Fire Works American Pizzeria & Bar
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Taps: 33 / Bottles: 130
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by mdfb79:
4.44/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
The Fire Works in Arlington, VA opened at 5PM today so I decided to check it out.
Atmosphere - The place was a lot bigger than I expected. You walk in and are meeted by a hostess who will seat you, or you can just go to the bar, which is what I did. Lots of seating, including a decent amount of outdoor tables. The bar was pretty full with knowledgable beer drinkers and friendly bartenders.
Quality - I thought the quality was very good. I counted at least 32 beers on tap and at least 85 beers on the bottle list, with a lot of range and quality. I had a Terrapin Hop Karma, NC Red Seal, Founder Porter, and ST Creme Brulee. Off the top of my head they also had on tap Founders Breakfast Stout, 2 Hearted Ale, Allagash White, Duck Rabbit, Stone Old Guardian, and more. Offer full beers of 4 oz. samples.
Service - The service was amazing. Granted today was opening day, so I'm sure they had more people working than they usually will, but the baretenders were very friendly and knowledgable. There were so many bartenders, servers, and busboys working that even when it got busy, there were people standing around waiting for you to finish your beer and ready to get you another.
Selection - I thought the selection was pretty good overall. They have somewhere between 115-140 different beers and a lot of very very good ones. Right now based off of the bottle/draft list I would say Paradiso and Church Key in DC, and even Galaxy Hut, have different, possibley rarer, beers, but the quality is still great. Heres to hoping as they get established they continue to gte great beers.
Food - N/A
Value- Most beers were between $5-6.50, with Founders Breakfast Stout being the most expensive beer on tap at $8. They also offer 4 oz. samples for less than half the price. Some of the bottles were a little pricey but not more expensive than they would be at other beer bars.
Overall I was pretty impressed with the place. I'm hoping they can pull some more obscure kegs eventually like CK, Paradiso, and Galaxy Hut do, but it's opening day, so I don't hold it against them. If the worst they are is a bar with 100+ solid craft beers I'll still be a very happy guy. They also will be selling growlers in the next week or 2 but not yet, so I can't comment on growler prices.
08-23-2010 23:04:51 | More by mdfb79
More User Reviews:
4.33/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$
This is my one of my favorite Arlington bars. I don't go to bars that often but my wife and I come here pretty regularly. It can get pretty busy in the evening and at lunchtime but it is never deafening. They have a large and always changing selection which includes 2 casks and many bottles. Recent highlights for me have been Firestone Walker XVII, BCBS, Stone Enjoy By, and St Bernardus Christmas. They easy compete for best selection in Arlington and are bested by only a couple in DC.
The food is good but I come here more for the beer than the food. They have many different pizzas along with some sandwiches and pastas. The bartenders are great and knowledgeable but the waitstaff in the restaurant area can be hit or miss.
What I really appreciate is the effort the management has put into making this a beer destination. The brewery flags and general decor let you know what is most important here. Once a month they have multi course beer dinners with a selected brewery. They are also very good about announcing new beers and events though Facebook.
Pricing is reasonable when you get over the fact that DC is just expensive.
03-02-2014 07:07:40 | More by amstokesdb9
4.49/5 rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $$
Fireworks seems to be a relative newcomer to the Clarendon scene, which was once graced by the late and lamented Dr. Dremo - their former location now a construction site a few blocks away. It sits on a corner with a blazing patio fireplace beckoning all to enter. The interior is sleek and attractive, high ceilngs and large storefront windows allowing for plenty of natural light. Of course, one finds the usual array of plasma TVs and booths all about. The bar is a large one that curves inward. The walls are adorned with scads of beer paraphenalia. The tap list of about 5o oft rotating selections was excellent - and included 2 casks (and they fill growlers.) Something for everyone if that something is beer. The server passed the Water Test, so nary a complaint in this area.
Then there is the wood stove pizza' while not as great as those serves at Flatbread (Burlington, VT), their pies were tasty and of managable portions. (I chose the 10" Quattro Carne.0 They seem to have a reasonable Happy Hour, including Sunday until 5pm. And for those who wish avoiding parking hassles, the Courthouse Metro (Orange Line) is a few blocks away.
One Issue: I deducted points for "Atmosphere" because they allowed children at the bar. Sorry, this is a serious peeve for me.
08-31-2013 22:26:46 | More by jjboesen
Fire Works American Pizzeria & Bar in Arlington, VA
94 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.