The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

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The Flying Saucer Draught EmporiumThe Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

55 Reviews
Reviews: 55
Visits: 91
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: n/a
Taps: 80
Bottles: 210
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

111 E 3rd St
Fort Worth, Texas, 76102-4003
United States
phone: (817) 336-7468

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @flyingsaucerfw

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Photo of raffy313
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

This downtown Ft. Worth bar is my second favorite bar to frequent. And that's only because every single time I've been here, it's always been packed with patrons. I've never found a place that me and a friend could sit and have a decent conversation. What a terrible burden for a bar to have to deal with, right?

Well, dispite the lack of seating... we've found the atmosphere and all around vibe quite enjoyable. Service is usually abit slow, but understandably, due to the amount of customers they get. One of these days I'll have to go in during lunch time, or early afternoon just to get a better judgement of the service... not to mention kick back and actually have a seat.

Prices are abit on the higher end compared to the other local bar I frequent. But the beer selection is quite extensive. The main nights I attend are Weds., for their Pint Nights(buy the beer, get the glass for free), and on Fridays for their Rare Tappings.

I would, and have recommended this place to many others, and like I said, one day I'll have to go for lunch and try out their food menu. (1,077 characters)

Photo of dizknee24
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

First things first. when you walk in your notice some awesome atmoshphere. big comfy couches and such fill one side of the room. a decent sized bar, not sure if they sold liquor or wine for that matter. the beer menu is superb. but the problem i had was that some of the Rare beers they serve are not on the menu. so unless you know they have it you wont get it. I knew they had brooklyn black ops and since i am from NJ i didnt get any down here this year. So i asked and they priced the bottle at 45 bucks. Priceyy. But they cask beers on premise i assume since i had a few beers that i definitely dont think they ever were.

All in all great place except, i went to a different bar later that night and saw my waitress. she said ohh you should have ordered the abyss! i said well next time you should mention it! oh well ill go back this weekend hopefully they will still have some. I love this place, but bring your wallet. (928 characters)

Photo of fragilehearted
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I have been here many, many times. If I weren't so particular w/ favorite styles, I'd probably be working on a plate. (I probably should have gotten one anyway. Maybe I still will someday. We'll see.) So I'm not sure why I haven't reviewed this place yet. Let's go!

Great location - old building in downtown Fort Worth, Sundance Square. If the parking lot behind the place is full, there's a huge garage a few blocks away on Calhoun, & the area is very walkable. 2 stories. Downstairs bar area & living room area, upstairs bar area (recently remodeled), & outdoor areas both down & upstairs (for the smokers). A minus on the atmosphere though - usually the place is very busy on nights/weekends, so sometimes it's a bit too crowded for my liking. Usually I go on weeknights - weekends there's often a small cover for a band I really don't care about - I'm there for the beer.

Lots & lots of taps & bottles. (Go to the website if you want specifics.) They'll put the new stuff up on a chalkboard over the bar, which is helpful; however, sometimes they've been out of something I've asked for, which was a bummer. But overall very good selection, probably the best for Tarrant County bars.

They also have specials for the day of the week - Texas pint night, beer glass night...& my favorite, trivia on Tuesdays (which, if you're smart enough, can result in gift certificates to make your beer free).

Food - everything I've gotten has been good, but nothing outrageous - fairly standard bar food. They also have free popcorn, which rocks.

Service - it used to be hit or miss, but lately is mostly hit, since a lot of the servers know my group of friends now. It is understandable though - I've only had bad service when it's very busy, although it often is. For beer knowledge - some of the gals know about beer, & some of them don't know very much...but they are usually very nice, even if they aren't all beer nerds. For the guys - they all wear short plaid schoolgirl skirts. But I've had more good experiences than bad ones (otherwise I wouldn't keep coming back).

Value is pretty reasonable for the most part. Not cheap, but usually reasonable for what you are getting.

