The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Taps: 70 / Bottles: 150
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 101 | Reviews: 67 | Display Reviews Only:
4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
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?!?!
08-24-2008 17:23:47 | More by fostwal
3.73/5 rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This place wasn't bad and was down the street from my hotel in Houston right on Main street and easy to get to from the MetroRail. Not a bad place...pretty crowded at 7pm on a Thursday and it was really loud but we found solice in sitting outside at a table as it wasn't super hot out. Service was kind of slow but not bad considering how busy it was. Food seems to have gotten a bad rap on here but it really wasn't half bad. The pretzels were the best I've ever had probably with 2 dipping sauces...the chicken on the salad was actually not over cooked and the avocado was in good shape. It's your typical pub grub besides the pretzels but it's not too bad. Beer selection was great. I may think it was better than it really was because coming from Boston they served things I can't get up here. Had some New Belgium and some Texas beers....they had some Belgians and some sampler trays that seemed like they could be worth trying. Everything was clearly maked as on tap, bottle, etc...I'd recommend it if you're going to downtown Houston for any reason.
07-09-2008 12:33:11 | More by harsley
4.28/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5 | $$
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.
05-12-2008 00:26:29 | More by stumac
3.63/5 rDev -14.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2 | $$$
This place was packed on Wednesday! In Milwaukee, most of our craft beer bars are small and generally not the most popular bars in town. In contrast, this place was huge and packed! And while the enthusiasm for beer was good to see, the crowd didn't come without its problems - there was a bouncer, it was loud, service was slow due to the crowd, and when we came in an inebriated 30-something was being thrown out for harassing a member of the short-skirted waitstaff. This place has a giant selection, an age-diverse clientele, female servers in short skirts and tight tops (ours seemed to have beer interest and knowledge), and a very automated program which recognized patrons for trying great varieties of beer. Food was unimpressive, although I liked that they had some decent cheese. This place was OK, but something about it struck me as being not quite right. It seemed like whoever was running the show was executing a business model that was co-opting a growing craft beer segment, without really internalizing a passion for beer. As evidence I can't offer much, but aside from the fact that it is a chain, I will mention that the featured brewer when I visited was "Dos Equis," which is not a brewer (FEMSA) and is well, crap. I may return the next time I'm in Houston, but it won't be without hesitation and it will be preceded by a search for alternatives.
05-02-2008 14:12:12 | More by BeerBelcher
4.4/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
04-29-2008 23:20:04 | More by lordofthewiens
4.72/5 rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went here after a MMA match. We were staying at the Doubletree close by and we decided to go hit a bar. After unsuccessfully trying to get into 5 bars and being turned away because some of us were wearing ball caps or jeans, we stumbled on the Flying Saucer(none of us had ever heard of the establishment before). We were welcomed in with open arms and our waitress was awesome. She took us on a tour of the bar and explained the beer menu to us. She was very beer savvy, and a young lady who recommends stouts is good in my book. We had quite a few beers on tap and in bottles and all were great. The food was good bar fare with the best brats I have had since I was in Germany. Very happy with the find, and everytime we go to a big city it is the first place we check for in the directory. Awesome bar.
04-28-2008 00:16:59 | More by everetends
3.63/5 rDev -14.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
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
4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This beer bar has now become my Friday night place to go. They have a long bar with a whole lot of taps behind it don't know the exact number but theres a lot. All of the servers and bartenders that have served me were very nice and quick with the orders and had knowlege of the majority of the beers. The place is just a cool place to hang out at and have some beers. Theres pleanty of seating around the place tables, booths, bars, and couches to relax at. For what you get its a pretty reasonable price most of the beers average $5 a pint. You can join the UFO club and they'll keep track of all the beers you drink and when you have 200 different beers you get a gold saucer on the wall. A great place to go very wothwhile place.
03-13-2008 21:49:47 | More by armock
4.13/5 rDev -2.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
The Flying Saucer is always a must visit anytime I'm in Houston. Sometimes it's difficult to find parking, but once you're in it's worth the slight hassle.
I enjoy sports, but the atmosphere suffers occasionally if there happens to be a big game on. Other than that it's a comfortable place. Tons of tables, plenty of bar space, and even some comfy chairs/couches if you'd like. Edit: Just a forewarning: even with ample space this place gets crowded, sometimes uncomfortably so, every night of the week. It's very common for it to be standing room only...not enjoyable to stand there with a good craft beer while watching people at the bar slam BMC and mixed drinks.
Quality has always been top notch. Looks like their numerous taps get plenty of use so no freshness issues that I've found.
We usually sit at the bar and have always been impressed with the service. The bartenders (several of them) bust their butts.
Outstanding selection. They conveniently list the newest stuff and seasonals on a blackboard above the bar. I usually order from this instead of the printed list. Drank Real Ale Roggenbier and BR Big Bear Black Stout last time.
I haven't had much from the menu but can't leave without getting a pretzel. Awesome pretzels.
Highly recommended if you're in the area.
03-05-2008 03:00:15 | More by wolffman17
4.36/5 rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I did my research on Beer Advocate and decided to make this my evening focus during a quick business trip to Houston. Ironically after a year in the Raleigh Durham area, I still haven't made it to the Raleigh location.
I really enjoyed this place. Without question, it's all about the beer. The beer selection is outstanding and the atmosphere is unique. As if this place isn't good enough, Monday is $2.50 pint night. It doesn't include the Belgian's but it covers just about everything else (including Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA).
I started with a Bear Republic Big Beer Black Stout. It was spectacular. A nice strong Imperial stout with great balance, a thick foamy head and a consistency deserving of a knife and fork.
I also tried the Beer Republic Racer 5 (good but not great), Rogue Hazelnut Brown Ale (very good) and Victory Prima Pils (a regular favorite of mine).
I love the Houston Flying Saucer. I hope the Raleigh location is similar.
01-30-2008 21:46:21 | More by GJ40
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Houston, TX
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