Taps: 50 / Bottles: 50
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by slander:
3.63/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
‘cause honestly, I’ve always had a morbid curiosity to what goes on here. I mean, I’ve seen the hot mess that is AC, and the Glens Mills Hooters combo (as is this house). Passed it a thousand times before on 4 thinking ‘maybe I’ll, maybe today’, but it’s always been a ‘maybe not, no’. Something sometime will motivate me to go, I’m sure, like St. Patrick’s Day Sunday wanting on wings...
The sign out front reads ‘the best craft beer in town’ (um… you’re the ‘only’ craft beer in town, sandwiched between good bottle sales at Whole Foods this way and Andy’s in Bogota that way). A split space; Firewaters here and Hooters there, separated scantily by not much, but I only pay to play for beer. Rolled in just after opening at 4 to find the place dark, or there about. Large cavernous space; ‘L’ shaped marble topped bar, brick base, & piping foot rail, and seating for 16 on miscolored wood high chairs just off the entrance. The barback holds a long row of 50 taps, alternating up down up down up down on a stainless steel panel wall. Glassware shelved below and below. A large flatscreen sits above on center, and over the coolers on the ends; one with macro bottles, the other with Jager, ‘buca, tequila, & pint glasses (please do not serve me anything in a frosted anything now or ever). A martini glass rack dangles overhead on the end of the bar.
Vertical slat wood walls with beer trays lining atop over brick lowers. The ceiling of black wood plank, I-beams, ducts, & spinny fans, and 1’ colored tiling floorings. Drop swirly colored bulb pan lamps tracing the bar, and track spots. 3 marble topped hightops roundies adjacent to the bar.
Slight step up raised area to the rear, done sectional. A dozen hightop roundies, some of them Red Bull varietals, on one end with darts & a DJ set up space, an open middle area with mirrored panels that used to be a dance floor, and the octagon shaped martini bar on the far end that they apparently get no use out of anymore. Flatscreens and drop color swirly bulb lighting lamps all around, light prints & neon action.
It’s now almost 5 and I’m still the only one here. The printed draft list shows beer, serving size, origin (listing both Ommegang & Lake Placid as NY, NY), ABV, style, & BA numerical score. Some items are shaded, most of which are high octane stuff over, say, 6%, but not all of it. I think someone is new to excel and the color features of font & background. The list is surprisingly craft, and by that I mean, no blatant macros (although I do see posers Shock Top, Blue Moon, & Killians in the mix), and just a handful of imports (Radeberger, Warsteiner, Sapparo, Stella, & Guinness).
Strangely very little representation of home state New Jersey except the Riverhorse IPA. Hell, New York is better represented with 7 selections (Southampton, Captain Lawrence, Defiant, Lake Placid, Ommegang, Ithaca, Saranac), and they’ve got 10 offerings from PA. I started with a Founders All Day IPA (can drink this all night, too), and moved to the Firestone Walker Wookie Jack (love). There will be a 3rd beer but what? She doled me some samples upon request; 16 Mile Inlet IPA, Evil Genius Evil Eye PA, Defiant Medusa IPA, & Troegs Nugget Nectar (which tasted very much like a habanera chili beer, either the wrong beer or the line it was run through). Eyyyeah. Um, Smutty Old Brown Dog, please.
Just shy of 6 PM now and another couple showed up; now we are 4 (to be fair, it is St. Patrick’s Day, and people have parades and whatnot). Got my wings on, done ‘Chesapeake rub’, and oh yes, they had some heat. Lissette tending this afternoon, and she is a pistol; a shell of her former self, apparently. There is a story there worth hearing. She’s dosing beers with green food coloring today, but not mine because, fuck that. Decent tap list, all in all, but nothing amazingly thrilling. It’s better than the other locations; not the total shit show I had imagined it’d be. Good enough for what it is, I suppose; an eat, drink, & game kind of place. But stop icing down them damn glasses, will ‘ya please?
07-09-2013 03:53:35 | More by slander
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3.63/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
For a bar attached to a Hooters, this place wasn't too terrible at all. My friend and I actually came to go to Hooters, but were informed that Firewaters serves the same food and drink, so we were more than happy to go there instead of having to deal with the massive line for Hooters. I think we also made the mistake of going on a night when there was some big UFC fight or something, but whatever.
