The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

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The Flying Saucer Draught EmporiumThe Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
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29 Reviews
Reviews: 29
Visits: 47
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: n/a
Taps: 75
Bottles: 160
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

323 President Clinton Ave
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201-1619
United States
phone: (501) 372-8032

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Reviews: 29 | Visits: 47
Reviews by champ103:
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3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2

This is the typical Flying Saucer. There is an area out front with couches and tables. A long bar with the typical penny lined Saucer tap wall. Lots of plates line the walls as well. In the back, stairs work its way to a second floor, but it was not open when I visited. There is even a special section for the UFO Club members. Really smoky with lots of TV's and crowds. All fine and dandy, but pretty much resembles the other Saucer bars around the country.

Food is typical for the chain. I think it is the exact same menu as the Houston location. The service was hit and miss. The servers and bartenders did not really know the selection all that well (beyond the special for the day). Other than that, nothing bad.

On to the beer. Highlights for me on tap was Life and Limb, Lips Of Faith Fall Wild Ale (though the bartenders did not know what this was), and Diamond Bear Pale Ale. Plenty of taps that is typical for all the locations, though I think this one might not be as extensive as the Houston location. Plenty of bottles, on par with the chain as well.

Overall, this is just typical for the chain. Nothing special, but worth a visit if in Little Rock. (1,166 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of aratcliffe
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of 50marathons
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I love this place. Great vibe. The service is a little slow at times. The food is good. The selection is always outstanding. (124 characters)

Photo of cheshirefriend
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of AlaskanYoung
2/5  rDev -47.8%

Food was bad, service was pretty bad. Beer menu is huge but as you know quantity does not always mean quality. (111 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Beeritual
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This is my home-town bar, easily the best in Little Rock, and I'm grateful to have it.

There are some really good waitresses, and obviously some girls are better than others, but some just don't give a shit and clearly don't want to be there. Typical, I suppose.

Atmosphere is pleasant, relaxed, classic pub style with lots of dark stain wood trim. There's a large upstrairs as well as an extensive 'basement.'

Food is actually pretty good. I've had everything on the menu. Mostly sandwiches, decent salads, solid appetizers, etc.

They're good about rotating seasonals, and the draft line is extensive. The bottles are always ridiculously over-priced... I'd much rather just buy the same bottle at 50% less and drink at home.

Firkins, aged beers, and other rare beer events. Trivia nights. Brewery nights where you get the free glass with the select beer. Commemorative plates hang on the ceiling/walls to mark beer counts, starting at 200. (plus they throw you a party worth several hundred in free beer). (1,016 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25

Visited on a business trip. Sat at the bar. Did not order food.

Vibe – Great atmosphere. Lots of beer drinkers. Open, well lit, a bit noisy. I don’t necessarily appreciate the drink 200 beers and get recognition, but it’s a business model that seems to work for some. 4.25

Quality – All beer looks to be kept cold. Correct and clean glasses. 4.25

Service – Relatively poor for such a wide and varied selection of beer. All but one of the bartenders seemed to display an unfortunate lack of knowledge regarding the beers they had on tap. Every beer I asked about seemed to stump them. Generally attentive not especially friendly. 3.25

Selection – Great selection. Probably the best tap selection in Little Rock. Most of the beers could still be considered run of the mill and easy to obtain but they had a few of tap that were rarer. Certainly a number that I had never had. 4.25

Price – Thought the prices were good. $$ (938 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

Located in the Little Rock, AR Rivermarket.

Great service, with a fairly good selection. Different special for each day of the week. They need to update their tap handles. Very good import selection. Lots of local breweries available. No smoking. Very clean. (295 characters)

Photo of McStagger
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Was in Little Rock for a sister's wedding. Stopped in here. Good selection of some of the choicer midwest brews. Bartender was cordial. Not super talkative, but it was 11 am. He did, however, talk me into the Schlafly IPA, which I immediately fell in love with. So good recommendation on his part.

Went back in the next day for a sandwich and another one of those awesome beers. Sandwich was good, fries were under done a bit. Still crispy, but very light, like the oil wasn't hot enough. Tasted good, though. Waitress was attentive enough.

That being said, I was somewhat surprised at the lack of west coast represenation there. Not that this is a bad thing, as I was forced to try some of the more local options, but I all I saw from the left coast was Rogue, Anchor, Green Flash and Sierra Nevada. Still, they had that sweet, sweet Schlafly's, and I was content with that. (877 characters)

Photo of ScottoBlotto
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

This is my home bar, so I'm a bit biased. I work right down the road and have 6+ plates on the wall. Most reviews complain about the smoking in the beer garden, so I should update that and say there's no smoking anywhere in the building now. Good food, but no grill so that limits the selection.