If you like beer, & you're in Fort Worth, you just have to go here - it simply is the best place for beer in the area. (2,297 characters)

Photo of pilotgod
5/5  rDev +17.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I have loved this place since I turned 21 and was able to get good beer on my own. They have LOTS of beer and the staff knows all about them, so if you have a style you prefer, ask what they have, because while the menu has most, sometimes the special "we just got one keg" doesn't get listed.
The atmosphere is great as the building is the oldest brick building in Ft. Worth and is in Sundance Square which is the nightlife home to Ft. Worth. The crowd is usually a good mix of business type people and this is due to the plethora of other places around that cater to the college aged, clubbing mindset. This is a place to come enjoy good beer with good people, not get "crunk" at a party.
If you happen to be in Tarrant County (Ft. Worth area) and want to go someplace comfortable, have a good beer and enjoy the others that are there as well, then the Saucer is for you. Honestly, the place feels like what would happen if BA was to create and open a beerpub. (964 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The oringal Flying Saucer.

A great bar chain and the food was excellent. I had the German platter with two different sausages, slaw, and potatoe salad. probably the best I have had and I have been to Germany.

Beer slection is amazing and they had a few bartenders that knew there stuff and brought me some off menu beers. Thanks

They had alot of local Texas beers and many impressive craft and belgian slections. Nop crap on tap that I saw. This was the smallest Flying saucer I have been too though. I liked it. (516 characters)

Photo of robbyc1
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

A great location in downtown Ft. Worth, nice walking area. The menu here does not blow you away, sandwiches, etc. plus Brats, but better than average.

Atmosphere is layed back, cool, inside is nice, outside if you want more heat. Looked like regulars at the bar, many couples eating and drinking, mostly a middle agers, not kiddies. Good vibe from the servers, they changed the TV to an actual sport for me on request.

Service was prompt and solid. Quality of the food and drink was good, no problems there. I counted 78 taps, with some out but not many. Maybe 20% were macros, but some good unusual German selections, American micros abound. Lots of specials, and on the Sunday when I went (and on any Sunday I believe), it was $3 for any Texas-made pint. Good selection and the bottles are very reasonably priced though I stayed with the taps.

Definitely a destination in Fort Worth, recommended. (901 characters)

Photo of Redrover
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Revisit 4/7/15 - The new location is very nice. I love the huge beer garten and outdoor stage. The inside is a bit more boxy, but there is a lot of space in the two rooms. The menu has improved, so up the score on that front.

+++Original Reviw++++
The Flying Saucer is located just off the corner of 4th and main, the Saucer occupies a cool older building. There is a public parking lot behind it.

Two rooms on the main floor with a two-story beer garden in back. The smallish bar is in front and it seats about a dozen. There are plenty of tables of various sizes. There is also a section with couches and stuffed chairs. There are very high ceilings with some quirky angles. The walls are covered with saucers. Nice tile floors and old wood add the ambiance. There are some large screens, so it is not a bad place to catch a game.

As expected, massive tap and bottle list. Always rotating in something new. They have lots of emphasis on the growing craft breweries in Texas. I counted four offerings from Rahr alone.

They have great deals like $3 pints on Mondays! Trivia on Tuesdays is a hoot. The crowds seem to be a lot of fun and the bar has a nice Texas atmosphere.

The bartenders are very good and really know the beer offerings. Note that service can slow a bit, as the bar gets crowded. I think they could really use one more tender on busy nights.

Food is just average. I like some of their offerings, but what is the deal with mayo on brats....

