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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: 92
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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Reviews: 55 | Visits: 92
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 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 bobbrew
4.86/5  rDev +14.6%
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. (719 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 shoky01
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

The Original Saucer. Wow. You walk in a feel the history. To see the old school gold plates on the wall was a little moving. Like any Saucer the beer selection was impressive. I my "not had" list was longer than a bar stool is tall, and i was already over 160 beers. I need to spend about a week at this one Saucer just trying what we don't get at home. Sitting at an old wobbley tall table right by the window, 10 feet from the bar i was comfortable. Had the 512 Cascabel cream stout there, what an amazing beer and an amazing place to drink it. Will go again, in fact im thinking of a membership at this one as well just to say i have a plate on the wall in Ft Worth. (669 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 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 bigolbeerbelly
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Atmosphere is great. Mostly beer drinkers who know their beers. Although I did prefer their historic location across the street, their new place has room for more people.

Quality of beer can't be beat, food is good, and
girls are...very good looking in those skirts.

If you go on a weekend night it is crowded and service if you can get any.. is poor. Any other time it is OK. Althought the new location with more space has alleviated this some.

Selection... the only way it could be better is if they brewed their own.

I like the food. Not a huge selection but they have great brats and the pretzels are fantastic. Try the bratzel. Its a pretzel with sliced brats and cheese melted on top.

Average normal prices but they have great daily specials such as $3 pint night.

I love this place. The best time to go is on week nights after work. On the weekends it fills up with a lot of Miller light drinkers just looking for the normal bar scene trying to get laid. (968 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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. (870 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 Octagonal
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (642 characters)

Photo of coldriver
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Our usual go-to place in Fort Worth. Really like the historic building in the Sundance Square area. Great selection of taps and frequently rotated. Patrons are typically beer savvy (but not snobs) although you still see guys ordering vortex-bottled super-cold swill. Generally service is decent although you sometimes get a new waitress that is still learning the ropes. Monday pint nights are a real bargain at $3. The outdoor seating is great, especially after dark on a hot summer night. (490 characters)

Photo of LarryKemp
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

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. (1,120 characters)

Photo of skillerified
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (1,747 characters)

Photo of roblowther
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (1,375 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 gtermi
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

The Flying Saucer is one of the best places in Fort Worth to grab a pint of craft or import beers. They have one of the greatest selections I have ever seen in my life. The beers are always fresh and never taste funky. I have not had any of the food here, so I can not quote on that. The only thing I hate is the little skimpy girls as our waitress. I just feel they are too flirty and all they want is just a bigger tip. Other than that, it is by far the best place in Downtown Fort Worth to grab a beer. (505 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)

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)

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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Fort Worth, TX
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