
09-21-2013 03:55:43 | More by champ103
4.13/5 rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
I don't like places with crowded parking lots and SRO, that's why I moved to San Antonio from DC.
That being said, even though it's pretty crowded there, I generally like it. People in this town are respectful of your personal space. The tables are far enough apart to make me feel comfortable.
The beer selection could not be better. You can find most everything here.
The one quibble I did have is that they are seemingly unaware of the proper glassware as in you don't serve a Hefeweizen in a pint glass, that's just foul.
02-10-2012 20:35:15 | More by CDRSchafer
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in San Antonio, TX
90 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.