The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

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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
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PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
137
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
5.26%
 
 
Taps:
70
Bottles/Cans:
150
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 137
Reviews by HardTarget:
Photo of HardTarget
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

In the shadows of downtown, the Saucer has a great street view, and the obligatory plates everywhere. Nice combination of seating options, overstuffed chairs and couches along one wall, straight wood dining tables in the open, slightly secluded booths toward the back, seating at the bar and another bar like row behind that. I didn’t make it upstairs.
Tap board as long as Texas with what has to be close to 90 taps (menu lists 76, but my math shows more, and the Freshly arrived aren’t listed yet). Freshly tapped Live Oak Hefe was an easy choice. Served with lemon (I forgot to ask them not to). Friday afternoon crowd is a mix of office drones, leisure hip, and older moms. Wifi available with a code. Beer goddesses, well, at least mine, were in top form. Knowledgeable about the beers, suggested a sample when I asked about the Frosty Frog, and generally took care of me (even directed me to the one seat that I could plug in my laptop- single tall two top by the dart board).
A great place to spend time and money. If you’re hitting Minute Maid park, this is the before/after spot. You have to hit Spec’s down the road too.

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More User Reviews:
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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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%

Photo of ColSanders
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Houston, TX
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