The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Taps: 82 / Bottles: 140
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 34 | Display Reviews Only:
3.18/5 rDev -21.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
The Flying Saucer is a nice place to have a beer in San Antonio. The atmosphere is very laid back, it is not a loud, crazy place. I am guessing there is room for 150-200 people. There are picnic style tables inside as wel as bar seating and tables with umbrellas outside. You probably will want to sit inside this time of year in Texas. The beer selection is good, there are about 80 taps with a decent variety and over 120 bottle selections. The beer menu is kind of lame, I would like to see more description of the beers other than pale,amber and dark. The service, in my handful of visits, is the only thing that leaves something to be desired. The waitstaff, in my opinion, don't really care about what they are doing, and the bartenders have been arrogant on every occassion I have been in. The food we have ordered has been appetizers (big pretzels w/ sauces) and they have been good. They offer more food than that, but I am usually trying to keep the bill under $30. Draught beers range in price from $2.50 for Lone Star to $5 for Maredsous 8. Most beers are in the $4 to $5 range. Overall a cool place to kick back and have a few quality draught beers in San Antonio.
06-12-2005 21:55:52 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.5/5 rDev -13.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | food: 4
Everyone seems to love the Saucer, but I beg to differ on a few points. This place has most of the ingredients to be an awesome, awesome beer bar. The atmosphere is cool: large bars backed by scores of taps, an outside patio area, high vaulted ceilings, etc. The quality and selection of the beer is stunning for the San Antonio area. The food is even very good - I would go there for the food even if I was not a beer drinker (try the chili!)
However, the service at this place really, really sucks. In the four or so times I have visited this place, I have received reasonable service once. The waitresses are, for the most part, snotty college-aged women that have little or no apparent interest in their jobs. The service is also slow and inattentive. I would go so far as to say that the service is occasionally unfriendly.
The plaid skirts the waitresses wear would be an outstanding addition to the atmosphere of this place were is not for the fat rolls sticking out between the shirts and the top of the skirt. Some of the waitresses look so bad, I almost lose my beer appetite.
The beer menu is maddening - they have over 200 beers broken down by country of origin (which is nice), but beyond that the best information they can provide about the beer is "pale, amber, or dark."
The bartenders are only slightly better than the waitresses, but at least have always been fairly friendly. No one seemed able to give me a really good answer about the upcoming homebrew demonstration on November 6, 2004. My questions: "Who's putting it on? Do you want or need more people to participate in the demonstration? I want to meet more homebrewers in the area." Their answer, in effect: "Someone here will be putting it on. People who show will get to drink the beer when it is finished."
I'll be spending my money over at Hills and Dales.
10-28-2004 17:04:09 | More by mgdeth
3.63/5 rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3
My (former) hometown Flying Saucer location is one of the better ones. They seem to keep up with their taps as far as brands moreso than the other Saucers I've been to. Yeah, mondays are good with the $2.50 drafts, but all the really good stuff (Belgians) are still full price. I've spent hours in this place, but a lot of the time is drinking mediocre beers just to fill up my UFO card (still working on it from a distance). There are great beers on tap, Maredsous 8, Erdinger hefeweizen, Leffe, Youngs (Double Choc & Oatmeal) Stouts, but it seems a huge percentage of the crowd is always drinking big-label bottles like BudLight and other swill. This sort of action is a detriment to the beer atmosphere- they should raise the prices on bland big-namers and see if the sheep will drink from the sweeter draughts.
06-23-2004 20:05:52 | More by BeerZack
4.22/5 rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4
The Flying Saucer is a definite improvement to the beer scene in San Antonio. (Is there a "beer scene" there? I don't think so but if there is, the Flying Saucer is a big part of it.)
The décor is pleasant enough, and the high ceilings are probably helpful with smoke removal. I was there on a Sunday just after noon, and there were all of three patrons in the place -- me, my friend, and a local. It was $2.50 Texas draft day, and I sampled two of the Real Ale products from Blanco TX (the Brown and the Rye Pale Ale) as well as the Amber from a company in Houston, Saint-something.
In addition, they have several Belgians on draft, including Kwak, Karmeliet Tripel, Maredsous, and Chimay White! But can you imagine, they don't have any of the appropriate glassware. "People steal them" I was told. Whatever. It was also nice to see my hometown favorite, Goose Island Honker's Ale on draft from Chicago.
An extensive bottled beer selection included Delirium Tremens, Affligem Dubbel, and many micros from around the US. (Again, no glassware for the Belgians. Ridiculous, I know.)
Next time I visit San Antonio I will definitely stop in to the Flying Saucer but will bring my Chimay and Kwak glassware to enjoy the products as they should be served.
07-01-2003 12:36:31 | More by danburgess67
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in San Antonio, TX
91 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.