Austin >Arts & Entertainment > Flying Saucer
815 W 47th st. #203, Austin, TX | Directions 7875630.315806 -97.734186
Mon. - Thu. 11am - 1am;Fri. - Sat. 11am - 2am;Sun. 12am - 12pm
Neighborhoods: Triangle State
This sweet little hang is a beer lover's paradise. The patio is absolutely huge, and perfect for happy hour and outdoor hanging.
The atmosphere is a little chain-y, but Tuesday night trivia at Flying Saucer is top notch. Each game lasts nearly two hours, and they play two rounds, at 7:30 and 10:00 each night. Questions are tough, but if you fall behind, just comfort yourself with one of Flying Saucer's numerous brew selections.
Needs new management. – Went here to watch a few games. They have a good selection of beers and the food isn't bad for bar food. The waitstaff is friendly but will never come back due to the managers.
My friend ordered a drink and they served it in a cracked glass. We brought it to the attention of the waitress who apologized and went to go tell the manager. We watch the manager (Jason) get a new glass and then pour the drink that was in the cracked glass into the new glass. When the waitress brought the drink back to us, we stated we saw the manager pour from the cracked glass and wanted a new drink. Then Jason came back and asked what's wrong with the drink. We explained that we saw that he poured the drink from the broken glass. At this time he became agitated and said there was nothing wrong with the drink. Being in the food industry, he should have known that one does not serve anything when broken glass is involved. When I worked in a restaurant, if any glass was broken we would replace everything just to be safe. Jason must have skipped safety 101 and common sense and customer service class, because he proceeded to argue with us that the glass was just cracked not chipped or broken. He even went so far as to say that he inspected the cracked glass himself and felt no chipped. We told him we did not want the drink and he said that all he can do is give us half off on the drink. Come to find out later that some of our other friends have had issues with this manager. He even threaten to fight them. Very unprofessional and needless to say we will NEVER come back EVER AGAIN!
Just watch out for your credit card – This place is fine, if you know the Saucer you know what's in store here. Huge beer list, mostly nice waitresses, decent bar food, comfortable atmosphere.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IS MORE OFTEN THEN NOT WAITRESSES HERE WILL CHARGE YOU CREDIT AGAIN FOR TIPS. It happened more than once. The place is alright, so I switched to cash.
After I found out more about the company I don't go to these places at all anymore, but it's a whole other story. There are pros, just watch your wallet
I can't understand the parking con. – I have been to the Triangle where the Flying Saucer is located several times. I can't understand the "con" associated with parking. The Triangle has at least two different parking garages besides the street parking. You can park across from the Flying Saucer in a two level garage, or behind the Flying Saucer near Mama Fu's in a 6 story parking garage. The walk is not far people, it's not like the Draught House or going downtown at all, parking is widely available.
Besides the parking the beer is great. Where else in Austin can you get $2.75 pints?
Poor policy enforcement, rude staff. – I went here for the first time recently to meet up with my family and friends. I was not planning on drinking or eating, and was hounded by an extremely rude doorman who wanted to see my ID. Normally this wouldn't be a problem, I understand the guy is just trying to to his job and not get the TABC breathing down his neck. I get it.
Things changed though when he insisted I leave because I am underage and do not have the same last name as my father. He stated that to even be there I must be his "SPAWN." Yes, he actually used the word SPAWN!!!
How insensitive is that? I found that to be profoundly offensive being that I am adopted, partly because my parents could not concieve their own SPAWN.
When we asked to speak with the manager he came over and was immediately skeptical of our complaint. He did not offer ANY apology, no compensation, no sympathy, no aknowlegment of wrongdoing on the doorman's part. He seemed to think that because we couldn't recount every word said that we MUST be lying. My father and I were apalled.
I can't believe we were treated with such insensitivity.
If I could give this restaurant a negative rating I would.
Love it! – Great place to go anytime! Great people, especially the doorman and staff working the bar. Very knowledgeable and have great attitudes. Food is fair, but beer is great. I totally recommend their bagel chips with the queso...mmm!
