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

705 Main St
Houston, Texas, 77002-3313
United States

(713) 228-7468 | map

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Reviews: 74 | Ratings: 147
Photo of silverhorn
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

One of the oldest beer bars in Houston. No one tops their beer selection both in quantity and quality. The staff is well schooled in beer knowledge and willing to share it with you. It is obvious the goal of this bar is to encourage beer customers to come back. The managers are very knowledgeable and willing to get into deep beer conversations. The crowd is big and most of those hanging by the bar area are beer people who will always ask, "Whatcha drinking?" and not as a greeting but to genuinely discuss the beer. My favorite spot in Houston.
Monday night is pint night with $3 pints of any beer on their expansive wall... I've had 120 Minute, Rasputin, Czar and many other quality pints for 3 bucks! Check it out.

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Photo of bigbeerfan
4.86/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This is a great place to hang out and drink some great beers. It’s loud and friendly and the decor is very unique. They have some really high quality beers available in addition to their 80+ drafts. One of my favorite features is the Ghost beers. You can blind taste test beers and then go online to rate them. The highest rated beers will then end up on the menu. Definitely one of my favorite places in Houston.

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Photo of mynie
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Right downtown, near that weird monorail funicular thing that they have in lieu of actual public transport. Kinda neat, really, and it sums up Houston quite well: a city that provides minimal infrastructure for the majority of its citizens also has a really convenient, futuristic semi-train thing that services only those who live or work in the city's most expensive area.

So the vibe of this joint is kind of that of its neighborhood, i.e. solidly white collar and upper class. You don't get any of the annoying bits associated with a shitkicker or bro bar, but you also have to deal with listening to rich people speak.

The building is old. Its ceilings are high and the interior is spacious is woody. Old beer swag and mug club completion trophies line the wall (which are just the saddest goddamn things; why don't you mug clubbers simply review 2000+ beers, like Real Men?).

The vibe is pleasantly quiet: no loud music, even fairly late at night, and while there are sports that play TV the volume is on low enough that you can easily carry on a conversation even if you're sitting right beneath a TV.

The bartenders and wait staff were friendly and fast, knowledgeable about the beer selection without seeming pretentious or condescending. I cannot vouch for the quality of the selection, since I don't really know of any other south texas joints to compare it it, but the breadth was excellent: about 30 taps, all good to great, and then another 50 or so bottles.

Draught selection was a great combination of local brews (Arnolds, Live Oak, Karbach, Brash), nationally available craft brands, and good European imports. Nothing struck me as particularly rare--even during their rare beer tapping on Thursday--but it was all good.

Pours ranged from 5-7. Same with the bottles, aside from some obvious exceptions like Cascade.

Overall, the best place to stop for a beer in downtown Houston.

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Photo of cjohns73
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Went here while at a conference. Pretty nice beer selection both on tap and in bottles. I was quite happy to be able to get Yellow Rose (maybe its easy to find but I am not local). Food was typical bar food -- no complaints here. Inside is fairly hokey but decent outdoor seating.

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Photo of Daa
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

I love this place. We try to visit it whenever we are in the area. Overwhelming selection of beers (in a good way) but the staff is incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. The only downside is its popularity. It could double in size and it would still be crowded most nights. It's not necessarily a bad thing, but beware that it gets pretty crowded and loud.

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Photo of Buck89
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Huge bar with a phenomenal selection on tap, and many really nice bottles from all over the world. The staff is very friendly. I had a nice experience tasting some local Texas offerings. This is very similar to their other locations, so if you have been to one you can expect the same in Houston. The food was okay and could be better, but it is a great beer bar.

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Photo of Murtaza
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

This is a really cool place to visit or frequent for that matter. they have an incredible selection of beers. long lists of beer in bottles or cans. and an overwhelmingly large variety on tap. very impressed with their offerings. they don't have many activities like pool or darts (although some) but hey, who cares when theres a cold brew in your hand. wish they had a better outdoor seating arrangement. regardless, this place in the go-to joint for good beer in Houston.

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Photo of Avi
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

This review is for the Sugar Land Location. Great selection of beers on tap or in the bottle. Bar people are knowledgeable and friendly. They carry a good selection of different breweries throughout the US. Great service on the weekdays...the weekends are hit and miss due to overcrowding. The food is pretty good.

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Photo of lovethebelgians
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Place was packed, but I couldn't expect anything else in the middle of a big city, great selection had a tap takeover by Avery and got to try some delicious stuff, great staff too, and I bought one of their shirts, which I really like and wear all the time

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Nice open front room with a long bar, not surprisingly, saucers adorn the wall. Some decorative, others are commemorative of those complete the UFO tour (or what have you). If I was local, it would be my quest. Service was good for the most part, the "beer goddess" was pretty knowledgable, but toward the end of our visit, we felt slightly looked over and it to a while to get our last drink and dessert orders in. There's sh*t tons of taps and even more in bottles. I like they they are happy to pour samples, and building your own flight is a great feature. The menu wasn't completely up to date, but they keep a chalkboard to help fill in the blanks. Both the wife and my food was quite tasty (Rueben and the hummus pita sandwich). The food prices where cheap with the portions you got. There's typically a daily special offering great draft prices. I was there on Sunday, which is $3 Texas beers. Our 2 meals, 4 drinks, and 1 dessert didn't even break $40. That's a win.

