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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

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The Flying Saucer Draught EmporiumThe Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

47 Reviews
Reviews: 47
Visits: 72
Avg: 4.28
pDev: n/a
Taps: 66
Bottles: 200
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

101 E 13th St
Kansas City, Missouri, 64106-2923
United States
phone: (816) 221-1900

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @flyingsaucerkc

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Reviews: 47 | Visits: 72
Photo of RobWhiting
4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

What an awesome selection of craft beers! You will want to come back again and again because you will never get tired of trying something new or going back for an old favorite. If you aren't hungry, get the pretzels anyway. You will thank me later!

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Photo of nbrio85
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Excellent place to try countless amounts of beer on tap! And if they don't have it on tap they've almost always got it on bottle. Always good to great friendly service.

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Photo of russpowell
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Not sure where my old review went.... Visited twice last week

This place seems a pleasant enough place to drink at. I could do without the loud music. I felt fairly old there, very much a younger crowd.

Beer quality for the most part was good

Service was friendly/helpful

Beer selection was good not great. They were going to put some rarer 4 hands stuff on one night, but alas my schedule didn't mesh. They had tap handles on when the kegs were blown, beer listed on the menu & chalkboard that were also gone. One time it took me 3 tries to actually pick a beer they had.

The food was pretty good, not cheap, but in line with the area.

I would go again if in the are, but not go out of my way. My 3 visits have left me somewhat happy, not thrilled. This is the only Saucer I've been to, so not really sure how it stacks up. A chains go, I rate it slightly higher than Mellow Mushroom...

They did always have t least on discounted pint, so that was cool....

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

Visited during a recent trip to Kansas City. This bar is located in what seems to be a fun district of downtown KC, the Power & Light District, and is a short stroll away from a horde of other restaurants and bars. It is also right next door to a parking garage that, at least the Friday evening I was there, offered all-night parking for $2, which is always a plus for a downtown spot!

The tap list is extensive, the bottle list not so much - approximately as many bottles on hand as taps. Bar staff seem to know their beer, which is unfortunately not a given at many craft bars. There's a bit of a kitschy vibe, with much of the place wallpapered with "saucers" that people apparently earn by ticking 200 different beers on site, and three times in the couple hours I was there, new "saucers" were unveiled with much ado - overhead speaker announcing, bells ringing at the bar, and so forth. The place was fairly crowded, but that's to be expected for a downtown spot on a weekend evening. The food menu is standard pub fare, burgers and appetizers.

The tap list included some harder to find beer, and it looks like they try to have something unique on hand at all times, in addition to an apparent focus on Missouri and Kansas beer.

Would return if ever back in town.

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Photo of 22Blue
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Made my first visit to the Kansas City version last week for Perennial night during their Stout week. The bartender was very well versed in all that was available. The event featured BA Abraxas and was handled very well. The food was decent and prices were very reasonable. The selection was well above average and they do try and feature Missouri beers. The beer menu is somewhat difficult to navigate. Just wish the establishment was closer to my home.

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Photo of BeerTwigs
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

I stopped here for a bite to eat and a few beers after work while traveling for business. They definitely have a large craft selection which includes a lot of local or Kansas beers. Its nice when traveling to see a focus on local beers. They definitely had a good variety from across the Country as well as some beers from across the pond. The bar tenders were relatively busy but it was a Saturday night right after dinner. They had good knowledge and would let me sample what I was interested in. The carried a few pumpkin beers since it was September and they appeared to have a large bottle section which I didn't even get into.

They have daily specials which include new beers tapped weekly and sometimes daily. I would definitely recommend checking this place out. I am interested to check it out next time I am in town. Cheers!

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Photo of Fluffheady
3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

There is nothing wrong with this place. It is just not my style. They have a lot of taps. It is much more Belgian and German focused than most chains. The menu is horrible because the draft and bottle list are intermingled. Crazy confusing to read and sort through. The staff surprisingly knew their beer very well. (I say surprising because it looked like they hired some bimbos to pour beer, but all of the servers had great knowledge of their list). I hear their events are cool. This place feels like a factory, but it’s the best sort of downtown beer factory that I’ve been to. If you want to see the real beer scene of KC, head down to Westport. There's a lot of small children and families here. Not my thing.