My favorite place to have a beer (or three) in Fort Worth. (1,533 characters)

Photo of RobertTh3Texian
4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is my favorite bar in the world. I'm not that well traveled but it would be hard to beat this place. Great location in Sundance Square, awesome real historic, not built to look old like the other in FW/D, and a beer selection with knowledge that just wont quit. The only downside is my bartender Curtis got promoted a few years ago, but he deserved it. No bad at all. Great beer, good pub grub, and if you can make a private tasting go. The general manager makes a mean stout infused beef stew. (499 characters)

Photo of tronester
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

The Flying Saucer is a conveniently located beer bar in downtown Ft. Worth. I visited at the same time the Arts Festival was going on, so it was quite crowded the first Friday night I visited. I had Avery's Maharajah on gravity pour cask, it was in excellent shape, very fresh and tasty. Also tried the Live Oak Hefeweizen, which is the best Hefe I have had.

The next day I came back for lunch, at 11:30, and it wasnt nearly as crowded, so I was able to sit at the bar. The bartenders were knowledgeable about the beers, and I ended up going with a flight of 5 beers on tap. A very nice idea, as it lets you try many different beers.

The only negative thing was that the beer engine was not hooked up to anything. But I really shouldnt complain too much because they had Maharajah on gravity pour. They don't have as esoteric beer lists as some bars, but they have a very solid offering nonetheless.

If you are in Ft. Worth I highly recommend going to the Flying Saucer! (973 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I was in Fort Worth and I had give this place a try. There are tons of taps, at least 30 with a huge draft selection. I got to have Live Oak Hefeweizen here, which was aweseom.

The have a great beer menu, in that sense that not only do they have tons of beers, but the menu is nicely done. It is separated out by style, and lists tons of other useful information. Additionally, they have great beer flights by country or state, and lots of fusion beers.

The selection is pretty decent, lots of main staples and Texas beers but not tons of world classe beers. Very weak on RIS.

Good place to drink, lots of comfortable furniture, and tons of patio space,

To top it off, tons of hot ass chick servers. (703 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.03/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

The Saucer probably has the most taps of anywhere in the Metroplex. The tap list doesn't change too often, other than getting in new seasonals. You can find most of the beers that are available in DFW.

The food is nothing special, but it is pretty tasty standard pub grub. The Fort Worth location doesn't have a grill so they don't do hamburgers, like some other Saucer locations do. Still, they have some nice sandwiches with different deli meats.

The service and prices are pretty good. The atmosphere is not as good as you get at smaller pubs, but it is not bad. Definitely a place to go to if you are in the area. (621 characters)

Photo of fjordhook
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

I've been here quite a bit and always have a great time. I really enjoy trivia nights on tuesday, one day i swear we'll win a game. Bands play on the back patio during the summer which is always fun. Upstairs has a limited bar, but it's still a nice area to relax in if downstairs is too packed. Waitresses have always been real helpful and nice. Went this past weekend and i loved the selection of seasonal beers they had. Was real happy to taste some beers that come out of Austin. Definitely will be back soon! (513 characters)

Photo of texhusky
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Located in downtown Fort Worth this is a great place to go if you are in town for a meeting or a convention. It is also just down the street from Bass Performance Hall if attending a concert.

The Flying Saucer has a great selection on tap, about 100 different beers both domestic and imports. Another 200 beers on hand in bottles. Food is average but you don't go here for the food.

There is a great patio to sit when the weather permits. During the summer it can be a little warm when the Texas summers are 100 degrees or more. But when you have a cold one who cares. (572 characters)

Photo of spiveym
4.45/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I discovered this little gem thanks to BeerFly. What can I say that hasn't been said before? I visited there over Independence Day weekend and both times was served by Homer, who remembered me by name and suggested beers based on what I'd already tried - great service. Ordered a garlic chicken pizza slice (cut into four smaller pieces) and it was hot, delicious and the garlic gave it some real zip. As for atmosphere met a guy there who could be the Cliff Clavin of the Flying Saucer - and we had a great discussion ranging all over the map, so much so that one of the servers noted that it was some of the most interesting bar talk she's ever overheard. And the servers. Wow. Hooters girls take a back seat to these beautiful and charming women. So you have great service, great food, great atmosphere in a historic and charming old building (with patio) and beautiful servers. Why aren't YOU there yet??? (909 characters)

Photo of Tlomp11
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I was in town for a training seminar and was looking for a great beer bar. I found one. I was with sixteen other people and we took over the upstairs area.