Atmosphere is okay. It's in Jersey and we went on a Saturday night, so there were a rather large number of guidos milling about sipping on their Coronas and being generally obnoxious with shouting and hand gestures and whatnot. The bar itself is pretty well set up, with lots of room and stools and a number of large flatscreens for viewing both at the counter and in the main area.
Service was decent. The bartender knew that I was ordering a Franziskaner hefeweizen and even pronounced it correctly. She took a pretty long time in getting it for me though. The food also took a while, I saw people who came in after us get their orders before we did. Not entirely the bartender's fault, but there's something to be said for providing timely service.
Selection is definitely the strong point of this bar. There was a wall full of taps with run-of-the-mill BMC garbage at the cheap end and quality craft brews at the pricey end. I ordered a Founders Breakfast Stout for my friend as I got my Franziskaner and was impressed with the quality of the beer, having had both previously. There were a number of other eye-catching names as well, including Chimay, Lindemans and Stone. Great selection of beers, especially for a bar in the middle of New Jersey. Food was pretty good too, especially since everyone comes to Hooters for the wings, right?
My pint of Franziskaner was $6 and my friends FBS was $7, so the beer prices are a little on the high end, at least for my tastes, especially when I can get bottles for half that price at my local.
Still, it was a decidedly positive experience I had at Firewaters. If I was ever in the area again, I wouldn't mind stopping by for a good craft brew.
08-08-2010 04:42:29 | More by r0nyn
3.35/5 rDev -2.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
As stated before, this is quite a strange place.
Others have used the word "schizophrenic," which is warranted. I've been here twice, once on a Saturday when the place was absolutely inundated with guidos. I used to live in the area so we stopped in to see what the deal was and left promptly. Had no idea they had so much beer. I came back a few days ago after learning from BA that they boasted an impressive 50 taps and somewhere between 75 and 100 bottles. This was something of a shock considering my last visit.
Being a Wednesday night the (pretty large) bar was not crowded at all. Typical sort of people one might expect, mostly drinking Coors and mixed drinks with a few people drinking one of the many micros. I had a Chimay Red in bottle which was poured into the proper goblet, which was excellent as always. However, my Abita Purple Haze (tap) was rather watery, flat and tasted old and kind of tinny. I had never had this beer before so I suppose my review is a bit hasty but suffice to say it simply didn't taste "right." My friend had a Paulaner Hefe Weiss (on tap) which tasted fine and fresh. It was poured into a regular pint glass despite a selection of Weiss glasses cleared marked "wheat beer glasses," but this is a pretty minor complaint.
Definitely not my crowd but nobody was an asshole. Service was relatively attentive and the bartender seemed to know the basics, although there wasn't much of a crowd. They could probably afford to keep their lines cleaner and perhaps replace their beer more often. About 8 of the 50 taps were marked out but that's still a considerable collection. I suppose the place is worth a try if you're in the region but come by on a quiet night unless you're looking for the typical Jersey club atmosphere.
08-23-2009 04:05:54 | More by DanielDanza
3.33/5 rDev -2.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Firewaters is a good idea. A beer bar conveinently located and comfortable.
The execution is pretty generic. Bar, a couple tables, dart boards, dance floor. Could use a little imagination, less volume on the music, and more light. At least until later in the night.
Service was poor, I asked for a sampler, and I guess that it was too much to wait for me to make a decision. I had to chase my beers, and even had trouble getting a bill.
On the up side the selection is great. 50 beers on tap including some great ones, and another 100 in bottles. Not many places compete with that.
Price, I showed up on a Tuesday and all drafts were $2. I'd go back if it was every Tuesday!
07-30-2009 20:26:47 | More by njmoons
3.94/5 rDev +14.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place was pretty nice. I've driven past this place sooo many times but never went in because I was under the impression it was a sports bar, being connected to a hooters and all.
The selection of beer at this bar is pretty good, from many beers on tap including ones I don't see often like Chimay white....and had many bottled beers I dont see in bars often such as Delerium and Hitachino White.
