The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Taps: 82 / Bottles: 140
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 34 | Display Reviews Only:
2.8/5 rDev -30.9%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 2.75 | selection: 2.75 | food: 2.5 | $$
I seem to always hit up the local Saucer, where ever that might be. It is not my favorite franchise, or beer spot by any means. It is just usually solid. This location might be one of the lesser ones out there.
A small, awkward, and crowded bar. Along with a large dinning/sitting area. The typical penny lined tap wall and metal bar. The service seems clueless, which would be one thing. Though they also don't seem to care. At least when people are trying to get beers at the bar. Maybe I can't blame them when most everyone sitting at the bar is texting on their phones? Anyway, it takes forever to get noticed here.
I felt the beer selection was very substandard for the franchise. Certainly some good beer on the wall, but overall it just left me flat. There are probably 10 beers I have never had on the wall at downtown Houston. Here, they had 4 new beers total. Scrimshaw, Rodeo Clown, Karbachtoberfest, and some Euro lager. While the first three are great, just something I would expect them to have all the time (granted Karbach is relatively new here). The selection seemed more geared toward Euro beers, which is a mixed bag. I was really put off when they did not have anything from Live Oak, and no 512 Pecan Porter. No excuse to not have those.
Food is the same generic stuff at every other location. Basically the exact same menu.
Maybe as bad as the Little Rock location. Which is not good. I was not impressed here.
09-21-2013 03:55:43 | More by champ103
3.1/5 rDev -23.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
When I first moved to San Antonio I was excited to find out that I was living only a few blocks from the Flying Saucer. I had been to the one in Austin and enjoyed it so I was looking forward to living close to another one. Sadly this saucer is not like the one in Austin. There have been a few times that I'm pretty sure they were selling beers using dirty lines. I refuse to drink any beer there unless it was tapped that day, because of that. They very rarely tap "exciting" beers like the other saucers in the state. The feel of the establishment is that of a hipster bar. I have no problem with trendy places, but it is more like a college bar then a beer bar. I understand that I have the ultimate choice whether or not to go, and I choose to not go there. It's disappointing that this location is not as good as the other locations within the state. I've emailed them before, complaining about their dirty line and other various objections, but they just send me excuses and refuse to fix the problems. I'm not the only person that has experienced these problems with this bar before. There food is good though, but that is not enough to make me go there. If I were asked by someone visiting the city, where to go for a good beer, I would not recommend this place.
07-22-2011 20:57:40 | More by jamescain
3.18/5 rDev -21.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
The Flying Saucer is a nice place to have a beer in San Antonio. The atmosphere is very laid back, it is not a loud, crazy place. I am guessing there is room for 150-200 people. There are picnic style tables inside as wel as bar seating and tables with umbrellas outside. You probably will want to sit inside this time of year in Texas. The beer selection is good, there are about 80 taps with a decent variety and over 120 bottle selections. The beer menu is kind of lame, I would like to see more description of the beers other than pale,amber and dark. The service, in my handful of visits, is the only thing that leaves something to be desired. The waitstaff, in my opinion, don't really care about what they are doing, and the bartenders have been arrogant on every occassion I have been in. The food we have ordered has been appetizers (big pretzels w/ sauces) and they have been good. They offer more food than that, but I am usually trying to keep the bill under $30. Draught beers range in price from $2.50 for Lone Star to $5 for Maredsous 8. Most beers are in the $4 to $5 range. Overall a cool place to kick back and have a few quality draught beers in San Antonio.
06-12-2005 21:55:52 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.3/5 rDev -18.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
The Hooters of beer bars features cleanser laden pint glasses and at times, poorly maintained taps along with spotty service by a schoolgirl mini-skirt wearing staff that usually doesnt know too much about beer or even what they have available. The place is very noisy and you better like classic rock. They do have a patio at this location but even with patio umbrellas it isnt much of an oasis due to the heat of the day.
The upside is 70 taps, 50 or so bottled beers and above average bar food.
If they cant get your glass rinsed right, switch to the bottled beer. The cheese board is recommened.
Free Wi-Fi and darts. Youll need to ask for the code for the Wi-Fi.
07-02-2006 19:45:23 | More by beerdiablo
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
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
3.64/5 rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Can’t comment on the food since I’ve only come here for beer. The waitstaff here runs the gambit, from servers who are friendly, attentive and welcoming, quick to offer you a taster if you’re undecided—there’s a good number of taps here, and no list or easy way to find out what’s pouring unless you look (and squint, if your eyesight is as crummy as mine)—to those who are standoff-ish, inattentive, or (with some of the guys) running at an energy level that exceeded my espresso intake for the day. The place can definitely pick up a fratty/dude vibe, especially when it’s hopping. Sundays are quiet and Texas pints are $3 so that’s become my go-do day for sneaking over here to work. Mondays are a madhouse until after midnight since the majority of their taps are $3. It’s a mixed bag, as you can’t always get what you want (to borrow the phrase). Last time I visited on a Monday night I noticed all the pours came with easily a finger and change of foam on top. When you fly solo and hang around the bar you notice these things. Not cool guys.
11-02-2011 19:11:49 | More by elNopalero
3.68/5 rDev -9.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
For a weeknight, this place was packed. Must have been the brewer glass attraction. They were giving away complimentary collectable glassware starting at 7pm. Kudos are due in that department. It was also extremely loud, a lot of echo. The place oozed of trendy strip mall. The saucers on the wall gave it some kitschy appeal, but the overall feel was more cold than warm. The servers were in tight shirts and short skirts. If you're into that kind of thing, then this is the place for you. Being there with my fiance, it was dangerously distracting. They have an impressive selection of tap beers and bottled beers. We ate a veggie wrap with avacado, jalepenos, vinegar, lettuce, and tomatoes. Was pretty good, but couldn't taste the jalepenos, which was probably a good thing for the beer tasting. The bartenders were knowledgeable and attentive, although they seemed a little annoyed we asked for samples - not cool. They also poured my IPA in a tall hefeweisen glass - maybe not as knowledgeable as I thought. The selection alone makes this place a worthwhile stop, however, the atmosphere won't bring me back anytime soon.
05-29-2008 20:26:54 | More by Ben4881
3.75/5 rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in San Antonio, TX
91 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.