The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Taps: 70 / Bottles: 150
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by azorie:
3.93/5 rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Visited again May 2010: Notes the place is the same, food was good, beer was good, same old super crowded place.
parking is not cheap, take the train if you can.
First visit June 2008:
Visited 1 times around 4pm, Very crowded place, you have to get there early if you want to sit at bar, no service upstairs. They have outside table service, why you want to sit in the sun in Humid Houston (my Home Town) and bake, but some do.
Anyway we got a table and service very quick. I was told 85 different taps. Lots of Texas beers, Standard common bottle selections, which is good, but nothing rare I seen, but hey they got most of them. Its a wild and crazy place, and its a fine bar. Recommended.
Food was good.
Sadly that kind of crowd and noise gets on my nerves, that's why I have to rate it lower. On the plus side if you get their early they are some nice seats, think lazy boy type.
Houston prices are a tad expensive for my tastes. I Still do not get why bottle prices are basically doubled what you pay for retail at spec's, but I noticed this in Atlanta also at the Red brick pub, so maybe its a planned thing? ;.) anyway I seen it, had a few beers, I will most likely never go back, just not my kind of bar. plus Houston traffic now is just not any fun anymore, was it ever, well its just plain hours now to go anywhere.
again recommended if you like serving girls in short skirts and a place so loud you have to scream to be heard.
06-02-2010 13:30:46 | More by azorie
More User Reviews:
4.39/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Place was packed, but I couldn't expect anything else in the middle of a big city, great selection had a tap takeover by Avery and got to try some delicious stuff, great staff too, and I bought one of their shirts, which I really like and wear all the time
08-27-2013 18:53:59 | More by lovethebelgians
4.03/5 rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $
Nice open front room with a long bar, not surprisingly, saucers adorn the wall. Some decorative, others are commemorative of those complete the UFO tour (or what have you). If I was local, it would be my quest. Service was good for the most part, the "beer goddess" was pretty knowledgable, but toward the end of our visit, we felt slightly looked over and it to a while to get our last drink and dessert orders in. There's sh*t tons of taps and even more in bottles. I like they they are happy to pour samples, and building your own flight is a great feature. The menu wasn't completely up to date, but they keep a chalkboard to help fill in the blanks. Both the wife and my food was quite tasty (Rueben and the hummus pita sandwich). The food prices where cheap with the portions you got. There's typically a daily special offering great draft prices. I was there on Sunday, which is $3 Texas beers. Our 2 meals, 4 drinks, and 1 dessert didn't even break $40. That's a win.
Great place, and I'm sure I'll be back again during my stay.
06-03-2013 00:25:07 | More by EgadBananas
3.98/5 rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.25 | $$
The selection is undeniably the best in Texas, after that, the place has little to offer compared to smaller places like The Hay Merchant or The Petrol Station. Many downtown douches frequent this place keeping it from truly being a fun beer hangout, in my humble opine. Nevertheless, after moving to Seattle I can now say that I have experienced much better but this is towards the best Texas has to offer until laws change. Cool reward club allows frequent drinkers to chart their progress (?) and get points for drinking more. Works for everybody. The lady and I ate across from a guy taking his daughter on a date but his phone was his best friend, poor lil' gal. Waitress was being hit on by businessmen wishing and hoping, praying and preying. This bar as compared to the dive bars across the street highlight the lack of middle class in our country. What happened to middle class pubs? When in Texas, if in Texas again, I will stop by again to see if my views have changed or if my jaded self has been correct in its assesment. Are there 4 s's in that word? Anyhoo, give this place a shot and see what you think, it is truly a sight to be seen but consider if you want to become what the regulars here are.
03-11-2013 04:06:34 | More by Hopmodium
District of Columbia
4.16/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$$
A good atmosphere, has a big main room. Some don't like the big open bright bars and might prefer something more intimate. There are some booths in the back, but its all about the front room.
I was there on trivia night, which was fun to play. Make sure you bring some friends. You'll need help.
Huge selection of beer. I like the option to get a taster flight of any six beers on tap. A busy place, but the bartenders could be a little more engaging.
Did not try the food.
I visit Houston on a regular basis and will be back.
12-04-2012 03:48:37 | More by Sludgeman
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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Houston, TX
94 out of 100 based on 71 user ratings.