The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Taps: 70 / Bottles: 150
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 23 | Show All Ratings:
4.48/5 rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Visited on a Friday night. It was crowded, but not shoulder-to-shoulder. The atmosphere was lively, but not loud. Really liked how a couple of Beerknurds were toasted (one guy had hit 1000 beers tried).Our waitress was very helpful, and actually talked me out of a beer in the best way possible by offering a sample instead of an entire pint. She didn't hesitate on my other 3 choices.
I had one of the turkey sandwiches, which was not bad for the price. Choices are good with very few "palate killers" on the menu.
72 beers were available on draught. Great variety of locals, imports, and U.S. craft. Menu was easy to read with good, concise descriptions.
I've been to the Flying Saucer in Downtown Fort Worth, but I definitely enjoyed this one more. The service/atmosphere here finally convinced me to join the UFO club. Can't wait to move back to Austin.
02-15-2012 03:57:26 | More by videofrog
4.44/5 rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This place being a chain establishment is what I usually frown upon but it wasn't too bad. There was a good selection of beer, customers and staff were friendly, good seating and if you like pretty little waitresses and bartenders, then you will like it here. The place is clean and the decor is pretty nice except these plates they plaster all over the walls that I think ruins the look. Overall I give it a good rating because they are true to providing a good selection of beer and a decently knowledgeable staff. Check their websites for specials.
01-19-2012 09:27:16 | More by mixnslam
4.43/5 rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The second Saucer i had ever been to outside my home Saucer in Houston. We went for a day trip to have lunch and beer shop. The lunch hour was very slow so we got very good service. It is a bit of a small location compared to Houston but i liked where it was, right in the Triangle. Had my 3 beers and my compadre had a couple of rootbeers since he was driving. First time we ever saw Thomas Kemper root beer, not something we get down south. The food selection was a little different, had myself a burger, which we also dont get in the houston location. Very good. Our goddess was friendly and attentive and talkative. Good experience and will be going back some time. I do like the outdoor seating area with the wooden tables and benches, will have to sit out there when cooler weather hits.
Also, your membership in the UFO club counts in ANY Saucer so no matter where you are, if you have your card your beers count to your plate.
08-08-2011 20:42:26 | More by shoky01
4.4/5 rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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
4.38/5 rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
I go here maybe once a week. Pretty standard Flying Saucer atmosphere. I like it a bit more than a couple of the other ones I've been to because it's a bit more quiet.
Selection is great, although not quite as good as some of the other locations. But it's not like all you have to choose between is BMC.
I try to avoid going on the busy nights (Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday) and instead go earlier in the day before it gets too busy to find a table. My two favorite days are probably Sunday ($2.75 Texas pints) and Monday ($2.75 pints for anything on draught with a couple of exceptions).
The food is fairly average pub food for the most part. The one thing that I really do like to snack on there is the two giant pretzels, which I am obsessed with. The food can also be good or bad, depending on when you go there.
Service is also pretty average for a pub. However, a few of the waitresses are really cool. If you make friends with them, you will generally get better service, and they will come by and hang out if it's not to busy.
Overall, I would recommend going here. Good atmosphere and selection, good service if you get the right waitress, and standard pub grub.
08-24-2008 22:08:49 | More by timmah427
4.3/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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
4.3/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've only been to this location twice. Each time I was there for some special event, so I'm not entirely sure what the regular atmosphere is like, but it seemed pretty relaxed before things started. They have a great selection, I believe they have the most taps in Austin, but I'm not sure if that is a fact or not. Their staff is knowledgeable and they have a certified cicerone working there too. I tried their salmon wrap, which was very good. Thursdays then will tap a rare beer, which is usually something that is hard to find in Texas or has been cellared. They will regularly have weeks scheduled around various events, one of the times I went there it was an event featuring hoppy beers and they had guest speakers from various breweries. It is definitely a good beer bar, but also similar to other saucers, so it's not special in those regards. I would still recommend it if you are looking for something good to eat and something good to drink.
07-22-2011 16:16:53 | More by jamescain
4.16/5 rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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
4.14/5 rDev +2.7%
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
4.13/5 rDev +2.5%
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
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Austin, TX
90 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.