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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

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The Flying Saucer Draught EmporiumThe Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
BA SCORE
95
world-class

116 Ratings
Ratings: 116
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8%
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 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.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

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 building is attached to some apartments and has a nice look.

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. The number is almost staggering. There is seating in the middle and along the right side, The space then wraps around the corner, so this place is really a lot bigger than it looks when you first walk in. I noticed people going up stairs as well but I did not check out that area. After the taps, 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 and all over the world. Local/regional selections like Live Oak, Real Ale, St. Arnold are alongside Avery, DFH, Rogue, Stone etc. International selections are available as well, with special attention given to Belgium (Affligem, Hennepin, Grotten Cave etc). 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. However, patrons have the option to "build your own flight" by selecting any 5 beers for $10.

Service here is spotty. We were there on an early Monday evening and the place was surprisingly crowded, most likely due to $2.50 pint night. The server did a fair job with refills and food but she was hard to track down occasionally. Points for knowing what style of beer Skinny Dip was without having to check though.

Food here is also hit or miss. The spinach artichoke dip was pretty good, and my wrap was decent. My colleages had mixed reviews of their sandwiches though.

All in all this will definitely be a regular stop for me on my visits to Houston, if anything for the expansive draught selection of Texas beers.

Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Flying Saucer has the feel of your basic downtown chain (similar to Rock Bottom ambiance). Unfortunately we were there on a Friday night. It was LOUD. It was crowded. It was apparently the *only* place to go downtown.

The beer list, while extensive, was not that varied. (Pretty heavy on light colored lagers, pilsners and IPAs which isn't really my thing.) Happy hour prices were a plus (upsized to 20oz hefe glasses for the price of a pint). Quality was fine.

Service was distracted, but it was loud and busy.

As for food, don't get the nachos. You get about a dozen chips with beans meticulously applied to each chip and a couple of shreds of cheese melted on top. This is not the usual copious brewhouse platter.
I also got the buffalo chicken wrap which was fine, but again a little expensive for what you got. This is not a food destination.

My opinion of the atmosphere would likely be different if I went at an off time, but given my experiences at Ginger Man on Thursday and Flying Saucer on Friday, I preferred the selection and ambiance at the former.

Photo of assurbanipaul
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Another edition of the Texas-based beer bar chain and, from what I see, possibly the nicest one I've visited. Located directly on Main Street, ample mass transit points and a parking lot (pay to park) just across the street.

Opening up with high ceilings, this Saucer is essentially one large room (large enough that the Fort Worth Saucer would fit within it). Plenty of tables, a bar running almost the length of the room and a line of bar-tables nearby; even when packed on a weekend, there's a lot of elbow room and it never feels crowded. A row of booths runs back to the kitchen for a little area of privacy and the second floor is open and overlooks the bar area, which is a nice touch.

Roughly 85 taps, all of which seemed to be in great condition. More selection than the FW Saucer, more emphasis on Texas micros and a few other US craft brands. The staff seems fairly knowledgeable about what they're selling, nice and friendly and quick with the samples. Didn't try the food but the menu is standardized across the chain, so it should all be very similar.

Props to BA VoodooBrew, one of the bartenders. Be sure to say "Howdy" to him if you sit at the bar.

Photo of maybrick
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

I really liked this plae except for the food but more about that later. All 86 +/- taps were in use and obviously, I couldn't drink from them all. The place is very appealing on the inside. It's clean, high ceilings, some overstiffed chairs in the fronnt, dining tables, and a decenlty long bar offering about 20 or so stools. The variety of brew avialbale was pretty good with all of the sections of the country represented. The bottle list was also on a par with the draught selections. I was quite disappointed with the very limited menu. I had the salmon wrap which was good. There were really no entre items offered.

Photo of beertastegood
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

All right, time to review this joint since I have moved closer to downtown and made it one of my weekly haunts.

Located in the heart of Houston downtown, which makes it kind of bear to get down there. However, there is almost always ample parking and the trip is well worth it.

Atmosphere: Medium sized place that has a classy look to it, yet a laid back feel. Downtown officeworking crowd, a smattering of UH students, beer geeks like myself, and Astros fans. When there is a home game, expect the bar to be filled. There are booths ringing the entire room, comfortable couches and armchairs in the corners, and a high table in the center of the room for the more transient customers. Bar itself is long and impressive-looking. Several comfortable picnic-style tables are located outside. This is a smoking bar. However, even though I can't stand it when people smoke around me and my craft beer, this bar is not the least bit smoky.

Quality: I have never had anything but the highest quality beer here. Draught beer is always fresh, and bottled beers are good too (although I tend to not get bottled, because what's the point at a bar with so many taps?).

Service: From good to outstanding, depending on how crowded it is. I for one have never been left without a beer in my hand, but sometimes the food is slightly slow. The waitstaff is probably the best aspect of this bar, next to the tap selection - they all know their beers/glassware, and are quick to let you know when something is on sale or just arrived on tap. And 99% are good-looking women in short skirts and tight "Beer Goddess" shirts, so that is just extra icing on the cake!

Selection: No other beer bar in Houston has the selection of the Saucer. Not even close. Local TX brews are the beers to get at this bar. No, not Shiner...Real Ale, St Arnolds, Rahr, Live Oak, Independence. All of them are fresh and tasty. And if you desire, there is a plethora of other beers as well.

Food: Much better than I expected; this place makes some delicious food. The garlic chicken pizza, the caesar chicken wrap, and the bratwurst plate are probably the best dishes I have had there. It is all high quality, made-to-order grub.

Value: If you are drinking beers on tap, you can't go wrong with the value here. It's a quality beer bar, so don't expect dirt cheap. The high turnover ensures beer is always fresh. Number one beer bar in Houston, IMO, and worth every minute of the drive there.

Photo of jwff
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I'd consider this one of my weekly haunts despite it being a 20-25 minute drive from the suburbs. It's one of those places where the game is always on (in this case a few smaller tv's above the bar and a projector style hanging down in the table area) and even though you can smoke in there it's spacious enough to where it doesn't feel smoky.

The waitstaff is very friendly and extremely knowledgeable in the ways of beer. It's also not a bad thing to get a beer in the proper glassware served by a waitress in a plaid skirt and knee high socks. Around 70 or so regular taps with about 5-10 rotating kegs. I like this place because it usually has the Rogue special offerings that never make it to the shelves.

There is always a deal going on with the beer whether it be 2.50 pint night on Mondays or the daily fire sale beer which is always 2.50 a glass. I also scored a great Unibroue glass from the weekly "keep the glass" night when they featured Trois Pistoles. Every Tuesday is trivia night with bar cash as the prize, so you can hang out with your friends and drink a little cheaper all at the same time. Food is solid and reasonably priced and I'd recommend the garlic chicken pizza.

Shout out to the ABC Team and the short chick who calls the trivia.

The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Houston, TX
95 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.