The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

The Flying Saucer Draught EmporiumThe Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
The Flying Saucer Draught EmporiumThe Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Bar, Eatery

101 E 13th St
Kansas City, Missouri, 64106-2923
United States

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Reviewed by jjayjaye from New York

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Follows the plate theme of the Fort Worth original Flying Saucer. Larger and far less 'homey'. Tons of parking and located close to some of KC's prime venues. Good service from a knowledgeable wait staff. I found the german sausage plates very enjoyable. They've got about three dozen drafts on hand and they aren't InBevs....but instead they're a celebration of the wide variety of classic regional mid-western craft beers!! Whoo hoo! The bottle selection is noteworthy as well. I've enjoyed the place both times i've been through for lunch and recommend it.
Nov 25, 2008
More User Ratings:
Rated: 4.56 by zbelair from Pennsylvania

Jan 26, 2020
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.45/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4
Big open space on the corner of the Power & Light main block. Walls and ceilings are covered in saucers, with a bar stretching one wall. Tap list is extensive, featuring local, regional, national, and international beers. It's separated out by style of beer, allowing a quick browsing by style preference. There are a handful of local mystery beer options, which is fun for those indecisive or willing to explore. Prices are great, especially for this area of town. Happy hour brings some pours down to $3 and Monday all pours are $4 for a certain time period after work. Food selection seems fair, but only ordered an appetizer. It was okay. Service was fair, but slightly slow. Well recommended for those in the downtown area seeking a craft beer.
Oct 02, 2018
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Reviewed by ChaseBoat77 from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25
Overall a really solid place. This place fills up after 5:30 PM. Great beer selection, but they could still do some weeding. Cool, fun atmosphere in a fun part of town.
Mar 09, 2016
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Reviewed by Kevinpitts from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
Awesome selection of beers. Nice atmosphere. Didn't eat here, so I can't comment on that. Service was decent. Best beer selection I saw in Kansas City for sure. Park in one of the garages for sure. Gets impossible to find parking otherwise.
Oct 10, 2015
Rated: 4.29 by Roos from Pennsylvania

Jul 28, 2015
Rated: 4 by jamesgaither from Kansas

Jun 29, 2015
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Reviewed by RobWhiting from New Hampshire

4.95/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
What an awesome selection of craft beers! You will want to come back again and again because you will never get tired of trying something new or going back for an old favorite. If you aren't hungry, get the pretzels anyway. You will thank me later!
May 19, 2015
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Reviewed by nbrio85 from Missouri

4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25
Excellent place to try countless amounts of beer on tap! And if they don't have it on tap they've almost always got it on bottle. Always good to great friendly service.
Apr 27, 2015
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Not sure where my old review went.... Visited twice last week

This place seems a pleasant enough place to drink at. I could do without the loud music. I felt fairly old there, very much a younger crowd.

Beer quality for the most part was good

Service was friendly/helpful

Beer selection was good not great. They were going to put some rarer 4 hands stuff on one night, but alas my schedule didn't mesh. They had tap handles on when the kegs were blown, beer listed on the menu & chalkboard that were also gone. One time it took me 3 tries to actually pick a beer they had.

The food was pretty good, not cheap, but in line with the area.

I would go again if in the are, but not go out of my way. My 3 visits have left me somewhat happy, not thrilled. This is the only Saucer I've been to, so not really sure how it stacks up. A chains go, I rate it slightly higher than Mellow Mushroom...

They did always have t least on discounted pint, so that was cool....
Mar 22, 2015
Rated: 4.46 by heathermaryconnor from Missouri

Feb 21, 2015
Rated: 4.58 by PresbyPint from Kansas

Feb 01, 2015
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Reviewed by UrbanCaveman from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3
Visited during a recent trip to Kansas City. This bar is located in what seems to be a fun district of downtown KC, the Power & Light District, and is a short stroll away from a horde of other restaurants and bars. It is also right next door to a parking garage that, at least the Friday evening I was there, offered all-night parking for $2, which is always a plus for a downtown spot!

The tap list is extensive, the bottle list not so much - approximately as many bottles on hand as taps. Bar staff seem to know their beer, which is unfortunately not a given at many craft bars. There's a bit of a kitschy vibe, with much of the place wallpapered with "saucers" that people apparently earn by ticking 200 different beers on site, and three times in the couple hours I was there, new "saucers" were unveiled with much ado - overhead speaker announcing, bells ringing at the bar, and so forth. The place was fairly crowded, but that's to be expected for a downtown spot on a weekend evening. The food menu is standard pub fare, burgers and appetizers.

The tap list included some harder to find beer, and it looks like they try to have something unique on hand at all times, in addition to an apparent focus on Missouri and Kansas beer.

