The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Taps: 82 / Bottles: 140
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 34 | Display Reviews Only:
3.43/5 rDev -15.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
The concierge at my hotel recommended this place so I had to try it.
When I got there, the place was packed in/out. The outdoor seating was plentiful and alot of people were outside even though it was about 100 degrees outside. I chose to go inside.
I decided to try a sampler, 5 5 ounce beers. The server told me I could only pick one belgian and then 4 others. After telling her I preferred Belgians, she could have told me there was a Belgian sampler for more $, but unfortunately, she didn't. I only noticed it on the menu after I gave her my selections and she had left.
Because of the limited draft selection, I had a difficult time coming up with 5. Especially because they were out of two of the ones I wanted to try and they didn't replace the taps with something else! (what a waste).
My final selections were Chimay Triple, Youngs Double Chocolate Stout, Breckenridge Porter, 512 Pecan Porter, and paulaner hefeweizen. The 512 Pecan Porter from Austin, TX was AMAZING!
When the beers arrived, some of each glass spilled on the tray (what a waste) and some beers didn't seem cold enough (perhaps due to the Texas weather?). It was an average place for beer selections on draft, but definitely a nice place for the younger crowd to hang out as well as try sampler trays.
08-24-2010 01:25:52 | More by mbonugli
4/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
While making my move from Buffalo, NY to San Antonio,TX I stumbled across the Flying Saucer while staying in Memphis. I was rather impressed and when I found out there was one in San Antonio as well as more locations throughout Texas I was delighted. The atmosphere is really great, and if you grab a seat at the bar, the bartenders are more knowledgeable about the beers and can probably help enlighten you to some extent. I tend to go there for the beer and not the food, but what I can recommend is the beer cheese soup. It is delicious, spicy and comes in a bread bowl. This place is worth checking out in San Antonio, or anywhere else for that matter!
06-30-2010 06:49:59 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
3.95/5 rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Took another long bus ride up here while in the area.
Atmosphere is good. They've got a nice beer garden out front with a bunch of tables that hold an exorbitant amount of people inside. The bar begins on the left-hand side and snakes around to the back of the bar. Saucers hang everywhere, trophies of people who (like myself) spend entirely too much money on beer. On the ceiling hangs actual plateware, looking slightly precarious.
Quality is good. All the beer I had was served in a pint glass but at a good temperature and with the proper amount of head.
Service is hit or miss. I finnagled a place at a makeshift bar in the middle of the place and was able to have a few beers and food brought out to me. Beforehand I had to venture to the bar where I dealt with a bit of guff from the overworked bartender.
Selection is very good, but definitely not great. Tons of taps with year-rounds and seasonals from locals including Real Ale, Live Oak, and St. Arnold's along with a nice selection of others but I didn't see anything that made me say "wow".
Food wasn't all that great. The chicken tenders and fries I had tasted as though they were straight out of the freezer but they were still more than edible.
Value is good. Right about par for what I came to expect in San Antonio.
Overall I got just what I expected. A nice tap list but nothing exceptional. Still, the best bar (not including brewpubs) that I went to while in the area, so it's definitely worth a stop.
04-30-2010 02:42:40 | More by glid02
4.65/5 rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
When approaching this place, I was a bit leery. Being in a strip mall, all I could think was "this is going to be a tourist trap." However, I was pleasantly surprised when I got inside and saw that not only did they have a lot of "pub" style seating, but they also had private tables, pool, darts, and just a nice, friendly atmosphere. Their selection is incredible, and the food, although a tad pricey, was still better than typical bar food. They also do all the gimmicky clubs and shirts and waitresses in skimpy schoolgirl costumes (which they are more than happy to use to their advantage to get better tips, I might add). However, the gimmicks really didn't bother me, and in fact, I left with one of their hundreds of collectible pint glasses, which by the way, came with a bottled hefeweissen, which in my opinion, can never go wrong. Their website also has a trader section for collectors of the pint glasses.
All in all, I found it to be a really fun place, and I plan on visiting others around the country.
02-05-2010 05:13:51 | More by evilbunnee
4/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
The address was tricky, since it was located in the back of the Strand shopping complex off of Huebner Road. Facing the building, there was a wide patio area delineated by a short fence surrounding the sea of picnic tables covered by umbrellas. The entry was to the far left of the space and opened onto a bunch of high backed leather chairs and a leather sofa immediately left. Just beyond the comfy chairs, still left, were the kiosk and an ATM, followed by the long "S"-shaped Formica-topped bar. Here, the back bar was simply a long line of taps in front of laminated pennies, topped by a string of beer and wine BTs, further topped by three huge blackboards. To the right of the entry were a combo of high tables and chairs along with standard restaurant tables.