The beertender was GREAT. She knew her beer and kept it coming.

Service was a little weird because we were upstairs and if we wanted a beer she didn't have she had to place a phone call and a "runner" brought it up. On the plus side the "runner" always brought up a some spares. :)

The food was good enough to keep 16 hungry people from going elsewhere... and some party-poopers were trying.

We had a great time, mingled with some locals and were grateful we took cabs. :)

I asked for a Rogue Dead Guy Ale and to my delight a sixer was produced.

The variety was outstanding as was the atmosphere. Would absolutely go back. (787 characters)

Photo of natelocc787
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place has good appetizers and a pretty large selection of craft brews on tap.

You can also order "around the world samplers" which allow you to try 6 different 4 oz samples from an area of the world. The "belgian sampler" is a personal favorite.

Atmosphere is way too busy evenings and weekends but the lounge area is a nice place to meet other people and relax.

On the downside it can get a little pricey if you want to try a few different styles. The 4 oz samples don't sound like much and they aren't. A good two tastes of each beer. These will get you wasted thought so keep that in mind, as I have discovered that trying many different styles of high abv beer in the same night can lead to disorientation and even fun. (731 characters)

Photo of macktbone
4.41/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I had the chance to stop in on a monday and the prices of pints was off the hook. $2.75 for most pints was a great suprise.
I was glad to see Ten Fidy on tap and went for that first, tried some others that I can't get on the west coast.
I enjoyed the short skirts on the waitresses, but like a true beer geek I spent most of my time talking to guys at the bar about hops and beer temp.
Definately one of the best selections in the area and a must stop if in the area. Though I was a little stilted when I saw folk(s) drinking MBC at the bar.

Three beers for me, two for a new-comer---$17.00 (594 characters)

Photo of Bagman007
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

I usually go here between Thursday and Saturday nights. They have live music outside some nights so they charge a cover. It is usually difficult to find a seat, but it isn't overly packed. Can be a somewhat lengthy wait for beer depending on the night. Excellent selection of beers though. Huge menu to select from. They have something for everyone. I have never tried their food so I can't comment on that. Reasonably priced beers and on some nights they have some really good deals. Great place to hang out downtown. (518 characters)

Photo of mugglesandhops
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I had to come down to FW for business a couple weeks ago and I knew this would be the first place I would go to as soon as I got to town. Really easy to find, big 2 story building, I enjoyed reading all the saucers on the walls. They have a LOT of bottled beer but not so much on tap as I was expecting. There are just too many to name so im not even going to try. I had a Young's Double Chocolate, Dogfish Head Pumpkin, and my wife has some cider, I can't remember. I also ate a slice of pizza which was okay but nothing special. The waitstaff wasn't very great. I sat there with an empty glass for 10 minutes or so. (617 characters)

Photo of willyumlong
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Really nice place. Friday night so there was a $2 cover which is pretty nominal. There was a live band outside but we chose to sit inside since it was a little muggy outside and we were already hot. The saucers are definately interesting expecially reading the names. Beer selection is obviously outstanding with nice order to the menu makes it easy to find what you are looking for. My beer was $4.50 which kinda looked like the average. Prices are pretty typical for what you are getting. My wife and I split a chicken sandwich that was $8. It was delicious. Service was not perfect but not bad either. We will for sure go back soon. (635 characters)

Photo of jjayjaye
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Correcting previous post. Review was written about the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Fort Worth, TX.

I've been to Flying Saucer (Fort Worth, TX) three times. It was very easy to find and the first time i was able to park on the street right in front of the place. I have also used the parking garage.