Would return if ever back in town.
Jan 12, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by HaoleToYouToo from Hawaii

Oct 10, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by joemetric from Kansas

Sep 29, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by Elicoleman from Colorado

Aug 28, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Derrill from Missouri

Aug 28, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by AMCimpi from New York

Aug 11, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by dradair from Missouri

Aug 01, 2014
Rated: 5 by SuperHop18 from Massachusetts

Jul 22, 2014
Rated: 5 by Whiskeydeez from Kansas

Jul 13, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by Bsetz from Missouri

Jul 08, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Bosoxfan20 from Missouri

Jun 29, 2014
Rated: 4 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Jun 20, 2014
Rated: 4.75 by leefx from Arkansas

May 28, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by Brob245 from Missouri

May 25, 2014
Rated: 4.75 by mojohawk21 from Missouri

Apr 13, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by andyjeigh from Oklahoma

Mar 29, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by user785335 from Florida

Feb 27, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Steve907 from Kansas

Feb 17, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by cellardwellersbrew from Arizona

Jan 20, 2014
Rated: 4 by Theogre83 from Kansas

Dec 26, 2013
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Reviewed by 22Blue from Kansas

4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75
Made my first visit to the Kansas City version last week for Perennial night during their Stout week. The bartender was very well versed in all that was available. The event featured BA Abraxas and was handled very well. The food was decent and prices were very reasonable. The selection was well above average and they do try and feature Missouri beers. The beer menu is somewhat difficult to navigate. Just wish the establishment was closer to my home.
Nov 13, 2013
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Reviewed by BeerTwigs from New York

4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4
I stopped here for a bite to eat and a few beers after work while traveling for business. They definitely have a large craft selection which includes a lot of local or Kansas beers. Its nice when traveling to see a focus on local beers. They definitely had a good variety from across the Country as well as some beers from across the pond. The bar tenders were relatively busy but it was a Saturday night right after dinner. They had good knowledge and would let me sample what I was interested in. The carried a few pumpkin beers since it was September and they appeared to have a large bottle section which I didn't even get into.

They have daily specials which include new beers tapped weekly and sometimes daily. I would definitely recommend checking this place out. I am interested to check it out next time I am in town. Cheers!
Nov 01, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by TheRealPour from Illinois

Oct 30, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by jaydoc from Kansas

Oct 12, 2013
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Reviewed by Fluffheady from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3
There is nothing wrong with this place. It is just not my style. They have a lot of taps. It is much more Belgian and German focused than most chains. The menu is horrible because the draft and bottle list are intermingled. Crazy confusing to read and sort through. The staff surprisingly knew their beer very well. (I say surprising because it looked like they hired some bimbos to pour beer, but all of the servers had great knowledge of their list). I hear their events are cool. This place feels like a factory, but it’s the best sort of downtown beer factory that I’ve been to. If you want to see the real beer scene of KC, head down to Westport. There's a lot of small children and families here. Not my thing.
Aug 05, 2013
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Reviewed by sholland119 from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25
Flying Saucer is pretty much a sure thing no matter the location. Stopped in this one for a nightcap after a Royals game as it was three blocks from our hotel. Good sized place with a bunch of tables in the front. we grabbed two spots at the long straight bar at the back. Good selection of local and regional favorites both on draft and in bottle.

There was a New Belgium event that night so we concentrated on the Lips of Faith offerings that we can not get at home. Vickie snagged the last glass to be given away. Great service from the bartender.

One day we will be at a Flying Saucer at mealtime to render a verdict on the food but not this time. Always a worthwhile stop.

Jul 26, 2013
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Reviewed by BeerzMcKenzie from Ohio

4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25
My wife and I stopped at The Flying Saucer after our tour at Boulevard Brewing (Highly recommended). The food is decent, the beer selection is very nice. I would probably stop back in again when in the area. Prices are reasonable. I would recommend stopping in for a brew and food.
Jun 26, 2013
Reviewed by DMBBREWMAN

4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
This is my go-to bar. Love the atmosphere, and people you meet. The bartenders are what make this bar the place to hit in Kansas City. They have over 70 beers on tap, most of which are local, and another 150-200 in the cases from all over the world.

I prefer to sit at the bar, but out at the tables is nice too. The staff really know their beer. They take several beer tests throughout the year to stay up on the current beer they have. It is really rare to find one they don't know about...and if you do, they generally will enjoy the drink with you, so the next time they know about it :)

Food is great there as well. You would expect regular bar food, but it is a cut above that. You can get wonderful salads...but really it's the pretzel. That's what you want to get when you are there :) They are delicious. Try it with a German Sausage and a variety of cheeses. mmmm
Feb 03, 2013
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Kansas City, MO
Place rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 76 ratings