The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Taps: 82 / Bottles: 140
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 34 | Display Reviews Only:
5/5 rDev +23.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I would go weekly and enjoyed myself every time. The selection is better than none. The food is great. The staff is friendly and always have great advise. A few waitresses that knew my preferences and always had a taster waiting for me. And more often than not it was a great choice. Parking can be bad, but if is not impossible to deal with. Of all the Saucers I have been to this is my favorite.
03-27-2014 10:56:13 | More by Preisman
4.65/5 rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
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
4.54/5 rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Great bar with a great drinking atmosphere. Most impressively is the waitress knowledge of beer. I have been twice in the last week and Lauren has listen to my likes and provided me some great beer I would have not known about. Not to Kenton the girls are a plus!!! Definitely like the place and will continue to visit throughout the years!
06-09-2014 01:29:14 | More by Andyyyyyy
4.5/5 rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
01-19-2011 08:33:33 | More by kinupanda
4.4/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
12-26-2011 22:33:17 | More by cfergusn
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in San Antonio, TX
91 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.