The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Taps: 66 / Bottles: 200
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 43 | Show All Ratings:
4.04/5 rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$
Made my first visit to the Kansas City version last week for Perennial night during their Stout week. The bartender was very well versed in all that was available. The event featured BA Abraxas and was handled very well. The food was decent and prices were very reasonable. The selection was well above average and they do try and feature Missouri beers. The beer menu is somewhat difficult to navigate. Just wish the establishment was closer to my home.
11-13-2013 15:35:47 | More by 22Blue
4.24/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$
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!
11-01-2013 17:54:54 | More by BeerTwigs
3.79/5 rDev -11%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3 | $$
There is nothing wrong with this place. It is just not my style. They have a lot of taps. It is much more Belgian and German focused than most chains. The menu is horrible because the draft and bottle list are intermingled. Crazy confusing to read and sort through. The staff surprisingly knew their beer very well. (I say surprising because it looked like they hired some bimbos to pour beer, but all of the servers had great knowledge of their list). I hear their events are cool. This place feels like a factory, but it’s the best sort of downtown beer factory that I’ve been to. If you want to see the real beer scene of KC, head down to Westport. There's a lot of small children and families here. Not my thing.
08-05-2013 02:48:31 | More by Fluffheady
4.15/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$
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.
07-26-2013 15:56:45 | More by sholland119
4.29/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
My wife and I stopped at The Flying Saucer after our tour at Boulevard Brewing (Highly recommended). The food is decent, the beer selection is very nice. I would probably stop back in again when in the area. Prices are reasonable. I would recommend stopping in for a brew and food.
06-26-2013 04:46:05 | More by HamGlade10
4.7/5 rDev +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
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
02-03-2013 06:57:22 | More by DMBBREWMAN
3.94/5 rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5 | $$
Flying saucer is soooo fun! But not only that they have a ton on tap and the staff is awesome at recommending interesting things to try based on what your tastes are. When I went here I was still pretty new to drinking beer at all! So I got recommended an awesomely sweet concoction called hummingbird water (oh yeah, mega girly). But I can say I was just impressed by the staff's knowledge as well as the intense selection. Food is pretty average bar food, but the eclectic atmosphere and awesome selection has this as one of my favorite places to visit and try new things.
01-28-2013 23:52:42 | More by Jesi
4/5 rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
(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.
11-16-2011 15:20:02 | More by Dogbrick
4.1/5 rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in for a drink on Saturday after a Boulevard Brewery tour. It is basically one really large square room with a high ceiling. Nice big, long bar with a nice listing of new tap beers. Good quality list with beers served properly. Service was okay. I'm a little bothered by the fact that the female server kept recommending beers that girls like to our female friend. The selection was very good. Thought about a Fantome Bris Bon but settled on a Nebraska Hop God while my friend had a Firestone Porter. Very nice tasting brews. I didn't eat but my friends enjoyed two slices of pizza. I'd love to get to many of their special tap nights but most of those are on weeknights and I live 2 hours away. It certainly is a nice beer destination in the Power & Light District.
10-16-2011 20:15:36 | More by zeff80
3.48/5 rDev -18.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$
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.
07-15-2011 04:30:50 | More by mdhkc
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Kansas City, MO
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