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 robbyc1
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

A great location in downtown Ft. Worth, nice walking area. The menu here does not blow you away, sandwiches, etc. plus Brats, but better than average.

Atmosphere is layed back, cool, inside is nice, outside if you want more heat. Looked like regulars at the bar, many couples eating and drinking, mostly a middle agers, not kiddies. Good vibe from the servers, they changed the TV to an actual sport for me on request.

Service was prompt and solid. Quality of the food and drink was good, no problems there. I counted 78 taps, with some out but not many. Maybe 20% were macros, but some good unusual German selections, American micros abound. Lots of specials, and on the Sunday when I went (and on any Sunday I believe), it was $3 for any Texas-made pint. Good selection and the bottles are very reasonably priced though I stayed with the taps.

Definitely a destination in Fort Worth, recommended.

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Photo of Redrover
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Revisit 4/7/15 - The new location is very nice. I love the huge beer garten and outdoor stage. The inside is a bit more boxy, but there is a lot of space in the two rooms. The menu has improved, so up the score on that front.

+++Original Reviw++++
The Flying Saucer is located just off the corner of 4th and main, the Saucer occupies a cool older building. There is a public parking lot behind it.

Two rooms on the main floor with a two-story beer garden in back. The smallish bar is in front and it seats about a dozen. There are plenty of tables of various sizes. There is also a section with couches and stuffed chairs. There are very high ceilings with some quirky angles. The walls are covered with saucers. Nice tile floors and old wood add the ambiance. There are some large screens, so it is not a bad place to catch a game.

As expected, massive tap and bottle list. Always rotating in something new. They have lots of emphasis on the growing craft breweries in Texas. I counted four offerings from Rahr alone.

They have great deals like $3 pints on Mondays! Trivia on Tuesdays is a hoot. The crowds seem to be a lot of fun and the bar has a nice Texas atmosphere.

The bartenders are very good and really know the beer offerings. Note that service can slow a bit, as the bar gets crowded. I think they could really use one more tender on busy nights.

Food is just average. I like some of their offerings, but what is the deal with mayo on brats....

My favorite place to have a beer (or three) in Fort Worth.

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Photo of RobertTh3Texian
4.9/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is my favorite bar in the world. I'm not that well traveled but it would be hard to beat this place. Great location in Sundance Square, awesome real historic, not built to look old like the other in FW/D, and a beer selection with knowledge that just wont quit. The only downside is my bartender Curtis got promoted a few years ago, but he deserved it. No bad at all. Great beer, good pub grub, and if you can make a private tasting go. The general manager makes a mean stout infused beef stew.

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Photo of tronester
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

The Flying Saucer is a conveniently located beer bar in downtown Ft. Worth. I visited at the same time the Arts Festival was going on, so it was quite crowded the first Friday night I visited. I had Avery's Maharajah on gravity pour cask, it was in excellent shape, very fresh and tasty. Also tried the Live Oak Hefeweizen, which is the best Hefe I have had.

The next day I came back for lunch, at 11:30, and it wasnt nearly as crowded, so I was able to sit at the bar. The bartenders were knowledgeable about the beers, and I ended up going with a flight of 5 beers on tap. A very nice idea, as it lets you try many different beers.

The only negative thing was that the beer engine was not hooked up to anything. But I really shouldnt complain too much because they had Maharajah on gravity pour. They don't have as esoteric beer lists as some bars, but they have a very solid offering nonetheless.

If you are in Ft. Worth I highly recommend going to the Flying Saucer!

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Photo of jrallen34
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I was in Fort Worth and I had give this place a try. There are tons of taps, at least 30 with a huge draft selection. I got to have Live Oak Hefeweizen here, which was aweseom.

The have a great beer menu, in that sense that not only do they have tons of beers, but the menu is nicely done. It is separated out by style, and lists tons of other useful information. Additionally, they have great beer flights by country or state, and lots of fusion beers.

The selection is pretty decent, lots of main staples and Texas beers but not tons of world classe beers. Very weak on RIS.

Good place to drink, lots of comfortable furniture, and tons of patio space,

To top it off, tons of hot ass chick servers.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

The Saucer probably has the most taps of anywhere in the Metroplex. The tap list doesn't change too often, other than getting in new seasonals. You can find most of the beers that are available in DFW.

The food is nothing special, but it is pretty tasty standard pub grub. The Fort Worth location doesn't have a grill so they don't do hamburgers, like some other Saucer locations do. Still, they have some nice sandwiches with different deli meats.

The service and prices are pretty good. The atmosphere is not as good as you get at smaller pubs, but it is not bad. Definitely a place to go to if you are in the area.

