The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

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The Flying Saucer Draught EmporiumThe Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
BA SCORE
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70 Reviews
Reviews: 70
Visits: 127
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: n/a
Taps: 70
Bottles: 150
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (1,252 characters)

Photo of mdunman
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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 (631 characters)

Photo of Brent
4.25/5  rDev +1%
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. (703 characters)

Photo of JonathanCrites
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (739 characters)

Photo of Joephcp
4/5  rDev -5%
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!!! (655 characters)

Photo of wizzy
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of azorie
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (1,445 characters)

Photo of RobertTh3Texian
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (764 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (941 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (1,747 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (1,288 characters)

Photo of ottovon
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (1,265 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (1,203 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
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). (728 characters)

Photo of TheChauffeur1
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
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. (793 characters)

Photo of Gutensheisse
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

I love this place! Since I moved away from Htown I miss it. We have a beer place here in Tampa but it doesn't cut the mustard. The selection is the best I've seen in the U.S. and the atmosphere is awesome, you can get your own plaque with your name on it and the 100's of beers you've downed...and possibly live to tell about it. The food is bar food, its better than some but the place isn't known or trying to be known for its food. The staff is educated in beer styles and basics and the bartenders are very friendly. If by some great chance I were to start brewing commercially having my beer on tap here would be heaven. Again I wish I still lived in Houston because of this place. If you are on I-10 near where it meets I-45 GO TO THIS PLACE!!! That is all. (763 characters)

Photo of moreyeel
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

The Houston Saucer is a great place for a beer.

The place seems to always be packed, but you typically can find a bar stool or a place to lay a pint every night.

They have a limited selection of wine and liquor, this is a beer bar.

The beer selection is great, they have tons of rotating taps and I have never been in without seeing at least on new beer to me.

From crap like Miller Lite to ABT 12 they have something for every palate. The Saucer has a large number of Belgians and British beers, even some on tap. All in all they have 72ish taps and probably 100+ bottles.

Each Wednesday is grab a glass night. This week is a Belgian Noel. They also have house glass nights where you get a fun themed (Valentines day, or Lennon's Birthday) glass that you have never seen.

The food has gotten better, but don't come here with dinner as your main objective. My favorite is the french dip, The Big Dipper, but they have slices of pizza and a Kick Ass (their term not mine) chicken sandwich.

The Saucer in Houston is my favorite stop in H-Town.

Blocks away from Toyota Center and Minute Maid Field, even close to the convention center. There is a Magnolia Hotel in stumblin' distance if you have too many. If you travel for sports, this is the place to go before or after the game. (1,293 characters)

Photo of whiterascal
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I absolutely love The Flying Saucer...so much so that I am a member of their UFO club. They track the beers you drink and after 200 different ones they put a plate on the wall in your honor. The selection is superb and it's a great hangout. The service is a toss up. Some of the waitresses are great and some clearly don't belong in the food industry. The waitresses also wear slutty little uniforms, which might appeal to some, kind of a turn off to others... They also have a special pint glass night every Wednesday, trivia on tuesday, and other fun events. If you're in the Houston area, the saucer is a must. (613 characters)

Photo of itcomesnpints
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Atmosphere is laid back and cool during the day. It's a large, wide-open bar that also has some couches and armchairs. Makes it great to just chill out, relax and have a brew or two. It's located in the heart of downtown Houston, so it's a great rendezvous for before or after baseball games or concerts. It's probably kickin' at night.

The quality seemed fine. The bartenders were outgoing, friendly in the expected Houston way, and fast. Also....pssst....the waitresses all wear short, plaid miniskirts (bring the boys).

Selection is large but not as extensive as I was expecting. There were no casks, and their American craft brew selection is not spectacular. You most certainly will find something you love on tap though, just not a lot of rare ones.

The food we had was damn good. Not fine cuisine by any means, but great bar food. Try the beer brat nachos.

Overall the Flying Saucer is my choice beer bar in Houston. If you go on Mondays, almost everything on draft becomes $2.75 a pint. (999 characters)

Photo of fostwal
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

This is the best place to have a beer in Houston. Nobody beats the variety of beers. There are over 80 beers on tap and >125 in bottles. There is definitely something for everybody. Even previously non-beer drinkers find something interesting to try. They encourage all to experiment by joining the Flying Saucer Club. Drink 200 different beers and you get your name and saying on the wall of this fine establishment.

The atmosphere is very welcoming for beer drinkers. A wide open two story room filled with tables and chairs. The large space does get loud when its packed. Fortunately for regulars, that only happens during happy hour and baseball games. (Its within walking distance to the Astros). BTW, the waitresses wearing mini-skirts adds some ambiance also.;)

The food is ok. Its not going to win any awards. But its not awful either. Just solid beer food. I've been going there for over three years and still find something tasty to eat.