The service isnt bad, however loses points because the woman bartender really knew nothing about the beers they sold, what she had in stock, or even the styles of the beers.
I'd def go back, and Id bring friends
09-11-2008 15:58:16 | More by Bergenboy1981
3.6/5 rDev +5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
I've been to Firewaters in Hackensack a couple of times now as its close to where I live and has a great selection coupled with good service depending on who is working when you visit. Sonia is the only bartender there that has shown any bit of passion for craft beer while I've visited.
The atmosphere here in Hackensack is pretty typical for a NJ bar with a Hooters attached :) What you expect is what you get. Lots of sleazy guido dudes eating Hooters Wings while drinking Coors light at the bar. And some of us more refined drinkers trying to be adults by refraining from mocking them :)
Pricing is more expensive than a standard bar but not as much as you would expect from a high end beer bar.
Pints range from $4 - $8 bucks for the most part. 750ml bottles can range from $10 - 25 bucks on average. Obviously they have some selections that are more expensive but I'm just trying to illustrate that lots of offerings are there to be had in the price ranges I've listed.
09-01-2008 19:07:17 | More by koopa
3.73/5 rDev +8.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
Visited on 6/12/08
This place is more than a little confusing. First it looks like there are three places and more than one entrance. Well there are kind of three places (only two of which were open) and there is only one entrance.
As the other reviews have stated, it is a long building with three business. If you are looking at the front you have Firewaters on the the left, a deli in the middle, and Hooters on the right.
The place looked promising with a wide selection of taps and coolers on each side with bottles. However, there wasn't anything too exciting on the list. And what was exciting or new was out. They had multiple taps out when I came in that they knew about and soon discovered they had two more.
The food was average as it comes from next door. Had I know that in advance I would have ordered the wings, not the burger.
Everything was handled well and the bartender knew a decent amount about the beer. At least enough to get the general idea right.
Not a bad place, but not a place I would go out of my way for if I was in the area.
It worked out well as it wasn't far from Andy's Corner bar so I went here for a quick bit and a few good pints and then went to Andy's for some great pints.
07-02-2008 13:45:19 | More by Loki
2.65/5 rDev -22.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$
I don't know, maybe as I get older I get harder to impress or I just expect more for my money. But what exactly is this place trying to be? For a place that has the beer selection that they do, they sure do seem to attract the anti good beer crowd. It's more like being trapped in a bad guido sponsored movie, sorry. Stripped shirt idiots with brainless bar trash following them around sucking down their top 40 beers. Terrible, just terrible. The help was clueless on beer but decent eye candy. The food was so/so, the beer selection was good but out of date and in some cases the taps weren't even working. If you are going to proudly display something it best be in the tap.
The potential is there but get the help in here that knows what they are doing and can help the customers who are genuinely interested in good beer. Route out the bar trash that hangs out there as well and the atmosphere will receive a huge adjustment. One other thing, it appears to be a sports bar but you cant wear a sports jersey?
03-20-2007 15:45:46 | More by Poppypitbull
4.06/5 rDev +18.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
Wow, this place is buzzarre. IT's next to a Hooters, and you have to walk past a small deli to get in. There's a nice looking wrap around bar, looks almost like a college bar or sports bar. Then there's a bit of a dive bar area, with some high tables, seats, darts, jukebox, and video game. Next up is a 8"x8" dance floor situated next to a lunge with plush sofas. Past that is a fancy looking vodka/martini bar with blue and purple lighting. There have to be at least 50 taps here, with a reputation for not being the cleanest,and over time it's been a bit of hit and miss with me. I've had tapped beers there I was suspect of. In bottles is a huge list, well over 100 of them, along with their ratebeer.com ratings. The female staff are pretty cute, but mostly clueless when it comes to the beer. The guys aren't much better. Come here in the daytime and you can get all the attention you want. At night, this turns into a guido fest, people wearing too much cologne, and ordering too much bud light. or martinis. I give this place a 4.5 for atmosphere just because it is so surreal.
10-08-2006 15:04:12 | More by dherling
Firewaters in Hackensack, NJ
83 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.