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 | $$
Tucked away in The Triangle mini-mall on West 47th Street off of Lamar Boulevard, the building was semi-circular with a good bit of patio seating behind a short concrete wall on the left facing side of the building. The fire exit was on the side of the parking area, so I had to transit around and to the left to enter. Coming in through the short vestibule, the snaking, sea-green concrete-topped bar was directly in front of me. Once more, a wall of pennies embedded into the wall and sealed with acrylic served as the basis for the back bar, which was the line of taps. Shelves of glassware and bottles sat above the back bar with a huge chalkboard center. Two two-doored coolers flanked either side of the wall of taps with the kitchen to the extreme left, followed by an archway that led to the lavs. Not as many plates in the overhead as at other places that I have visited, but on the other hand, lots of Frisbees were on display. Standard restaurant tables and chairs in the bar area, followed by more of the same, along with the big, comfy chairs, leather sofas and booths in the restaurant area. As usual, the waitstaff was a major attraction (unless you are dead). My server was Teddy (not AM SERVER as my check later read).
12-21-2009 21:45:02 | More by woodychandler
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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
4.14/5 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
4.16/5 rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited on a hot August night 2011. Pretty packed considering that college is out of session but we were able to find a table outside. Really like the location in the Triangle right along a nice pedestrian mall/street. This is the third Flying Saucer I've been to and like the others the selection here was great with several local beers that you can't find much outside of the Austin area. I like that they allow dogs at the outdoor seating area and people who had them exercised good judgement as they were all well behaved and friendly canines. Server was good and attentive and she somehow made a bullseye guess of my all-time favorite beer in making a recomendation - amazing! Unfortunately, this Flying Saucer also had the dreaded quarterly beer menu which leads to totally unnecesary back and forth negotiation between drinker and server regarding what's truly available versus what was available two or three months ago when somebody put together the list.
08-15-2011 02:51:10 | More by coldriver
4.3/5 rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Austin, TX
91 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.