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BA SCORE
88
very good

60 Ratings
Ratings: 60
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.25%
Taps: --
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Tropicana Casino
Atlantic City, New Jersey, 08401
United States
phone: (609) 344-6699

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Reviews by coldriver:
Photo of coldriver
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Visited in June 2011. This bar felt oddly out of place in a casino, probably because I can't imagine gambling without cocktails. Fairly decent selection but leaning a little towards a BMC and foreign mega-beer lineup. Pretty pricey, if memory serves $8 a pint for your average IPA and prices aren't mentioned on the menu. We were there in the afternoon and it wasn't particularly crowded and the vibe felt corporate and cold like a lot of airport bars I've been to. Worth a quick thirst quencher but not somewhere you'd want to spend the evening. We departed after one beer and headed outside for the beach bar with the reggae band where the vibe couldn't be beat, despite the lousy beer selection.

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Photo of Furley80
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JMS1512
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of pgetchell
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The bar was too close to the concourse in the hotel. Additionally the bar was open to the concourse for it's entire length. Other than bar location everything else was great. There was a terrifically varied selection of drafts and bottles. The bartenders were knowledgable and very helpful with beers I was unfamiliar with. The place did get a little noisy after 11:00 PM because of the associated Martini Bar, but what casinor bar doesn't get noisy in the evening. I have been there several times and plan to return this weekend.

Photo of JerryRiso
4.24/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The mother lode of taps in this state!!! I'd heard from some friends not to expect good service, and maybe we were lucky in this regard, but I must say the service we received was not only good, but OUTSTANDING. Sal was the bartender on duty and he knew a ton about every beer we asked after, including the Belgians. We were impressed. Speaking of impressed, the beers were plentiful, FRESH, and in great variety. In short, who could ask for a better way to spend six hours? While we were certainly on the older side of those that were hanging, before we left a crew of German tourists came by and before you know it we were all engaged in a round or three of hearty drinking songs. Great times had by all. Look forward to hitting this place again on our next trip to A.C.

Photo of rfgetz
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

In the lower depths of the Tropicana, past the casino buffet and Hooters, walking past an iron fenced bar in a mall like setting, one may not realize the largest selection of craft beer at the Jersey Shore is upon them. Bar seems to have an identity crisis and half caters to the craft beer enthusiast and the other to the clubby crowd. The atmosphere even lends itself to that, as the front area features a nice long bar and high top tables that appears to be a bad attempt at a Belgian cafe. Rounding the corner, one sees a dark and dimly lit area, with another large round bar, this one only appearing to sell vodka and BMC bottles and a dance floor.

50 taps and 101 bottles they claim, featuring a nice mix of American and Belgian craft and enough BMC products and other liquor options for the other side of the equation. The key is there is something for everyone and enough to keep the craft beer enthusiast happy for an extended time. Prices aint to shabby either with $5-$6 being good for most drafts. Service was friendly but not overly knowledgeable about the beer. Recommended most for a later afternoon or early evening before the loud music and crazy kinda start showing up.

Photo of Neorebel
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Firewaters is a on the lower level in the Tropicana and has a fantastic selection of beer - 51 taps plus an abundance of bottled beer as well - both imports and microbrews, seasonals as well. I don't recall that they had any aged beers or anything particularly rare, just a selection that in itself is hard to come by... anywhere. I stumbled upon this place by accident - I did not come to the Tropicana expecting to find it. That in itself is the plus of the establishment. It's a shame one often has to pick either beer, crowd, or music/environment when going out though, and this is no exception. After a certain time they attempt to present the place as a club where there is a dress code and a 'bouncer' standing outside. The music turns to the overplayed hits. If you arrive early, you might enjoy having a chat with some strangers to talk beer, as the staff doesn't necessarily proactively educate or show enthusiasm for it.

Photo of Hibernator
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I made a trip down to Atlantic City on Thursday with a group of friends for an evening full of hedonism. Firewaters was on my radar to visit, as I knew that we were staying at Tropicana. This place was located in an area of the hotel with a grouping of restaurants and bars, including Corky's which offers some good BBQ.