It's pretty much a single large and very open room with high ceilings. There are plenty of tables. I prefer to sit at the bar in front of all of those wonderful taps. The first night i went they were preoccupied with hosting a trivia night, but the staff was attentive and knowledgeable. When i asked for a barleywine my server hooked me up with Sisyphus, which is made by Real Ale Brewing in TX and was wonderful draft.

I can't speak to the quality of the food but i observed others enjoying theirs. The one thing that they did there that i had not seen before was a sort of beer kiosk that you could use to browse for beer selections and print out order chits. Looked like an interesting way to keep tabs on what you've had. They also had a Brewery Night - buy the beer keep the glass gig that was cool. I snagged a FS pint glass for the collection.

Reviewed on: 02-03-2007 14:34:19 (1,193 characters)

Photo of KodyBrannon
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Stopped by this place on saturday night while with my wife. While she isn't much of a beer fan, she has enjoyed herself in both Flying Saucer locations in the area. Overall this place is a little bit better looking than the addison one. I really dig the upstairs patio. While the stock of beer seems to be a hare different than addison, I wasn't suprised to see a lot of Rahr & sons beers. I also ate here too and the food wasn't half bad for bar food. I wouldn't make this a true dinner stop. But I wouldn't not eat here agian either. Once agian, the saucer remains my favorite beer spot. Now I can just hit up the one in fort worth if I'm ever on this side of town. (667 characters)

Photo of ballewblake
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I'm more a regular at the Addison saucer than Ft. Worth only because of distance. This one has by far a better vibe and atmosphere than the sports bar feel Addison is in. The wait staff seems a bit more fun (in what they wear and how they act) and into their jobs, not something I get in Addison. The building is way cooler too. The brews are slightly different, and what you'd expect with the area's staple draught house[s], having a stock of Rahr's every time I've been (though I wouldn't rush here for that.) I love hitting up this place when I'm on this end of town. Gets busy quick and on the few times I've been here seems to be pretty similar to the counterparts on when they get busy, get here early afternoon to avoid the crowds is my advice. (751 characters)

Photo of rgrholmes168
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The best place in Fort Worth to sit and sample over 200 beers. It is located in the popular Sundance Square so it is a perfect place to stop while visiting the downtwon area.

On weekend afternoons, it is not crowded during lunch and it has a decent atmosphere for kids. On weekend nights, it is very smoky which is the only downfall.

The staff is very helpful and will go out of their way to help out. Although not as knowledge about beer as they could be, I have been very pleased with their recommendatiosn. I agree with the pre K-Fed Britney Spears of an early reviewer.

The beer is plentiful and my wife and I enjoy sampling as much beer as possible. The food is not bad either and the pretzels go perfect with the beer. Highly recommend if you are in the Fort Worth. I look forward to visiting other locations. (820 characters)

Photo of Beertracker
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

This is defintely my favorite Texas Flying Saucer location with the Houston location being a close second. It's located in a great old building in the heart of downtown with its rich & colorful history. This location seems to be well managed, as the bar is usually clean, and the staff is at least knowledgable about what they are serving. In addition, I've never had to send a beer back because the tap lines weren't properly cleaned or the beer had been sitting around too long. The selection is stellar and the service is usually timely & efficient... at least in the afternoons. As with any good beer bar, it can get extremely busy & crowded on weeknights & weekends especially on live music nights. *Note: There's a $2.00 cover charge on Friday & Saturday nights! The upsides is that this location is fairly accessible and within easy walking distance from most downtown hotels, plus if you're driving, the parking is free after hours. The downsides (at least for a non-smoker) is the smoke can be almost overwhelming at times and the restroom facilities are very cramped & located in high traffic areas. I recommend stopping by on Sunday afternoons for $2.50 Texas brewed pints or Monday nights for $2.50 pints on most draughts or Wednesday for brewery night where you buy the beer and get the glass. Join the UFO Club and drink beer at the Flying Saucer!

CHEERS! Beertracker (1,383 characters)

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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Fort Worth, TX
94 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.