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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

83 Ratings
Ratings: 83
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.88%
Taps: 80
Bottles: 210
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: 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 ballewblake
4.28/5  rDev 0%

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.

ballewblake, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of rgrholmes168
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

rgrholmes168, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of Beertracker
4.28/5  rDev 0%

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

Beertracker, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.56/5  rDev -16.8%

This is one large Flying Saucer. A three story building right in the middle of downtown Ft Worth. My hotel was around the corner so it was an easy walk in the nice weather.

It was pretty crowded on a Thursday night and the service was a bit slow, but I guess that is par for the course.

Outdoor seating available upstairs, where I chose to get away from the smoke. I think they had about 60 or so beers on tap. It wasnt exactly a stellar selection, but it was certianly not very bad.

I would go back next time I am in Ft Worth. I like all the Flying Saucers I have visited and this one didnt let me down, too much anyway.

SaCkErZ9, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of halfwaytoheaven
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%

A lovely old building in the heart of Fort Worth's Sundance Square houses the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, part of the Texas-based chain of bars famous for its second-to-none beer selection and waitresses who look like they just stepped out of a Britney Spears video (that's late-90s naughty schoolgirl Brit-Brit, not post-K-Fed batshiat-crazy Britters). Entertainment options abound in this area: the Bass Hall, a world-class Opera House, is nearby, as is a movie theater, numerous bars, a handful of clubs, and a surprisingly happening Barnes & Noble. Oh, and the parking garages are free after 5 and on weekends.

This particular location is a two-and-a-half to three story building with a main bar on the first floor and smaller bars upstairs, along with a stage that features a live band most nights. There are numerous TVs throughout, all tuned to sports. Last time I went (on a Saturday night) cover was $2. The environment is pretty crowded and noisy. It was a little smoky, but not overpoweringly so. The crowd was mostly younger -professionals, college students and the like- but there were a few tables of middle-aged types enjoying a brew or two.

Being as crowded as it was, the service wasn't super-attentive, but I never ran out of beer, which is really the key. Our waitress didn't seem to know a whole lot about beer (after telling one of my friends that Shiner Hefeweizen was out, she, in a misguided attempt to be helpful, offered her a Shiner Bock as a substitute), but it's hard to go wrong as there isn't a bad beer on the menu. Also, she was smoking hot. You've gotta love those itty-bitty skirts.

The selection is, of course, enormous. The plates on the walls attest to the many customers who have tasted 200 (or more) unique brews, a feat that can easily be accomplished without having to rely on a seasonal rotation. Local brews, Belgian, German, British, you name it, they've got it. The beer menu is well organized, with beers sorted mostly by style and occasionally by geography, and it offers a few style notes for the beginner. The food is above average for a bar; I only had a spinach dip on my last visit, but it was excellent.

If you have not been to a Flying Saucer, do make a point of getting to one. And if you are blessed enough to have one nearby, give in to the temptation to sign up for a UFO card and start your quest for your own place on the wall.

halfwaytoheaven, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of Atlas1
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%

This is a great draught house in Cowtown if you're looking for good beer, but it can be hit or miss when it comes to atmosphere. Sometimes, it's nice and laid-back, with no real hustle or bustle and you can enjoy a beer and conversation and stretch out a bit. And sometimes, mostly nights, it's a ridiculous college-age meat market for TCU kids and local brats. Don't get me wrong, this probably would have been (was?) me about ten years ago, but it's just kind of annoying these days. I'd prefer it if I could go in on a Wednesday or Thursday night and not have to fight my way to the bar for a Subliminator Dopplebock, but so it goes. Still, they have a nice selection of beers on draught, and the service is usually pretty good, despite the crowds. I don't live in Fort Worth anymore, so my visits to the Flying Saucer are more spread out now, which is probably a good thing for this review. If I frequented the place more often, I'm sure I'd be tired of it by now. As it is, I find it a great joint to stop in for a quick pint on an afternoon when I'm home visiting.

