The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium first opened its doors in 1995, long before the craft beer explosion we're seeing locally. The original location is now occupied by Bird Cafe, but the gastropub found an even larger spot less than a block away on the corner of Commerce and East 3rd Street. Through the years, Flying Saucer has stuck with a successful recipe of drawing crowds through live music and the lure of dozens of local and international craft beers on tap.
Basically, the gastropub offers two unique experiences -- an indoor dining area/bar and a massive, covered outdoor patio and stage. Inside, hundreds of golden saucer plates with names of frequent customers are glued to the ceiling and walls giving the place a quirky feel that's softened by gorgeous dark wood walls.
Catch musical acts like the local king of soul, Chris Watson and his namesake band, horn section and all, Saturdays and Sundays. Don't forget, Sundays are $3 Texas craft beer draught night.
Over the years, I've noticed the menu selection steadily grow from typical brewpub fare (bratwurst/cheese/sauerkraut) to a dishes that are worth the visit, with or without a beer. The food selection now boasts dozens of offerings like bacon-wrapped jalapenos or prosciutto and arugula pizzas.
GQ Magazine recently named Flying Saucer "one of the 12 best bars in the country." With one of the largest selections of craft beer in town, live music, an extensive food menu, and a sprawling patio, it's easy to see why this pub is getting national attention.