The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

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The Flying Saucer Draught EmporiumThe Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
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58 Ratings
Ratings: 58
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: n/a
Taps: 82
Bottles: 140
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Ratings: 58 | Reviews: 36
Photo of Preisman
5/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

Photo of bauerodb
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Great beer tasting spot. Huge selection.

Photo of evilbunnee
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of Andyyyyyy
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

Photo of kinupanda
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place has become my regular haunt, having come here regularly for the better part of the past seven years, and deserves to be my first location review on this site. Indeed, one of the characteristics high on the list when looking for a new place to live was "proximity to the Saucer." It is just that wonderful, and the quality and service seem to have gotten better as I've patronized it more over the years.

As the beer menu implies, plenty of beers on tap, even more in bottles, with new arrivals rotating in on a regular basis. Beers are generally served at the correct temperature and in the correct glassware; during happy hour I do get something snifter-worthy served in a pint glass, but I obviously choose not to complain, as it is more beer than I'd bargained for. There is a "fire sale" for $3.00, and most beers are in the $4.50 to $6.00 range; considering that a lower-quality beer can sometimes set one back that much elsewhere, the investment is worth it. Also, the lack of liquor sales (some Saucers do sell liquor) means the focus is exactly what it should be, on beer.

The servers are certainly appealing to the eye, but they are more than that: most of the ones who can hack it and have worked there for a reasonable length of time definitely are knowledgeable about the product they are providing. Indeed, I have seen the managers training the servers, and they are tested on their beer IQ based on a thick binder that contains all sorts of knowledge on the styles and properties of beers. Definitely legitimate there. Service is generally prompt, except for when it's insanely packed (as can be expected) or ridiculously dead (an oddity I have yet to figure out, and possibly the only demerit sometimes). Once the first beer is in your hand, though, the servers do a good job of checking on you.

The food is quite good, and has rarely if ever missed. When I'm looking for something light with an after-work companion, a meat-and-cheese tray goes well and adds an air of classiness, with beer and cheese pairings that are often guided by the menu and/or the server and that do not overwhelm the palate. For an actual meal, the Saucer Bratzel (soft pretzel coated with cheese and slices of bratwurst) or the Chicken Philly (exactly what it sounds like... highly recommended with avocado) seem to complement any style of beer well. It is bar food, of course, and probably isn't Weight Watchers friendly... but it is probably better than going to an actual chain bar and only having "wings" or "wings" to choose from.

The atmosphere is very inviting, whether it is filled to near-capacity or waning in the late evening hours. There is a fair amount of seating indoors, either at tables in the front (by the projector, which is often on showing a sporting event), the bar itself, in the Beer Garden atrium in the middle, or outdoors. Plenty of televisions, an open layout, and you can actually hear the people at your table.

Having been to some of the other Flying Saucers, I do wish that certain other beers were served here; likewise, I wonder why some brews from particular breweries are available, but not others. This, however, does not detract, as there is usually something untouched on the beer menu that pleasantly surprises me. Overall, the place does a good job of making one want to come back. After all, the FS model is based on consumer retention. Needless to say, it has worked on me.

Photo of cfergusn
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Depending on the food and beer you get, the price can be reasonable. Food is overall good, standard bar flair with a slight twist. Selection of beer is large, which encourages you to try new types and open your taste buds. If you haven't joined the UFO club, its worth the membership. Service is hit or miss, but my beer goddess is knowledgable, as she has earned her plate. Quality is good, as there is no cheap seats, but the patio and indoor area give it a great atmosphere. Lots of medical, young professional, and at later hours, college kids visit. This is not the drink till you puke place, as most people here are responsible and respectful.

