The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
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3.8/5 rDev -6.4%
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
3.88/5 rDev -4.4%
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
3.88/5 rDev -4.4%
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
3.9/5 rDev -3.9%
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
3.95/5 rDev -2.7%
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
4/5 rDev -1.5%
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
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Austin, TX
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