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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Taps: 70 / Bottles: 150
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
705 Main St
phone: (713) 228-7468
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
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
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is not my hometown Saucer but I enjoyed it all the same. Me and a friend went here after a AHA rally at Saint Arnold and it was great. We had some good beers, the US v Canada game was on , and, my buddy knew the manager, so we got a little tour too. Good atmosphere and vaulted ceilings of all things. Just any FS that you go to, in my experience is going to be good for you. They train constantly, update and continually rotate taps and are the best chance that cask ale has in America to get to a wider audience than one or two bars because of the special care involved to properly have and pour cask ale). The taps were well chosen and we even helped our waitress sell a few bottles of $25 mead after our applauding it. Good day in Houston I'd have to say.
05-22-2010 13:13:07 |
More by RobertTh3Texian
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Found this joint in 2008 while in texas when my budy got us tickets to the latin grammy's at the toyota center.The place was jumpin with people having a good time. As soon as I walked in I couldn't help but notice all the plaques that covered the walls and ciellings. When I asked what they where about I was told that people were honored by the pub depending on how many beers were tried under the flying saucers roof. So the people that had tasted over 150 beers were awared a plaque that carried thier name and was placed on the wall to commemerate their achievement. I thought that was so cool and would have had one back home if they had this program back at my favorite pub. The food was OK but the beer selection was great. They carried the local brews, us craft, and some begian imports that made my week while I chilled out in texas. Overall would definitely come back if I ever make it back to houston. I had an awesome time there.
05-04-2010 07:54:35 |
More by Gobzilla
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Located on the corner of Main and Capitol Streets, the entry and outdoor seating were both on Main. Entering, there was a vestibule oriented to the corner, but the interior ran parallel to Main Street. A stairwell to the second floor "Pub of Love" began just inside the door, along Capitol. The long, aluminum-topped, "L"-shaped bar began just to the right of the stairwell. The back bar consisted of a wall of pennies under acrylic laminate out of which the bank of 84 taps ran. Two coolers full of about 135 bottles divided the run of taps. A long, high, dark wood bar with high chairs on either side separated the bar area from the restaurant area. The restaurant area fronted the Main Street window and consisted of standard restaurant tables and chairs. The lavs were down a short pathway right of the English-style dart boards. To the left of the dartboards, down a pathway, were the Men's on the left, a row of booth seating, and the kitchen.
Standard Saucer décor, but hats off to Yellow/Gold # 26, Rod Reese of Ephrata, PA! Way to represent, homeboy!
The Mutt' n' Jeff team running around. The tall one was a blonde and her diminutive partner in serving was an Asian-American. Ha!
Mom test: Are you effin' kidding me?!? She's a 70's era feminist who still uses "MS". I would be in for an earful of sexism, the Male Gaze, VVSW, ad nauseum. Look, I didn't tell the dollies to dress like Catholic schoolgirls, but I'm not dead, either. I'm going to look (not ogle), I keep my paws to myself, and I tip handsomely. For this, I'm supposed to apologize, feel guilty, genuflect? Sorry, kids, but I'm a retired USN sailor. I was involved in some things that would cause my mom to gouge her eyes out and cut off her ears. This is pretty tame.
12-20-2009 17:32:30 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I had heard quite a bit about this southern chain of beer bars and was happy to finally have a chance to stop by the one in Houston.
Beer selection was very good with 50+ beers on tap and a rather large bottle selection to compliment the drafts. Most of the major craft brands were in the line-up. Stone, Avery, Victory, DFH etc. A fairly good selection of local Texas beers as well.
Atmosphere was enjoyable. Loud, high ceilings, saucers on the wall and ceiling everywhere. Very crowed with a mix of the regular Happy Hour crowd and the pre-game crowd (Astros game) Mixture of booths, picnic tables and regular tables. Lots of attentive staff keep the beer flowing.
I did have a waitress totally goof on our order of a flight and literally 20 minutes later come back with 4 samples... Literally tiny drips of beer in glasses. I explained this to the manager and he handled it properly. However, it was too late; we had to leave for dinner.
This is definitely one of the bright spots in a state where I am not impressed with the craft selection. The Flying Saucer allows Texans to sample the excellent brews that are available. We had a couple appetizers and the food was pretty good. Upper end pub food and nothing more. I would return here and visit their location across the south.