Photo of harpus
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

I went to the Flying Saucer for the Brewery Night to get the Brewery Glass. Flying Saucer is a chain of Beer Bars, but by far one of the best bear bar chains, I have been to. They carry beers from countries like Belgium, Canada, Australia, USA, England, Scottland, Germany, Italy, China, Japan, Mexico and Brazil just to name the ones I can thing of. They aslo have a large selection of beers on tap and in bottles. They also carry beers local to the area to well known beers. If I am back in the San Antonio area, I will go back, of in the area of other Flying Saucer I will also go. Some of the beers are a little high in price, but other are reasonalbe.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place had bear republic. I think they have every beer they can get there hands on, some rotate of course, but I don't think that a bar in texas could be asked to have much more selection than this.

The drawback of this place was the crowdedness. I went alone while waiting on something, and it was a struggle to find the last possible place to sit.

The service is good, and the waitresses are hot as hell and have short ass skirts. The bartenders know how to pour a beer and how to make suggestions.

I had a bratwurst plate that was really good. The bread was nice and buttery and moist. The german potatoes were pretty decent, and the saurkraut was pretty good as well. The bratwurst itself wasn't half bad either. Definetly glad to have a good meal with good beers.

I will definetly visit this place again on my way though SA. I just hope it's not so busy next time.

Photo of HardTarget
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The Flying Saucer is pretty easy to locate off I-10 at Huebner in The Strand. The waitress said that most people call the area Huebner Oaks.

The service was better than I had ever had before at a Saucer and the waitress seemed to know a smidge about beer. Also the barkeep was knowledgeable and we taked about just how much of a letdown the Rogue Saison was in comparison to other JLS beers.

We settled into some appetizers and they were better than any other Saucer I have visited. The quality of the beers from the taps was well done and my only gripe there was that a beer that was out was not covered or removed from the wall. They boast 75 drafts and a much smaller bottle selection that some other Saucers.

The atmosphere was good as well, with no smoking and a well lit enterior of picnic tables in a large open area with very high ceilings and then the bar area which was not a well lit.

I'd certainly head back to this Saucer. Good food, good beer, and good service all add up to another visit.

Photo of danburgess67
4.22/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Mitchel
4.18/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The Flying Saucer is a quality beer establishment. Ridiculous selection makes for excellent times. Although you will constantly hear about the poor service, I have always had decent service. Never great, but never appalling as it is said to be. They have a special every day which I appreciate, being a poor college student who needs beer and rent money at the same time. What is a poor boy to do? Drink good beer at fair prices.

The food is okay…The food selection is not huge, but what they do have is generally pretty good. That damn turkey sandwich is fantastic and it is a big reason why I keep going back. The main reason that I go there is because of the atmosphere and the beer selection (literally hundreds to choose from). The cute girls with short skirts don’t hurt either.

The beer scene in San Antonio is somewhat acking and this is one of the best places in the area to go to. Check it out you might like it.

Photo of beeragent
4.14/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Considering the beer scene in San Antonio, this is one of the few places worth visiting. I like the fact that the inside is no smoking. That alone makes for a much more enjoyable experience. The waitstaff seem to be fairly quick in service, except if your out on the patio, in which you may be waiting a while. The waitresses seem to have a good idea of the beer they serve, and are pretty good at making recommendations to non-beer drinkers, i.e. those that normally just settle for a bud lite. For beer IMHO, they cant be beat. They have the most beer, and the widest range of styles on tap, in the San Antonio area. While they can be expensive, their Monday night pint special, makes poor kids like me, able to afford the finer brews in life. Overall, this is a great place to visit, but it gets extremely crowded as the night goes on (but I bet 3/4 of the crowd, wish they had a miller lite in their hand, as opposed to the murphy's stout that their buddy ordered for them).

Photo of CDRSchafer
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of YonderWanderer
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The Flying Saucer, one of the few great places to go for beer while visiting San Antonio. Unfortunately I only made it out here once, but it was well worth it. A huge wall of taps line the room behind the bar, offering a great mix of locals, micros, and various quality imports. The atmosphere is nice, and on a Sunday night, it wasn't too crowded, and the service was good. The waitresses were all beautiful too, which is a great bonus in addition to all the good beer and food. The food was solid as well. I recommend the pretzel with bratwurst and cheese. The price was quite reasonable, and I would gladly visit here again.

