The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Taps: 82 / Bottles: 140
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 33 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by pwsoldier:
3.9/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
04-26-2007 17:01:29 | More by pwsoldier
More User Reviews:
5/5 rDev +23.8%
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.
03-27-2014 10:56:13 | More by Preisman
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in San Antonio, TX
90 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.