06-11-2009 11:51:33 |
More by Reagan1984
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I have been here quite a few times. I have a plate on the wall.
This place will for the most part, have everything that you can get in Houston. They have a ton of imports and tons of American craft beers to choose from. They have over 200 different beers including bottles. They get seasonals, and they are starting to get some rarer kegs. They tapped Allagash Hugh Malone recently. Thursdays are rare keg/tap night. They have a cask that normal has Avery IPA but currently has Victory Hop Devil. It has the best beer selection out of any bar in houston.
I personally really like the food. The goat cheese pizza is my go to. The chicken philly if very good, and their pretzels are awesome.
It is a pretty big place but can get very crowded on certain nights making it hard to get a table sometimes. The waitresses are hit and miss, some are great and some are awful. They have tvs and a projection screen for some of the bigger games and stros/rockets/texans games. they have 2 dart boards.
Monday is pint night with most pints being $2.75, Wednesday is drink the beer keep the glass, and Thursday is rare keg night, which is new, it used to just be tub o mystery where you got a random bottle. The rare keg night is great. Overall I really like this place.
05-22-2009 17:07:23 |
More by ottovon
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This is one of my favorite places to have a beer. I have been to the one in Charlotte as well, and neither have disappointed. The inside is always immaculately clean, comfortable, and I've never experienced it over crowded. Its modern, yet welcoming, upscale looking, but not pricey. Just a great place to have a beer.
I did not have any food here, but the beers were excellent, all served promptly in appropriate glassware by friendly staff. Service was excellent and willing to help anyone looking for a suggestion.
I feel the Flying Saucer(s) have some of the best selections of American Micros I have ever seen. The menu is full both American and excellent imports from the usual suspects such as Germany, Belgium, and beyond, but the American micros is where its at. Both on draft and in bottles, the selection just goes on and on. For this visit I had a Stone Ruination on tap and a Bear Republic Black Bear Stout in a bottle. Neither of which are available here in CT, and both were excellent.
Thus far, I have not been anything less than impressed by the Flying Saucer. I always create great memories here with good friends, and excellent brews to accompany them. Again, one of my favorites.
05-08-2009 01:16:43 |
More by CHADMC3
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Located in downtown Houston, very easy to get to from the Metro. This has the same winning formula as the other Flying Saucers I've been to, an easy choice for dinner in any city that has the franchise. There were maybe 60+ taps, just about every major style of beer available in some form from draft. One cask, serving Avery IPA when I was there. The bottle list is even more extensive but I usually am happy to get fresh draft beer when there's so much to choose from. Long bar with many seats, and enough tables to make seating for probably 100+ people. The food is mediocre in my opinion, actually I haven't liked much but the beer and atmosphere at any of the saucers (but those 2 attributes are reason enough to go there).
02-24-2009 18:41:51 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
This is in downtown Houston, which means public transit which is always cool. These are Chain Beer Bars with a theme. Decent bar food and good service. Great beer choices and the lady severs are outstanding in those skirts and socks. I really dig the way they lay out their taps. I wish I had one of those walls in my basement. They also give glasses away and you can buy any left over for a great price. Try the mystery beer (you know the ones they can't sell) I was surprised to receive a good beer. I was not a member, but it was kind of weird when my partner swiped a card in a computer and it suggested beers for him. Keep drinking and maybe someday you will get your name on a saucer. It is always easy to beat up on chains, but after visiting several I wish I had one in my town. Later.
02-20-2009 19:40:17 |
More by TheChauffeur1
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
I love this place! Since I moved away from Htown I miss it. We have a beer place here in Tampa but it doesn't cut the mustard. The selection is the best I've seen in the U.S. and the atmosphere is awesome, you can get your own plaque with your name on it and the 100's of beers you've downed...and possibly live to tell about it. The food is bar food, its better than some but the place isn't known or trying to be known for its food. The staff is educated in beer styles and basics and the bartenders are very friendly. If by some great chance I were to start brewing commercially having my beer on tap here would be heaven. Again I wish I still lived in Houston because of this place. If you are on I-10 near where it meets I-45 GO TO THIS PLACE!!! That is all.
02-17-2009 15:39:07 |
More by Gutensheisse
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Houston, TX