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 armock
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This beer bar has now become my Friday night place to go. They have a long bar with a whole lot of taps behind it don't know the exact number but theres a lot. All of the servers and bartenders that have served me were very nice and quick with the orders and had knowlege of the majority of the beers. The place is just a cool place to hang out at and have some beers. Theres pleanty of seating around the place tables, booths, bars, and couches to relax at. For what you get its a pretty reasonable price most of the beers average $5 a pint. You can join the UFO club and they'll keep track of all the beers you drink and when you have 200 different beers you get a gold saucer on the wall. A great place to go very wothwhile place.

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Photo of wolffman17
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The Flying Saucer is always a must visit anytime I'm in Houston. Sometimes it's difficult to find parking, but once you're in it's worth the slight hassle.

I enjoy sports, but the atmosphere suffers occasionally if there happens to be a big game on. Other than that it's a comfortable place. Tons of tables, plenty of bar space, and even some comfy chairs/couches if you'd like. Edit: Just a forewarning: even with ample space this place gets crowded, sometimes uncomfortably so, every night of the week. It's very common for it to be standing room only...not enjoyable to stand there with a good craft beer while watching people at the bar slam BMC and mixed drinks.

Quality has always been top notch. Looks like their numerous taps get plenty of use so no freshness issues that I've found.

We usually sit at the bar and have always been impressed with the service. The bartenders (several of them) bust their butts.

Outstanding selection. They conveniently list the newest stuff and seasonals on a blackboard above the bar. I usually order from this instead of the printed list. Drank Real Ale Roggenbier and BR Big Bear Black Stout last time.

I haven't had much from the menu but can't leave without getting a pretzel. Awesome pretzels.

Highly recommended if you're in the area.

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Photo of GJ40
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I did my research on Beer Advocate and decided to make this my evening focus during a quick business trip to Houston. Ironically after a year in the Raleigh Durham area, I still haven't made it to the Raleigh location.

I really enjoyed this place. Without question, it's all about the beer. The beer selection is outstanding and the atmosphere is unique. As if this place isn't good enough, Monday is $2.50 pint night. It doesn't include the Belgian's but it covers just about everything else (including Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA).

I started with a Bear Republic Big Beer Black Stout. It was spectacular. A nice strong Imperial stout with great balance, a thick foamy head and a consistency deserving of a knife and fork.

I also tried the Beer Republic Racer 5 (good but not great), Rogue Hazelnut Brown Ale (very good) and Victory Prima Pils (a regular favorite of mine).

I love the Houston Flying Saucer. I hope the Raleigh location is similar.

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

This is one of the better Flying Saucer locations, as far as selection with the occasional surprise on tap. On my last trip, I was pleasantly surprised to find some Brasserie des Rocs Triple Imperiale, Lucifer, and even some Redstone Black Raspberry mead. Getting to the downtown location makes for a bit of an adventure for an out-of-towner. There's a parking lot across the street, but parking's not cheap. I found out on my last trip that the trolley runs past regularly, so a park & ride might certainly be the way to go? The place is fairly expansive compared with some other Saucers with the usual decor and the bar area has ample seating. The staff seems to be at least beer literate and the bartenders are very knowledgable about what they are serving and don't mind answering questions or offering samples. As with any good beer bar, it can get extremely busy & crowded on weeknights & weekends. The other thing I like about this location is there's no live music nights, hence no cover charge just to drink a pint of beer. I recommend stopping by on Sunday afternoons for $2.50 Texas brewed pints, Monday nights for $2.50 pints on most draughts, or Wednesday for brewery night where you buy the beer and get the glass. They also have Mystery beer night on Thursdays for cheap bottles. Join the UFO Club and drink beer at the Flying Saucer!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of Onslow
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

my favourite bar in the USA.. word...
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.Went 4 my birthday. Comfortable aura when you walk in. Friendly and fairly knowledgeable (and cute) waitresses. Beer selection is probably the best in Houston. The food can be low end to high grade (the beer cheese soup was ..well, crap). This place seems to know what they are doing, I would give it higher scores if I went during down times and not when gay football is on... Recommended if you want some good beer (with quite a good variety, especially for houston) and some decent pub grub. and with rotating taps for some good breweries and a updated tap list, u really can not go wrong!

