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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

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The Flying Saucer Draught EmporiumThe Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

55 Ratings
Ratings: 55
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: n/a
Taps: 82
Bottles: 140
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @flyingsaucersa

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Photo of Preisman
5/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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Photo of evilbunnee
4.65/5  rDev +12%
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 +9.4%
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 +8.4%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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Photo of cfergusn
4.4/5  rDev +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.

Photo of harpus
4.4/5  rDev +6%
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 +4.8%
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 +4.8%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in San Antonio, TX
93 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.