Photo of ImusBeer
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
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".

Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped by afternoon of 4.20.11.

Located in a fancy strip mall about 7 miles NW of downtown, there's no sign on the main street to indicate this is the right location, thank goodness for GPS. The usual SAT layout, good size dog-friendly patio in the front of the building, about a 12 seat bar, and tables scattered not too close together. The usual impressive at first glance beer list, several Texas craft beers, but nothing too impressive. Didn't try the food. To be honest, pales in comparison to the other Flying Saucer I've been to, KC, which had Bell's Two Hearted on tap and on cask. I'm sure there's something for most everybody here, including plaid schoolgirl skirt aficionados, but I wasn't very impressed and if I come back to SAT I won't come here again.

Photo of spaceycasey
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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!

Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of glid02
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of Beertracker
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The Flying Saucer should definitely be on any good beer lovers radar while visiting San Antonio. The location is easily accessible from I-10 with ample parking which makes it easy for an out-of-towner like myself. I've only been to this location once, but I was pleasantly surprised to find some Santa Fe Chicken Killer Barley Wine in bottles along with some West Coast selections like Anchor, Bear Republic, Stone, etc... however, I mainly enjoyed the Texas brews since I was visiting on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The place is fairly upscale & modern compared with some of the other Saucers that I've visited. The staff seem to be at least beer literate and the bartender was fairly knowledgable about what she was serving and didn't mind offering samples of the local brews. I'm sure the place is busy on weeknights & "touristy" summer weekends. I would definitely recommend stopping by on a Sunday afternoon for $2.50 Texas brewed pints, Monday nights for $2.50 pints on most draughts, or Wednesday for brewery night where you buy the beer and get the glass. They also have Mystery beer night on Thursdays for cheap bottles. Join the UFO Club and drink beer at the Flying Saucer!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Photo of pwsoldier
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of Gaisgeil
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Not a bad little spot to have a few cool ones, but I've certainly been to better places. This place has tons of potential with it's beerhall type setup. The service wasn't terribly helpful and kept putting fruit in my beer despite my polite requests not to. All the waitress were wearing short schoolgirl skirts and stockings and that it brings it up a level, but that fact isn't enough to offset the fact we didn't see our waitress nearly often enough. The selection is quite good, but their menu definatly needs some work, no descriptions, horrible organization and not up to date at all, I tried ordering a few that were no longer on tap, very disappointing. It seemed everything was served in either a tumber or a weizen glass as well, not a total downer, but you'd expect more from a place like this. Food was simply standard, nuff said. Prices are more than I'm used to, and certain beers were definatly overpriced for certain.

Overall, tons of potential and definatly one of the better spots in town, worth a shot.

Also, every wednesday is logo glass night, buy the featured beer and it'll be served in it's brewers glass which you get to keep, for free, score!

Slàinte!

Photo of corby112
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped by here on a recent trip to San Antonio. Like almost every other beer destination in SA this place is completely out of the way if you are staying downtown. You have to rent a car but it's worth it. Just make sure you bring a designated driver.

This place is pretty kitschy ad since it's a chain they have gimmicky things like plates hanging up with people's names who have sampled a certain number of beers. Other than that there is a chalkboard with new offerings which is very helpful, biergarten style benches as tables, and flat screen TVs.

They have a very large selection of beer including a ton of drafts and an extensive bottle list. Lots of good locals including St. Arnolds, Live Oak, etc as well as plenty of other American craft, German and Belgian beers. The selection is pretty incredible!

The service was decent. All of the servers are women in very skimpy tight clothes. Expect a lot of cleavage. This is kind of silly but it's a chain so you have to expect things like this. Our server was helpful about ordering flights and was knowledgeable about the food menu but she didn't know much about beer. She was very attentive to our requests and never left our glasses empty.

The food was decent but somewhat standard with typical sports bar apps, sandwiches and a couple of entrees.

Worth the trip because of the selection.

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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in San Antonio, TX
93 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.