Part of me wishes we went here earlier in the night when it has less of a nightclub vibe with loud and crusty top 40 music playing. There is a good sized bar here, but there is a back martini bar/dance club, so considered yourself warned.

Beer selection is good with maybe about 50 drafts with highlights that included Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, DFH 90 Minute IPA, Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot, Rogue Dead Guy, Victory Golden Monkey, Blue Point Hoptical Illusion and Stone Arrogant Bastard. I had a Stone IPA that was served in proper glassware and was delicious.

The key with this place is that it's about as good as I think you'll find if you're craving a nice craft beer in AC.

There is slim pickings for good brews down there. We had a great time strolling the boardwalk, checking out the hotels and even did pretty well at the roulette table.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.01/5  rDev -22.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5

Walked in and it was a basically like an afterthought to the mall/ casino. A huge selection of taps and bottles, ranging from some local crafts (Victory/ Troeg's/ Flying Fish/ etc.) to some nice imported bottels (Rochefort/ Witkap/ Unibroue) The bartenders really had no idea what they were doing. They could not find the tap to pour a beer, had no idea what styles of beer were, and they seemed to be out of many taps, and made no effort to make a suggestion of something close. It seemed kind of dirty inside as well. Yes, I can get a great beer there, but $8 a pint for a Flying Fish! And on top of that, I guess you are doing me a favor. Nice selection, but I don't think I would return.

Photo of jlenik
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Arrived a little after midnight, a few other people around the bar but not too busy. There was a bunch of flat screens with various sports games on.

The bartender was prompt and patient. He might not of had encyclopedic knowledge of all the beers but his effort was second to none.

They had 51 taps, a portion of which were the typical BMC you expect to find in AC but they had offerings from Dogfish, Victory, Stone, Flying Fish, Blue Point, Chimay, and several other

We had great service from the bartender so I know I'm definitely coming back to this place next time I'm in AC.

Photo of vfgccp
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Has an open/sports bar atmosphere, and a back area where they had a live DJ playing contemporary dance music. Plenty of taps (51) and a decent bottle list (80+), but as the previous reviewer noted most were fairly main stream. The layout is simple with a few tables around the edge of the establishment and the main focus on seating at the bar. The bar itself wraps around and then doubles back into the aforementioned back area.

Every beer I ordered was served in the proper glass, which I wasn't expecting at all from an AC bar. They even make a point of mentioning the glassware your drink will be served in on the menu. A for effort, but reading only a few lines further down they forfeited all their brownie points with an absolutely horrid "beer education" section. I wish I had a picture. It's basically 3 lines that say something to the effect of...

"Lagers: top fermented, crisp and light"
"Ales: bottom fermented, fruity and bold"
"All others: porter, stout, lambics, weiss, saison, double..."

The last "catch all" category had us rolling on the floor laughing.

Overall though it's not a bad place to grab a beer.

Photo of ritter57
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

I have been in the Atlantic City area on a week long vacation. I have given up looking for any place better than this place. In fact, I have given up looking for any other place around here with a single decent beer on tap - if they are out there I can't find them.

Firewaters is like so many of those craft beer "theme parks" that you find around the country. It's in a casino (Tropicana) so I guess it's what you should expect. They do have 50 beers on tap and a couple of choice bottles. But I would say a third of the choices are mainstream yellow swill and another third caters to the people who select beer based on the cool name/tap-handle. But every craft beer lover will definitely find something good to drink here.

Don't expect your servers to know much about what they are pouring or what glass to use (even though the beer menu says they should). And two things I picked off the tap list were "kicked."

With so much alcohol being poured in this town it is strange that there is not a better beer selection around here. If you get stuck in this town definitely go to Firewaters.

Photo of Farrell
3/5  rDev -22.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4

I have now been to firewaters enough times to realize that it is pretty much hit or miss, while they sport 51 taps the selection is still rather average, although not bad by any stretch of the imagination (it is very good for AC). They have the basic macros and imports, a decent selection of craft beer and generally 3-4 "special" beers (seasonals or limited releases).