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Photo of ruckzuck
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Whenever I'm visiting home (I yearn for Houston as I write this) my cousin and I enjoy hitting Flying Saucer. What a place. I'm sort of torn in some ways. It's huge, it's loud, I find the "Beer Goddesses" (the barmaids in short skirts and knee highs) to be kind of silly (the service has always been great, I'm referring to the uniform exclusively here), and I don't recall anything I ate there being exceptional.

However, I think there's enough positive stuff about the place to warrant the score I gave it. It has a great selection. My cousin has the membership card which allows you to swipe it, keeps track of the beers you've already had, and recommends beers you haven't had. I find that incredibly cool, and I think it's what stands out about Flying Saucer the most to me. Is the plate on the wall thing a bit gimmicky? Sure, but if you've had that many at the place I figure you deserve some sort of recognition. Selection is great. I'd recommend at least one trip, and if I still lived in Houston I'd probably have the card as well.

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Photo of jim102864
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Not a suprise that it was such a pain in the ass to get to from the West Loop during rush hour but try getting to the parking lot adjacent to the place and prepare to lose your mind navigating the endless one way streets and no left turn signs. When I finally figured the whole mess out, I was 7 bucks lighter in the wallet for parking and in dire need of a beer. Maybe that's the reason they're so successful.

FS number 2 for me, and again consistentsy in selection and quality of both the beer and the barmaids makes this a great place in an otherwise ho-hum region of the country for beer.

The decor isn't much different from the Nashville location, 'cept it's smaller. Same plates of those who've guzzled 200 beers hanging from the walls; same hot chicks in plaid skirts servin' em up. The obligatory flat screens mounted too high above the bar can be seen here along with the tap wall deocorated with pennies.

Very unusual that there are absolutely zero belgians on tap, but the Belgian bottle selection is respectable (again, we're in Texas). Any bar that's serving that bad ass 12% abv Scaldis can't be all that bad. Place was loud and busy for a Monday night, but that's because nearly all drafts are $2.50. Suffice it to say the 20 something crowd was predominant, however, the mix of old farts such as yours truly and younger types was comfortable, at least for me anyway.

Bartenders saw me taking notes probabaly thinking I was the health inspector, since I got asked three times if I was ready for another even though my glass said otherwise. Guess it's just that southern hospitality thing shining through.

Besides the Scaldis, they had Maradsous 8 in a bottle and a Left Hand Milk Stout on tap that was very special indeed.

Almost failed to mention the food, which should tell you where I'm heading on that front. Nice cheese plate, headlined by some smoky gouda and grapes with pates of some kind including one that was too heavy on the mustard seed and vinagar and another that was a mushy concoction of, I think, prunes or something. The roast beef au jus sandwich was a couple of thin slices thrown on a large roll with some dipping au jus sauce - nothing to flip your skirt about.

A must visit if you're visiting Houston. Go for the beer. Hit the Italian joint accross the street for a real meal.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

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 building is attached to some apartments and has a nice look.

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. The number is almost staggering. There is seating in the middle and along the right side, The space then wraps around the corner, so this place is really a lot bigger than it looks when you first walk in. I noticed people going up stairs as well but I did not check out that area. After the taps, 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 and all over the world. Local/regional selections like Live Oak, Real Ale, St. Arnold are alongside Avery, DFH, Rogue, Stone etc. International selections are available as well, with special attention given to Belgium (Affligem, Hennepin, Grotten Cave etc). 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. However, patrons have the option to "build your own flight" by selecting any 5 beers for $10.

Service here is spotty. We were there on an early Monday evening and the place was surprisingly crowded, most likely due to $2.50 pint night. The server did a fair job with refills and food but she was hard to track down occasionally. Points for knowing what style of beer Skinny Dip was without having to check though.

