The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Taps: 70 / Bottles: 150
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 66 | Show All Ratings:
4.8/5 rDev +13.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3
For the True Beer Connoisseur this is hands down the best beer bar in Houston, TX.
There are 2 routes to go when visiting this place. You can sit at the bar. Get exceptional service from Tammy, Frank, Krissy, or Mark. There are others but these are your experts on the beer that is in the fridge or on one of the 85 taps on the wall behind them. Their service is excellent and their recommendations are excellent. Or you can sit at a table and get good service but with limited knowledge on the beer. However, it is easier to carry on a conversation. The Managers Jeff and the asst Mgr Scott are both quite knowledgeable as well and they like a challenge ask them to find a beer that is hard to find and they will try.
Krissy has several blended beers that are excellent - She is 100% sucessful on hitting the mark when I can't make up my mind. If you come in make it a point to ask for Chrissy-Weiss - which is my favorite blend of hers: Franziskaner Hefe-Weizen with Maredsous 8 in a 1:1 ratio that is the bomb. Black & Tan should be ancient history if you try this one. And where else can you find a 6 foot tall gorgeous blonde that knows everything about beer. [Besides Germany ;-) ]
For a place that has personal service and sadly where everyone knows your name you cant do better. I am not the bar type but this is home away from home and the place I would choose first to go hang out. Hope to see you there.
11-25-2002 13:01:22 | More by AtrumAnimus
4.75/5 rDev +12.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Each night has something going. The atmosphere is great. They do a good job of getting local and regional breweries to come in to show case their beers. They do not always serve the beer in the correct glass but you can let them know and they'll fix it.
The beer selection changes seasonally so there is always something new to try.They have beer from all over. From local breweries to international beers.
The service is sometimes spotty. Some servers take a while to get your orders or disappear for a while, but the food and beer are worth the wait.
Check the website's calendar before you go to see what event they have going on that day.
12-08-2011 00:17:17 | More by Theitos
4.72/5 rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
4.7/5 rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is not my hometown Saucer but I enjoyed it all the same. Me and a friend went here after a AHA rally at Saint Arnold and it was great. We had some good beers, the US v Canada game was on , and, my buddy knew the manager, so we got a little tour too. Good atmosphere and vaulted ceilings of all things. Just any FS that you go to, in my experience is going to be good for you. They train constantly, update and continually rotate taps and are the best chance that cask ale has in America to get to a wider audience than one or two bars because of the special care involved to properly have and pour cask ale). The taps were well chosen and we even helped our waitress sell a few bottles of $25 mead after our applauding it. Good day in Houston I'd have to say.
05-22-2010 13:13:07 | More by RobertTh3Texian
4.64/5 rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
12-20-2009 17:32:30 | More by woodychandler
4.63/5 rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Being that I am a member at this establishment I am a little biased. Love the saucer. We have a whole group that goes regularly on Wednesdays. The beer goddesses know most of us by name and take good care of us. The selection is excellent, it changes just enough to keep things interesting as the year goes on. And to be a part of history, having your name on a plate on the wall for all time saying that you drank 200+ beers is worth it in and of itself. I would recommend the Saucer for anyone who loves beer, a good time, good food and meeting new friends who love beer just as much.
...and remember: It doesn't have to make sense, It just has to be loud.
08-08-2011 20:07:01 | More by shoky01
4.58/5 rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
In the shadows of downtown, the Saucer has a great street view, and the obligatory plates everywhere. Nice combination of seating options, overstuffed chairs and couches along one wall, straight wood dining tables in the open, slightly secluded booths toward the back, seating at the bar and another bar like row behind that. I didnt make it upstairs.
Tap board as long as Texas with what has to be close to 90 taps (menu lists 76, but my math shows more, and the Freshly arrived arent listed yet). Freshly tapped Live Oak Hefe was an easy choice. Served with lemon (I forgot to ask them not to). Friday afternoon crowd is a mix of office drones, leisure hip, and older moms. Wifi available with a code. Beer goddesses, well, at least mine, were in top form. Knowledgeable about the beers, suggested a sample when I asked about the Frosty Frog, and generally took care of me (even directed me to the one seat that I could plug in my laptop- single tall two top by the dart board).
A great place to spend time and money. If youre hitting Minute Maid park, this is the before/after spot. You have to hit Specs down the road too.
05-05-2006 21:05:56 | More by HardTarget
4.58/5 rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
This is a great beer lovers bar. The Flying Saucer has an impressive tap list as well as a thorough bottle list. The staff is very attentive and friendly. This is a busy place, but its also a large place. Parking across the street makes for easy access as well.
While visiting I had a 512 IPA (Austin brewery) and a Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti. They've got something for everyone and the staff seems willing to help those who are having a tough time making a decision. It still blows my mind that in a city as large as houston there arent more local breweries.
Truth be told, if you're from a city like Chicago or Philadelphia you probably won't be blown away by the selection, but that just speaks to the incredible selections available in those cities more than anything. The Flying Saucer is a great place with a wonderful beer list. Go there confidently.
05-27-2011 14:26:35 | More by jthahn
4.58/5 rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Probably the top selection in town, and always plenty of new things available to keep it interesting. Daily fire sale is a good deal, and Sunday ($3 TX pints) and Mondays ($3 most drafts) are even better.
Pretzels and bratwurst dishes are great.
Servers are typically knowledgeable and friendly, and the management is very professional and always looking for ways to ensure all patrons' satisfaction.
Finally, the UFO club is as great for marketing as it is for advocacy. Trying so many different, great beers is what got me into craft beer a few years ago.
06-07-2011 17:51:13 | More by drummermattie02
4.53/5 rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Houston's top beer bar. Sure, others may be cozier (The Ginger Man) or more convenient (i.e. not downtown), but taken as a total package, The Saucer tops my list.
* The Saucer is at the bottom floor of what feels like a refurbished bank. The ceilings are incredibly high (high enough to have a little second floor interior balcony) and are covered with a couple hundred golden platters (saucers), commemorating those dedicated Beer Knurds who have drank at least 200 different beers at the establishment. This feat is a little more impressive when you consider that the Saucer will only count 3 beers per day to your total. As of this writing I only have 185 to go. Good luck to me!
The crowds can get fairly large during the early-mid evening hours, with a strong after-work contingent to go along with the dedicated beer seekers. Daily rotating specials also help to keep interest high and prices reasonable.
* Despite the tendency for healthy crowds, service is still usually easy to come by thanks to the large squadron of cocktail waitresses servicing the floor. Oh, and it helps that they wear high socks and schoolgirl-style skirts and are pretty much all good-looking.
* Since I rated G Man's selection a 4.5, The Saucer has to get a 5. This rating is relative to its market, of course, and I'm sure there are other bars in the country and in the world that will blow it away.There are enough drafts to satisfy the serious beer connoisseur, and the bottle selection is equally impressive, if still not all-encompassing of the Houston market's offerings. For that you'll have to head to Spec's.
03-03-2006 23:57:56 | More by VoodooBrew
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Houston, TX
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