The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Taps: 70 / Bottles: 150
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 104 | Reviews: 67 | Display Reviews Only:
4.1/5 rDev -3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5 | $$
The Houston Saucer is a great place for a beer.
The place seems to always be packed, but you typically can find a bar stool or a place to lay a pint every night.
They have a limited selection of wine and liquor, this is a beer bar.
The beer selection is great, they have tons of rotating taps and I have never been in without seeing at least on new beer to me.
From crap like Miller Lite to ABT 12 they have something for every palate. The Saucer has a large number of Belgians and British beers, even some on tap. All in all they have 72ish taps and probably 100+ bottles.
Each Wednesday is grab a glass night. This week is a Belgian Noel. They also have house glass nights where you get a fun themed (Valentines day, or Lennon's Birthday) glass that you have never seen.
The food has gotten better, but don't come here with dinner as your main objective. My favorite is the french dip, The Big Dipper, but they have slices of pizza and a Kick Ass (their term not mine) chicken sandwich.
The Saucer in Houston is my favorite stop in H-Town.
Blocks away from Toyota Center and Minute Maid Field, even close to the convention center. There is a Magnolia Hotel in stumblin' distance if you have too many. If you travel for sports, this is the place to go before or after the game.
12-10-2008 22:15:12 | More by moreyeel
4.05/5 rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
12-07-2008 02:58:02 | More by whiterascal
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
10-01-2008 20:40:49 | More by itcomesnpints
4.5/5 rDev +6.1%
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?!?!
08-24-2008 17:23:47 | More by fostwal
3.73/5 rDev -12%
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.
07-09-2008 12:33:11 | More by harsley
4.28/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5 | $$
Very hot spot in the dead center of H-Town. Lively atmosphere, nice place, attractive waitresses, great beer selection. One of the few bars downtown open for lunch. Good food menu. The waitresses are for the most part, very hott. There uniform is a plaid skirt and knee high socks. funny thing is that the requirement for most of the waitresses is that you have to look 18 years old even if you are older. They have over 80 beers on draft, even more beers in bottle. They keep beers due to popularity and new arivals to the market as apposed to personal preferance which is cool. They have a Saucer Card that keeps a tally of all the beers you drink. Its either you drink 200 beers or you drink $200 worth of beer (im not sure which), you get a personalized plate with your name on it hung high up on the wall. Great place. Highly recommended.
05-12-2008 00:26:29 | More by stumac
3.63/5 rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2 | $$$
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.
05-02-2008 14:12:12 | More by BeerBelcher
4.4/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
If I lived anywhere near downtown Houston, this is the place where I'd hang out. It's shaped like a backwards L. You're in the bar area as you enter, with tables in the middle and on the right, and a long bar on the left. The blackboard behind the bar lists the newly arrived beers, on tap and in bottles. Saucers decorate the walls and ceiling. Go to the end of the room and turn left, and you will find booths along the mirrored walls. Several TVs complete the picture.
Many, many different styles of beer. I counted more than 60 beers on tap, and over 100 in bottles. The drafts were pretty much all in the $4 to $5 range. The most expensive bottle was $16 (for a 750ml bottle). There were also seven beer flights, as well as a build your own flight. I had a couple glasses of Victory's Prima Pils. They were out of North Coast's pilsner.
The food was typical pub food, with brats being the feature food. We had brats con queso. Very good.
Service was attentive and prompt.
Had a great time.
04-29-2008 23:20:04 | More by lordofthewiens
4.72/5 rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
04-28-2008 00:16:59 | More by everetends
3.63/5 rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
This place is very large. Several TV's, it is always crowded and loud. Usually hard to find a seat. A long bar with a huge tap wall. There is an area upstairs that is usually reserved for parties. The Saucer sometimes lets BA have a tasting upstairs. The service can be spotty. Though the waitresses are well informed about what they have. Correct glassware and temps. The selection is great. Lots of local Texas beers, many US micros, and good Imports. The selection is always rotating. Probably the best selection in town. The food is nothing special at all. Some pizzas, brats, pretzels. Most of the food is just appetizers, and bland pub grub. Overall this is a place to find some good beers in downtown Houston.
The selection is so damn impressive that it is worth putting up with the other downfalls (spotty service especially when at a table, always crowded, and crazy chaos). Though I still enjoy coming here on occasion. The mangers do an excellent job as well. It probably has a better selection than Gingerman, but I think the atmosphere and service is much lower here.
03-20-2008 07:18:46 | More by champ103
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Houston, TX
94 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.