Atlas1, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%

Right in the center of Fort Worth in the downtown area near Sundance Square. This location is inside an older style building, which gives it a lot of character and class.

Inside is a downstairs area with a long bar, and some lounge type areas for seating. Upstairs is an outside balcony with wooden picnic style benches. Also, there is another indoor area with chairs and tables, along with a lounge area and a TV.

The selection upstairs is great at the bar, with several craft beers to choose from, some of which are on display. 8 tapes are available of various styles. There are also waiters/waitresses to bring you your drinks.

Good laidback atomsphere upstairs, more of an active scene downstairs. Overall this is a good bar to attend with your friends. It is in a nice location as well, providing for other activities to be done before or after your visit.

BeerSox, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of teg8612
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%

Right at the heart of Fort Worth's nightlife. It is a favorite for business types at happy hour, and it can be very busy. Sundance Square and Bass Performance Hall are within spitting distance.

The building is a section of an old historic building. The area where the rest of the building stood is used for parking. It is very unique and adds tons of character. The bar is long and kinda narrow but there is a slightly elevated back patio. It can get really hot though in the summer. They also converted the roof for more seating.

Service has always been great for me, even when it gets busy. There is always a good selection and 8-10 new selections. This bar doesn't have as many taps as the Addison one but still has plenty of bottles and the selection is quite different between the two. They also support the locals better here.

Food is above avergae for bar fare with more choices. Prices are also right in the middle price range.

This place should right up there for a stop on any pub crawl.

teg8612, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of blitheringidiot
4/5  rDev -6.5%

The original Flying Saucer. Cool! Lots of rooms and floors. Indoors and a 2 story out door section with a band on the ground floor. Located smack dab in the thick and middle of Ft. Worth nitelife. Great view from the back deck but watch out for killer flying crickets! ;-)

Since the place gets packed and mobbed, and the wait staff seemed understaffed, the service is so-so. As far as a place like the Flying Saucer on a Saturday nite, I am just here for beer! Yee-haw! Possibly, service is more available in the day.

Selection is sure to please the most avid beer fan, (here comes the BUT) but, too many taps 'o crap prevent a perfect 5.

Could you take your mother here? Gonna say no. Flying Saucers and Moms don't mix.

Last call: Any FS is a beer mecca and worthy of a visit. Heck, if there were one near to Yuenglingville here, I'd go!

blitheringidiot, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of Dizzy
3.55/5  rDev -17.1%

The main thing to be said for the Saucer is the selection. This is the best selection at any bar I've been to. Generally, it seems like they use the appropriate glassware (I've seen Belgian's in goblets etc) The service just depends on when you go and who you deal with, sometimes its good...other times it almost seems like I'm being ignored. The food is actually pretty good, its decent for bar food. I've had the nachos and the quesadillas, I liked both. Prices aren't too bad considering what you are buying. If you are willing to drink specials or what is on sale it can be relativly affordable. Overall its ok.

Dizzy, Aug 01, 2006
Photo of roblowther
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

The saucer is a tradition in Ft. Worth. I've been to several and this one has its pluses & minuses, although more of the former than the latter. Great selection, as defined by the confines of the Texas legally-mandated distributor monopoly system. Probably 60 on tap & another 80 bottled, they do a good job of keeping up with the selections available here. A great spot to try Rahr beers, a local Ft. Worth micro with consitently well-executed choices. Food is definitely above average, I recommend the chicken caesar wrap and the kick-ass chicken sandwich. Prices are reasonable, with the exception being the fire sale, which is a bargain at $2.50. One beer per day on fire sale but all Texas pints on fire sale on Sundays & most all drafts (read "no Belgians" here) on fire sale each Monday. Great big overstuffed chairs, not too smoky and reasonably attentive service. I recommend hitting it during the afternoons or early evenings when its less crowded & a bit quieter & more relaxed. A mixed crowd of tourists, beer nerds, and classical concert goers (courtesy of the hall across the street) but they seem to work & play well with others. The outdoor seating is nice, weather permitting, with the upper balcony providing great views of the city. I recommend this place for those with kids (again, afternoons/early evenings) as a good place to relax & enjoy a few pints.

roblowther, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of beerdiablo
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%

This is a must as their downtown location is in a huge, historical building, yielding a great atmosphere – there’s a lounge area, beer garden, upstairs bar – Hell’s Half Acre and an upstairs patio.