Food here is also hit or miss. The spinach artichoke dip was pretty good, and my wrap was decent. My colleages had mixed reviews of their sandwiches though.

All in all this will definitely be a regular stop for me on my visits to Houston, if anything for the expansive draught selection of Texas beers.

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Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Flying Saucer has the feel of your basic downtown chain (similar to Rock Bottom ambiance). Unfortunately we were there on a Friday night. It was LOUD. It was crowded. It was apparently the *only* place to go downtown.

The beer list, while extensive, was not that varied. (Pretty heavy on light colored lagers, pilsners and IPAs which isn't really my thing.) Happy hour prices were a plus (upsized to 20oz hefe glasses for the price of a pint). Quality was fine.

Service was distracted, but it was loud and busy.

As for food, don't get the nachos. You get about a dozen chips with beans meticulously applied to each chip and a couple of shreds of cheese melted on top. This is not the usual copious brewhouse platter.
I also got the buffalo chicken wrap which was fine, but again a little expensive for what you got. This is not a food destination.

My opinion of the atmosphere would likely be different if I went at an off time, but given my experiences at Ginger Man on Thursday and Flying Saucer on Friday, I preferred the selection and ambiance at the former.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Another edition of the Texas-based beer bar chain and, from what I see, possibly the nicest one I've visited. Located directly on Main Street, ample mass transit points and a parking lot (pay to park) just across the street.

Opening up with high ceilings, this Saucer is essentially one large room (large enough that the Fort Worth Saucer would fit within it). Plenty of tables, a bar running almost the length of the room and a line of bar-tables nearby; even when packed on a weekend, there's a lot of elbow room and it never feels crowded. A row of booths runs back to the kitchen for a little area of privacy and the second floor is open and overlooks the bar area, which is a nice touch.

Roughly 85 taps, all of which seemed to be in great condition. More selection than the FW Saucer, more emphasis on Texas micros and a few other US craft brands. The staff seems fairly knowledgeable about what they're selling, nice and friendly and quick with the samples. Didn't try the food but the menu is standardized across the chain, so it should all be very similar.

Props to BA VoodooBrew, one of the bartenders. Be sure to say "Howdy" to him if you sit at the bar.

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Photo of maybrick
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

I really liked this plae except for the food but more about that later. All 86 +/- taps were in use and obviously, I couldn't drink from them all. The place is very appealing on the inside. It's clean, high ceilings, some overstiffed chairs in the fronnt, dining tables, and a decenlty long bar offering about 20 or so stools. The variety of brew avialbale was pretty good with all of the sections of the country represented. The bottle list was also on a par with the draught selections. I was quite disappointed with the very limited menu. I had the salmon wrap which was good. There were really no entre items offered.

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

All right, time to review this joint since I have moved closer to downtown and made it one of my weekly haunts.

Located in the heart of Houston downtown, which makes it kind of bear to get down there. However, there is almost always ample parking and the trip is well worth it.

Atmosphere: Medium sized place that has a classy look to it, yet a laid back feel. Downtown officeworking crowd, a smattering of UH students, beer geeks like myself, and Astros fans. When there is a home game, expect the bar to be filled. There are booths ringing the entire room, comfortable couches and armchairs in the corners, and a high table in the center of the room for the more transient customers. Bar itself is long and impressive-looking. Several comfortable picnic-style tables are located outside. This is a smoking bar. However, even though I can't stand it when people smoke around me and my craft beer, this bar is not the least bit smoky.

Quality: I have never had anything but the highest quality beer here. Draught beer is always fresh, and bottled beers are good too (although I tend to not get bottled, because what's the point at a bar with so many taps?).

Service: From good to outstanding, depending on how crowded it is. I for one have never been left without a beer in my hand, but sometimes the food is slightly slow. The waitstaff is probably the best aspect of this bar, next to the tap selection - they all know their beers/glassware, and are quick to let you know when something is on sale or just arrived on tap. And 99% are good-looking women in short skirts and tight "Beer Goddess" shirts, so that is just extra icing on the cake!

