The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Taps: 70 / Bottles: 150
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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3.61/5 rDev -14.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
To say that I've been slacking on BA participation since I've moved to Texas would be a vast understatement. But now that I'm finally settled in, I've found some free time.
The Saucer is located right in the middle of downtown, within walking distance of the metro rail, but parking is a definite problem if you are traveling by car. The bar is wide open and airy with a sort of warehouse vibe because of the open spaces. One very large tap selection but BMC seem to have the most popular taps so beware of freshness issues (don't buy anything on special). Bottle selection is decent for the Houston area, I just wish I had a place to buy some decent lambics. Prices average 4-5 bucks a pint for most American Micros. A bottle of Orval was $8, so it is a tad more pricey than other Houston hotspots. Will go back when attending astros games.
08-06-2005 19:40:06 | More by soper2000
3.65/5 rDev -13.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I have been to this place numerous times. I must give them a "thumbs up" for hosting beer seminars and such, because it is a really nice place to meet for those kind of events.
There are many taps on the wall that include a nice selection of local beers (within 300 miles is "local" in Texas). There is a chaulk-board above the bar that lists the latest additions, so frequent patrons can try the newest selections and get the beers they've tasted logged into the house computer thinga-majiggy. I am assuming that there were prizes for this or something, but I didn't personally investigate.
The food was pretty decent, but you aren't guaranteed to get what you asked for. The waitresses are cute in their "school girl" type outfits, but perhaps they are too busy trying to look cute than trying to take an order correctly.
I am sure that I will keep going here because they are one of the few places in Houston that get "local" beers on tap. I recommend the place, but advise you not to come here if you are in a hurry for food.
07-26-2005 06:41:05 | More by SkeeterHawk
3.85/5 rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5
Some may think that this makes me a little biased, but bear with me and I'll explain. I worked at the Flying Saucer for two years off and on. Very interesting, let me say, viewing BA's from the other side of things. I was a beer girl in a short skirt and thank you for keeping your hands to yourself.
That said, I have been a customer for longer than I was an employee and I think I am an objective reviewer. Nowhere else in Houston offers 200+ beers (85 taps). No competition there. Food is mediocre but that's not what they claim to do, is it. Service has definitely gone downhill. TIP: please, please sit at the bar. Floor staff are, for the most part, hopeless. Get Tammy as your bartender if at all possible.
Biggest drawback is definitely atmosphere. Way too smoky, music usually loud and not good, often a slightly obnoxious crowd. All this, by the way, has come into play since Superbowl. Before football descended upon this bar, the establishment made much less money but was a much more pleasant place to be. However, still definitely worth being there for the beer and good company. Again, look for Tammy.
If you're in Houston, the Saucer is near the top of the list. Certainly the best selection in town. Also try: Rudyard's, the Gingerman, Brewery Tap. Cecil's isn't too bad either (they pay close attention to the temp's there).
03-04-2005 02:17:47 | More by texashammer
4.4/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Ah, yes... The Saucer. Conveniently located 4 blocks from where I was doing training in Houston for 2 weeks, this was the "well worth it walk after work" (say that 5 times fast). Big open room, with a high ceiling that displays plates and saucers of all types and shapes and along the top of the walls are the "UFO Club" saucers with people's names on them (like mug club trophies, after so many beers they put your name on a saucer and post it on the wall). They have a long bar with stools, a middle island counter with stools on both sides, tables and a few couches in the corners for chillin'. Nice and comfortable.
They've got about 80 beers and ciders on tap and another 100+ in bottle. Some good stuff on tap (Arrogant Bastard, some Anchors and Sierras (including the Bigfoot) a handful of Rogues, as well a good selection of German & English, and a few Belgians to boot) and then some not so good stuff on tap (8 unimpresive Texas beers, so-so micros and a bunch of macros). The bottled menu has more in the way of macros but also has a much better German, English and Belgian selection. I spotted a 22 ounce RedHook Double Black Stout above the bar but sadly it was only a display piece and they weren't giving it up.
The food selection is small, just a handful of sandwiches and wraps, hot pretzels and the like, nothing too impressive overall.
And then there's the waitstaff... amazing eye candy, just beautiful girls and the uniforms are a "beer goddess" t shirt, with a plaid schoolgirl skirt and knee high socks (Meeeeeeeeeoooooooooowwwwwww!!!!!!!) And when asked to recommend a wheat beer to my non-regular-beer-drinker coworker, she said, "Well, we have the Pyramid Hefe-Weizen and the Paulaner, too, but my favorite is the Aventinus" (I'm in love!!!!).
Most certainly the best bar in the "downtown area" of Houston.
05-03-2003 09:25:08 | More by slander
4.08/5 rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
I was back in Houston this week (1/30/06) and of course ended up at the Saucer. I thought the service at the bar was very good.
The bar was louder and more raucous then I remember and that is a good thing. Great mix of people. I sat between a group of bicycle messengers ( the kamikazes of the business world ) and a group of buttoned down business men. Both groups were having fun.
I wish there was no smoking, but it is what it is. The pizza was also a bit of a disappointment. I should have went with the Brats!
*** Original ***
This was the best bar I have been to in Houston. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, they know their beer!! The decor is nice and the customers seem pretty cool. The beer selection is simply awesome. I'm not sure how they can keep everything fresh and rotated. They also have good specials and often give away glasses. I'm looking forward to my next trip back. This is a great bar!
p.s. I also like going to their outlet in Fort Worth, which is another great Texas beer bar
02-04-2003 14:31:34 | More by Redrover
4.8/5 rDev +13.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3
For the True Beer Connoisseur this is hands down the best beer bar in Houston, TX.
There are 2 routes to go when visiting this place. You can sit at the bar. Get exceptional service from Tammy, Frank, Krissy, or Mark. There are others but these are your experts on the beer that is in the fridge or on one of the 85 taps on the wall behind them. Their service is excellent and their recommendations are excellent. Or you can sit at a table and get good service but with limited knowledge on the beer. However, it is easier to carry on a conversation. The Managers Jeff and the asst Mgr Scott are both quite knowledgeable as well and they like a challenge ask them to find a beer that is hard to find and they will try.
Krissy has several blended beers that are excellent - She is 100% sucessful on hitting the mark when I can't make up my mind. If you come in make it a point to ask for Chrissy-Weiss - which is my favorite blend of hers: Franziskaner Hefe-Weizen with Maredsous 8 in a 1:1 ratio that is the bomb. Black & Tan should be ancient history if you try this one. And where else can you find a 6 foot tall gorgeous blonde that knows everything about beer. [Besides Germany ;-) ]
For a place that has personal service and sadly where everyone knows your name you cant do better. I am not the bar type but this is home away from home and the place I would choose first to go hang out. Hope to see you there.
11-25-2002 13:01:22 | More by AtrumAnimus
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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Houston, TX
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