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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

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The Flying Saucer Draught EmporiumThe Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

70 Reviews
Reviews: 70
Visits: 129
Avg: 4.18
pDev: n/a
Taps: 70
Bottles: 150
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

705 Main St
Houston, Texas, 77002-3313
United States
phone: (713) 228-7468

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @flyingsaucerhou

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Reviews: 70 | Visits: 129
Photo of bens0n
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped by after an architecture tour downtown and grabbed a beer plus a create your own flight. They had a huge beer selection, pretty cool atmosphere. The appetizer I got was pretty good also. The organized list of brews they have is nice, its got which ones are on tap and which ones are in bottles cans etc. I was however disappointed that there were not very many pumpkin brews given the fact that its October. Definitely worth stopping by if you're in the downtown area. I know I'll be back again.

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Photo of FUNKPhD
4.14/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I've made it out to the Flying Saucer on a few occasions, and must say that I have yet to leave truly dissatisfied.

The Flying Saucer generally always has something going on, so no matter what day of the week, or what time of the month, something is going down. Everyone there is having a good time, and its quite obviously that SEVERAL people have made SEVERAL repeat visits. They get the newest, freshest products in, and if you hit them at the right time, you'll get to try something quite nice. I was lucky enough to be around for a Utopias opening. They know how to serve the beer and to give you the right style glassware for the right style beer. Honestly, for the selection and views you see there, its really not unreasonable pricing for what you're getting.

I've recommended numerous people to this location, and am sure that I'll be making several more in the future.

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Photo of shoky01
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Being that I am a member at this establishment I am a little biased. Love the saucer. We have a whole group that goes regularly on Wednesdays. The beer goddesses know most of us by name and take good care of us. The selection is excellent, it changes just enough to keep things interesting as the year goes on. And to be a part of history, having your name on a plate on the wall for all time saying that you drank 200+ beers is worth it in and of itself. I would recommend the Saucer for anyone who loves beer, a good time, good food and meeting new friends who love beer just as much.

...and remember: It doesn't have to make sense, It just has to be loud.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Finally was able to make it to the Flying Saucer. Been wanting to go for a while. A solid atmosphere. Decorated with plates and beer all over the bar. Everyone seems to have a great time, very crowded. Only guy not enjoying himself was the guy puking in the restroom. Service was good. As busy as it was at the bar a waitor checked on us every few minutes. The wait staff had a good idea of everything they had on tap and in bottles and what style they are. Selection is the bets in Texas. Period. Very reasonable price tag on all the beers, can't complain with that. Overall a great experience and look forward to going again.

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Photo of EnJeiBee
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of drummermattie02
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of jthahn
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of JayAre46
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of dnarx
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of mdunman
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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

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Photo of Brent
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of JonathanCrites
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of Joephcp
4/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Love the Saucer. Great beer selection. They are constantly rotating so there is always something new to try. They run fire sales on beers that are nearing their due date. This helps to keep beer from sitting around and going flat. Wednesday night pint night is great!!! For a small fee (usually a buck) you get to keep the glass of the brewery that is featured that night. Beer Cheese soup is outstanding. I don't know if I can ever have nachos without putting bratwurst on them now because of this place. Lots of fun for watching games, watching girls, or just drinking. Join the saucer club, lots of benefits and kind of a fun way to learn about beer!!!

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Photo of wizzy
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Spent an enjoyable two hours here this evening. On Wednesdays, if you buy the beer of the night (in this case, Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock), you get the "official" glass for a $1.

Started with that (bottle), followed up with Lagunitas Lucky 13 and then Greenflash West Coast IPA (both draft). I'm from Michigan, so it was nice to see draft options that I'm not familiar with.

The bar was crowded when I arrived at 7pm, thinned out a bit about 7:45, then picked up again a little after 8. Service was attentive, but not overbearing. Didn't ask about beer recommendations; too many things looked interesting that I wanted to try.

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Photo of azorie
3.93/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Visited again May 2010: Notes the place is the same, food was good, beer was good, same old super crowded place.
parking is not cheap, take the train if you can.