Selection: No other beer bar in Houston has the selection of the Saucer. Not even close. Local TX brews are the beers to get at this bar. No, not Shiner...Real Ale, St Arnolds, Rahr, Live Oak, Independence. All of them are fresh and tasty. And if you desire, there is a plethora of other beers as well.

Food: Much better than I expected; this place makes some delicious food. The garlic chicken pizza, the caesar chicken wrap, and the bratwurst plate are probably the best dishes I have had there. It is all high quality, made-to-order grub.

Value: If you are drinking beers on tap, you can't go wrong with the value here. It's a quality beer bar, so don't expect dirt cheap. The high turnover ensures beer is always fresh. Number one beer bar in Houston, IMO, and worth every minute of the drive there.

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Photo of jwff
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I'd consider this one of my weekly haunts despite it being a 20-25 minute drive from the suburbs. It's one of those places where the game is always on (in this case a few smaller tv's above the bar and a projector style hanging down in the table area) and even though you can smoke in there it's spacious enough to where it doesn't feel smoky.

The waitstaff is very friendly and extremely knowledgeable in the ways of beer. It's also not a bad thing to get a beer in the proper glassware served by a waitress in a plaid skirt and knee high socks. Around 70 or so regular taps with about 5-10 rotating kegs. I like this place because it usually has the Rogue special offerings that never make it to the shelves.

There is always a deal going on with the beer whether it be 2.50 pint night on Mondays or the daily fire sale beer which is always 2.50 a glass. I also scored a great Unibroue glass from the weekly "keep the glass" night when they featured Trois Pistoles. Every Tuesday is trivia night with bar cash as the prize, so you can hang out with your friends and drink a little cheaper all at the same time. Food is solid and reasonably priced and I'd recommend the garlic chicken pizza.

Shout out to the ABC Team and the short chick who calls the trivia.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
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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Photo of VoodooBrew
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Houston's top beer bar. Sure, others may be cozier (The Ginger Man) or more convenient (i.e. not downtown), but taken as a total package, The Saucer tops my list.

* The Saucer is at the bottom floor of what feels like a refurbished bank. The ceilings are incredibly high (high enough to have a little second floor interior balcony) and are covered with a couple hundred golden platters (saucers), commemorating those dedicated Beer Knurds who have drank at least 200 different beers at the establishment. This feat is a little more impressive when you consider that the Saucer will only count 3 beers per day to your total. As of this writing I only have 185 to go. Good luck to me!

The crowds can get fairly large during the early-mid evening hours, with a strong after-work contingent to go along with the dedicated beer seekers. Daily rotating specials also help to keep interest high and prices reasonable.

* Despite the tendency for healthy crowds, service is still usually easy to come by thanks to the large squadron of cocktail waitresses servicing the floor. Oh, and it helps that they wear high socks and schoolgirl-style skirts and are pretty much all good-looking.

* Since I rated G Man's selection a 4.5, The Saucer has to get a 5. This rating is relative to its market, of course, and I'm sure there are other bars in the country and in the world that will blow it away.There are enough drafts to satisfy the serious beer connoisseur, and the bottle selection is equally impressive, if still not all-encompassing of the Houston market's offerings. For that you'll have to head to Spec's.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

This place is pretty alright by me. Place wasn't too loud or smoky. I was very pleased with the foxy waitstaff and those great uniforms. The barstaff never left me waiting and seemed to be quite attentive. One little qualm I have with the place is that when I went, they were out of two beers on their beer list that I've been dying to try for sometime. One was draft and the other bottled. I had the grilled chicken and pesto pizza which was decent. Overall, I could most definately see myself returning while in the Houston area.