The beer selection is probably the best in the state though. Over 60 taps and probably a good 150 bottles. Fort Collins, Schlafly, O'Fallon, Green Flash, Marshalls, Prairie Artisan, Diamond Bear, Core, Tallgrass, Piney River, Abita... you get it. If it's available in Arkansas, it's here. The staff gets training on beer knowledge. There are regular beer dinners, firkin tappings and tap takeovers going on. Monday is "Pint Night" or cheap drafts for most taps. Wednesday nights are glass nights, with cheap pint glasses to take home. (832 characters)

Photo of slander
4/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Sunday in Arkansas; breakfasted with the bride, and said our goodbyes. Opting to mull around Little Rock instead of Memphis pre flight, I parked this totally absurd deal where you fold dollar bills and stuff them into slots associated with your parking spot number in this mailbox type thing, enough said. I’m ready to beer, just waiting on the Flying Saucer to open, which is nowish...

Through to the rear, a long straight stained stainless steel topped bar with a wide lip running the wall to the left. Wood panel base, piping foot rail and seating for 18 on backed high chairs. 75 taps, alternating upper lower upper lower on rows and rows of pennies copper panels. The wall of taps runs a good length split only in ½ by a double wide center cooler. Stainless steel counter top below with shelved glassware of all sizes and shapes, and more coolers on the ends. The wood trim over the bar is lined with beer labels. The large dark wood panel piece above the bar running its length has a large vertical board on center, listing that which has just landed (tap & bottle), events, pint & brewery nights, trivia & specials. Ornate-a-ties with bottles displayed and wines in some slots horizontally below the big board, and flat screens to both sides.

The walls and high ceiling are painted a mustard color, heavily pasted with name plates and a whole lot more of ornamental variety. Light brewery mirrorage and fire sale boards (this one showing $3 Diamond Bear drafts). Spots over the bar and all the way around the room along the top; spinny fan push button lamps and everlasting gob stopper lamps in between alternating. 4 x 4 black & green checkerboard floors.

20 seat 2 sided bar counter table running adjacent to the bar, from green pillar to pillar support down the center of the room, and 2 rows of 5 square tables diagonally beyond. Couch and cushy chair combos in a slightly raised area on the far wall below where some projection TV be. Some window action to their front ‘garden’ room; shirt showcase shwaggings up front, potted plants, cushy couch & chair combos, and 9 picnic tables overlooking Clinton Ave through the big windows. And a downstairs room running the length of the place with, 3 pool tables, 4 dart boards to the rear, and the quintessential Galaga. Also a side room down there for banquets perhaps, done up with old b/w prints of Arkansas folk.

They have a bunch of different ‘5 in 5 oz glasses’ flights you can choose from (around the world, Colorado, Hophead, Eurpoe, USA), but I opted to create my own, starting with the 3 they had from their local; Diamond Bear from Little Rock (English Pale Ale, there’s really not a lot to it, kind of malty with a slight hop bite on the end, needs more of a hop presence; Irish Red, malty, caramel sweet, winner!; Paradise Porter, good roasty chocolateyness, a little thin but tasty tasty, 2nd place), and managed to find a few things with which to round out the flight (Goose Island Pepe Nero, something Belgiany roasty dark and the Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale, a Saison that most certainly did not suck).

But, you know, I’m not ready to go, so we’ll try that again. This time, a pair from New Belgium (Mighty Arrow Spring Ale, more piney, citrusy on the nose than the palate but not a bad pale ale, and the Ranger IPA, a nice hoppy floral IPA), a pair from Boulevard (Irish Ale, a lightly toasted Red Ale, a bit of caramel and grassy, and the Single-Wide IPA, grapefruity, but not really too well balanced, meh), and the Goose Island (lovely) Matilda to round out the flight. And bummed a sample of the Boulevard Amber for the amber vertical; Boulevard vs. Abita, Boulevard wins, but even that was just okay and not a good malty toffee thing like the local Diamond Bear.

I must say, Brandon was most accommodating with the samples. At least the kid knew about beer. The place had just opened, and as such, was comfortably dead dead dead, and still I like it a whole lot better than what we saw in Memphis 2 days ago. But like that location, the heavy smoking in the garden room does suck. And don’t come on a Sunday when things are kicked and new arrivals have not done so yet, and you should be okay. (4,202 characters)

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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Little Rock, AR
87 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.