First visit June 2008:
Visited 1 times around 4pm, Very crowded place, you have to get there early if you want to sit at bar, no service upstairs. They have outside table service, why you want to sit in the sun in Humid Houston (my Home Town) and bake, but some do.

Anyway we got a table and service very quick. I was told 85 different taps. Lots of Texas beers, Standard common bottle selections, which is good, but nothing rare I seen, but hey they got most of them. Its a wild and crazy place, and its a fine bar. Recommended.

Food was good.

Sadly that kind of crowd and noise gets on my nerves, that's why I have to rate it lower. On the plus side if you get their early they are some nice seats, think lazy boy type.

Houston prices are a tad expensive for my tastes. I Still do not get why bottle prices are basically doubled what you pay for retail at spec's, but I noticed this in Atlanta also at the Red brick pub, so maybe its a planned thing? ;.) anyway I seen it, had a few beers, I will most likely never go back, just not my kind of bar. plus Houston traffic now is just not any fun anymore, was it ever, well its just plain hours now to go anywhere.

again recommended if you like serving girls in short skirts and a place so loud you have to scream to be heard.

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Photo of RobertTh3Texian
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is not my hometown Saucer but I enjoyed it all the same. Me and a friend went here after a AHA rally at Saint Arnold and it was great. We had some good beers, the US v Canada game was on , and, my buddy knew the manager, so we got a little tour too. Good atmosphere and vaulted ceilings of all things. Just any FS that you go to, in my experience is going to be good for you. They train constantly, update and continually rotate taps and are the best chance that cask ale has in America to get to a wider audience than one or two bars because of the special care involved to properly have and pour cask ale). The taps were well chosen and we even helped our waitress sell a few bottles of $25 mead after our applauding it. Good day in Houston I'd have to say.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Found this joint in 2008 while in texas when my budy got us tickets to the latin grammy's at the toyota center.The place was jumpin with people having a good time. As soon as I walked in I couldn't help but notice all the plaques that covered the walls and ciellings. When I asked what they where about I was told that people were honored by the pub depending on how many beers were tried under the flying saucers roof. So the people that had tasted over 150 beers were awared a plaque that carried thier name and was placed on the wall to commemerate their achievement. I thought that was so cool and would have had one back home if they had this program back at my favorite pub. The food was OK but the beer selection was great. They carried the local brews, us craft, and some begian imports that made my week while I chilled out in texas. Overall would definitely come back if I ever make it back to houston. I had an awesome time there.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.64/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Located on the corner of Main and Capitol Streets, the entry and outdoor seating were both on Main. Entering, there was a vestibule oriented to the corner, but the interior ran parallel to Main Street. A stairwell to the second floor "Pub of Love" began just inside the door, along Capitol. The long, aluminum-topped, "L"-shaped bar began just to the right of the stairwell. The back bar consisted of a wall of pennies under acrylic laminate out of which the bank of 84 taps ran. Two coolers full of about 135 bottles divided the run of taps. A long, high, dark wood bar with high chairs on either side separated the bar area from the restaurant area. The restaurant area fronted the Main Street window and consisted of standard restaurant tables and chairs. The lavs were down a short pathway right of the English-style dart boards. To the left of the dartboards, down a pathway, were the Men's on the left, a row of booth seating, and the kitchen.

Standard Saucer décor, but hats off to Yellow/Gold # 26, Rod Reese of Ephrata, PA! Way to represent, homeboy!

The Mutt' n' Jeff team running around. The tall one was a blonde and her diminutive partner in serving was an Asian-American. Ha!

Mom test: Are you effin' kidding me?!? She's a 70's era feminist who still uses "MS". I would be in for an earful of sexism, the Male Gaze, VVSW, ad nauseum. Look, I didn't tell the dollies to dress like Catholic schoolgirls, but I'm not dead, either. I'm going to look (not ogle), I keep my paws to myself, and I tip handsomely. For this, I'm supposed to apologize, feel guilty, genuflect? Sorry, kids, but I'm a retired USN sailor. I was involved in some things that would cause my mom to gouge her eyes out and cut off her ears. This is pretty tame.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I had heard quite a bit about this southern chain of beer bars and was happy to finally have a chance to stop by the one in Houston.