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Photo of skittlebrau
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Ok, even though it can be expensive to come here, it is still one of my favorite beer bars in town. Mainly for the selection and quality of beers that are available. Anyway, let's get to the details...
Atmosphere. It's very loud and crowded, but not too smokey if I recall. We usually end up sitting outside, which is a good place to meet the bums. Be careful, you never know which one has a knife.
The service is so-so. I gave them an extra .5 point for the uniforms. They can be slow sometimes, but I have been to plenty of places with worse help.
I think I already mentioned that the quality and selection are excellent. There are over 200 beers here and I have never gotten a skunky one. Quality and selection are really why we go to bars anyway, right? Overall the saucer is a great place to get sauced and sausages at the same time.

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

Defintely not the place you want to sit down and have a heart-to-heart talk, especially with those waitresses in pigtails, plaid skirts and bobbie socks. It is noisey, especially on game nights. You can sit upstairs to get away from the bar or sit back in a couch to throw some down while looking att he flying saucers on the ceiling. Sitting out on the patio can give you a good glimpse of the "Wham-Bam" train or share a beer with one of Houston's fine homeless folks.

I like most about Flying Saucer. It is a good concept, and there is something new all of the time.

The bar staff are the best. They serve you some excellent samples and always suggest really good beers. You cannot go wrong if you are the bar. The waitresses, fun to look at, but they could you know loosen up a bit. Either they do not deliver you timely beer or your food takes forever to reach you.

This is their strong point. 80+ draft beer and 100+ bottles, and they mix it up too. They have good glassware as well, themed pints.

Believe it or not, you can actually eat a meal here without have to do the "Pepto" dance.

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Photo of soper2000
3.61/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4

To say that I've been slacking on BA participation since I've moved to Texas would be a vast understatement. But now that I'm finally settled in, I've found some free time.

The Saucer is located right in the middle of downtown, within walking distance of the metro rail, but parking is a definite problem if you are traveling by car. The bar is wide open and airy with a sort of warehouse vibe because of the open spaces. One very large tap selection but BMC seem to have the most popular taps so beware of freshness issues (don't buy anything on special). Bottle selection is decent for the Houston area, I just wish I had a place to buy some decent lambics. Prices average 4-5 bucks a pint for most American Micros. A bottle of Orval was $8, so it is a tad more pricey than other Houston hotspots. Will go back when attending astros games.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I have been to this place numerous times. I must give them a "thumbs up" for hosting beer seminars and such, because it is a really nice place to meet for those kind of events.

There are many taps on the wall that include a nice selection of local beers (within 300 miles is "local" in Texas). There is a chaulk-board above the bar that lists the latest additions, so frequent patrons can try the newest selections and get the beers they've tasted logged into the house computer thinga-majiggy. I am assuming that there were prizes for this or something, but I didn't personally investigate.

The food was pretty decent, but you aren't guaranteed to get what you asked for. The waitresses are cute in their "school girl" type outfits, but perhaps they are too busy trying to look cute than trying to take an order correctly.

I am sure that I will keep going here because they are one of the few places in Houston that get "local" beers on tap. I recommend the place, but advise you not to come here if you are in a hurry for food.

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Photo of texashammer
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Some may think that this makes me a little biased, but bear with me and I'll explain. I worked at the Flying Saucer for two years off and on. Very interesting, let me say, viewing BA's from the other side of things. I was a beer girl in a short skirt and thank you for keeping your hands to yourself.

That said, I have been a customer for longer than I was an employee and I think I am an objective reviewer. Nowhere else in Houston offers 200+ beers (85 taps). No competition there. Food is mediocre but that's not what they claim to do, is it. Service has definitely gone downhill. TIP: please, please sit at the bar. Floor staff are, for the most part, hopeless. Get Tammy as your bartender if at all possible.

Biggest drawback is definitely atmosphere. Way too smoky, music usually loud and not good, often a slightly obnoxious crowd. All this, by the way, has come into play since Superbowl. Before football descended upon this bar, the establishment made much less money but was a much more pleasant place to be. However, still definitely worth being there for the beer and good company. Again, look for Tammy.