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Photo of fjordhook
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

I've been here quite a bit and always have a great time. I really enjoy trivia nights on tuesday, one day i swear we'll win a game. Bands play on the back patio during the summer which is always fun. Upstairs has a limited bar, but it's still a nice area to relax in if downstairs is too packed. Waitresses have always been real helpful and nice. Went this past weekend and i loved the selection of seasonal beers they had. Was real happy to taste some beers that come out of Austin. Definitely will be back soon!

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Photo of texhusky
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Located in downtown Fort Worth this is a great place to go if you are in town for a meeting or a convention. It is also just down the street from Bass Performance Hall if attending a concert.

The Flying Saucer has a great selection on tap, about 100 different beers both domestic and imports. Another 200 beers on hand in bottles. Food is average but you don't go here for the food.

There is a great patio to sit when the weather permits. During the summer it can be a little warm when the Texas summers are 100 degrees or more. But when you have a cold one who cares.

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Photo of spiveym
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I discovered this little gem thanks to BeerFly. What can I say that hasn't been said before? I visited there over Independence Day weekend and both times was served by Homer, who remembered me by name and suggested beers based on what I'd already tried - great service. Ordered a garlic chicken pizza slice (cut into four smaller pieces) and it was hot, delicious and the garlic gave it some real zip. As for atmosphere met a guy there who could be the Cliff Clavin of the Flying Saucer - and we had a great discussion ranging all over the map, so much so that one of the servers noted that it was some of the most interesting bar talk she's ever overheard. And the servers. Wow. Hooters girls take a back seat to these beautiful and charming women. So you have great service, great food, great atmosphere in a historic and charming old building (with patio) and beautiful servers. Why aren't YOU there yet???

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Photo of Tlomp11
4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I was in town for a training seminar and was looking for a great beer bar. I found one. I was with sixteen other people and we took over the upstairs area.

The beertender was GREAT. She knew her beer and kept it coming.

Service was a little weird because we were upstairs and if we wanted a beer she didn't have she had to place a phone call and a "runner" brought it up. On the plus side the "runner" always brought up a some spares. :)

The food was good enough to keep 16 hungry people from going elsewhere... and some party-poopers were trying.

We had a great time, mingled with some locals and were grateful we took cabs. :)

I asked for a Rogue Dead Guy Ale and to my delight a sixer was produced.

The variety was outstanding as was the atmosphere. Would absolutely go back.

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Photo of natelocc787
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place has good appetizers and a pretty large selection of craft brews on tap.

You can also order "around the world samplers" which allow you to try 6 different 4 oz samples from an area of the world. The "belgian sampler" is a personal favorite.

Atmosphere is way too busy evenings and weekends but the lounge area is a nice place to meet other people and relax.

On the downside it can get a little pricey if you want to try a few different styles. The 4 oz samples don't sound like much and they aren't. A good two tastes of each beer. These will get you wasted thought so keep that in mind, as I have discovered that trying many different styles of high abv beer in the same night can lead to disorientation and even fun.

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Photo of macktbone
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I had the chance to stop in on a monday and the prices of pints was off the hook. $2.75 for most pints was a great suprise.
I was glad to see Ten Fidy on tap and went for that first, tried some others that I can't get on the west coast.
I enjoyed the short skirts on the waitresses, but like a true beer geek I spent most of my time talking to guys at the bar about hops and beer temp.
Definately one of the best selections in the area and a must stop if in the area. Though I was a little stilted when I saw folk(s) drinking MBC at the bar.

Three beers for me, two for a new-comer---$17.00

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Photo of Bagman007
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

I usually go here between Thursday and Saturday nights. They have live music outside some nights so they charge a cover. It is usually difficult to find a seat, but it isn't overly packed. Can be a somewhat lengthy wait for beer depending on the night. Excellent selection of beers though. Huge menu to select from. They have something for everyone. I have never tried their food so I can't comment on that. Reasonably priced beers and on some nights they have some really good deals. Great place to hang out downtown.

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Photo of mugglesandhops
3.58/5  rDev -16.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I had to come down to FW for business a couple weeks ago and I knew this would be the first place I would go to as soon as I got to town. Really easy to find, big 2 story building, I enjoyed reading all the saucers on the walls. They have a LOT of bottled beer but not so much on tap as I was expecting. There are just too many to name so im not even going to try. I had a Young's Double Chocolate, Dogfish Head Pumpkin, and my wife has some cider, I can't remember. I also ate a slice of pizza which was okay but nothing special. The waitstaff wasn't very great. I sat there with an empty glass for 10 minutes or so.