Beer selection was very good with 50+ beers on tap and a rather large bottle selection to compliment the drafts. Most of the major craft brands were in the line-up. Stone, Avery, Victory, DFH etc. A fairly good selection of local Texas beers as well.

Atmosphere was enjoyable. Loud, high ceilings, saucers on the wall and ceiling everywhere. Very crowed with a mix of the regular Happy Hour crowd and the pre-game crowd (Astros game) Mixture of booths, picnic tables and regular tables. Lots of attentive staff keep the beer flowing.

I did have a waitress totally goof on our order of a flight and literally 20 minutes later come back with 4 samples... Literally tiny drips of beer in glasses. I explained this to the manager and he handled it properly. However, it was too late; we had to leave for dinner.

This is definitely one of the bright spots in a state where I am not impressed with the craft selection. The Flying Saucer allows Texans to sample the excellent brews that are available. We had a couple appetizers and the food was pretty good. Upper end pub food and nothing more. I would return here and visit their location across the south.

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Photo of ottovon
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I have been here quite a few times. I have a plate on the wall.

This place will for the most part, have everything that you can get in Houston. They have a ton of imports and tons of American craft beers to choose from. They have over 200 different beers including bottles. They get seasonals, and they are starting to get some rarer kegs. They tapped Allagash Hugh Malone recently. Thursdays are rare keg/tap night. They have a cask that normal has Avery IPA but currently has Victory Hop Devil. It has the best beer selection out of any bar in houston.

I personally really like the food. The goat cheese pizza is my go to. The chicken philly if very good, and their pretzels are awesome.

It is a pretty big place but can get very crowded on certain nights making it hard to get a table sometimes. The waitresses are hit and miss, some are great and some are awful. They have tvs and a projection screen for some of the bigger games and stros/rockets/texans games. they have 2 dart boards.

Monday is pint night with most pints being $2.75, Wednesday is drink the beer keep the glass, and Thursday is rare keg night, which is new, it used to just be tub o mystery where you got a random bottle. The rare keg night is great. Overall I really like this place.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is one of my favorite places to have a beer. I have been to the one in Charlotte as well, and neither have disappointed. The inside is always immaculately clean, comfortable, and I've never experienced it over crowded. Its modern, yet welcoming, upscale looking, but not pricey. Just a great place to have a beer.

I did not have any food here, but the beers were excellent, all served promptly in appropriate glassware by friendly staff. Service was excellent and willing to help anyone looking for a suggestion.

I feel the Flying Saucer(s) have some of the best selections of American Micros I have ever seen. The menu is full both American and excellent imports from the usual suspects such as Germany, Belgium, and beyond, but the American micros is where its at. Both on draft and in bottles, the selection just goes on and on. For this visit I had a Stone Ruination on tap and a Bear Republic Black Bear Stout in a bottle. Neither of which are available here in CT, and both were excellent.

Thus far, I have not been anything less than impressed by the Flying Saucer. I always create great memories here with good friends, and excellent brews to accompany them. Again, one of my favorites.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Located in downtown Houston, very easy to get to from the Metro. This has the same winning formula as the other Flying Saucers I've been to, an easy choice for dinner in any city that has the franchise. There were maybe 60+ taps, just about every major style of beer available in some form from draft. One cask, serving Avery IPA when I was there. The bottle list is even more extensive but I usually am happy to get fresh draft beer when there's so much to choose from. Long bar with many seats, and enough tables to make seating for probably 100+ people. The food is mediocre in my opinion, actually I haven't liked much but the beer and atmosphere at any of the saucers (but those 2 attributes are reason enough to go there).

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Photo of TheChauffeur1
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This is in downtown Houston, which means public transit which is always cool. 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 is always easy to beat up on chains, but after visiting several I wish I had one in my town. Later.

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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Houston, TX
93 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.