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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

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122 Ratings
Ratings: 122
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: n/a
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

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.08/5  rDev -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.

Photo of ottovon
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of CHADMC3
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.08/5  rDev -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).

Photo of TheChauffeur1
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of Gutensheisse
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of moreyeel
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of whiterascal
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of itcomesnpints
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of fostwal
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?!?!

Photo of harsley
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.

Photo of stumac
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.

Photo of BeerBelcher
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
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.

Photo of everetends
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.

Photo of champ103
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.

Photo of armock
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.

Photo of wolffman17
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.

Photo of GJ40
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.

Photo of Beertracker
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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

Photo of Onslow
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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!

Photo of ruckzuck
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 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.

Photo of jim102864
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Not a suprise that it was such a pain in the ass to get to from the West Loop during rush hour but try getting to the parking lot adjacent to the place and prepare to lose your mind navigating the endless one way streets and no left turn signs. When I finally figured the whole mess out, I was 7 bucks lighter in the wallet for parking and in dire need of a beer. Maybe that's the reason they're so successful.

FS number 2 for me, and again consistentsy in selection and quality of both the beer and the barmaids makes this a great place in an otherwise ho-hum region of the country for beer.

The decor isn't much different from the Nashville location, 'cept it's smaller. Same plates of those who've guzzled 200 beers hanging from the walls; same hot chicks in plaid skirts servin' em up. The obligatory flat screens mounted too high above the bar can be seen here along with the tap wall deocorated with pennies.

Very unusual that there are absolutely zero belgians on tap, but the Belgian bottle selection is respectable (again, we're in Texas). Any bar that's serving that bad ass 12% abv Scaldis can't be all that bad. Place was loud and busy for a Monday night, but that's because nearly all drafts are $2.50. Suffice it to say the 20 something crowd was predominant, however, the mix of old farts such as yours truly and younger types was comfortable, at least for me anyway.

Bartenders saw me taking notes probabaly thinking I was the health inspector, since I got asked three times if I was ready for another even though my glass said otherwise. Guess it's just that southern hospitality thing shining through.

Besides the Scaldis, they had Maradsous 8 in a bottle and a Left Hand Milk Stout on tap that was very special indeed.

Almost failed to mention the food, which should tell you where I'm heading on that front. Nice cheese plate, headlined by some smoky gouda and grapes with pates of some kind including one that was too heavy on the mustard seed and vinagar and another that was a mushy concoction of, I think, prunes or something. The roast beef au jus sandwich was a couple of thin slices thrown on a large roll with some dipping au jus sauce - nothing to flip your skirt about.

A must visit if you're visiting Houston. Go for the beer. Hit the Italian joint accross the street for a real meal.

The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Houston, TX
94 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.