The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
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4.08/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
06-25-2007 00:02:16 | More by halfwaytoheaven
3.8/5 rDev -10.8%
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.
09-23-2006 23:43:34 | More by Atlas1
4.36/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
08-26-2006 02:47:54 | More by BeerSox
4.08/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
08-10-2006 21:42:07 | More by teg8612
4/5 rDev -6.1%
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!
08-09-2006 23:49:34 | More by blitheringidiot
3.55/5 rDev -16.7%
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.
08-01-2006 22:09:08 | More by Dizzy
4.3/5 rDev +0.9%
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%
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%
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%
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
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Fort Worth, TX
94 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.