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Photo of sholland119
4.15/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Flying Saucer is pretty much a sure thing no matter the location. Stopped in this one for a nightcap after a Royals game as it was three blocks from our hotel. Good sized place with a bunch of tables in the front. we grabbed two spots at the long straight bar at the back. Good selection of local and regional favorites both on draft and in bottle.

There was a New Belgium event that night so we concentrated on the Lips of Faith offerings that we can not get at home. Vickie snagged the last glass to be given away. Great service from the bartender.

One day we will be at a Flying Saucer at mealtime to render a verdict on the food but not this time. Always a worthwhile stop.


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Photo of HamGlade10
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

My wife and I stopped at The Flying Saucer after our tour at Boulevard Brewing (Highly recommended). The food is decent, the beer selection is very nice. I would probably stop back in again when in the area. Prices are reasonable. I would recommend stopping in for a brew and food.

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4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is my go-to bar. Love the atmosphere, and people you meet. The bartenders are what make this bar the place to hit in Kansas City. They have over 70 beers on tap, most of which are local, and another 150-200 in the cases from all over the world.

I prefer to sit at the bar, but out at the tables is nice too. The staff really know their beer. They take several beer tests throughout the year to stay up on the current beer they have. It is really rare to find one they don't know about...and if you do, they generally will enjoy the drink with you, so the next time they know about it :)

Food is great there as well. You would expect regular bar food, but it is a cut above that. You can get wonderful salads...but really it's the pretzel. That's what you want to get when you are there :) They are delicious. Try it with a German Sausage and a variety of cheeses. mmmm

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Photo of Jesi
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Flying saucer is soooo fun! But not only that they have a ton on tap and the staff is awesome at recommending interesting things to try based on what your tastes are. When I went here I was still pretty new to drinking beer at all! So I got recommended an awesomely sweet concoction called hummingbird water (oh yeah, mega girly). But I can say I was just impressed by the staff's knowledge as well as the intense selection. Food is pretty average bar food, but the eclectic atmosphere and awesome selection has this as one of my favorite places to visit and try new things.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

(Visited 06/2011): This Flying Saucer location is in downtown KC in the Power & Light district off Walnut and E 13th. Street parking and a couple garages in the area provide options.

The interior is similar to other locations. The bar is directly in the back and there is table seating throughout the rest of the space. Saucers adorn the walls for those who have completed the tour.

With respect to the beers, Flying Saucer has over 50 with many seasonal and regional options from Free State, Boulevard, and Schlafly. They also had a Stone firkin on my visit. Many different varieties of samplers are available too, or you can build your own. As for bottles there are over 100 with many craft options from Boulevard, Bells, Schlafly, Avery, New Belgium, O'Dell etc. Some imports from Mikkeller, St. Bernardus, Unibroue and the like.

Service on a weekday lunch was good. The bartender was very knowledgeable about the beers they carried and was attentive and friendly.

We did not have food on our visit.

Overall Flying Saucer is one of those places which for better or worse you know what you are going to get. When it comes to being somewhere that you aren't sure what beer options you have it is always a good bet.

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Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in for a drink on Saturday after a Boulevard Brewery tour. It is basically one really large square room with a high ceiling. Nice big, long bar with a nice listing of new tap beers. Good quality list with beers served properly. Service was okay. I'm a little bothered by the fact that the female server kept recommending beers that girls like to our female friend. The selection was very good. Thought about a Fantome Bris Bon but settled on a Nebraska Hop God while my friend had a Firestone Porter. Very nice tasting brews. I didn't eat but my friends enjoyed two slices of pizza. I'd love to get to many of their special tap nights but most of those are on weeknights and I live 2 hours away. It certainly is a nice beer destination in the Power & Light District.

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Photo of mdhkc
3.48/5  rDev -18.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

One of the better beer selections in Kansas City. They've also always washed their glasses properly and I'd wager that they clean their tap lines regularly as well, as I've never had an experience of a beer tasting 'wrong' here, as happens at many bars. This bar/restaurant is obviously out there to cater to beer drinkers.

The food is decent, but there's not a lot of selection. Mostly food to snack on while drinking your beer. It's not overpriced for what it is, but if you're looking for dinner, or going out with people who are not primarily interested in good beer, this probably shouldn't be your first choice.

It's located in P&L, which sometimes draws an obnoxious sort of crowd, but I've never experienced it inside of the saucer, though I've only been there on weeknights.

