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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

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The Flying Saucer Draught EmporiumThe Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

44 Ratings
Ratings: 44
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Taps: 70
Bottles: 150
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

815 W 47th St
Austin, Texas, 78751-2359
United States
phone: (512) 454-7468

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @flyingsauceraus

Notes:
None, yet.

(Place added by: AChamberlain on 05-11-2008)
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

kjkinsey, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of wagenvolks
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.

wagenvolks, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of coldriver
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

coldriver, Aug 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Getalegup, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of charleslueg
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

charleslueg, May 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

JamLand, Nov 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

reebtaerG, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

ZenAgnostic, Sep 03, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Jame515, May 29, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

jamescain, Jul 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Ben7773, Aug 10, 2014
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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)

***Update review.
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.

BgThang, May 02, 2009
Photo of northaustin
3.25/5  rDev -20%

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

northaustin, Apr 15, 2009
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

mgr78704, Jun 08, 2014
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3.63/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

JonathanL7890, May 13, 2008
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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.

goatgoat, Dec 30, 2008
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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.

The Details:
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
Allagash White
Anchor Old Foghorn
Anchor Steam
Avery Collaboration
Avery IPA (Cask)
Bass Ale
Bear Republic Racer Five
Belhaven Scottish Ale
Boddingtons
Breckenridge Agave Wheat
Chimay Cinq Cents
Chocolate Truffle
Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
Flying Dog Double Dog
Flying Dog In Heat Wheat
Flying Dog Tire Bite
Fullers ESB
Great Divide Hercules IPA(NEW!)
Guinness
Hacker-Pschorr Brau Weisse
Harp Lager
Hummingbird Water
Independence Austin Amber
Independence Bootlegger Brown
Left Hand Haystack Wheat
Lindemans Framboise
Live Oak Big Bark Amber
Live Oak Hefe-Weizen
Live Oak Pilz
Maredsous 10
Maredsous 8
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
Paulaner Hefe-Weizen
Paulaner Salvator
Pilsner Urquell
Pyramid Hefeweizen
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
Saison Dupont
Sam Adams Boston Lager
Sam Adams Summer
Sierra Nevada Harvest
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Sierra Nevada Porter
Smithwicks Ale
Spaten Franziskaner Hefe-Weiss
Spaten Lager
Spaten Oktoberfest
Steamworks Third Eye P.A.
Stella Artois
Thomas Kemper Rootbeer
Victory Golden Monkey
Victory Prima Pilsner
Warsteiner Dunkel
Woodchuck Amber
Youngs Double Chocolate Stout

midaszero, Jun 03, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

n00blar, Oct 20, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +8.4%

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!

Fenris244, Dec 12, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Fabiand, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of TheChauffeur1
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%

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.

TheChauffeur1, Feb 20, 2009
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4.48/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

videofrog, Feb 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Nightwish1094, Jun 03, 2014
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3.43/5  rDev -15.5%

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.

peterjk, Sep 26, 2009
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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

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.)

coldmeat23, Jun 01, 2011
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