Despite that, this is still the Hooters of beer bars featuring cleanser laden pint glasses and at times, poorly maintained taps along with spotty service by a schoolgirl mini-skirt wearing staff that usually doesn’t know too much about beer or even what they have available. The place is very noisy and you better like classic rock.

The upside is 70 taps, 50 or so bottled beers and above average bar food.
If they can’t get your glass rinsed right, switch to the bottled beer. The cheese board is recommened.

Free Wi-Fi and darts. You’ll need to ask for the code for the Wi-Fi.

beerdiablo, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of goochpunch
3.49/5  rDev -18.5%

Pretty nice atmosphere. Not too smoky, and it was all rather laid back. They had an outdoor section, which looked nice, but it was a bit warm that day. Taps seemed to be a bit too cold. Service was decent, although it took a longer period of time for me to be served than I've experienced in larger and busier bars. Selection was decent, but I'm mostly butt-hurt over the fact that there were no beers from Real Ale or Live Oak, yet I know for a fact that the Addison location has, at least, Live Oak offerings.

Overall, this wasn't a bad Flying Saucer, and I would surely go again. My only huge gripe is the layout of the bathroom. The sink is located about half a foot form an open urinal with no divider. To take my wet hands from the sink to the soap dispenser, I had to get my hands even closer to the guy who was pissing right next to me. I had to handle the situation very carefully as to not splash his crotch with sink water. I don't like being that close to another dude's piece.

goochpunch, May 26, 2006
Photo of skillerified
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

Atmosphere is decent. The saucers on the walls make the decor unique, if nothing else. The crowd was a very interesting mix. Young, jeans and tee-shirt people like myself just out having a few beers with friends, mixed with older groups all dressed up after seeing something at the Bass Performance Hall down the street. Everyone seemed to fit in though. It was a comfortable atmosphere. Glad we got there before the show let out, or we would have been waiting for tables.

The service was really pretty good. Laidback and very friendly, but also knowledgeable and helpful. Quick too, considering the Saturday night crowd.

75+ on tap and I think another 100+ in bottles. They're wine selection would put most local restaurants to shame too. No complaints about the selection.

The food was average at best. My cheese fries were wet and mushy, I hate it when they're like that. The pizza looked decent, but I didn't actually try any. Fairly wide variety of foods. I liked how they suggest a beer type for every food on the menu.

$18 for two pints and a plate of mushy cheese fries seems a little steep to me, but they did have other options that were a little more reasonable. The beer prices seemed reasonable. Lots of weekday specials were advertised as well. There was a $2 cover charge, supposedly for the live band. I never saw the band, but my friends said they were awful.

If I go back, it'll likely be during the day or at least on a week night. All in all, we had a good time. I'd recommend it.

Edit: Been several times since. Lots of good deals on off days ($2.50 for most pints on Mondays, $2.50 TX brews on Sundays). Food is better than my first experience (descibed above) would make one think. Upped a few ratings.

skillerified, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of kosmoraios
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

I've been meaning to visit this renowned establishment for quite some time, now. Excellent selection of beer - their beer menu is 4 pages total, small print. The wall is lined with taps, if it's not here, it's truly rare. Very knowledgable and friendly staff. Small place, mostly tall bar tables, some couches and lounge chairs. Parking is not easy, but it seems that most of the parking is free after 6. Gets noisy after 6 PM, but a fun place to be, especially if you enjoy beer. And if you don't, you're at the wrong site.

kosmoraios, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of Melchizedek
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%

Most of what there is to say has been said, but I do want to emphasize how good the atmosphere at the FW Flying Saucer is. You're hard-pressed (especially during the school year) to find any bar/pub that's not nauseatingly frat-tastic, crowded, cramped, and ugly. This is a wonderful and vital exception. Its location helps immensely--the rooftop patio's view of Sundance Square makes it an ideal hangout in good weather. Even though the bar is a bit inaccessible during peak hours, the place never feels quite as crowded as it is.

