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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

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The Flying Saucer Draught EmporiumThe Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

Type: Bar, Eatery

111 E 3rd St
Fort Worth, Texas, 76102-4003
United States

(817) 336-7468 | map

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Reviews by sprucetip:
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4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I'm told that the old building was much homier and beloved by all, but they had to move to make room for a parking garage, or something like that. But the atmosphere is quite pleasant at the current location, even if it falls short of the old one. On the first of two recent visits it was quite busy, and we had to poke around a bit to find a place to sit. On a follow up visit I got there earlier in the day and had no problem getting a front row seat at the bar.

On the first (busier) visit the young female waiter did a good job checking in with us at regular intervals, and had a hand written cheat-sheat, addressing the many inaccuracies on the menu that is only printed once every 3 months, that she shared with us. She knew some things about the beers, and did a good job. On the second visit I asked the bartender if there were any resources for knowing what they actually had on tap and he said "me." Because they weren't busy then that worked fine, but as people got off work and it got busy, the staff were not able to be as attentive and it was difficult to ask questions and gain information.

I really, really don't understand why a bar with 80 taps, many of which rotate, only prints its menu quarterly. From a purely business perspective, as management, don't you want customers to spend as much money per unit of time spent on the stool? They are screwing themselves by not having an up to date menu available. If it takes me 10-20 minutes to figure out what you have and what you don't and then make a decision and then get it to a busy server, that's time I am not spending money, though I am taking up space. Help me help you by letting me know what you have. On the second visit I got a manager and mentioned to him how other bars were using the BeerMenus site and how I had seen it work effectively for other bars, and describing how myself and a bunch of friends had all gone to a bar, unplanned, because we saw that they had tapped St. Bernies Christmas. Four dudes went there and spent money on a night we had not planned to because we knew they had something special on. The manager did not seem remotely open to what I was saying, and said it "takes time" to update a list. Really? It's takes the time equivalent of a facebook post. I've seen other places that use video screens or chalkboards that they update in real time when a keg blows or is tapped, and others print a fresh menu daily. They sell more beer when they do this, it's a no brainer. Anyway, that's my rant on that issue. The staff were good and knowledgeable, but their hands are tied by the corporate policy.

Quality is good, selection is good. Not amazing, but solid. A lot of Texas beers, and I haven't had too many yet that have impressed me, but sellers and drinkers need to support the local and regional breweries, in my view, even if it means there are a few less tried and true hits on the list.

I haven't eaten there but my brother and wife like to eat there. It's a bit pricey, but they have specials like $3 pint night on Mondays, and $3 Texas pints on Sundays.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DoubleJ
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Nicely spotted in downtown Fort Worth, Flying Saucer gave me the opportunity to get a buzz before I headed off to the Stockyard. There's a very large patio which stretches out onto the street, and also a large interior with a long bar. In some ways, it felt like a biergarten. Sticking to the theme is a long tap list with certain days for discounts and events ($3 Texas Pints, Meet the Brewer). A well varied taplist from the somewhat common to the more unusual kegs, with beers like Kulmbacher Eisbock, Founders Rubaeus, Moonlight Desire, Avery Persik, Ninkasi Gound Control, Erdinger Pikantus, Watermelon Dorado. While downtown Fort Worth doesn't have much going on, the Flying Saucer does.

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Photo of needMIbeer
4/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A bit of a mixed bag of an experience but overall good. Though there were plenty of good options, 2 of the 4 beers I ordered while there were out but the beer menu and website had not been updated.Food was on point as expected. The service left something to be desired as our server didn't seem to have any sense of urgency and disappeared for roughly 15 minutes when we were ready for our check. I'll definitely visit agin though I'll likely choose to sit at the bar and call to confirm if specific beers are available as listed on the website.

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Photo of Bruce5
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of Mrsteveone
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Bar food. But no bad. I'm here for the beer and they never let me down.

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Photo of Bwagner1122
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of jmikepool
4.86/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

The old location was better

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Photo of CWVegas
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

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4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of evan35
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Best of the Saucer's that I have been to by a good margin.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Fort Worth, TX
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