If you're looking to get some beer, and be exposed to a decent sized selection of quality beer, it's definitely worth stopping in, though.

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Photo of eriklewis
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2

Go to the Flying Saucer for the beer. Skip the food. Saturday and Sunday afternoons are a great time to visit. Don't expect the servers to know much about the beer, but they do hustle and you do not wait. I don't do the "club" to compete for a saucer around the place, mainly because I don't see the value in trying to try 200 beers just to drink 200 beers. Probably have drank most everything there but I don't feel the need to compete especially when you have to pay to join the club. Give me a Taco Mac beer passport any day. That said good beer and if you go early you can avoid the annoying late night crowd.

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Photo of fltmedic
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I really love this place. This location is the only Flying Saucer that I've been to and I hope the others are this good. The entire staff is very beer knowledgeable and the selection is way above and beyond. They make it a point to tap some unusual brews and have a cask or firkin tapping about once a month. There is plenty of bar space and a small couch area too. It is a nice, big, open pub room but somehow when I get there with a group of friends it still has the feeling of a smaller pub.

The table servers are great. They have taken care of two parties for me, each with 50ish guests and they keep us happy, full, and with delicious beers in our hands for 4 hours with no mistakes or complaints. One guy asked a server what beer he was drinking because he couldn't remember what he ordered and she smelled it and told him. That's much better than the "um, let me go look at your bar tab" that most places would offer.

Everyone seems pleased with the brats and burgers, but I am here to tell you that the pretzels are to die for. The mustard is super spicy and oh so tasty.

Raglan Road is a distant second, Flying Saucer is the only place to hang on at the Power and Light District.

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Photo of tedsox31
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Went here for lunch on my way back from Wichita to St. Louis. The place is filled with saucers and plates of varying colors and pictures, pretty interesting to look at; other than that, the setup is fairly typical for a bar.

The quality of the beer and the food is excellent. I ordered several different beers and each one was served in the correct style glass and at the correct temperature. The food was also fresh, and hot.

Service was also very, very good. While I didn't need to ask the waitress about any of the beers, she knew what was on tap and what was not, and also was very attentive and timely in bringing things to the table.

Selection was very good. There was a list of perhaps 150 different beers from which to choose, and another list of recently arrived draft beers. I was bummed to miss out on the Firkin cask Stone Double Dry Hopped Ruination, but had two other beers I cannot get in St. Louis or Chicago.

Food was also good. Pretty typical pub food, but it had some interesting twists that tasted good.

Overall an excellent place to go. I wish that there were more places like this around.

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Photo of Ragingbull
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

My wife and I have been to the Flying Saucer several times since moving to this area. Each time has been very enjoyable. Whether its late night by ourselves, lunch time with our kids or stopping in with out of town guests we have always enjoyed ourselves. The beer list is impressive. They have a large wall of taps for draft beer and an extensive bottle list. There seems to always be something new coming through and they do special nights for some beers. We were there for the anniversary party not long ago and got to try about a half dozen beers that are difficult to get in this area.

The food is good, but not noteworthy really. I love the beer selection and the atmosphere. The highlight for me is actually the "flying saucers" on the wall with people's names and quotes. You get a saucer on the wall for drinking 200 beers and the color of your saucer changes every time you "complete the circuit" of 200. My wife and I should have done it when we first went, but its too late now as we are about to move. Great place!

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Photo of mizzouguy
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Well if you have ever been to a Flying Saucer anywhere in the country, you know this is the place to go for beer in that city. They bring in almost every available beer in the area. They have about 65 beers on tap at any given time and over 200 bottles. The tap selection rotates seasonally and the bottle selection is refreshed when new stuff is available. They do a lot off cool stuff weekly like rare beer night, trivia night, and brewery night where you buy the cup and keep it. The UFO club is a good way to keep track of the beers you've tried. One of the most surprising things about the flying saucer is the good. I would say that it is good food no matter where you are at, and combined with the beer it is great food. The wife who is not a huge beer drinker likes to come for the food so be both leave happy. Keep an eye on their calendar because they post any of the special things there such as Barley wine week or their anniversary party. Overall you cannot beat this place for beer in KC

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Photo of HamFon
3.4/5  rDev -20.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | food: 3

