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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

The Flying Saucer Draught EmporiumThe Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

Taps: 70 / Bottles: 150
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

33 Ratings
Ratings: 33
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.66%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

815 W 47th St
Austin, Texas, 78751-2359
United States
phone: (512) 454-7468

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @flyingsauceraus

Notes:
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(Place added by: AChamberlain on 05-11-2008)
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thatlongname

Texas

4/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

This place gets really busy really fast but it's pretty worth it. They are a beer lover's heaven. Lots of taps and a massive beer menu. They have brewery pint nights once a week usually. (Free pint glasses!)

They have a typical pub decor. The food is pretty good surprisingly. I was expecting some pretty run of the mill burgers and such given the extreme emphasis on beer. I thought the food would be an afterthought but that was definitely not the case.

I guess the only downside would be the service. It's just hard to find a table and i think it's a little hard to get the attention of your waiter or waitress. Overall a great place.

03-14-2011 01:42:11 | More by thatlongname
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Fenris244

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$

Honestly I had never been and I thought that the flying saucer would be UFO themed or something after hearing the name! So was pleasantly surprised to walk in and see the old pub style decorum. I really liked the layout and thought it was pretty cool that they had darts and wall of taps was nice to see too.

Grabbed a booth and looked at the beer menu, three pages of beer, bottles and draught. The selection was outrageous in the best way possible. I ended up with a live oak hefeweizen to start(it had been something I've wanted to try for a long time so it was neat to see it on tap) and followed that with a 90 minute, needless to say I was happy.

Service was good, wish our waitress was a little more knowledgeable but hey I'm just getting picky. Got my beers quickly and she only came by when a glass was empty of my plate was clean. Had a very good burger so the food gets high marks too.

Im definitely going back!

12-12-2010 23:04:34 | More by Fenris244
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LittleDon

Texas

4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $

My first visit to the Austin location. Similar look and feel as the Raleigh location, a bit more spacious, with a few sofas and soft chairs for those who don't want to sit at a table. They have wifi, but I was unable to connect the day I was there. Service was prompt and attentive and server was somewhat knowledgeable. A wide representation of Texas brews are draft and I believe all of the Austin breweries had at least one tap. While Texas beer has a long way to go before it comes close to matching the quality of the product from CA, CO, or OR, if you're from out of it's worth a try. (And if you live in town, it's nice to be able to support the local craft brewers.). Prices are very reasonable, averaging about $4 a pint for what I ordered.

Note: Don't bother with on the street parking. Park in the garage off of 46th and walk north through the area between Mama Fu's and Triangle Chiropractic.

07-18-2010 21:18:46 | More by LittleDon
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

Tucked away in The Triangle mini-mall on West 47th Street off of Lamar Boulevard, the building was semi-circular with a good bit of patio seating behind a short concrete wall on the left facing side of the building. The fire exit was on the side of the parking area, so I had to transit around and to the left to enter. Coming in through the short vestibule, the snaking, sea-green concrete-topped bar was directly in front of me. Once more, a wall of pennies embedded into the wall and sealed with acrylic served as the basis for the back bar, which was the line of taps. Shelves of glassware and bottles sat above the back bar with a huge chalkboard center. Two two-doored coolers flanked either side of the wall of taps with the kitchen to the extreme left, followed by an archway that led to the lavs. Not as many plates in the overhead as at other places that I have visited, but on the other hand, lots of Frisbees were on display. Standard restaurant tables and chairs in the bar area, followed by more of the same, along with the big, comfy chairs, leather sofas and booths in the restaurant area. As usual, the waitstaff was a major attraction (unless you are dead). My server was Teddy (not AM SERVER as my check later read).

12-21-2009 21:45:02 | More by woodychandler
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peterjk

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$

I'm not blown over by the location of Austin's Flying Saucer.

The Triangle mixed use development has some general problems with aesthetics, that said the saucer does a decent job a generating an old pub feel in the middle of some chaotic and shoddy postmodern architecture. Dark wood and nice old furniture. My biggest problem is the TVs, they are huge and they are every where, unless you go outside there really is no place to sit without a giant distraction machine in full view.

The clientele is a nice mix off folks that are usually fun to talk with but there is a touch of just moved to Austin yuppie hipster floating around.

The service here is a little weird. In this area, the saucer franchise is doings its best to channel some kind of cleaned up hooters vibe. The vast majority of the servers are young attractive women in school girl short skirts and tight t-shirts. You can say whatever you want, but this adds a little to much frat boy sports bar for my tastes. In addition, I know from a friend that these young ladies have to pass a reasonably thorough beer knowledge exam but their lack of 1st hand beer drinking experience often makes their beer talk seemed strained, like they're reading a corporate mission statement. The upside is saucer may be some kind of accidental incubator for hot beer nerds.

Beer selection is very good, with all regions and styles making a solid showing.

They have some good specials but over all the prices are a little high. Paid $8 for regular Schneider & Sohn Hefe.

I don't mind going to this place and they often have great stuff on tap that you can't get anywhere else in town. But it is not my favorite, the saucer doesn't seem to know what it wants to be.

09-26-2009 19:54:36 | More by peterjk
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BgThang

Texas

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$

Flying saucer in Austin ... impressed?

