The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

Not Rated.
The Flying Saucer Draught EmporiumThe Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

55 Ratings
Ratings: 55
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: n/a
Taps: 82
Bottles: 140
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

11255 Huebner Rd
Ste 212
San Antonio, Texas, 78230-1685
United States
phone: (210) 696-5080

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @flyingsaucersa

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Reviews by pwsoldier:
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3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

First of all, let me say that this is one of my favorite hangout spots in San Antonio. It has its shortcomings, but the beer selection compensates for those nicely.

Atmosphere: Really depends on when you go. When it's not busy, the atmosphere is excellent, nice and relaxed. They're usually busy in the evenings though, especially on nights that they have specials going on. It often gets very crowded and a bit loud. If you're a Spurs fan, you'll feel right at home when there's a game on the TV sets. Personally, I find the spontaneous outbursts of collective cheering a tad annoying.

Quality: Clean, somewhat poorly lit in a few places, but overall very good quality. They have a very impressive collection of plateware on display. It makes for nice eye candy, as if the waitresses aren't enough!

Service: The bartenders are very knowledgable. They're always willing to make recommendations and give out samples. If you're not at the bar, however, be prepared to do a lot of waiting. The beer presentation is sometimes amiss during happy hour. Their idea of happy hour is charging pint price for an oversized hefe glass of beer. Their intentions are honorable, but some beers simply don't belong in those glasses.

Selection: 70 draft beers and somewhere around 150+ bottles, a very good selection overall. I'm especially fond of their selection of wheat beers and Belgian ales. There are a few styles that could use some expansion, particularly Bock, Barley Wine, and Strong Ale. Their seasonals pick up the slack to some degree, but it'd be nice to have a better year-round selection.

Food: I'm quite fond of their burger, and their pretzels are decent as well. Most of their other dishes are okay and they offer a decent selection of cheeses for cold plates.

I guess my biggest gripe about the Saucer is the cost. Most of the drafts are $4 or more, and a lot of their bottled beers are $10 or more.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.05/5  rDev -26.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Not so much a major craft brew place. More of a sports bar and place to go to be seen/hook up. A trendy place - not for craft enthusiasts. The pub food is pretty decent and reasonably priced. They have some happy hour specials from time to time, usually on beer that isn't that good. Go for lunch and avoid the douche factor that exists on a busy night. Right next door to the movie theater so it is nice to grab some grub and a couple of cold ones before you go check out a flick.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Great bar with a great drinking atmosphere. Most impressively is the waitress knowledge of beer. I have been twice in the last week and Lauren has listen to my likes and provided me some great beer I would have not known about. Not to Kenton the girls are a plus!!! Definitely like the place and will continue to visit throughout the years!

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Preisman
5/5  rDev +20.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I would go weekly and enjoyed myself every time. The selection is better than none. The food is great. The staff is friendly and always have great advise. A few waitresses that knew my preferences and always had a taster waiting for me. And more often than not it was a great choice. Parking can be bad, but if is not impossible to deal with. Of all the Saucers I have been to this is my favorite.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.7/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of champ103
2.8/5  rDev -32.7%
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.

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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in San Antonio, TX
92 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.