The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Taps: 70 / Bottles: 150
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 104 | Reviews: 67 | Display Reviews Only:
4.5/5 rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This beer bar has now become my Friday night place to go. They have a long bar with a whole lot of taps behind it don't know the exact number but theres a lot. All of the servers and bartenders that have served me were very nice and quick with the orders and had knowlege of the majority of the beers. The place is just a cool place to hang out at and have some beers. Theres pleanty of seating around the place tables, booths, bars, and couches to relax at. For what you get its a pretty reasonable price most of the beers average $5 a pint. You can join the UFO club and they'll keep track of all the beers you drink and when you have 200 different beers you get a gold saucer on the wall. A great place to go very wothwhile place.
03-13-2008 21:49:47 | More by armock
4.13/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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 +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I did my research on Beer Advocate and decided to make this my evening focus during a quick business trip to Houston. Ironically after a year in the Raleigh Durham area, I still haven't made it to the Raleigh location.
I really enjoyed this place. Without question, it's all about the beer. The beer selection is outstanding and the atmosphere is unique. As if this place isn't good enough, Monday is $2.50 pint night. It doesn't include the Belgian's but it covers just about everything else (including Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA).
I started with a Bear Republic Big Beer Black Stout. It was spectacular. A nice strong Imperial stout with great balance, a thick foamy head and a consistency deserving of a knife and fork.
I also tried the Beer Republic Racer 5 (good but not great), Rogue Hazelnut Brown Ale (very good) and Victory Prima Pils (a regular favorite of mine).
I love the Houston Flying Saucer. I hope the Raleigh location is similar.
01-30-2008 21:46:21 | More by GJ40
4.14/5 rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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!
01-23-2008 22:43:15 | More by Beertracker
4.15/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
my favourite bar in the USA.. word...
.Went 4 my birthday. Comfortable aura when you walk in. Friendly and fairly knowledgeable (and cute) waitresses. Beer selection is probably the best in Houston. The food can be low end to high grade (the beer cheese soup was ..well, crap). This place seems to know what they are doing, I would give it higher scores if I went during down times and not when gay football is on... Recommended if you want some good beer (with quite a good variety, especially for houston) and some decent pub grub. and with rotating taps for some good breweries and a updated tap list, u really can not go wrong!
12-03-2007 15:17:47 | More by Onslow
3.93/5 rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
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.
11-30-2007 01:29:23 | More by ruckzuck
4.18/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
08-27-2007 17:48:42 | More by jim102864
3.9/5 rDev -8%
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.
07-12-2007 19:22:21 | More by Dogbrick
3.9/5 rDev -8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Flying Saucer has the feel of your basic downtown chain (similar to Rock Bottom ambiance). Unfortunately we were there on a Friday night. It was LOUD. It was crowded. It was apparently the *only* place to go downtown.
The beer list, while extensive, was not that varied. (Pretty heavy on light colored lagers, pilsners and IPAs which isn't really my thing.) Happy hour prices were a plus (upsized to 20oz hefe glasses for the price of a pint). Quality was fine.
Service was distracted, but it was loud and busy.
As for food, don't get the nachos. You get about a dozen chips with beans meticulously applied to each chip and a couple of shreds of cheese melted on top. This is not the usual copious brewhouse platter.
I also got the buffalo chicken wrap which was fine, but again a little expensive for what you got. This is not a food destination.
My opinion of the atmosphere would likely be different if I went at an off time, but given my experiences at Ginger Man on Thursday and Flying Saucer on Friday, I preferred the selection and ambiance at the former.
11-22-2006 00:44:05 | More by 4thoseabout2bock
4.44/5 rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
11-07-2006 16:37:55 | More by assurbanipaul
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Houston, TX
94 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.