Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

72 Reviews
The Flying Saucer Draught EmporiumThe Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(713) 228-7468 | map
beerknurd.com

Notes:
No notes at this time.

Added by Xadoor

PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
138
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
5.26%
 
 
Taps:
70
Bottles/Cans:
150
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
View: Place Reviews | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 138
Reviews by EgadBananas:
Photo of EgadBananas
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

 1,037 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of Gagnonsux
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Daniellobo
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Tbone2131
4.6/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of BGsWo22
2.71/5  rDev -35.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.25 | selection: 3 | food: 2

Photo of mynie
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

 1,917 characters

Photo of thatche2
4.43/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of bryanlindsey12345
5/5  rDev +19.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of aknalley
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of cjohns73
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

 280 characters

Photo of pescadoWRC
4.74/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

If you love beer, these is the place in downtown Houston! Great selection! But they do not carry a Beer de garde when I was there...

132 characters

Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of PaleAleWalt
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Daa
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

 362 characters

Photo of BdM
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.25

Photo of Buck89
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

 367 characters

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Dogleg
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of johnnycomelately
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.14/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.64/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

A number of taps may have been on longer than optimal.

54 characters

Photo of Brandonparrent
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Scobu
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of PhishNoC
4/5  rDev -4.3%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Houston, TX
4.18 out of 5 based on 138 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer FestĀ® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!

    Subscribe