The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

BA SCORE
89
very good

52 Ratings
The Flying Saucer Draught EmporiumThe Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(512) 454-7468 | map
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Added by AChamberlain on 05-11-2008

PLACE STATS
Score:
89
Ratings:
52
Reviews:
23
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
6.06%
 
 
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Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Tucked away in The Triangle mini-mall on West 47th Street off of Lamar Boulevard, the building was semi-circular with a good bit of patio seating behind a short concrete wall on the left facing side of the building. The fire exit was on the side of the parking area, so I had to transit around and to the left to enter. Coming in through the short vestibule, the snaking, sea-green concrete-topped bar was directly in front of me. Once more, a wall of pennies embedded into the wall and sealed with acrylic served as the basis for the back bar, which was the line of taps. Shelves of glassware and bottles sat above the back bar with a huge chalkboard center. Two two-doored coolers flanked either side of the wall of taps with the kitchen to the extreme left, followed by an archway that led to the lavs. Not as many plates in the overhead as at other places that I have visited, but on the other hand, lots of Frisbees were on display. Standard restaurant tables and chairs in the bar area, followed by more of the same, along with the big, comfy chairs, leather sofas and booths in the restaurant area. As usual, the waitstaff was a major attraction (unless you are dead). My server was Teddy (not AM SERVER as my check later read).

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of champ103
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 2

Located in the Triangle shopping center, this is pretty much your typical Saucer. Except for the awesome patio outside with wood benches, and the inside has a bit more wood accents than the Houston locations. Still same old penny lined tap wall.

Service..pretty much the same. It entirely depends on what time you come and who you get. Early weekday, wide open and no problems. Food is exactly the same as almost every other location I have been to, and frankly bad. Which is par for the coarse.

Good selection of beers. Tons of Texas options, as well as the usual mix of good national brands and imports. I still love seeing Firestone Walker on tap. I guess since it has not hit Houston, it is still a new sight for me. Good beer, cool patio area, that is about it.

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Photo of mltobin
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Located in the Austin Triangle is The Flying Saucer, which has several other locations in the south, southeast of the U.S.. It has quite a bit of space, with outdoor seating, indoor seating and a long bar...perfect if you have a good sized group. Staff members were fairly well versed in the beers that they served and very friendly. They carry some local Texas beers such as 512, Ranger Creek and Live Oak. As well as others from the U.S., such as SKA, Deschutes, Boulevard, Green Flash, Big Sky, plenty more. With reasonable prices too boot, I would definitely recommend stopping in.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of LittleDon
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

My first visit to the Austin location. Similar look and feel as the Raleigh location, a bit more spacious, with a few sofas and soft chairs for those who don't want to sit at a table. They have wifi, but I was unable to connect the day I was there. Service was prompt and attentive and server was somewhat knowledgeable. A wide representation of Texas brews are draft and I believe all of the Austin breweries had at least one tap. While Texas beer has a long way to go before it comes close to matching the quality of the product from CA, CO, or OR, if you're from out of it's worth a try. (And if you live in town, it's nice to be able to support the local craft brewers.). Prices are very reasonable, averaging about $4 a pint for what I ordered.

Note: Don't bother with on the street parking. Park in the garage off of 46th and walk north through the area between Mama Fu's and Triangle Chiropractic.

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Photo of mig100
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of cfrobrew
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of CraigTravor
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of BGsWo22
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of coldriver
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Visited on a hot August night 2011. Pretty packed considering that college is out of session but we were able to find a table outside. Really like the location in the Triangle right along a nice pedestrian mall/street. This is the third Flying Saucer I've been to and like the others the selection here was great with several local beers that you can't find much outside of the Austin area. I like that they allow dogs at the outdoor seating area and people who had them exercised good judgement as they were all well behaved and friendly canines. Server was good and attentive and she somehow made a bullseye guess of my all-time favorite beer in making a recomendation - amazing! Unfortunately, this Flying Saucer also had the dreaded quarterly beer menu which leads to totally unnecesary back and forth negotiation between drinker and server regarding what's truly available versus what was available two or three months ago when somebody put together the list.

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

50th BeerFly review!

Swung by the Austin saucer after hearing they had Boulevard's Single-wide IPA on "Fire Sale" for $2.75 a pint--heck of a price!

Enjoyed the spring weather on the porch under a Paulaner umbrella, drank my IPA and ordered some brat nachos. Not quite as good as how they make them at the Raleigh saucer, IMO...something with the cheese or how they slice the bratwurst. Service was good, although for a Saturday afternoon it should be. Waitress was a bit ditzy and didn't really know her beer stuff like a good Beer Goddess should. Still, she was attentive and prompt (for the most part).

The selection is typical for a Flying Saucer, but you're slightly better off hitting up the Draughthouse or Ginger Man if you want a hefty tap selection while in Austin. Bottled list is extensive, but the expensive prices make me shy away from them. All in all, a serviceable FS location. Not the best, but it fulfills the qualities of the ever-growing, ever-popular beer chain.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of charleslueg
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Getalegup
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of gilgar
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Fabiand
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Jame515
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of Patrick_Redbeard
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Austin, TX
3.96 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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