The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

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The Flying Saucer Draught EmporiumThe Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
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126 Ratings
Ratings: 126
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: n/a
Taps: 70
Bottles: 150
Cask: 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 AtrumAnimus
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
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 can’t 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.

Photo of Theitos
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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 RobertTh3Texian
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of Daa
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

I love this place. We try to visit it whenever we are in the area. Overwhelming selection of beers (in a good way) but the staff is incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. The only downside is its popularity. It could double in size and it would still be crowded most nights. It's not necessarily a bad thing, but beware that it gets pretty crowded and loud.

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 shoky01
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of jthahn
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of HardTarget
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
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 didn’t 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 aren’t 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 you’re hitting Minute Maid park, this is the before/after spot. You have to hit Spec’s down the road too.

Photo of drummermattie02
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of VoodooBrew
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of Murtaza
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

This is a really cool place to visit or frequent for that matter. they have an incredible selection of beers. long lists of beer in bottles or cans. and an overwhelmingly large variety on tap. very impressed with their offerings. they don't have many activities like pool or darts (although some) but hey, who cares when theres a cold brew in your hand. wish they had a better outdoor seating arrangement. regardless, this place in the go-to joint for good beer in Houston.

Photo of mdunman
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Excellent choice in downtown Houston.

Not easy to get to, or cheap to park in the area. But once you're in, it's worth every bit. Plenty of seating in a high ceiling room with big screen TV's showing all the ESPN's around the clock. The servers are pretty good; they're nice and quick, but they're not the most knowledgeable group when it comes to beer. The beer selection is unbeatable, especially when you start ordering samplers. The prices are very respectable for what's available. The food selection is OK, the brat's are the best, and for the price it's all worth it.

Overall, the good enough food and broad beer selection

Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Finally was able to make it to the Flying Saucer. Been wanting to go for a while. A solid atmosphere. Decorated with plates and beer all over the bar. Everyone seems to have a great time, very crowded. Only guy not enjoying himself was the guy puking in the restroom. Service was good. As busy as it was at the bar a waitor checked on us every few minutes. The wait staff had a good idea of everything they had on tap and in bottles and what style they are. Selection is the bets in Texas. Period. Very reasonable price tag on all the beers, can't complain with that. Overall a great experience and look forward to going again.

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 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 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 CuriousMonk
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I came down here when I visited my buddy who lives in Houston along with another friend. 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 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. There is seating in the middle and along the right side. 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 (including local/regional) and all over the world. International selections are available as well. 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. Service here is spotty, but cute waitresses. The server did a fair job with refills and food but she was hard to track down occasionally. Food here is also hit or miss. All in all this will definitely be a regular stop for me on my visits to Houston.

Photo of JonathanCrites
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

I have been going to the Saucer for years with friends and finally decided to join the UFO club in August of 2008. It has been slow going but I am about to clear the first 100 beers of my tour. They have an awesome selection; I love to come in and see what is new and limited on the chalkboard.

I like the various specials they offer during the week, especially the Texas pints on Sunday and the draft pint night on Monday.

The service is usually good, especially considering how busy it can get in there. The staff is very knowledgable and good at making suggestions to people unfamiliar with the variety of beer available.

The food is definitely average except for the pretzels. The pretzels are to die for and go great with the beer.

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

Ah, yes... The Saucer. Conveniently located 4 blocks from where I was doing training in Houston for 2 weeks, this was the "well worth it walk after work" (say that 5 times fast). Big open room, with a high ceiling that displays plates and saucers of all types and shapes and along the top of the walls are the "UFO Club" saucers with people's names on them (like mug club trophies, after so many beers they put your name on a saucer and post it on the wall). They have a long bar with stools, a middle island counter with stools on both sides, tables and a few couches in the corners for chillin'. Nice and comfortable.
They've got about 80 beers and ciders on tap and another 100+ in bottle. Some good stuff on tap (Arrogant Bastard, some Anchors and Sierras (including the Bigfoot) a handful of Rogues, as well a good selection of German & English, and a few Belgians to boot) and then some not so good stuff on tap (8 unimpresive Texas beers, so-so micros and a bunch of macros). The bottled menu has more in the way of macros but also has a much better German, English and Belgian selection. I spotted a 22 ounce RedHook Double Black Stout above the bar but sadly it was only a display piece and they weren't giving it up.
The food selection is small, just a handful of sandwiches and wraps, hot pretzels and the like, nothing too impressive overall.
And then there's the waitstaff... amazing eye candy, just beautiful girls and the uniforms are a "beer goddess" t shirt, with a plaid schoolgirl skirt and knee high socks (Meeeeeeeeeoooooooooowwwwwww!!!!!!!) And when asked to recommend a wheat beer to my non-regular-beer-drinker coworker, she said, "Well, we have the Pyramid Hefe-Weizen and the Paulaner, too, but my favorite is the Aventinus" (I'm in love!!!!).
Most certainly the best bar in the "downtown area" of Houston.

Photo of lovethebelgians
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Place was packed, but I couldn't expect anything else in the middle of a big city, great selection had a tap takeover by Avery and got to try some delicious stuff, great staff too, and I bought one of their shirts, which I really like and wear all the time

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.

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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Houston, TX
94 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.