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

815 W 47th St
Austin, Texas, 78751-2359
United States

(512) 454-7468 | map
beerknurd.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.08
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
54
pDev:
9.56%
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Reviews by ZenAgnostic:
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ZenAgnostic from Texas

3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

The place was pretty much packed when I got there around 11pm on a Friday. The waitress apologized for the wait times and told us we had gotten there just around the rush.

The place was a bit too noisy, but it's a large place with both indoors and outdoors seating, so it's pretty much expected to be pretty loud. Not too loud considering the number of people though.

The beer menu featured a pretty good selection. In theory. In reality they didn't really have the beers I wanted.
The only beer on the entire menu that I wanted to try (one of the Jester King's) was out. I ended up settling on the Chocolate Truffle, which is a Young's Chocolate Stout with a splash of Lindeman's Framboise. Unfortunately, they were out of Framboise too, so they had to substitute Timmerman's Strawberry lambic.

While the menu was pretty large, lots of the beers were pretty low grade stuff you'd find at a gas station or grocery store. They had a few Trappist beers, which was suprising though. I might have tried the Orval if it didn't cost $10 a glass - which I suppose is a reasonable price for a bar.

The waitress was nice, talkative, and I gathered that the job had turned her onto craft beer (rather than the other way around). She gave us some recommendations and let us have some 1 oz samples. I didn't like any of her recommendations, but no point in shooting the messanger!

Overall, the place was enjoyable if somewhat disappointing. Their "fire sales" are pretty cool though. Every while (maybe hour or so?) they write on the chalk board the name of a different beer they're lowering the price of to sell fast for about $3 a pint.

Sep 03, 2011
More User Reviews:
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Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Jul 31, 2018
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Jmilton from Michigan

4.61/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I used to work in Columbia, SC and our group often went to the Flying Saucer for diner on Wednesday, which is beer night. I now travel to Austin for business and thought I would try the Flying Saucer. Great beer selection and good service. Not quite the fun college crowd that frequents the Flying Saucer in Columbia, SC, but still fun. Highly recommend visiting for a beer.

Sep 22, 2017
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GreatStoutman from Texas

4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Mar 21, 2016
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OldBrewer from Canada

4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Mar 11, 2016
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mig100 from Texas

3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Nov 21, 2015
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BGsWo22 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Aug 31, 2015
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SergeLowpz from Texas

3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Aug 26, 2015
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gilgar from Texas

4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Aug 23, 2015
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Patrick_Redbeard from Texas

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

May 17, 2015
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jkinny from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Dec 11, 2014
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cfrobrew from Texas

4/5  rDev -2%

Aug 19, 2014
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reebtaerG from Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Aug 18, 2014
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Ben7773 from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Aug 10, 2014
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GRG1313 from California

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Jul 31, 2014
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axpetree from Texas

5/5  rDev +22.5%

Jun 15, 2014
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mgr78704 from Texas

4/5  rDev -2%

Jun 08, 2014
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Nightwish1094 from Texas

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Jun 03, 2014
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Jame515 from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

May 29, 2014
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CraigTravor from California

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

May 25, 2014
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charleslueg from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

May 01, 2014
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greenspointexas from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Apr 30, 2014
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Getalegup from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Mar 18, 2014
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Mazzifer from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Feb 08, 2014
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MichialTanner1 from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Jan 25, 2014
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Austin, TX
Place rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 54 ratings