The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Taps: 70 / Bottles: 150
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
4/5 rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Tucked away in The Triangle mini-mall on West 47th Street off of Lamar Boulevard, the building was semi-circular with a good bit of patio seating behind a short concrete wall on the left facing side of the building. The fire exit was on the side of the parking area, so I had to transit around and to the left to enter. Coming in through the short vestibule, the snaking, sea-green concrete-topped bar was directly in front of me. Once more, a wall of pennies embedded into the wall and sealed with acrylic served as the basis for the back bar, which was the line of taps. Shelves of glassware and bottles sat above the back bar with a huge chalkboard center. Two two-doored coolers flanked either side of the wall of taps with the kitchen to the extreme left, followed by an archway that led to the lavs. Not as many plates in the overhead as at other places that I have visited, but on the other hand, lots of Frisbees were on display. Standard restaurant tables and chairs in the bar area, followed by more of the same, along with the big, comfy chairs, leather sofas and booths in the restaurant area. As usual, the waitstaff was a major attraction (unless you are dead). My server was Teddy (not AM SERVER as my check later read).
12-21-2009 21:45:02 | More by woodychandler
3.43/5 rDev -15.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
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
3.9/5 rDev -3.9%
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)
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
3.8/5 rDev -6.4%
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
3.25/5 rDev -20%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
ive been to the flying saucer proably about twenty times now and have had many different types of nights.
for the most part i go on monday for 2 75 pint nights. ive had all the beers on the 2.75 list a bunch now but its still nice every now and then.
good atmosphere. the beer prices are good and you can tell the food is a secondary there. its all the food you would expect at a bar but way too pricy.
my friend is a barback there and its nice to bump into someone i know. one night me and a friend had 2007 dfh 120s and midas touch. once i was done with my midas touch i asked the waitress to bring a 120 and she asked me about it and what it was so i told her... and then she came back with a malhuer 12!!! i didnt raise a fuss even though it was a 10 dollar bottle that i didnt order. just another example of places hiring pretty faces instead of knowledgable minds.this type of thing has happened more than a few times there
04-15-2009 20:23:14 | More by northaustin
3.38/5 rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
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
3.88/5 rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I was just there for pint night. $2.75 pints aren't bad. Regular prices are ok, but the happy hours are pretty good.
Atmosphere is typical English style pub, only with Hooters-lite waitstaff. I'm more interested in their brew knowledge than their outfits and they do alright in that aspect. They know their brews and they have decent recommendations. Additional, my server was attentive but not overly solicitous, big plus!
Quality and selection was typical for a Flying Saucer. Good for each.
I'll go back. But I'll try to hit the happy hour.
12-30-2008 00:07:46 | More by goatgoat
4.38/5 rDev +7.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
I go here maybe once a week. Pretty standard Flying Saucer atmosphere. I like it a bit more than a couple of the other ones I've been to because it's a bit more quiet.
Selection is great, although not quite as good as some of the other locations. But it's not like all you have to choose between is BMC.
I try to avoid going on the busy nights (Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday) and instead go earlier in the day before it gets too busy to find a table. My two favorite days are probably Sunday ($2.75 Texas pints) and Monday ($2.75 pints for anything on draught with a couple of exceptions).
The food is fairly average pub food for the most part. The one thing that I really do like to snack on there is the two giant pretzels, which I am obsessed with. The food can also be good or bad, depending on when you go there.
Service is also pretty average for a pub. However, a few of the waitresses are really cool. If you make friends with them, you will generally get better service, and they will come by and hang out if it's not to busy.
Overall, I would recommend going here. Good atmosphere and selection, good service if you get the right waitress, and standard pub grub.
08-24-2008 22:08:49 | More by timmah427
3.88/5 rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Opened in January of 2008 as the 14th store in the chain (2 have closed). 70 taps on the wall and they try to keep in stock around 140 bottles (usually 4 non-alcoholic and 1 root beer). The beer garden feels wasted with the couches and regular tables, I would have preferred more of a setup like San Antonio's with cafeteria style tables.
Food is pretty good, sometimes feels overpriced. Use to have awesome potato salad but last time I went I couldn't even finish two bites of it, someone said they switched food suppliers. They defenitely get knocked for sub par queso which is a must in Austin.
They have a UFO club where if you drink 200 different beers (limit 3 per day) you get a plate on the wall and a $100 bar tab to have a party with your friends. Cost $14 to join and you get a tshirt at sign up.
