The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
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4/5 rDev -2%
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.
12-21-2009 23:50:57 | More by woodychandler
4.25/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
11-24-2005 18:53:40 | More by GCBrewingCo
3.85/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
12-17-2010 08:49:10 | More by corby112
2.8/5 rDev -31.4%
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
3.95/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
04-30-2010 02:42:40 | More by glid02
4/5 rDev -2%
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.
04-21-2011 00:21:11 | More by jdense
3.64/5 rDev -10.8%
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
4.35/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
10-10-2008 04:04:58 | More by HardTarget
3.43/5 rDev -15.9%
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
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in San Antonio, TX
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