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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

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The Flying Saucer Draught EmporiumThe Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

108 Ratings
Ratings: 108
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.78%
Taps: 70
Bottles: 150
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: 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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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%

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.

BeerBelcher, May 02, 2008
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

lordofthewiens, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of everetends
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

everetends, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of champ103
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%

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.

champ103, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of armock
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

armock, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of wolffman17
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

wolffman17, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of GJ40
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

GJ40, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of Beertracker
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%

This is one of the better Flying Saucer locations, as far as selection with the occasional surprise on tap. On my last trip, I was pleasantly surprised to find some Brasserie des Rocs Triple Imperiale, Lucifer, and even some Redstone Black Raspberry mead. Getting to the downtown location makes for a bit of an adventure for an out-of-towner. There's a parking lot across the street, but parking's not cheap. I found out on my last trip that the trolley runs past regularly, so a park & ride might certainly be the way to go? The place is fairly expansive compared with some other Saucers with the usual decor and the bar area has ample seating. The staff seems to be at least beer literate and the bartenders are very knowledgable about what they are serving and don't mind answering questions or offering samples. As with any good beer bar, it can get extremely busy & crowded on weeknights & weekends. The other thing I like about this location is there's no live music nights, hence no cover charge just to drink a pint of beer. I recommend stopping by on Sunday afternoons for $2.50 Texas brewed pints, Monday nights for $2.50 pints on most draughts, or Wednesday for brewery night where you buy the beer and get the glass. They also have Mystery beer night on Thursdays for cheap bottles. Join the UFO Club and drink beer at the Flying Saucer!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Beertracker, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of Onslow
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

my favourite bar in the USA.. word...
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.Went 4 my birthday. Comfortable aura when you walk in. Friendly and fairly knowledgeable (and cute) waitresses. Beer selection is probably the best in Houston. The food can be low end to high grade (the beer cheese soup was ..well, crap). This place seems to know what they are doing, I would give it higher scores if I went during down times and not when gay football is on... Recommended if you want some good beer (with quite a good variety, especially for houston) and some decent pub grub. and with rotating taps for some good breweries and a updated tap list, u really can not go wrong!

Onslow, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of ruckzuck
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%

Whenever I'm visiting home (I yearn for Houston as I write this) my cousin and I enjoy hitting Flying Saucer. What a place. I'm sort of torn in some ways. It's huge, it's loud, I find the "Beer Goddesses" (the barmaids in short skirts and knee highs) to be kind of silly (the service has always been great, I'm referring to the uniform exclusively here), and I don't recall anything I ate there being exceptional.

However, I think there's enough positive stuff about the place to warrant the score I gave it. It has a great selection. My cousin has the membership card which allows you to swipe it, keeps track of the beers you've already had, and recommends beers you haven't had. I find that incredibly cool, and I think it's what stands out about Flying Saucer the most to me. Is the plate on the wall thing a bit gimmicky? Sure, but if you've had that many at the place I figure you deserve some sort of recognition. Selection is great. I'd recommend at least one trip, and if I still lived in Houston I'd probably have the card as well.

ruckzuck, Nov 30, 2007
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Houston, TX
94 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.