Service is good but not pushy, and it's a wonderful place for craft newbies (like me) as it offers a whole range of styles without being intimidating. Price is an issue for poor starving college students, but Pint Night and Beer Night (the glass giveaway), not to mention happy hour, are good ways to alleviate the pain of overpaying.

This is a thoroughly necessary place to stop by on any night on the town in Fort Worth after a good meal at one of the local restaurants. Tell all your friends.

Melchizedek, Sep 13, 2005
Photo of Octagonal
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%

I enjoy this place alot. The Saucer has a great seasonal selection of beer and cider, close to 75 beers on tap and well over 100 bottled.
The atmosphere is fun and fairly lively. Three different areas seat a diverse crowd. The patio is especially nice on a cooler afternoon (a little hot in summer). Seating can be hard to come-by on busier nights.
The staff is knowledgeable on the selection and always happy to tell you thier favourite. Service is good and usually prompt.
The food is a little better than average for a bar, the German Platter is wonderful with a good beer.
Overall it's a nice place to drink with some good specials.

Octagonal, Sep 08, 2005
Photo of hojuwestlake
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

The Flying Saucer has the best selection in Fort Worth, keep in mind I said in Fort Worth. With over 70 brews on tap and almost 120 in bottles, changing seasonaly.

The specials are pretty good: Mondays 2.50 on most darfts, Keep the glass on Wednesday of the featured brewery, and live music on the weekends.

Inside it is a bit smokey and seating is a little scarse ,but the outside pateo is pleasant, upstairs or downstars. The food is desent but still bar food. But try the German platter great for their tasting flights.

Great location and great beer!!

hojuwestlake, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of bobbrew
4.86/5  rDev +13.6%

Addison vs. Fort Worth? I can't believe Addison ranks higher than Fort Worth? Granted, I've been to each place only once but I travel extensively and seek out great beer everywhere I go. The Fort Worth Flying Saucer is *VERY* high on my list. I office in Portland, OR. With all the great beer places in Portland, if the FW FS was here, many of the old town favorites would be hurting.

Texans always say things are bigger and better in Texas. When they are talking about the Fort Worth Flying Saucer you can believe them.. Considering the paucity of Texas craft brew watering holes the Fort Worth Flying Saucer must be considered a Heavenly Oasis.

Bob "Under the influence of one well aged 2001 SN Bigfoot" Brewer.

bobbrew, Aug 14, 2004
Photo of mudhoney
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Although a friend of mine had told me the building used to be a whorehouse, the likelyhood of it being a Fire Station is alot more accurate. (why does everyone think there's a whorehouse in Texas?) The atmosphere is charming and quite relaxing if you come during the afternoon. Things get busy on pint nights and the weekend crowd is awesome. The architecture of the building remains preserved along with the charming stained glass inside, and the comfy overstuffed couches and chairs in the indoor portion of the bar. Outdoors, on the first level patio you can check out bands on certain nights, or enjoy a good cigar. On the second level patio, you can get a bird's eye glimpse of the sundance square activity as well as a breathtaking view of the neighboring buildings.

I have been here on days where maybe the newer waitresses didn't have as great of knowledge of the beers on tap, but here of late they seem to be alot more educated, and not hired because they look cute in a skirt (which all the waitresses wear). For the most part you can't always stick to the menu they have , because seasonal beers run out quick, and they don't remove them from the list, but they do draw a line through them now so people don't order them. My advice is to always check the chalk board for the "just landed" beers selection, which will contain beers not yet listed on their menu.