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Photo of willyumlong
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Really nice place. Friday night so there was a $2 cover which is pretty nominal. There was a live band outside but we chose to sit inside since it was a little muggy outside and we were already hot. The saucers are definately interesting expecially reading the names. Beer selection is obviously outstanding with nice order to the menu makes it easy to find what you are looking for. My beer was $4.50 which kinda looked like the average. Prices are pretty typical for what you are getting. My wife and I split a chicken sandwich that was $8. It was delicious. Service was not perfect but not bad either. We will for sure go back soon.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Correcting previous post. Review was written about the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Fort Worth, TX.

I've been to Flying Saucer (Fort Worth, TX) three times. It was very easy to find and the first time i was able to park on the street right in front of the place. I have also used the parking garage.

It's pretty much a single large and very open room with high ceilings. There are plenty of tables. I prefer to sit at the bar in front of all of those wonderful taps. The first night i went they were preoccupied with hosting a trivia night, but the staff was attentive and knowledgeable. When i asked for a barleywine my server hooked me up with Sisyphus, which is made by Real Ale Brewing in TX and was wonderful draft.

I can't speak to the quality of the food but i observed others enjoying theirs. The one thing that they did there that i had not seen before was a sort of beer kiosk that you could use to browse for beer selections and print out order chits. Looked like an interesting way to keep tabs on what you've had. They also had a Brewery Night - buy the beer keep the glass gig that was cool. I snagged a FS pint glass for the collection.

Reviewed on: 02-03-2007 14:34:19

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Photo of KodyBrannon
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Stopped by this place on saturday night while with my wife. While she isn't much of a beer fan, she has enjoyed herself in both Flying Saucer locations in the area. Overall this place is a little bit better looking than the addison one. I really dig the upstairs patio. While the stock of beer seems to be a hare different than addison, I wasn't suprised to see a lot of Rahr & sons beers. I also ate here too and the food wasn't half bad for bar food. I wouldn't make this a true dinner stop. But I wouldn't not eat here agian either. Once agian, the saucer remains my favorite beer spot. Now I can just hit up the one in fort worth if I'm ever on this side of town.

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Photo of ballewblake
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I'm more a regular at the Addison saucer than Ft. Worth only because of distance. This one has by far a better vibe and atmosphere than the sports bar feel Addison is in. The wait staff seems a bit more fun (in what they wear and how they act) and into their jobs, not something I get in Addison. The building is way cooler too. The brews are slightly different, and what you'd expect with the area's staple draught house[s], having a stock of Rahr's every time I've been (though I wouldn't rush here for that.) I love hitting up this place when I'm on this end of town. Gets busy quick and on the few times I've been here seems to be pretty similar to the counterparts on when they get busy, get here early afternoon to avoid the crowds is my advice.

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Photo of rgrholmes168
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The best place in Fort Worth to sit and sample over 200 beers. It is located in the popular Sundance Square so it is a perfect place to stop while visiting the downtwon area.

On weekend afternoons, it is not crowded during lunch and it has a decent atmosphere for kids. On weekend nights, it is very smoky which is the only downfall.

The staff is very helpful and will go out of their way to help out. Although not as knowledge about beer as they could be, I have been very pleased with their recommendatiosn. I agree with the pre K-Fed Britney Spears of an early reviewer.

The beer is plentiful and my wife and I enjoy sampling as much beer as possible. The food is not bad either and the pretzels go perfect with the beer. Highly recommend if you are in the Fort Worth. I look forward to visiting other locations.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

This is defintely my favorite Texas Flying Saucer location with the Houston location being a close second. It's located in a great old building in the heart of downtown with its rich & colorful history. This location seems to be well managed, as the bar is usually clean, and the staff is at least knowledgable about what they are serving. In addition, I've never had to send a beer back because the tap lines weren't properly cleaned or the beer had been sitting around too long. The selection is stellar and the service is usually timely & efficient... at least in the afternoons. As with any good beer bar, it can get extremely busy & crowded on weeknights & weekends especially on live music nights. *Note: There's a $2.00 cover charge on Friday & Saturday nights! The upsides is that this location is fairly accessible and within easy walking distance from most downtown hotels, plus if you're driving, the parking is free after hours. The downsides (at least for a non-smoker) is the smoke can be almost overwhelming at times and the restroom facilities are very cramped & located in high traffic areas. I recommend stopping by on Sunday afternoons for $2.50 Texas brewed pints or Monday nights for $2.50 pints on most draughts or Wednesday for brewery night where you buy the beer and get the glass. Join the UFO Club and drink beer at the Flying Saucer!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.56/5  rDev -17%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

This is one large Flying Saucer. A three story building right in the middle of downtown Ft Worth. My hotel was around the corner so it was an easy walk in the nice weather.

It was pretty crowded on a Thursday night and the service was a bit slow, but I guess that is par for the course.