Continuing right, there was a restaurant area consisting of picnic tables and a high arched skylight that kept it brightly lit during the day. Along the back wall were the server's station, the kitchen, a cigarette machine, the lavs, and a couple of English-style dartboards.
The one thing that gave me pause as we pulled into the parking lot were the two servers on break smoking cigarettes behind the building. What must the neighbors in the gated community across the street think of scantily-clad, half-naked young women dressed as naughty Catholic schoolgirls?
80 taps and 180 bottles.
12-21-2009 23:50:57 | More by woodychandler
4.03/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went there several times while visiting the San Antonio TX area. I was there for my niece's graduation from Air Force boot camp.
Went there two evenings, the waitresses are cute and the beer cold.
Like many 50+ tap places they had evenings that they would give away glasses after you drink a beer or two. I regretfully didn't make it on one of those nights.
They also provided a beer club were they kept track of your beers and even allowed you to choose beers from a touch screen computer, figuring out what beers you had not drank in different categories. You printed tickets and presented them to your server, ie. no missunderstandings.
Regular bar food, possibly a bit better, sandwiches and soups I had where really good.
They also had plates hung everywhere with names and how many times people went through the "list".
09-03-2009 16:44:18 | More by ImusBeer
4/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 1.5 | $$$
Someone once referred to this place as the "Hooters of Beer Bars" and I think it lives up to the name based on the eye candy that prances around (my boyfriend much appreciates). However, this should not be a knock on the Saucer, as they do offer great ambiance, a wide selection of beer, and a friendly staff. I was am not at all impressed with the food at any of their locations. I'd prefer a menu like what can be found at a place like the Yardhouse, but it is what it is. Overall a very good experience and the selection can rarely be matched. Probably could use some more frequent cleaning of their beer lines though as I've had some beers that had a little extra funk in them before at this San Antonio location.
San Antonio has a great patio with lots of trees providing shade from the summer sun. Unlike the Austin location, no liquor at this one which keeps the "shots!" crowd at bay. Staff and customers are always super friendly at this one.
02-22-2009 19:54:43 | More by spaceycasey
3.75/5 rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Have been to several and this was better than most. I think it may be the excellent outside area. Decent bar food and good service. Great beer choices and the lady severs are outstanding in those skirts and socks. I really dig the way they lay out their taps. I wish I had one of those walls in my basement. They also give glasses away and you can buy any left over for a great price. I tried the mystery beer (you know the ones they can't sell) I was surprised to receive a Saint Arnold Lawn Mower. I was not a member, but it was kind of weird when my partner swiped a card in a computer and it suggested beers for him. Keep drinking and maybe someday you will get your name on a saucer. Later.
02-20-2009 19:34:55 | More by TheChauffeur1
4.35/5 rDev +7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
A: Loud bar with yuppie hipster types, but it's hard to find a right proper English pub in the colonies. A bit of an upscale dive aspect to it, if that works. Still, some nice elements, outside seating, wood, metal, concrete.
Q: Everything we tried was in good condition.
S: Top marks here for taking care of us even though it was busy, and letting us split an Orval, both with proper glassware, served with the label facing us and leaving the last sip in the bottle so we could decide of we wanted the yeast; Beer Goddess.
S: You don't find many bars in Texas with more than 4-5 taps, and the FS has about 80-90, plus tons of bottles. There were a couple odd omissions though, like St. Benardus, or Arrogant Bastard on tap (was in bottle). Still, hard to go wrong here.
Didn't eat, but this is an oasis in a beer wasteland. Strongly suggested for your San'tonio trip.
10-10-2008 04:04:58 | More by HardTarget
3.68/5 rDev -9.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
For a weeknight, this place was packed. Must have been the brewer glass attraction. They were giving away complimentary collectable glassware starting at 7pm. Kudos are due in that department. It was also extremely loud, a lot of echo. The place oozed of trendy strip mall. The saucers on the wall gave it some kitschy appeal, but the overall feel was more cold than warm. The servers were in tight shirts and short skirts. If you're into that kind of thing, then this is the place for you. Being there with my fiance, it was dangerously distracting. They have an impressive selection of tap beers and bottled beers. We ate a veggie wrap with avacado, jalepenos, vinegar, lettuce, and tomatoes. Was pretty good, but couldn't taste the jalepenos, which was probably a good thing for the beer tasting. The bartenders were knowledgeable and attentive, although they seemed a little annoyed we asked for samples - not cool. They also poured my IPA in a tall hefeweisen glass - maybe not as knowledgeable as I thought. The selection alone makes this place a worthwhile stop, however, the atmosphere won't bring me back anytime soon.
05-29-2008 20:26:54 | More by Ben4881
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in San Antonio, TX
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