Nice place in downtown Houston - no free parking. Pretty dead at lunchtime on Monday. Great tap selection with a lot of interesting locals, nothing really exotic. Decent bottle list to supplement. A lot of space inside. Food was decent, service was good and the server knew her beer. All in all a good experience.
Visited on Tuesday 21/05/13 around 9pm.
Downtown location and packed to the rafters we managed to grab 2 seats together at the bar.
Tap list was fine but no match when compared to the Hay Merchant, allied to the fact I’d visited the HM first which meant there were only a dozen or so new ticks for me having taken care of a lot of the TX stuff already there.
I enquired about tasting flights but as per the Ginger Man they seemed to be predetermined choices.
The 86 taps does however include quite a bit of filler.
There was a pub quiz going on over one side of the venue.
Ok place, doesn’t come close to the Hay Merchant but much better than the Ginger Man for me.
(Visited 07/2007): Flying Saucer is located right on Main St in downtown Houston. There is lots of metered street parking and a couple garages nearby, and it is right on the trolley route as well.
The inside of the bar is spacious, with high ceilings. Lots of wood everywhere. The eye is immediately drawn to the wall of taps behind the bar on the left. There is seating in the middle and along the right side. The saucers with everyone’s name and catchphrase who have completed the 200-beer tour are the next attraction.
As evidenced by the wall of taps, the number of beers here is impressive. There are at least 75 different draughts from the US (including local/regional) and all over the world. International selections are available as well. As for bottles, there are over 150 with mostly the same brewers represented. Flying Saucer has several different flights of beers available for sample, divided by geographic location.
Service here is spotty. We were there on an early Monday evening and the place was surprisingly crowded, most likely due to $2.50 pint night. The server did a fair job with refills and food but she was hard to track down occasionally.
Food here is also hit or miss. The spinach artichoke dip was pretty good, and my wrap was decent.
All in all this will definitely be a regular stop for me on my visits to Houston.
A large place with lots of seating that manages to always seem busy. Staff is helpful and usually good. Selection is great and it rotates quickly. Samplers are available. Food is so so but I do enjoy the chili cheese fries! Price are solid if not great.
Visited the Flying Saucer on a busy Friday evening. The bar is well located in central Downtown, so I dared to walk there! Inside is pretty large and bustling. I sat at the bar, as I was travelling solo. They have a monster tap list of some 80 beers. Even though it’s not on the menu you should go for the "build your own" flights - which gives you 5 small pours of whatever you want. I mostly drank Texan sours and goses, which is just what I was looking for. I also had food, which was surprisingly good. Staff were attentive and more than happy to offer a sample before making your choice. I actually visited here for the first time about 8yrs ago and think the selection has greatly improved, in - line with the Texan beer scene. Remains a top pick in Houston.
After not actually making it in here for months and months of Houston trips, I was finally at a downtown area hotel and was able to get here twice last week. Really enjoyed the beers they had for (512) day, and thought they had some other interesting stuff come in as well. Compared to other Saucers I have visited, I would say the list is comparable or maybe a little better. Atmosphere is the same pretty much. A nice stop (and basically the only stop) in the nearby/downtown area.
Quite a large place, unfortunately that comes with the large noise too. Nice selection of beers, and service knows their stuff. Manager come to discuss my quest and helped me out with a bottle of beer from Virginia next day. Thanks.
fly (273) austin, Tejas, Texas | September 16, 2004
Planning on making more trips back. I was glad to be in at a quiet time, but it just seemed vacuous. and despite the good selection I was somehow expecting more. That’s what happens when I’m told something is so great. Maybe I’ll think it IS next time I’m there.
KAggie97 (220) Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas | March 4, 2005| Updated June 17, 2010
Unless you live near Downtown, this place is not one you go to every weekend. Great selection, and worth an every-once-in-a-while trip for locals and a must-visit for out-of-towners. Check their website often, as they feature new beers quite often. Best tap selection in the Houston area, period. The lasses in kilts and tight shirts do not detract from the experience, either.