If you're in Houston, the Saucer is near the top of the list. Certainly the best selection in town. Also try: Rudyard's, the Gingerman, Brewery Tap. Cecil's isn't too bad either (they pay close attention to the temp's there).

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

Ah, yes... The Saucer. Conveniently located 4 blocks from where I was doing training in Houston for 2 weeks, this was the "well worth it walk after work" (say that 5 times fast). Big open room, with a high ceiling that displays plates and saucers of all types and shapes and along the top of the walls are the "UFO Club" saucers with people's names on them (like mug club trophies, after so many beers they put your name on a saucer and post it on the wall). They have a long bar with stools, a middle island counter with stools on both sides, tables and a few couches in the corners for chillin'. Nice and comfortable.
They've got about 80 beers and ciders on tap and another 100+ in bottle. Some good stuff on tap (Arrogant Bastard, some Anchors and Sierras (including the Bigfoot) a handful of Rogues, as well a good selection of German & English, and a few Belgians to boot) and then some not so good stuff on tap (8 unimpresive Texas beers, so-so micros and a bunch of macros). The bottled menu has more in the way of macros but also has a much better German, English and Belgian selection. I spotted a 22 ounce RedHook Double Black Stout above the bar but sadly it was only a display piece and they weren't giving it up.
The food selection is small, just a handful of sandwiches and wraps, hot pretzels and the like, nothing too impressive overall.
And then there's the waitstaff... amazing eye candy, just beautiful girls and the uniforms are a "beer goddess" t shirt, with a plaid schoolgirl skirt and knee high socks (Meeeeeeeeeoooooooooowwwwwww!!!!!!!) And when asked to recommend a wheat beer to my non-regular-beer-drinker coworker, she said, "Well, we have the Pyramid Hefe-Weizen and the Paulaner, too, but my favorite is the Aventinus" (I'm in love!!!!).
Most certainly the best bar in the "downtown area" of Houston.

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Photo of Redrover
4.08/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I was back in Houston this week (1/30/06) and of course ended up at the Saucer. I thought the service at the bar was very good.

The bar was louder and more raucous then I remember and that is a good thing. Great mix of people. I sat between a group of bicycle messengers ( the kamikazes of the business world ) and a group of buttoned down business men. Both groups were having fun.

I wish there was no smoking, but it is what it is. The pizza was also a bit of a disappointment. I should have went with the Brats!

*** Original ***
This was the best bar I have been to in Houston. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, they know their beer!! The decor is nice and the customers seem pretty cool. The beer selection is simply awesome. I'm not sure how they can keep everything fresh and rotated. They also have good specials and often give away glasses. I'm looking forward to my next trip back. This is a great bar!

p.s. I also like going to their outlet in Fort Worth, which is another great Texas beer bar

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

For the True Beer Connoisseur this is hands down the best beer bar in Houston, TX.

There are 2 routes to go when visiting this place. You can sit at the bar. Get exceptional service from Tammy, Frank, Krissy, or Mark. There are others but these are your experts on the beer that is in the fridge or on one of the 85 taps on the wall behind them. Their service is excellent and their recommendations are excellent. Or you can sit at a table and get good service but with limited knowledge on the beer. However, it is easier to carry on a conversation. The Managers Jeff and the asst Mgr Scott are both quite knowledgeable as well and they like a challenge – ask them to find a beer that is hard to find and they will try.

Krissy has several blended beers that are excellent - She is 100% sucessful on hitting the mark when I can't make up my mind. If you come in make it a point to ask for Chrissy-Weiss - which is my favorite blend of hers: Franziskaner Hefe-Weizen with Maredsous 8 in a 1:1 ratio that is the bomb. Black & Tan should be ancient history if you try this one. And where else can you find a 6 foot tall gorgeous blonde that knows everything about beer. [Besides Germany ;-) ]

For a place that has personal service – and sadly “where everyone knows your name” you can’t do better. I am not the bar type but this is home away from home and the place I would choose first to go hang out. Hope to see you there.

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