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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Taps: 80 / Bottles: 210
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
111 E 3rd St
phone: (817) 336-7468
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vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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.
10-29-2007 21:01:54 |
More by SaCkErZ9
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
The Flying Saucer is located just off the corner of 4th and main, the Saucer occupies a cool older building. There is a public parking lot behind it.
Two rooms on the main floor with a two-story beer garden in back. The smallish bar is in front and it seats about a dozen. Thee are plenty of tables of various sizes. There is also a section with couches and stuffed chairs. There are very high ceilings with some quirky angles. The walls are covered with saucers. Nice tile floors and old wood add the ambiance. There are some large screens, so it is not a bad place to catch a game.
As expected, massive tap and bottle list. Always rotating in something new. They have lots of emphasis on the growing craft breweries in Texas. I counted four offerings from Rahr alone.
They have great deals like $3 pints on Mondays! Trivia on Tuesdays is a hoot. The crowds seem to be a lot of fun and the bar has a nice Texas atmosphere.
The bartenders are very good and really know the beer offerings. Note that service can slow a bit, as the bar gets crowded. I think they could really use one more tender on busy nights.
Food is just average. I like some of their offerings, but what is the deal with mayo on brats....
My favorite place to have a beer (or three) in Fort Worth.
05-27-2010 16:18:58 |
More by Redrover
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The original Flying Saucer. Cool! Lots of rooms and floors. Indoors and a 2 story out door section with a band on the ground floor. Located smack dab in the thick and middle of Ft. Worth nitelife. Great view from the back deck but watch out for killer flying crickets! ;-)
Since the place gets packed and mobbed, and the wait staff seemed understaffed, the service is so-so. As far as a place like the Flying Saucer on a Saturday nite, I am just here for beer! Yee-haw! Possibly, service is more available in the day.
Selection is sure to please the most avid beer fan, (here comes the BUT) but, too many taps 'o crap prevent a perfect 5.
Could you take your mother here? Gonna say no. Flying Saucers and Moms don't mix.
Last call: Any FS is a beer mecca and worthy of a visit. Heck, if there were one near to Yuenglingville here, I'd go!
08-09-2006 23:49:34 |
More by blitheringidiot
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.
03-21-2010 22:11:43 |
More by jrallen34
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 thats. 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).
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.
05-23-2004 21:05:35 |
More by HardTarget
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $
The oringal Flying Saucer.
A great bar chain and the food was excellent. I had the German platter with two different sausages, slaw, and potatoe salad. probably the best I have had and I have been to Germany.
Beer slection is amazing and they had a few bartenders that knew there stuff and brought me some off menu beers. Thanks
They had alot of local Texas beers and many impressive craft and belgian slections. Nop crap on tap that I saw. This was the smallest Flying saucer I have been too though. I liked it.
09-27-2010 01:48:02 |
More by CampusCrew
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.
08-26-2006 02:47:54 |
More by BeerSox
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.
04-10-2003 22:23:20 |
More by assurbanipaul
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This is defintely my favorite Texas Flying Saucer location with the Houston location being a close second. It's located in a great old building in the heart of downtown with its rich & colorful history. This location seems to be well managed, as the bar is usually clean, and the staff is at least knowledgable about what they are serving. In addition, I've never had to send a beer back because the tap lines weren't properly cleaned or the beer had been sitting around too long. The selection is stellar and the service is usually timely & efficient... at least in the afternoons. As with any good beer bar, it can get extremely busy & crowded on weeknights & weekends especially on live music nights. *Note: There's a $2.00 cover charge on Friday & Saturday nights! The upsides is that this location is fairly accessible and within easy walking distance from most downtown hotels, plus if you're driving, the parking is free after hours. The downsides (at least for a non-smoker) is the smoke can be almost overwhelming at times and the restroom facilities are very cramped & located in high traffic areas. I recommend stopping by on Sunday afternoons for $2.50 Texas brewed pints or Monday nights for $2.50 pints on most draughts or Wednesday for brewery night where you buy the beer and get the glass. Join the UFO Club and drink beer at the Flying Saucer!
01-23-2008 17:01:10 |
More by Beertracker
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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.
03-03-2008 22:22:14 |
More by ballewblake
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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Fort Worth, TX