Outdoor seating available upstairs, where I chose to get away from the smoke. I think they had about 60 or so beers on tap. It wasnt exactly a stellar selection, but it was certianly not very bad.

I would go back next time I am in Ft Worth. I like all the Flying Saucers I have visited and this one didnt let me down, too much anyway.

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Photo of halfwaytoheaven
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

A lovely old building in the heart of Fort Worth's Sundance Square houses the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, part of the Texas-based chain of bars famous for its second-to-none beer selection and waitresses who look like they just stepped out of a Britney Spears video (that's late-90s naughty schoolgirl Brit-Brit, not post-K-Fed batshiat-crazy Britters). Entertainment options abound in this area: the Bass Hall, a world-class Opera House, is nearby, as is a movie theater, numerous bars, a handful of clubs, and a surprisingly happening Barnes & Noble. Oh, and the parking garages are free after 5 and on weekends.

This particular location is a two-and-a-half to three story building with a main bar on the first floor and smaller bars upstairs, along with a stage that features a live band most nights. There are numerous TVs throughout, all tuned to sports. Last time I went (on a Saturday night) cover was $2. The environment is pretty crowded and noisy. It was a little smoky, but not overpoweringly so. The crowd was mostly younger -professionals, college students and the like- but there were a few tables of middle-aged types enjoying a brew or two.

Being as crowded as it was, the service wasn't super-attentive, but I never ran out of beer, which is really the key. Our waitress didn't seem to know a whole lot about beer (after telling one of my friends that Shiner Hefeweizen was out, she, in a misguided attempt to be helpful, offered her a Shiner Bock as a substitute), but it's hard to go wrong as there isn't a bad beer on the menu. Also, she was smoking hot. You've gotta love those itty-bitty skirts.

The selection is, of course, enormous. The plates on the walls attest to the many customers who have tasted 200 (or more) unique brews, a feat that can easily be accomplished without having to rely on a seasonal rotation. Local brews, Belgian, German, British, you name it, they've got it. The beer menu is well organized, with beers sorted mostly by style and occasionally by geography, and it offers a few style notes for the beginner. The food is above average for a bar; I only had a spinach dip on my last visit, but it was excellent.

If you have not been to a Flying Saucer, do make a point of getting to one. And if you are blessed enough to have one nearby, give in to the temptation to sign up for a UFO card and start your quest for your own place on the wall.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This is a great draught house in Cowtown if you're looking for good beer, but it can be hit or miss when it comes to atmosphere. Sometimes, it's nice and laid-back, with no real hustle or bustle and you can enjoy a beer and conversation and stretch out a bit. And sometimes, mostly nights, it's a ridiculous college-age meat market for TCU kids and local brats. Don't get me wrong, this probably would have been (was?) me about ten years ago, but it's just kind of annoying these days. I'd prefer it if I could go in on a Wednesday or Thursday night and not have to fight my way to the bar for a Subliminator Dopplebock, but so it goes. Still, they have a nice selection of beers on draught, and the service is usually pretty good, despite the crowds. I don't live in Fort Worth anymore, so my visits to the Flying Saucer are more spread out now, which is probably a good thing for this review. If I frequented the place more often, I'm sure I'd be tired of it by now. As it is, I find it a great joint to stop in for a quick pint on an afternoon when I'm home visiting.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Right in the center of Fort Worth in the downtown area near Sundance Square. This location is inside an older style building, which gives it a lot of character and class.

Inside is a downstairs area with a long bar, and some lounge type areas for seating. Upstairs is an outside balcony with wooden picnic style benches. Also, there is another indoor area with chairs and tables, along with a lounge area and a TV.

The selection upstairs is great at the bar, with several craft beers to choose from, some of which are on display. 8 tapes are available of various styles. There are also waiters/waitresses to bring you your drinks.

Good laidback atomsphere upstairs, more of an active scene downstairs. Overall this is a good bar to attend with your friends. It is in a nice location as well, providing for other activities to be done before or after your visit.

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Photo of teg8612
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Right at the heart of Fort Worth's nightlife. It is a favorite for business types at happy hour, and it can be very busy. Sundance Square and Bass Performance Hall are within spitting distance.

The building is a section of an old historic building. The area where the rest of the building stood is used for parking. It is very unique and adds tons of character. The bar is long and kinda narrow but there is a slightly elevated back patio. It can get really hot though in the summer. They also converted the roof for more seating.

Service has always been great for me, even when it gets busy. There is always a good selection and 8-10 new selections. This bar doesn't have as many taps as the Addison one but still has plenty of bottles and the selection is quite different between the two. They also support the locals better here.

Food is above avergae for bar fare with more choices. Prices are also right in the middle price range.

This place should right up there for a stop on any pub crawl.

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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Fort Worth, TX
Place rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 100 ratings