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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

54 Ratings
Ratings: 54
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.74%
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 woodychandler
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

woodychandler, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

GCBrewingCo, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of corby112
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

corby112, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of champ103
2.8/5  rDev -32.7%

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.

champ103, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of glid02
3.95/5  rDev -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.

glid02, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

jdense, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -3.8%

kjkinsey, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of elNopalero
3.64/5  rDev -12.5%

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.

elNopalero, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of HardTarget
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

HardTarget, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of mbonugli
3.43/5  rDev -17.5%

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.

mbonugli, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of Beertracker
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%

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

Beertracker, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of harpus
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

harpus, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of BeerZack
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

BeerZack, Jun 23, 2004
Photo of Gaisgeil
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%

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!

Gaisgeil, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of YonderWanderer
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

YonderWanderer, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of wtkphoto
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

wtkphoto, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of StephRai
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

StephRai, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

jasonjlewis, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of jamescain
3.1/5  rDev -25.5%

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.

jamescain, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of SavageHopHead
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

SavageHopHead, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of mgdeth
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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.

mgdeth, Oct 28, 2004
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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!

StoneBrewFanatic, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of strangebrew1981
5/5  rDev +20.2%

strangebrew1981, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of beeragent
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%

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).

beeragent, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of jandadeboer
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

jandadeboer, Feb 04, 2014
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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in San Antonio, TX
93 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.