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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Photo of Octagonal
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

I enjoy this place alot. The Saucer has a great seasonal selection of beer and cider, close to 75 beers on tap and well over 100 bottled.
The atmosphere is fun and fairly lively. Three different areas seat a diverse crowd. The patio is especially nice on a cooler afternoon (a little hot in summer). Seating can be hard to come-by on busier nights.
The staff is knowledgeable on the selection and always happy to tell you thier favourite. Service is good and usually prompt.
The food is a little better than average for a bar, the German Platter is wonderful with a good beer.
Overall it's a nice place to drink with some good specials.

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Photo of hojuwestlake
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

The Flying Saucer has the best selection in Fort Worth, keep in mind I said in Fort Worth. With over 70 brews on tap and almost 120 in bottles, changing seasonaly.

The specials are pretty good: Mondays 2.50 on most darfts, Keep the glass on Wednesday of the featured brewery, and live music on the weekends.

Inside it is a bit smokey and seating is a little scarse ,but the outside pateo is pleasant, upstairs or downstars. The food is desent but still bar food. But try the German platter great for their tasting flights.

Great location and great beer!!

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

Addison vs. Fort Worth? I can't believe Addison ranks higher than Fort Worth? Granted, I've been to each place only once but I travel extensively and seek out great beer everywhere I go. The Fort Worth Flying Saucer is *VERY* high on my list. I office in Portland, OR. With all the great beer places in Portland, if the FW FS was here, many of the old town favorites would be hurting.

Texans always say things are bigger and better in Texas. When they are talking about the Fort Worth Flying Saucer you can believe them.. Considering the paucity of Texas craft brew watering holes the Fort Worth Flying Saucer must be considered a Heavenly Oasis.

Bob "Under the influence of one well aged 2001 SN Bigfoot" Brewer.

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Photo of mudhoney
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Although a friend of mine had told me the building used to be a whorehouse, the likelyhood of it being a Fire Station is alot more accurate. (why does everyone think there's a whorehouse in Texas?) The atmosphere is charming and quite relaxing if you come during the afternoon. Things get busy on pint nights and the weekend crowd is awesome. The architecture of the building remains preserved along with the charming stained glass inside, and the comfy overstuffed couches and chairs in the indoor portion of the bar. Outdoors, on the first level patio you can check out bands on certain nights, or enjoy a good cigar. On the second level patio, you can get a bird's eye glimpse of the sundance square activity as well as a breathtaking view of the neighboring buildings.

I have been here on days where maybe the newer waitresses didn't have as great of knowledge of the beers on tap, but here of late they seem to be alot more educated, and not hired because they look cute in a skirt (which all the waitresses wear). For the most part you can't always stick to the menu they have , because seasonal beers run out quick, and they don't remove them from the list, but they do draw a line through them now so people don't order them. My advice is to always check the chalk board for the "just landed" beers selection, which will contain beers not yet listed on their menu.

The Saucer has a huge selection of beers (bottled and on tap) and it is always changing. The food menu is average deli food and good quality.

The events calander isn't always updated online, but the pint nights and "keep the glass" nights are well worth the trip. Still, the Saucer is most likely my favorite place to go unwind and have a few good beers and hang out with people that make me smile.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.65/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Just back from a Ft. Worth trip, and stopped by the Saucer Ft. Worth for the first time with my Dad and Bro-in-law. My dad isn't into beer, he's much more of a wine snob, but they had a red that he was pretty happy with. My Bro is more into macros, but enjoyed the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale I ordered up for him. Atmosphere was relaxed and fairly quiet for a Sat. afternoon. They were playing golf on the TV's which seemed to help keep Dad from getting too bored (not much of a bar person, surprised I got him to stop by with us). Sat on the oversized chairs and couch which we very comfortable.
Service was good. Elena took great care of us, checked in enough that we were never waiting for beer, although the food did take a while. The quality of the food and beer was great.
As is par for most of the Saucers I've been too, they didn't have a beer that I ordered, the Celebration Ale. Maybe I'm off base, but it would seem not that expensive to update their Fly Paper on a weekly basis to cut down on the "sorry, we've out of thatÂ’s. While Bigfoot made a great second choice, I really didn't want that level of alcohol that early. C'est la vive. Given the number of beers they serve (maybe 100 taps, 200 bottles?); I guess it is not possible to keep everything in stock.
We got the German Platter to snack on, and as I said, took a while, but was fresh and tasty, good pub food.
All in all, very happy with my visit and plan on stopping by next time I go beer hunting at the Ft. Worth Central Market (about 10-15 minutes away).

Update 2007
While I still like the place, the quality of the beers has dropped off. Far too many pints I've had well past their prime, and the place tends to be loud and crowded.

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Photo of LarryKemp
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

This is the first and in my opinion the BEST Flying Saucer in the Metroplex. The atmosphere here is like setting in a big living room with overstuffed couches. Since they no longer allow cigar smoking inside, the breathing air has improved. The outside patio allows those wanting to smoke cigars a place to be without being harassed or harassing others. The bar appears cluttered and overcrowded with taps but that is the cost of having such a great selection. The folks that hang out there differs depending upon the time of day and day of week. My favorite time is Saturday afternoon. The folks range from tourists to softball players celebrating the game. The selection of beers cannot be beat anywhere in Fort Worth. The service ranges from good to fair. Most often the server has at least tasted the beers on the menu. They will pour you a sample for free. Sometimes the waitresses were hired because they are cute and not for their knowledge. The food is okay. I go there to drink beer so that does not bother me. When I want to eat, there are so many restaurants in the area I generally go and eat someplace else.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.9/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Don't be fooled by the imitations, this is the original Saucer. Located in the historic Land Title Building on Sundance Square, this is the progenitor (1995) of all other baby Saucers, first to Dallas and beyond.

Granted, it's not as new, flashy or trendy as its suburban counterparts, but the crowd is worth watching. Located across from the Bass Performance Hall downtown, everyone who comes through Cowtown eventually ends up here sooner or later. I've met tourists from around the world as well as local CEO's just hanging out.

Selection is impressive, with 80 taps and 100 or more in bottles, though they always seem to be out of what I want. It's a small building so it can get crowded but has big windows to sit and watch the downtown crowds. Half-Acre Hall (the upstairs) has extra seating and some pool tables and a new patio/balcony is being added for summertime bands.

Food is surprisingly better than average pub fare and the waitstaff, generally well-informed on the stock, are happy to sass you back if you tease them. Fans keep the ciggy smoke to a minimum and cigars are only for the patio.

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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Fort Worth, TX
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