The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Taps: 80 / Bottles: 210
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 73 | Reviews: 55 | Display Reviews Only:
4.3/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The saucer is a tradition in Ft. Worth. I've been to several and this one has its pluses & minuses, although more of the former than the latter. Great selection, as defined by the confines of the Texas legally-mandated distributor monopoly system. Probably 60 on tap & another 80 bottled, they do a good job of keeping up with the selections available here. A great spot to try Rahr beers, a local Ft. Worth micro with consitently well-executed choices. Food is definitely above average, I recommend the chicken caesar wrap and the kick-ass chicken sandwich. Prices are reasonable, with the exception being the fire sale, which is a bargain at $2.50. One beer per day on fire sale but all Texas pints on fire sale on Sundays & most all drafts (read "no Belgians" here) on fire sale each Monday. Great big overstuffed chairs, not too smoky and reasonably attentive service. I recommend hitting it during the afternoons or early evenings when its less crowded & a bit quieter & more relaxed. A mixed crowd of tourists, beer nerds, and classical concert goers (courtesy of the hall across the street) but they seem to work & play well with others. The outdoor seating is nice, weather permitting, with the upper balcony providing great views of the city. I recommend this place for those with kids (again, afternoons/early evenings) as a good place to relax & enjoy a few pints.
07-11-2006 00:22:12 | More by roblowther
3.93/5 rDev -7.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
This is a must as their downtown location is in a huge, historical building, yielding a great atmosphere theres a lounge area, beer garden, upstairs bar Hells 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 doesnt 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 cant get your glass rinsed right, switch to the bottled beer. The cheese board is recommened.
Free Wi-Fi and darts. Youll need to ask for the code for the Wi-Fi.
07-02-2006 19:42:11 | More by beerdiablo
3.49/5 rDev -18.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
Pretty nice atmosphere. Not too smoky, and it was all rather laid back. They had an outdoor section, which looked nice, but it was a bit warm that day. Taps seemed to be a bit too cold. Service was decent, although it took a longer period of time for me to be served than I've experienced in larger and busier bars. Selection was decent, but I'm mostly butt-hurt over the fact that there were no beers from Real Ale or Live Oak, yet I know for a fact that the Addison location has, at least, Live Oak offerings.
Overall, this wasn't a bad Flying Saucer, and I would surely go again. My only huge gripe is the layout of the bathroom. The sink is located about half a foot form an open urinal with no divider. To take my wet hands from the sink to the soap dispenser, I had to get my hands even closer to the guy who was pissing right next to me. I had to handle the situation very carefully as to not splash his crotch with sink water. I don't like being that close to another dude's piece.
05-26-2006 03:24:16 | More by goochpunch
4.3/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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.
12-11-2005 08:27:28 | More by skillerified
4.25/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
I've been meaning to visit this renowned establishment for quite some time, now. Excellent selection of beer - their beer menu is 4 pages total, small print. The wall is lined with taps, if it's not here, it's truly rare. Very knowledgable and friendly staff. Small place, mostly tall bar tables, some couches and lounge chairs. Parking is not easy, but it seems that most of the parking is free after 6. Gets noisy after 6 PM, but a fun place to be, especially if you enjoy beer. And if you don't, you're at the wrong site.
11-02-2005 03:03:58 | More by kosmoraios
4.13/5 rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
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.
09-12-2005 23:48:17 | More by Melchizedek
4.35/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I enjoy this place alot. The Saucer has a great seasonal selection of beer and cider, close to 75 beers on tap and well over 100 bottled.
The atmosphere is fun and fairly lively. Three different areas seat a diverse crowd. The patio is especially nice on a cooler afternoon (a little hot in summer). Seating can be hard to come-by on busier nights.
The staff is knowledgeable on the selection and always happy to tell you thier favourite. Service is good and usually prompt.
The food is a little better than average for a bar, the German Platter is wonderful with a good beer.
Overall it's a nice place to drink with some good specials.
09-08-2005 16:24:07 | More by Octagonal
4.25/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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!!
08-29-2005 16:33:22 | More by hojuwestlake
4.86/5 rDev +14.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
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.
08-14-2004 01:04:53 | More by bobbrew
4.25/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
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.
08-04-2004 14:30:05 | More by mudhoney
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Fort Worth, TX
94 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.