The Saucer has a huge selection of beers (bottled and on tap) and it is always changing. The food menu is average deli food and good quality.

The events calander isn't always updated online, but the pint nights and "keep the glass" nights are well worth the trip. Still, the Saucer is most likely my favorite place to go unwind and have a few good beers and hang out with people that make me smile.

mudhoney, Aug 04, 2004
Photo of HardTarget
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%

Just back from a Ft. Worth trip, and stopped by the Saucer Ft. Worth for the first time with my Dad and Bro-in-law. My dad isn't into beer, he's much more of a wine snob, but they had a red that he was pretty happy with. My Bro is more into macros, but enjoyed the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale I ordered up for him. Atmosphere was relaxed and fairly quiet for a Sat. afternoon. They were playing golf on the TV's which seemed to help keep Dad from getting too bored (not much of a bar person, surprised I got him to stop by with us). Sat on the oversized chairs and couch which we very comfortable.
Service was good. Elena took great care of us, checked in enough that we were never waiting for beer, although the food did take a while. The quality of the food and beer was great.
As is par for most of the Saucers I've been too, they didn't have a beer that I ordered, the Celebration Ale. Maybe I'm off base, but it would seem not that expensive to update their Fly Paper on a weekly basis to cut down on the "sorry, we've out of that’s. While Bigfoot made a great second choice, I really didn't want that level of alcohol that early. C'est la vive. Given the number of beers they serve (maybe 100 taps, 200 bottles?); I guess it is not possible to keep everything in stock.
We got the German Platter to snack on, and as I said, took a while, but was fresh and tasty, good pub food.
All in all, very happy with my visit and plan on stopping by next time I go beer hunting at the Ft. Worth Central Market (about 10-15 minutes away).

Update 2007
While I still like the place, the quality of the beers has dropped off. Far too many pints I've had well past their prime, and the place tends to be loud and crowded.

HardTarget, May 23, 2004
Photo of LarryKemp
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

This is the first and in my opinion the BEST Flying Saucer in the Metroplex. The atmosphere here is like setting in a big living room with overstuffed couches. Since they no longer allow cigar smoking inside, the breathing air has improved. The outside patio allows those wanting to smoke cigars a place to be without being harassed or harassing others. The bar appears cluttered and overcrowded with taps but that is the cost of having such a great selection. The folks that hang out there differs depending upon the time of day and day of week. My favorite time is Saturday afternoon. The folks range from tourists to softball players celebrating the game. The selection of beers cannot be beat anywhere in Fort Worth. The service ranges from good to fair. Most often the server has at least tasted the beers on the menu. They will pour you a sample for free. Sometimes the waitresses were hired because they are cute and not for their knowledge. The food is okay. I go there to drink beer so that does not bother me. When I want to eat, there are so many restaurants in the area I generally go and eat someplace else.

LarryKemp, Aug 04, 2003
Photo of assurbanipaul
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%

Don't be fooled by the imitations, this is the original Saucer. Located in the historic Land Title Building on Sundance Square, this is the progenitor (1995) of all other baby Saucers, first to Dallas and beyond.

Granted, it's not as new, flashy or trendy as its suburban counterparts, but the crowd is worth watching. Located across from the Bass Performance Hall downtown, everyone who comes through Cowtown eventually ends up here sooner or later. I've met tourists from around the world as well as local CEO's just hanging out.

Selection is impressive, with 80 taps and 100 or more in bottles, though they always seem to be out of what I want. It's a small building so it can get crowded but has big windows to sit and watch the downtown crowds. Half-Acre Hall (the upstairs) has extra seating and some pool tables and a new patio/balcony is being added for summertime bands.

Food is surprisingly better than average pub fare and the waitstaff, generally well-informed on the stock, are happy to sass you back if you tease them. Fans keep the ciggy smoke to a minimum and cigars are only for the patio.

assurbanipaul, Apr 10, 2003
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Fort Worth, TX
95 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.