After several high recommendations, my wife and I visited Flying Saucer. The beer selection is excellent, with a wide variety of beer styles and brands. The printed beer menu is out of date (although the pudgy bartendress assured me that it was current). I tried to order a you-pick-5 type of taster set, and three of my selections (from the printed beer menu) were not available. The reason the "service" rating is so bad it the attitude of this bartendress - she basically made us feel like it was our fault that we were stupid enough to order beers that were not on tap (but were on the menu). I made other selections, and had a great flight of new (to me) beers including Cantillon Iris 2007. I selected a second flight (again with beers on the printed menu that were not available, AND with a beer on the chalkboard that was listed as a newly tapped beer, but was not available), including Damnation (Struise from Belgium - the same brewery that produced the original Black Albert, not Russian River) and La Terroir (both excellent!). The bartendress also made me feel like I was wasting her time when I asked her to spell a brewery name, and when I asked her the brewery name for a beer that I saw on a tap handle, and when I asked for clarification that Damnation was NOT from Russian River ("of course it's from Belgium - what a stupid question"). A couple of other customers at the bar were beer connoisseurs, so we chatted a bit, and they recommended Beer Kitchen where we went for dinner. Snacks at Flying Saucer were good, but not particularly innovative or special. Great experience for everything except the very poor attitude of the bartendress - and that was bad enough that I would go back to Flying Saucer only if I could avoid her.

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Photo of augievikings
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

We spent last weekend in Kansas City and went to the Flying Saucer three times. As usual, they had a really good beer selection, including Hopslam which I had not tried before. The only down side to the place is that their beer menu is not up-to-date and I didn't even realize Hopslam was on draught until my third visit. They need to do a better job with a "current" listing of beers on tap because their paper printouts are very out of date. Our servers were very knowledgable and helpful, including giving a couple of good tips to my sister who is just starting to venture into craft beer from Miller Lite. The place also has awesome pretzels with a fantastic spicy mustard sauce.

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Photo of mikennat
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is one of the best places for a beer in KC. With as many taps as they have it is always easy to find a great beer. They have great beer specials most nights and special parties to go to like trivia night and glass night. LOVE THIS PLACE.

The best time to go is on there rare beer tapping nights. They get some very good, rare beers in for one night. Remember to check there website for there calender and special events. (I do think they could put a little more into there website, like there menu). But that has nothing to do with how great there place it.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This Flying Saucer is in the heart of downtown KC right next to the Power & Light bar district. I hadn't been to a Flying Saucer yet but was excited to give this one a try after looking at their beer selection online. This was on a Friday night so when I got there with my fiancee, her sister and sister's boyfriend is was already very crowded but we were lucky to snag an open booth. It's a pretty cool looking place, kind of like a German beer hall. Very open. The crowd was young for the most part (college students and slightly older) but it was quiet enough to have a conversation. The service was good. The selection was great. I had a Maharaja, a Stone Smoked Porter w/ Chipotle (a rarity still left over from an event earlier that week), and a Stone IRS, all on tap. Also, we split a bottle of Goose Island Big John. They have a very good selection from pretty much every Midwest brewery (especially rotating taps) and some outside the Midwest. At the end of the night we got a couple fresh pretzels which were badass. Overall, it's a very good place I would definitely go back to, and a place that I would love to be able to go to year round.

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Photo of HOPPYKC
4.58/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

This place is a pretty relaxed pub. Great selection to choose from. Got a pint of hopslam here. Amazing. Too many beers to count on tap and a large selection of bottled and imported beers. Kinda empty for a Sunday but still a great place to have a brew. The waitress said they had 6 cases of hopslam in the cooler. Now I know why I couldn't find a case. Overall great place. Would come here all the time. Music is great, has a good crowd, nice specials. I would def reccomend coming here on Wednesday nights for brewery night.

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Photo of MTNboy
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I have not been disapointed with a Flying Saucer yet. This one is no different. The food was usual bar and grill type stuff but it is not bad. The service was excellent. The atmoshere is great. It is a little smaller than some of the other ones but it is still a shrine to beer and that is all that really matters. The selction is amazing with around 200 beers and the build your own flight. The beer menu makes for a great cheklist. The bartender was great and she knew every beer in the place and had an opion on each. She was super friendly as were all the staff.

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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Kansas City, MO
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