The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Taps: 70 / Bottles: 150
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
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
3.43/5 rDev -15.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I'm not blown over by the location of Austin's Flying Saucer.
The Triangle mixed use development has some general problems with aesthetics, that said the saucer does a decent job a generating an old pub feel in the middle of some chaotic and shoddy postmodern architecture. Dark wood and nice old furniture. My biggest problem is the TVs, they are huge and they are every where, unless you go outside there really is no place to sit without a giant distraction machine in full view.
The clientele is a nice mix off folks that are usually fun to talk with but there is a touch of just moved to Austin yuppie hipster floating around.
The service here is a little weird. In this area, the saucer franchise is doings its best to channel some kind of cleaned up hooters vibe. The vast majority of the servers are young attractive women in school girl short skirts and tight t-shirts. You can say whatever you want, but this adds a little to much frat boy sports bar for my tastes. In addition, I know from a friend that these young ladies have to pass a reasonably thorough beer knowledge exam but their lack of 1st hand beer drinking experience often makes their beer talk seemed strained, like they're reading a corporate mission statement. The upside is saucer may be some kind of accidental incubator for hot beer nerds.
Beer selection is very good, with all regions and styles making a solid showing.
They have some good specials but over all the prices are a little high. Paid $8 for regular Schneider & Sohn Hefe.
I don't mind going to this place and they often have great stuff on tap that you can't get anywhere else in town. But it is not my favorite, the saucer doesn't seem to know what it wants to be.
09-26-2009 19:54:36 | More by peterjk
3.61/5 rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
Located in the Triangle shopping center, this is pretty much your typical Saucer. Except for the awesome patio outside with wood benches, and the inside has a bit more wood accents than the Houston locations. Still same old penny lined tap wall.
Service..pretty much the same. It entirely depends on what time you come and who you get. Early weekday, wide open and no problems. Food is exactly the same as almost every other location I have been to, and frankly bad. Which is par for the coarse.
Good selection of beers. Tons of Texas options, as well as the usual mix of good national brands and imports. I still love seeing Firestone Walker on tap. I guess since it has not hit Houston, it is still a new sight for me. Good beer, cool patio area, that is about it.
03-23-2013 03:33:49 | More by champ103
3.63/5 rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Most of this review was from Jan 14, 2008 -- They opened Jan 10. I've added a few comments though.
- Parking not bad -- it was a Monday, though.
- Comprehensive, well organized beer menu.
- Waitress was clueless about the beers ( but cute). Woe to the casual beermonger that needs help in making a decision on what to drink.
- They should post the % ABV on the menu. They had Avery Mephistopheles as a guest beer (16%!!) Somebody should know that before buying.
- My friends LOVED the UFO club. They were intent on drinking the 200 beers to get their saucer on the wall and the free T shirt.
- The bratwurst was disappointing. Poorly warmed bratwurst , kinda greasy. Covered up by lots of kraut and mustard. Roll was nice, though.
- Bratwurst and Abt 12 is not a good pairing.
- I guess they'll have outside seating when it warms up.
- I had a Brackenridge 471, Abt 12, Franziskaner Hefeweizen, and Racer 5. Only the Abt 12 had 1 finger of foam the others had absolutely no head.
- They really need to increase the CO2 pressure on their gas. All the beers are stadium pours -- absolutely no head. I've had some beers that were kind of flat also.
05-13-2008 17:34:36 | More by JonathanL7890
3.64/5 rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
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
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Austin, TX
91 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.