Two dart boards which are of decent quality and have ok lighting. Sometimes the windows are open the draft shoots through the dart lane. If you are going to play darts just get your beer from the bar it is the fastest way. Several people have suggested coat hooks by the boards but none have appeared. Also on very crowded nights groups will stand in the lanes and if you want to play it is a pain to get them out of the way.
The place gets crowded most nights and seating is first come first serve but I've never had a problem finding seating with random groups if you just ask nicely. Parking use to be a hassle but now the parking garage is open it hasn't been an issue. The patio is large and tables seem to turn over fast enough if you can't seem to find a place to sit.
Service can be really hit or miss. Personally I was go to the bar to get my drinks unless I know the waitress to be good (and there are several). All the staff goes through training on the different styles of beers and they try to be knowledgeable when you ask questions. Some of the better ones actually know a fair amount and have offered up some good picks.
Waitress to get: Lindsay, Stephanie, Cassie, Laura, and Sarah
In the end a lot of people will still like the Ginger Man or The Draught House over the Flying Saucer. I think The Flying Saucer fills the gap for people who like the GM but hate dealing with downtown. And also people who enjoy more service then the The Draught House tends to offer.
Happy Hour 4-7 with 23 oz glasses for the price of pints
Monday is pint night where everything that isn't a big beer is $2.75 a pint
Tuesday is trivia night
Wednesday is glass night where you get to keep the glass your beer comes in
Thursday is mystery beer night where you get a random (for the most part decent) beer for $2
Friday has happy hour until 8 instead of 7
Saturday has nothing
Sunday all Texas draughts are $2.75
Draughts listed on 6/2/08:
Ace Pear Cider
Anchor Old Foghorn
Avery IPA (Cask)
Bear Republic Racer Five
Belhaven Scottish Ale
Breckenridge Agave Wheat
Chimay Cinq Cents
Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
Flying Dog Double Dog
Flying Dog In Heat Wheat
Flying Dog Tire Bite
Great Divide Hercules IPA(NEW!)
Hacker-Pschorr Brau Weisse
Independence Austin Amber
Independence Bootlegger Brown
Left Hand Haystack Wheat
Live Oak Big Bark Amber
Live Oak Hefe-Weizen
Live Oak Pilz
Murphys Irish Red
Murphys Irish Stout
New Belgium 1554
New Belgium Fat Tire
New Belgium Sunshine Wheat
Newcastle Brown Ale
North Coast Old Rasputin
Old Speckled Hen
Real Ale Brewhouse Brown
Real Ale Devils Backbone
Real Ale Fireman #4
Real Ale Rio Blanco Pale Ale
Rogue Shakespeare Stout
Rogue XS Imperial IPA
Saint Arnold Lawnmower
Sam Adams Boston Lager
Sam Adams Summer
Sierra Nevada Harvest
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Sierra Nevada Porter
Spaten Franziskaner Hefe-Weiss
Steamworks Third Eye P.A.
Thomas Kemper Rootbeer
Victory Golden Monkey
Victory Prima Pilsner
Youngs Double Chocolate Stout
06-03-2008 03:42:40 | More by midaszero
3.63/5 rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Most of this review was from Jan 14, 2008 -- They opened Jan 10. I've added a few comments though.
- Parking not bad -- it was a Monday, though.
- Comprehensive, well organized beer menu.
- Waitress was clueless about the beers ( but cute). Woe to the casual beermonger that needs help in making a decision on what to drink.
- They should post the % ABV on the menu. They had Avery Mephistopheles as a guest beer (16%!!) Somebody should know that before buying.
- My friends LOVED the UFO club. They were intent on drinking the 200 beers to get their saucer on the wall and the free T shirt.
- The bratwurst was disappointing. Poorly warmed bratwurst , kinda greasy. Covered up by lots of kraut and mustard. Roll was nice, though.
- Bratwurst and Abt 12 is not a good pairing.
- I guess they'll have outside seating when it warms up.
- I had a Brackenridge 471, Abt 12, Franziskaner Hefeweizen, and Racer 5. Only the Abt 12 had 1 finger of foam the others had absolutely no head.
- They really need to increase the CO2 pressure on their gas. All the beers are stadium pours -- absolutely no head. I've had some beers that were kind of flat also.
05-13-2008 17:34:36 | More by JonathanL7890
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Austin, TX
91 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.