Great place, and I'm sure I'll be back again during my stay.

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Photo of Hopmodium
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.25

The selection is undeniably the best in Texas, after that, the place has little to offer compared to smaller places like The Hay Merchant or The Petrol Station. Many downtown douches frequent this place keeping it from truly being a fun beer hangout, in my humble opine. Nevertheless, after moving to Seattle I can now say that I have experienced much better but this is towards the best Texas has to offer until laws change. Cool reward club allows frequent drinkers to chart their progress (?) and get points for drinking more. Works for everybody. The lady and I ate across from a guy taking his daughter on a date but his phone was his best friend, poor lil' gal. Waitress was being hit on by businessmen wishing and hoping, praying and preying. This bar as compared to the dive bars across the street highlight the lack of middle class in our country. What happened to middle class pubs? When in Texas, if in Texas again, I will stop by again to see if my views have changed or if my jaded self has been correct in its assesment. Are there 4 s's in that word? Anyhoo, give this place a shot and see what you think, it is truly a sight to be seen but consider if you want to become what the regulars here are.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

A good atmosphere, has a big main room. Some don't like the big open bright bars and might prefer something more intimate. There are some booths in the back, but its all about the front room.

I was there on trivia night, which was fun to play. Make sure you bring some friends. You'll need help.

Huge selection of beer. I like the option to get a taster flight of any six beers on tap. A busy place, but the bartenders could be a little more engaging.

Did not try the food.

I visit Houston on a regular basis and will be back.

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Photo of 2378GCGTG
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I feel I would have enjoyed the atmosphere more if it had been less crowded, also I was rather disheartened by their selection. I had heard how great their selection was, but I had already tried many of the unique beers on their menu and I went looking to try something new, granted they had some local stuff I had not tried. I know it was a busy night, so thats probably why the service was slow, but it certainly could have been better. The food was delicious and I was surprised the prices were extremely reasonable. Also, have a friend who got a plate for having 200 beers and I couldn't find it, so that was frustrating. If I find myself in Houston again, I would definitely go back, but its certainly not worth the hour drive if thats the sole destination.

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Photo of Boud504
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Each night has something going. The atmosphere is great. They do a good job of getting local and regional breweries to come in to show case their beers. They do not always serve the beer in the correct glass but you can let them know and they'll fix it.

The beer selection changes seasonally so there is always something new to try.They have beer from all over. From local breweries to international beers.

The service is sometimes spotty. Some servers take a while to get your orders or disappear for a while, but the food and beer are worth the wait.

Check the website's calendar before you go to see what event they have going on that day.

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Photo of beerdrinker123
4.25/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped by after an architecture tour downtown and grabbed a beer plus a create your own flight. They had a huge beer selection, pretty cool atmosphere. The appetizer I got was pretty good also. The organized list of brews they have is nice, its got which ones are on tap and which ones are in bottles cans etc. I was however disappointed that there were not very many pumpkin brews given the fact that its October. Definitely worth stopping by if you're in the downtown area. I know I'll be back again.

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Photo of FUNKPhD
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I've made it out to the Flying Saucer on a few occasions, and must say that I have yet to leave truly dissatisfied.

The Flying Saucer generally always has something going on, so no matter what day of the week, or what time of the month, something is going down. Everyone there is having a good time, and its quite obviously that SEVERAL people have made SEVERAL repeat visits. They get the newest, freshest products in, and if you hit them at the right time, you'll get to try something quite nice. I was lucky enough to be around for a Utopias opening. They know how to serve the beer and to give you the right style glassware for the right style beer. Honestly, for the selection and views you see there, its really not unreasonable pricing for what you're getting.

I've recommended numerous people to this location, and am sure that I'll be making several more in the future.

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Photo of shoky01
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Being that I am a member at this establishment I am a little biased. Love the saucer. We have a whole group that goes regularly on Wednesdays. The beer goddesses know most of us by name and take good care of us. The selection is excellent, it changes just enough to keep things interesting as the year goes on. And to be a part of history, having your name on a plate on the wall for all time saying that you drank 200+ beers is worth it in and of itself. I would recommend the Saucer for anyone who loves beer, a good time, good food and meeting new friends who love beer just as much.

...and remember: It doesn't have to make sense, It just has to be loud.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Finally was able to make it to the Flying Saucer. Been wanting to go for a while. A solid atmosphere. Decorated with plates and beer all over the bar. Everyone seems to have a great time, very crowded. Only guy not enjoying himself was the guy puking in the restroom. Service was good. As busy as it was at the bar a waitor checked on us every few minutes. The wait staff had a good idea of everything they had on tap and in bottles and what style they are. Selection is the bets in Texas. Period. Very reasonable price tag on all the beers, can't complain with that. Overall a great experience and look forward to going again.