Great beer and atmosphere – I really enjoy the Flying Saucer and go about once a week or so (about 35 beers into the 200 beer club where you get your name and quote on the wall). The beer selection is good, very much geared to the Texas tastes (lighter beers) but a decent selection of darker beers. Well they could use some help on the ambers and cask conditions choices but hey this isn't Oregon.
Wait staff ranges from friendly and knowledgeable, uptight and impressed with themselves, to downright knuckleheads who have no idea what kind of beer they are selling. What do you expect when the skirts are about 2 inches longer than H**ter's... Needless to say we still manage to have a good time and enjoy the beer.
Food is good, not great. I enjoy the salads, the burger and a couple of the sandwiches. Skip the tots, not enough for the price. Come pretty quickly even on busy nights. I have to say I have only once experienced a long wait for beers and the check - but there seems to be a high turnover of staff but that might have been them bringing in experiences staff to get the new folks up and going.
Overall I do like it a lot. Good beer, fun crowd and just enough TV's to get you updates on the games.
Grave Architectural Mistake – Everyone who has told me about the awesome beer selection at the Flying Saucer tells me they have not visited Austin's version. Apparently the Saucer's in San Antonio, Ft. Worth, and Houston are spacious, inviting, and have amazing beer selections. When the Austin franchise was planned it is apparent that the only factor used for location was physical positioning of the bar. There was no thought put in regarding the size factor. Of the 3 times (on 3 different nights) I have attempted to visit this bar, there has been absolutely no seating or standing room whatsoever. There is also no order to the maddening throngs of people. Needless to say all 3 times I have gone to other better atmosphere bars that are not near as crowded and offer decent beer. It is a real shame that such a great beer selection is hidden in this way overcrowded tiny bar in the heart of condo-land.
Fun place, but not the best Saucer if you've been to others – Having lived in San Antonio for a long time, the Flying Saucer down there was one of our favorite hang outs, so little to say we were excited when we found out that they were opening one up in Austin. The Austin location still had that insanely awesome beer selection that's one of the best around and the service was solid, as we never had to sit around with empty mugs. The only real downside was that the Austin location was small. There is not much of a patio, nor is there much in the way of indoor seating. If you haven't been to a Flying Saucer, it is great fun, and a recommended way to spend the evening, if you're familiar with Saucers such as the one in San Antonio or Fort Worth, its the same place you love, just on a smaller scale. Also worth mentioning, like most bars in Austin, parking can be painful.
Place to be on MONDAY NIGHTS!!! – I was pleasantly surprised this Monday night when I visited my favorite beer pub: not only was there the huge selection of expert beer, but $2.75 for 15+ different pints!! Usually, the Fireline beers (featured beer) are $2.75 every day, but there's only 1 or 2 to choose from. But on Monday Nights there's a huge selection for only $2.75!! Pretty much every beer with a round dot next to it on the menu is 2.75 on Mondays.
The food is pretty expensive for pub grub: a SLICE of pizza is 6.95, which is what you usually pay for a full size medium pizza in other places. And there's no cheap finger foods/grub to munch with beer, it's all 6 dollars plus. The food is absolutely delicious, just not cheap. The burgers are awesome, but be ready for them to be somewhat small. So if you're a big buff guy, this isn't the best place to eat. Come with a full stomach and enjoy the 100+ beers on tap!!
Also, check out the cute under 21 female servers in short skirts. Being so close to the UT campus, this Flying Saucer can boast thin, attractive girl servers unlike many other beer pubs further off. The further away you get from the UT campus, the uglier/fatter your servers get. Too true.
Sample brews from across the globe and grab a bite to eat at this lively indoor-outdoor tavern in the Triangle. – In Short
The atmosphere is decidedly neighborhood pub, and despite this place being a chain, it manages to incorporate an Austin vibe. Patrons bring their dogs and sit on the patio or cozy up to one of the dark wood tables or living room arrangements onthe inside. A wall of 85 beer taps and a chalkboard displaying the latest small-batch brews from Texas and beyond dominates the front wall, while a dart board, classic beer signs and silver saucers decorate the back. There's also a full-bodied root beer on tap, as well as a modest but well thought out wine selection. The outdoor patio doesn't have much of a view, but the large cedar tables provide plenty of conversation areas.
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