The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Taps: 70 / Bottles: 150
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
3.64/5 rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
The place was pretty much packed when I got there around 11pm on a Friday. The waitress apologized for the wait times and told us we had gotten there just around the rush.
The place was a bit too noisy, but it's a large place with both indoors and outdoors seating, so it's pretty much expected to be pretty loud. Not too loud considering the number of people though.
The beer menu featured a pretty good selection. In theory. In reality they didn't really have the beers I wanted.
The only beer on the entire menu that I wanted to try (one of the Jester King's) was out. I ended up settling on the Chocolate Truffle, which is a Young's Chocolate Stout with a splash of Lindeman's Framboise. Unfortunately, they were out of Framboise too, so they had to substitute Timmerman's Strawberry lambic.
While the menu was pretty large, lots of the beers were pretty low grade stuff you'd find at a gas station or grocery store. They had a few Trappist beers, which was suprising though. I might have tried the Orval if it didn't cost $10 a glass - which I suppose is a reasonable price for a bar.
The waitress was nice, talkative, and I gathered that the job had turned her onto craft beer (rather than the other way around). She gave us some recommendations and let us have some 1 oz samples. I didn't like any of her recommendations, but no point in shooting the messanger!
Overall, the place was enjoyable if somewhat disappointing. Their "fire sales" are pretty cool though. Every while (maybe hour or so?) they write on the chalk board the name of a different beer they're lowering the price of to sell fast for about $3 a pint.
09-03-2011 18:24:48 | More by ZenAgnostic
4.16/5 rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited on a hot August night 2011. Pretty packed considering that college is out of session but we were able to find a table outside. Really like the location in the Triangle right along a nice pedestrian mall/street. This is the third Flying Saucer I've been to and like the others the selection here was great with several local beers that you can't find much outside of the Austin area. I like that they allow dogs at the outdoor seating area and people who had them exercised good judgement as they were all well behaved and friendly canines. Server was good and attentive and she somehow made a bullseye guess of my all-time favorite beer in making a recomendation - amazing! Unfortunately, this Flying Saucer also had the dreaded quarterly beer menu which leads to totally unnecesary back and forth negotiation between drinker and server regarding what's truly available versus what was available two or three months ago when somebody put together the list.
08-15-2011 02:51:10 | More by coldriver
4.43/5 rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The second Saucer i had ever been to outside my home Saucer in Houston. We went for a day trip to have lunch and beer shop. The lunch hour was very slow so we got very good service. It is a bit of a small location compared to Houston but i liked where it was, right in the Triangle. Had my 3 beers and my compadre had a couple of rootbeers since he was driving. First time we ever saw Thomas Kemper root beer, not something we get down south. The food selection was a little different, had myself a burger, which we also dont get in the houston location. Very good. Our goddess was friendly and attentive and talkative. Good experience and will be going back some time. I do like the outdoor seating area with the wooden tables and benches, will have to sit out there when cooler weather hits.
Also, your membership in the UFO club counts in ANY Saucer so no matter where you are, if you have your card your beers count to your plate.
08-08-2011 20:42:26 | More by shoky01
3.95/5 rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
By far the best quality this place has is the selection of the beers. It's very good if you can have over 100 beers to choose from, so you can always pick something new each time you visit.
The atmosphere here generally are good, and it can be somewhat lively when the college crowd descend on the restaurant. However, if you come here often enough, you can guess when will be the "slow" night if you wanted some quiet and few beers.
The drawback, for me, is the menu. While I can't say I have tried every item on the menu, I can certainly say that there seems to be some inconsistency in the quality of the food. For example, the wings aren't very good at all, and it's overpriced. Some of the hot sandwiches aren't so bad, and some of the appetizers are good too.
I am a strong believer that every pub should strive to have absolutely amazing food to go along with some of the best beers they have to offer. Flying Saucer doesn't quite do this, but why am I not surprised? I usually only come here for the beer.
08-07-2011 21:50:31 | More by 2xHops
4.3/5 rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've only been to this location twice. Each time I was there for some special event, so I'm not entirely sure what the regular atmosphere is like, but it seemed pretty relaxed before things started. They have a great selection, I believe they have the most taps in Austin, but I'm not sure if that is a fact or not. Their staff is knowledgeable and they have a certified cicerone working there too. I tried their salmon wrap, which was very good. Thursdays then will tap a rare beer, which is usually something that is hard to find in Texas or has been cellared. They will regularly have weeks scheduled around various events, one of the times I went there it was an event featuring hoppy beers and they had guest speakers from various breweries. It is definitely a good beer bar, but also similar to other saucers, so it's not special in those regards. I would still recommend it if you are looking for something good to eat and something good to drink.
07-22-2011 16:16:53 | More by jamescain
4.3/5 rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Located in the Austin Triangle is The Flying Saucer, which has several other locations in the south, southeast of the U.S.. It has quite a bit of space, with outdoor seating, indoor seating and a long bar...perfect if you have a good sized group. Staff members were fairly well versed in the beers that they served and very friendly. They carry some local Texas beers such as 512, Ranger Creek and Live Oak. As well as others from the U.S., such as SKA, Deschutes, Boulevard, Green Flash, Big Sky, plenty more. With reasonable prices too boot, I would definitely recommend stopping in.
07-14-2011 20:20:18 | More by mltobin
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
My first visit to a Flying Saucer Draught Emporium. A touch 'over-sportsy' for my tastes, but 'what the heck'.
(It's more about disc golf than UFO's. Flying 'Saucers', get it?)
A nice enough place. They have a really good tap selection. They have approximately 50 - 60 beers on-tap. A rotating cask selection. Another probably 200 beers in bottles.
They offer four different geographically-oriented flights. Also a hops flight or a malts flight, in case you want to bone-up on some knowledge. And, a Build Your Own flight, where you pick 5 different beers from the tap wall that you'd like to try.
The beer selection is pretty all-encompassing and most all beer producing regions are represented. Naturally, they have a good offering of Texas-made beers. The menu is broken down into styles of beers, for your ordering convinience.
We were there at around 11:00am, on a Tuesday, and set at the bar for lunch. The place was rather relaxed and almost empty when we came in. The bartender had a trainee, which worked out very well, as they devoted a lot of time to us, and we managed to help the new girl out with a bit of beer knowledge. As the lunch crowd packed in, our bartender maintained a very good level of service.
The food was better than expected, even if I think that they might be just a touch too proud of it. That's alright though. I go to places like this for the beer. You should too! (At least once.)
06-01-2011 13:26:26 | More by coldmeat23
4/5 rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
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
4.4/5 rDev +8.4%
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
4.14/5 rDev +2%
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
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Austin, TX
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