They missed their target date to open. I can understand this. Especially with the holidays the week before. So I went back by last night to check it out.
I was not all that impressed by it. I arrived around 5:45 and was lucky to find a parking space, especially since it was raining. The place was pretty full. The decor was pretty cool also. It has a descent amount of taps but here is the kicker, about half of them were dry! One would think with a very anticipated opening they would have plenty of backup. I am a hop head so I was wanting to try some IPA's according to the menu there is only 4 ipa's on tap 2 of those were floated. the remaining was SN and avery IPA. I was happy to see they had steamworks conductor in a bottle there $8 I was also surprised they did not have stone IPA on tap. They do have some variety in bottles but the draught selection was not revolutionary. On the other hand the food was real tasty. $659 for a burger and fries. Ok I'll go for that. The burger was small, but it was on a wheat bun. The serving of fries was small as if they were afraid they might run out of them or something. Literally I had like 10 fries on my plate. I ordered another round of fries. The burger and fries were both really tasty. So a thumbs up on quality but thumbs down on quantity.
I recommend it for lunch, which will leave you craving dinner later on. The waitress had to keep going back and forth to see if they had the beer that was on the menu. This place is definitely geared towards the college crowd who are more in to eyecandy than great service.

If this was the only sort of bar/eatery of its kind in austin then I would have been impressed, but since there are other beer bars with more variety and with better atmosphere, the flying saucer is just an addition to the growing selection of places to find beers other than your regular piss (bud, miller, and coors)

Just not impressed with the establishment , but the burgers where tasty.

If you want an awesome atmosphere, great selection of beers, and knowledgeable staff do not go here there are better choices in austin (Draught house and gingerman by far)

***Update review.
There is a BA member that is managing the beers now here. Sam has been great. He really shows love to the BA members. If your a BA member and seek this place out ask for sam at the bar. He's always willing to talk beer and ask him how his homebrew is coming along. The first time I reviewed this place I left underwhelmed and not a willing participant on going back. I have been twice in the last week and both times had a blast. This is still geared toward a younger crowd with a higher octane atmosphere. The girls are definitely eyecandy here. The bar tenders where on the ball as well. One of them busted out julius ecther when she was asked her favorite hefe was. Holy shit first time I heard anyone mentioned that beer was my fav for a while as well. Very prompt service and I guess they read my review on getting a small amount of fries. This time the plate had them falling off. I ran out of ketchup and still had fries left. The queso and chips are tasty as well. They definitely have move up a couple of notched for me so I am changing my review to reflected the recent changes.

05-02-2009 04:12:49 | More by BgThang
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

50th BeerFly review!

Swung by the Austin saucer after hearing they had Boulevard's Single-wide IPA on "Fire Sale" for $2.75 a pint--heck of a price!

Enjoyed the spring weather on the porch under a Paulaner umbrella, drank my IPA and ordered some brat nachos. Not quite as good as how they make them at the Raleigh saucer, IMO...something with the cheese or how they slice the bratwurst. Service was good, although for a Saturday afternoon it should be. Waitress was a bit ditzy and didn't really know her beer stuff like a good Beer Goddess should. Still, she was attentive and prompt (for the most part).

The selection is typical for a Flying Saucer, but you're slightly better off hitting up the Draughthouse or Ginger Man if you want a hefty tap selection while in Austin. Bottled list is extensive, but the expensive prices make me shy away from them. All in all, a serviceable FS location. Not the best, but it fulfills the qualities of the ever-growing, ever-popular beer chain.

04-27-2009 05:44:28 | More by wagenvolks
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northaustin

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$

ive been to the flying saucer proably about twenty times now and have had many different types of nights.

for the most part i go on monday for 2 75 pint nights. ive had all the beers on the 2.75 list a bunch now but its still nice every now and then.
good atmosphere. the beer prices are good and you can tell the food is a secondary there. its all the food you would expect at a bar but way too pricy.

my friend is a barback there and its nice to bump into someone i know. one night me and a friend had 2007 dfh 120s and midas touch. once i was done with my midas touch i asked the waitress to bring a 120 and she asked me about it and what it was so i told her... and then she came back with a malhuer 12!!! i didnt raise a fuss even though it was a 10 dollar bottle that i didnt order. just another example of places hiring pretty faces instead of knowledgable minds.this type of thing has happened more than a few times there

04-15-2009 20:23:14 | More by northaustin
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TheChauffeur1

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

These are Chain Beer Bars with a theme. 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. Try the mystery beer (you know the ones they can't sell) I was surprised to receive a good beer. 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.

It was also hard going from Lovjoys to this style beer bar that is way to bright. I am glad I wear sunglasses all the time.

It is always easy to beat up on chains, but after visiting several I wish I had one in my town. Later.

02-20-2009 19:53:47 | More by TheChauffeur1
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goatgoat

Arizona

3.88/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

I was just there for pint night. $2.75 pints aren't bad. Regular prices are ok, but the happy hours are pretty good.

Atmosphere is typical English style pub, only with Hooters-lite waitstaff. I'm more interested in their brew knowledge than their outfits and they do alright in that aspect. They know their brews and they have decent recommendations. Additional, my server was attentive but not overly solicitous, big plus!

Quality and selection was typical for a Flying Saucer. Good for each.

I'll go back. But I'll try to hit the happy hour.

12-30-2008 00:07:46 | More by goatgoat
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Austin, TX
90 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.