The overall value is exceptional. Lots of specials throughout the week. Mondays are the best when almost all drafts are $2.75. Where else can you get a pint of Sierra Nevada, Breckenridge, or Guinness for that?!?! (1,168 characters)

Photo of harsley
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

This place wasn't bad and was down the street from my hotel in Houston right on Main street and easy to get to from the MetroRail. Not a bad place...pretty crowded at 7pm on a Thursday and it was really loud but we found solice in sitting outside at a table as it wasn't super hot out. Service was kind of slow but not bad considering how busy it was. Food seems to have gotten a bad rap on here but it really wasn't half bad. The pretzels were the best I've ever had probably with 2 dipping sauces...the chicken on the salad was actually not over cooked and the avocado was in good shape. It's your typical pub grub besides the pretzels but it's not too bad. Beer selection was great. I may think it was better than it really was because coming from Boston they served things I can't get up here. Had some New Belgium and some Texas beers....they had some Belgians and some sampler trays that seemed like they could be worth trying. Everything was clearly maked as on tap, bottle, etc...I'd recommend it if you're going to downtown Houston for any reason. (1,056 characters)

Photo of stumac
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

Very hot spot in the dead center of H-Town. Lively atmosphere, nice place, attractive waitresses, great beer selection. One of the few bars downtown open for lunch. Good food menu. The waitresses are for the most part, very hott. There uniform is a plaid skirt and knee high socks. funny thing is that the requirement for most of the waitresses is that you have to look 18 years old even if you are older. They have over 80 beers on draft, even more beers in bottle. They keep beers due to popularity and new arivals to the market as apposed to personal preferance which is cool. They have a Saucer Card that keeps a tally of all the beers you drink. Its either you drink 200 beers or you drink $200 worth of beer (im not sure which), you get a personalized plate with your name on it hung high up on the wall. Great place. Highly recommended. (843 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

This place was packed on Wednesday! In Milwaukee, most of our craft beer bars are small and generally not the most popular bars in town. In contrast, this place was huge and packed! And while the enthusiasm for beer was good to see, the crowd didn't come without its problems - there was a bouncer, it was loud, service was slow due to the crowd, and when we came in an inebriated 30-something was being thrown out for harassing a member of the short-skirted waitstaff. This place has a giant selection, an age-diverse clientele, female servers in short skirts and tight tops (ours seemed to have beer interest and knowledge), and a very automated program which recognized patrons for trying great varieties of beer. Food was unimpressive, although I liked that they had some decent cheese. This place was OK, but something about it struck me as being not quite right. It seemed like whoever was running the show was executing a business model that was co-opting a growing craft beer segment, without really internalizing a passion for beer. As evidence I can't offer much, but aside from the fact that it is a chain, I will mention that the featured brewer when I visited was "Dos Equis," which is not a brewer (FEMSA) and is well, crap. I may return the next time I'm in Houston, but it won't be without hesitation and it will be preceded by a search for alternatives. (1,370 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

If I lived anywhere near downtown Houston, this is the place where I'd hang out. It's shaped like a backwards L. You're in the bar area as you enter, with tables in the middle and on the right, and a long bar on the left. The blackboard behind the bar lists the newly arrived beers, on tap and in bottles. Saucers decorate the walls and ceiling. Go to the end of the room and turn left, and you will find booths along the mirrored walls. Several TVs complete the picture.
Many, many different styles of beer. I counted more than 60 beers on tap, and over 100 in bottles. The drafts were pretty much all in the $4 to $5 range. The most expensive bottle was $16 (for a 750ml bottle). There were also seven beer flights, as well as a build your own flight. I had a couple glasses of Victory's Prima Pils. They were out of North Coast's pilsner.
The food was typical pub food, with brats being the feature food. We had brats con queso. Very good.
Service was attentive and prompt.
Had a great time. (994 characters)

Photo of everetends
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Went here after a MMA match. We were staying at the Doubletree close by and we decided to go hit a bar. After unsuccessfully trying to get into 5 bars and being turned away because some of us were wearing ball caps or jeans, we stumbled on the Flying Saucer(none of us had ever heard of the establishment before). We were welcomed in with open arms and our waitress was awesome. She took us on a tour of the bar and explained the beer menu to us. She was very beer savvy, and a young lady who recommends stouts is good in my book. We had quite a few beers on tap and in bottles and all were great. The food was good bar fare with the best brats I have had since I was in Germany. Very happy with the find, and everytime we go to a big city it is the first place we check for in the directory. Awesome bar. (805 characters)

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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Houston, TX
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