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Photo of EnJeiBee
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I was in Houston for 3 nights and happened to end up here every night. Being from WI, I was able to get my hands on a few brews that don't make it to Milwaukee.

The atmosphere was very comfortable and the place is huge. If you're looking for a place that isn't too busy during the week, this is where you should be. My cohort and I were very surprised by how slow things were Tuesday-Thursday night.

The service was great and the servers were all willing to get a bit more information about a brew they weren't incredibly familiar with. After ordering a Westy tripel, one of the servers went out of her way to get me a free sample of another tripel they had just gotten in!

If you're in downtown Houston and you're looking to find a place with a great selection I would definitely say you should make your way here.

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Photo of drummermattie02
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Probably the top selection in town, and always plenty of new things available to keep it interesting. Daily fire sale is a good deal, and Sunday ($3 TX pints) and Mondays ($3 most drafts) are even better.

Pretzels and bratwurst dishes are great.

Servers are typically knowledgeable and friendly, and the management is very professional and always looking for ways to ensure all patrons' satisfaction.

Finally, the UFO club is as great for marketing as it is for advocacy. Trying so many different, great beers is what got me into craft beer a few years ago.

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Photo of jthahn
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This is a great beer lovers bar. The Flying Saucer has an impressive tap list as well as a thorough bottle list. The staff is very attentive and friendly. This is a busy place, but its also a large place. Parking across the street makes for easy access as well.

While visiting I had a 512 IPA (Austin brewery) and a Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti. They've got something for everyone and the staff seems willing to help those who are having a tough time making a decision. It still blows my mind that in a city as large as houston there arent more local breweries.

Truth be told, if you're from a city like Chicago or Philadelphia you probably won't be blown away by the selection, but that just speaks to the incredible selections available in those cities more than anything. The Flying Saucer is a great place with a wonderful beer list. Go there confidently.

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Photo of JayAre46
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

alright this has been one of my favorite places from the start, from the broad selection to the atmosphere. Walking in you immediately notice a never ending line of taps and several bottles around, im not sure if its a good or bad thing but it is always a packed house. The servers are good, the bartenders are much better...sit a the bar if you can. No matter where you sit you will get good service and great beers. The beer menu is good not great, but i think they aim for pleasing all.

the food is decent but not great, i honestly do not care about how good a bars food is its not why i go, it just becomes a slight convenience sometimes. The prices are all reasonable for what you're getting if you take a BMC'er im sure they will bitch a moan about paying 6.50 for a brew, what gives.

Overall, ill say i enjoy the atmosphere even though i hate the difficulty in sitting sometimes. The beer is tops in the area, the food is decent, the prices are reasonable. definitely stop by if you are in the area.

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Photo of dnarx
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

I know this place is a favorite of many many beer enthusiasts, unfortunately it's just not really my bag.

It is always loud and at least slightly crowded, it just gets increasingly louder and more crowded during peak times. Because it is so popular the service is slower than I would like. I almost feel like I should order two at a time just in case.

They are reasonable-pricey depending on what you order. However, the place that they stand out it the amazing number of beers on tap and/or available. It is truly every beer enthusiasts wet dream in that regard.

The beer selection is the only reason I am amped about getting one closer to my neck of the woods this fall. Who knows, maybe it'll grow on me.

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

First off, they had an impressive selection of local brews. To me that's the true sign of a good beer bar. Anyone can get all sorts of popular imports on tap, or the bigger micro-brews from around the states, but the Flying Saucer in Houston had an impressive lineup of local breweries. I saw Saint Arnold, Real Ale, Jester King, Live Oak, and Southern Star for sure which are all Texas breweries, plus they had an impressive selection of craft brews from around the country and impressive imports. The prices were all reasonable as well, so I'll definitely be back next time I'm in Houston and wanting to grab some beers and bar food.

As for the food, all we tried were some cheese fries while watching the Final Four, but they were plenty tasty enough.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I came down here when I visited my buddy who lives in Houston along with another friend. Flying Saucer is located right on Main St in downtown Houston. There is lots of metered street parking and a couple garages nearby, and it is right on the trolley route as well. The inside of the bar is spacious, with high ceilings. Lots of wood everywhere. The eye is immediately drawn to the wall of taps behind the bar on the left. There is seating in the middle and along the right side. The saucers with everyone's name and catchphrase who have completed the 200-beer tour are the next attraction. As evidenced by the wall of taps, the number of beers here is impressive. There are at least 75 different draughts from the US (including local/regional) and all over the world. International selections are available as well. As for bottles, there are over 150 with mostly the same brewers represented. Flying Saucer has several different flights of beers available for sample, divided by geographic location. Service here is spotty, but cute waitresses. The server did a fair job with refills and food but she was hard to track down occasionally. Food here is also hit or miss. All in all this will definitely be a regular stop for me on my visits to Houston.

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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Houston, TX
Place rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 147 ratings