The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

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The Flying Saucer Draught EmporiumThe Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
BA SCORE
95
world-class

86 Ratings
Ratings: 86
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: n/a
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 Westyn
3/5  rDev -30.1%

Photo of goochpunch
3.49/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Photo of JD_Gattis
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of showmeyourface
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of Dizzy
3.55/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.56/5  rDev -17%
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.

Photo of mugglesandhops
3.58/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

Photo of HardTarget
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
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 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.

Photo of Atlas1
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of assurbanipaul
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of beerdiablo
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
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 – 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.

Photo of blitheringidiot
4/5  rDev -6.8%
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!

Photo of Michaeldmanley
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of acreese11
4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

First time in Ft. Worth, so I made it into the top rated beer bar in Ft. Worth.

Atmosphere - It's a pretty large place with a good amount of booths, adequate seating at the bar, and some additional tables both in the back and in a side room. It's a clean, comfortable place to eat and drink.

Quality - They serve both quality beer and quality food.

Service - Both nights I stopped in I sat in different places. The bartender was conversational and helpful about the menu. The waitress was also the same way, so I didn't prefer either location as it was a positive experience in both.

Selection - They have a good 25-30 or so drafts nicely sectioned into beer style, and they have a pretty good bottle selection as well. It'd be pretty hard for you not to find something you'd like, plus they had just finished a barleywine tap takeover, so they had a great selection of that style when I was here.

Food - I ate the 2nd night I was here, and I greatly enjoyed the food. They offered up a very good variety of mostly standard bar food, and numerous dishes had a fairly unique twist on it. I would definitely eat here again.

Value - Good value.

Overall this was a great experience. I had good beers, good food, and was impressed with the service. Recommended!

Photo of JustSaySean
4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of wogreen
4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

i liked the old location, but the new one is growing on me

the patio at the new location really is what makes it though

service is pretty good but sometimes dependent on the waitress you get. some are extremely knowledgeable on the beers while some have no clue

food is pretty good, but not phenomenal

beer selection is great can be overly pricey for some of the large formats

Photo of Mora2000
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

The Saucer probably has the most taps of anywhere in the Metroplex. The tap list doesn't change too often, other than getting in new seasonals. You can find most of the beers that are available in DFW.

The food is nothing special, but it is pretty tasty standard pub grub. The Fort Worth location doesn't have a grill so they don't do hamburgers, like some other Saucer locations do. Still, they have some nice sandwiches with different deli meats.

The service and prices are pretty good. The atmosphere is not as good as you get at smaller pubs, but it is not bad. Definitely a place to go to if you are in the area.

Photo of raffy313
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

This downtown Ft. Worth bar is my second favorite bar to frequent. And that's only because every single time I've been here, it's always been packed with patrons. I've never found a place that me and a friend could sit and have a decent conversation. What a terrible burden for a bar to have to deal with, right?

Well, dispite the lack of seating... we've found the atmosphere and all around vibe quite enjoyable. Service is usually abit slow, but understandably, due to the amount of customers they get. One of these days I'll have to go in during lunch time, or early afternoon just to get a better judgement of the service... not to mention kick back and actually have a seat.

Prices are abit on the higher end compared to the other local bar I frequent. But the beer selection is quite extensive. The main nights I attend are Weds., for their Pint Nights(buy the beer, get the glass for free), and on Fridays for their Rare Tappings.

I would, and have recommended this place to many others, and like I said, one day I'll have to go for lunch and try out their food menu.

Photo of Bagman007
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

I usually go here between Thursday and Saturday nights. They have live music outside some nights so they charge a cover. It is usually difficult to find a seat, but it isn't overly packed. Can be a somewhat lengthy wait for beer depending on the night. Excellent selection of beers though. Huge menu to select from. They have something for everyone. I have never tried their food so I can't comment on that. Reasonably priced beers and on some nights they have some really good deals. Great place to hang out downtown.

Photo of Redrover
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

The Flying Saucer is located just off the corner of 4th and main, the Saucer occupies a cool older building. There is a public parking lot behind it.

Two rooms on the main floor with a two-story beer garden in back. The smallish bar is in front and it seats about a dozen. There are plenty of tables of various sizes. There is also a section with couches and stuffed chairs. There are very high ceilings with some quirky angles. The walls are covered with saucers. Nice tile floors and old wood add the ambiance. There are some large screens, so it is not a bad place to catch a game.

As expected, massive tap and bottle list. Always rotating in something new. They have lots of emphasis on the growing craft breweries in Texas. I counted four offerings from Rahr alone.

They have great deals like $3 pints on Mondays! Trivia on Tuesdays is a hoot. The crowds seem to be a lot of fun and the bar has a nice Texas atmosphere.

The bartenders are very good and really know the beer offerings. Note that service can slow a bit, as the bar gets crowded. I think they could really use one more tender on busy nights.

Food is just average. I like some of their offerings, but what is the deal with mayo on brats....

My favorite place to have a beer (or three) in Fort Worth.

Photo of rc_brew06
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Great service and good food. I liked the fact that they had a build your own flight sampler, that's always good in my books. Unfortunately, they did not have very many local beers on tap and for the sampler, the beers had to be on draft. The beer menu seemed kind of cheap and didn't really provide a good definition of the beers, so you really need your beers when you go in here. They were out of some of the beers that I ordered, so I had to choose others. It was a good place to visit, but not a place that I would go to all the time.

Photo of teg8612
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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.

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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Fort Worth, TX
95 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.