The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Taps: 70 / Bottles: 150
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 66 | Show All Ratings:
4.13/5 rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I was in Houston for 3 nights and happened to end up here every night. Being from WI, I was able to get my hands on a few brews that don't make it to Milwaukee.
The atmosphere was very comfortable and the place is huge. If you're looking for a place that isn't too busy during the week, this is where you should be. My cohort and I were very surprised by how slow things were Tuesday-Thursday night.
The service was great and the servers were all willing to get a bit more information about a brew they weren't incredibly familiar with. After ordering a Westy tripel, one of the servers went out of her way to get me a free sample of another tripel they had just gotten in!
If you're in downtown Houston and you're looking to find a place with a great selection I would definitely say you should make your way here.
06-24-2011 23:24:05 | More by EnJeiBee
4.58/5 rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Probably the top selection in town, and always plenty of new things available to keep it interesting. Daily fire sale is a good deal, and Sunday ($3 TX pints) and Mondays ($3 most drafts) are even better.
Pretzels and bratwurst dishes are great.
Servers are typically knowledgeable and friendly, and the management is very professional and always looking for ways to ensure all patrons' satisfaction.
Finally, the UFO club is as great for marketing as it is for advocacy. Trying so many different, great beers is what got me into craft beer a few years ago.
06-07-2011 17:51:13 | More by drummermattie02
4.58/5 rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
This is a great beer lovers bar. The Flying Saucer has an impressive tap list as well as a thorough bottle list. The staff is very attentive and friendly. This is a busy place, but its also a large place. Parking across the street makes for easy access as well.
While visiting I had a 512 IPA (Austin brewery) and a Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti. They've got something for everyone and the staff seems willing to help those who are having a tough time making a decision. It still blows my mind that in a city as large as houston there arent more local breweries.
Truth be told, if you're from a city like Chicago or Philadelphia you probably won't be blown away by the selection, but that just speaks to the incredible selections available in those cities more than anything. The Flying Saucer is a great place with a wonderful beer list. Go there confidently.
05-27-2011 14:26:35 | More by jthahn
4.13/5 rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
alright this has been one of my favorite places from the start, from the broad selection to the atmosphere. Walking in you immediately notice a never ending line of taps and several bottles around, im not sure if its a good or bad thing but it is always a packed house. The servers are good, the bartenders are much better...sit a the bar if you can. No matter where you sit you will get good service and great beers. The beer menu is good not great, but i think they aim for pleasing all.
the food is decent but not great, i honestly do not care about how good a bars food is its not why i go, it just becomes a slight convenience sometimes. The prices are all reasonable for what you're getting if you take a BMC'er im sure they will bitch a moan about paying 6.50 for a brew, what gives.
Overall, ill say i enjoy the atmosphere even though i hate the difficulty in sitting sometimes. The beer is tops in the area, the food is decent, the prices are reasonable. definitely stop by if you are in the area.
05-24-2011 16:25:36 | More by JayAre46
3.94/5 rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$$
I know this place is a favorite of many many beer enthusiasts, unfortunately it's just not really my bag.
It is always loud and at least slightly crowded, it just gets increasingly louder and more crowded during peak times. Because it is so popular the service is slower than I would like. I almost feel like I should order two at a time just in case.
They are reasonable-pricey depending on what you order. However, the place that they stand out it the amazing number of beers on tap and/or available. It is truly every beer enthusiasts wet dream in that regard.
The beer selection is the only reason I am amped about getting one closer to my neck of the woods this fall. Who knows, maybe it'll grow on me.
05-23-2011 01:18:17 | More by dnarx
4.35/5 rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
First off, they had an impressive selection of local brews. To me that's the true sign of a good beer bar. Anyone can get all sorts of popular imports on tap, or the bigger micro-brews from around the states, but the Flying Saucer in Houston had an impressive lineup of local breweries. I saw Saint Arnold, Real Ale, Jester King, Live Oak, and Southern Star for sure which are all Texas breweries, plus they had an impressive selection of craft brews from around the country and impressive imports. The prices were all reasonable as well, so I'll definitely be back next time I'm in Houston and wanting to grab some beers and bar food.
As for the food, all we tried were some cheese fries while watching the Final Four, but they were plenty tasty enough.
04-18-2011 14:45:00 | More by theboozecruise
4.45/5 rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I came down here when I visited my buddy who lives in Houston along with another friend. Flying Saucer is located right on Main St in downtown Houston. There is lots of metered street parking and a couple garages nearby, and it is right on the trolley route as well. The inside of the bar is spacious, with high ceilings. Lots of wood everywhere. The eye is immediately drawn to the wall of taps behind the bar on the left. There is seating in the middle and along the right side. The saucers with everyone's name and catchphrase who have completed the 200-beer tour are the next attraction. As evidenced by the wall of taps, the number of beers here is impressive. There are at least 75 different draughts from the US (including local/regional) and all over the world. International selections are available as well. As for bottles, there are over 150 with mostly the same brewers represented. Flying Saucer has several different flights of beers available for sample, divided by geographic location. Service here is spotty, but cute waitresses. The server did a fair job with refills and food but she was hard to track down occasionally. Food here is also hit or miss. All in all this will definitely be a regular stop for me on my visits to Houston.
02-22-2011 17:55:53 | More by CuriousMonk
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $
Excellent choice in downtown Houston.
Not easy to get to, or cheap to park in the area. But once you're in, it's worth every bit. Plenty of seating in a high ceiling room with big screen TV's showing all the ESPN's around the clock. The servers are pretty good; they're nice and quick, but they're not the most knowledgeable group when it comes to beer. The beer selection is unbeatable, especially when you start ordering samplers. The prices are very respectable for what's available. The food selection is OK, the brat's are the best, and for the price it's all worth it.
Overall, the good enough food and broad beer selection
01-05-2011 03:01:04 | More by mdunman
4.25/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Flying Saucers tend to be a bit uniform wherever you go, which is not a bad thing. You know what to expect and, while you may not get a lot of local flavor as far as decore and design are involved, you do get a good variety of beer, always with an emphasis on regional producers. The staff is always very well educated on the beers and service is quick. You are usually in the company of fellow beer enthusiasts, but on my visit it was amusing for two guys to sit at the bar next to me who were working on getting their 100 beer saucer. They asked for samples of "whatever isn't too thick" before investing in a pint. Thick? Oh well.
Beer is a bit on the pricey side, but you can't beat the selection.
12-03-2010 16:04:38 | More by Brent
4.45/5 rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
I have been going to the Saucer for years with friends and finally decided to join the UFO club in August of 2008. It has been slow going but I am about to clear the first 100 beers of my tour. They have an awesome selection; I love to come in and see what is new and limited on the chalkboard.
I like the various specials they offer during the week, especially the Texas pints on Sunday and the draft pint night on Monday.
The service is usually good, especially considering how busy it can get in there. The staff is very knowledgable and good at making suggestions to people unfamiliar with the variety of beer available.
The food is definitely average except for the pretzels. The pretzels are to die for and go great with the beer.
11-25-2010 22:27:47 | More by JonathanCrites
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Houston, TX
94 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.