The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Taps: 80 / Bottles: 210
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 55 | Show All Ratings:
3.49/5 rDev -17.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
Pretty nice atmosphere. Not too smoky, and it was all rather laid back. They had an outdoor section, which looked nice, but it was a bit warm that day. Taps seemed to be a bit too cold. Service was decent, although it took a longer period of time for me to be served than I've experienced in larger and busier bars. Selection was decent, but I'm mostly butt-hurt over the fact that there were no beers from Real Ale or Live Oak, yet I know for a fact that the Addison location has, at least, Live Oak offerings.
Overall, this wasn't a bad Flying Saucer, and I would surely go again. My only huge gripe is the layout of the bathroom. The sink is located about half a foot form an open urinal with no divider. To take my wet hands from the sink to the soap dispenser, I had to get my hands even closer to the guy who was pissing right next to me. I had to handle the situation very carefully as to not splash his crotch with sink water. I don't like being that close to another dude's piece.
05-26-2006 03:24:16 | More by goochpunch
3.55/5 rDev -16.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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
3.56/5 rDev -15.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This is one large Flying Saucer. A three story building right in the middle of downtown Ft Worth. My hotel was around the corner so it was an easy walk in the nice weather.
It was pretty crowded on a Thursday night and the service was a bit slow, but I guess that is par for the course.
Outdoor seating available upstairs, where I chose to get away from the smoke. I think they had about 60 or so beers on tap. It wasnt exactly a stellar selection, but it was certianly not very bad.
I would go back next time I am in Ft Worth. I like all the Flying Saucers I have visited and this one didnt let me down, too much anyway.
10-29-2007 21:01:54 | More by SaCkErZ9
3.58/5 rDev -15.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
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.
10-27-2008 19:36:52 | More by mugglesandhops
3.65/5 rDev -13.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Just back from a Ft. Worth trip, and stopped by the Saucer Ft. Worth for the first time with my Dad and Bro-in-law. My dad isn't into beer, he's much more of a wine snob, but they had a red that he was pretty happy with. My Bro is more into macros, but enjoyed the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale I ordered up for him. Atmosphere was relaxed and fairly quiet for a Sat. afternoon. They were playing golf on the TV's which seemed to help keep Dad from getting too bored (not much of a bar person, surprised I got him to stop by with us). Sat on the oversized chairs and couch which we very comfortable.
Service was good. Elena took great care of us, checked in enough that we were never waiting for beer, although the food did take a while. The quality of the food and beer was great.
As is par for most of the Saucers I've been too, they didn't have a beer that I ordered, the Celebration Ale. Maybe I'm off base, but it would seem not that expensive to update their Fly Paper on a weekly basis to cut down on the "sorry, we've out of thats. While Bigfoot made a great second choice, I really didn't want that level of alcohol that early. C'est la vive. Given the number of beers they serve (maybe 100 taps, 200 bottles?); I guess it is not possible to keep everything in stock.
We got the German Platter to snack on, and as I said, took a while, but was fresh and tasty, good pub food.
All in all, very happy with my visit and plan on stopping by next time I go beer hunting at the Ft. Worth Central Market (about 10-15 minutes away).
While I still like the place, the quality of the beers has dropped off. Far too many pints I've had well past their prime, and the place tends to be loud and crowded.
05-23-2004 21:05:35 | More by HardTarget
3.8/5 rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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
3.9/5 rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
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.
04-10-2003 22:23:20 | More by assurbanipaul
3.93/5 rDev -7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
This is a must as their downtown location is in a huge, historical building, yielding a great atmosphere theres a lounge area, beer garden, upstairs bar Hells Half Acre and an upstairs patio.
Despite that, this is still the Hooters of beer bars featuring cleanser laden pint glasses and at times, poorly maintained taps along with spotty service by a schoolgirl mini-skirt wearing staff that usually doesnt know too much about beer or even what they have available. The place is very noisy and you better like classic rock.
The upside is 70 taps, 50 or so bottled beers and above average bar food.
If they cant get your glass rinsed right, switch to the bottled beer. The cheese board is recommened.
Free Wi-Fi and darts. Youll need to ask for the code for the Wi-Fi.
07-02-2006 19:42:11 | More by beerdiablo
3.96/5 rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
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.
09-30-2011 04:48:55 | More by gtermi
4/5 rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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!
08-09-2006 23:49:34 | More by blitheringidiot
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Fort Worth, TX
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