What really brings down the establishment is the hired help's complete ignorance of what they are serving you. On my last trip I caught the girl pouring me the wrong beer and on other occasions the help was unfamiliar with what I was ordering and I had to point to the tap on the wall.

For the bar itself, it is pretty average and the crowd it attracts are generally not BAs, but for the best selection in Atlantic City you will have to put up with its many downfalls.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.58/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5

I just sampled this place for the first time recently, and for the most part, it was a breath of fresh air. Being in Atlantic City, earlier in the day I had visited the unimpressive Tun Tavern, so maybe this place benefited from my expectations being very low. That being said, 50 taps, 101 bottles, and the quality of some of the selections, from Maudite to Chouffe to Capt Lawrence to Stone to whatever, was very good. My only knock on the selection was the space devoted to the macros, but then again, it's A.C. and I'm sure that they're trying to satisfy the many casino folk. Though a bit on the pricey side, at least the drafts I tasted were very fresh.

The atmosphere was fairly chill overall, but again, it's a little tainted by the drunk, hormonal, single gambling crowd (think Vegas).

As for the service...well, since I'd like to consider myself a gentleman, I'll refrain from being too insulting, but I will say that I felt insulted myself half of the time when ordering a beer..as if the barkeep was doing me a favor rather than doing his job. Both bartenders knew absolutely zero about beer, and the aforementioned guy got angry when, unknowingly, I asked him a question about one of the Maudites I was sampling. Excuse me. The only positive thing that this guy did was pay no mind to a couple of rock star wannabe's who sat down at the bar and, in not so subtle fashion, proceeded to make it known that they were a band playing at the House of Blues later that evening. They got ticked off when the barkeep didn't comp them, or even ask for an autograph, which one of them actually mentioned. What a bunch of jackasses. Kudos to the bartender for actually treating them that way.

In short, thankfully the selection and quality at this place were good enough to offset the crassness and ignorance of the hired help, or else I wouldn't want to make a return trip...like I do now. This is the place to go for a good beer in Atlantic City...at least for now.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.89/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

My wife and I also hit this place up on out first anniversary. Located in the Tropicana casino. We kind of just stumbled on this place and didn't even know BA knew about it. What can I say the music is TERRIBLE unless you like Madonna,hip hop Gwen Stafani not her good stuff from No Doubt,a couple of eighties favorites that just gave me a headache. A very small bar that loops around in a J fashion. Now for the most impressive 51 TAPS!!!. Need I say more. T.V.'s are all over the place which is a good thing for me. Another thing as the same as the Tun tavern. It seems like a seen out of Coyote Ugly but it was pretty cool when we finally looked over the bill they forgot to add one of my wife's beer's. Which is always a plus I am not a thief I would have paid but I wasn't about to walk all the way back there to pay my bill. IF you can stand the music you can definetly have a good time with those taps.

Photo of beerorRIP
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

was here for a bachelor party...

the look of the place never really does much for me unless it's an extreme. this was not. kinda dim-lit, which is ok with me as atlantic ac doesn't always have the nicest scenery to look at.

plenty of beers on tap, but too many common or macro beers really. the bottle selection was good but i'm not one for bottles at a bar unless they're crazy cheap or crazy rare. there were notable ones that caught my attention, but it wasn't like i'd been to nirvana or something.

the people tending bar were friendly, and did present the beers just fine. but it was empty-ish so i can't comment on what it's like when it's crowded.

worth noting: i was not allowed in at night time, as i was wearing a pair of Dr. Martens boots. apparently, that's not acceptable attire for a beer bar at night.

Photo of porter17
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3

I guess I expected this place to be a little more on the higher end side. It was a little more transient than I would have liked but it is Atlantic City and I understand. The place was ok. The service was ok. All was ok, except the beer selection, which was good. It could have been a little cleaner. So, all else considered, if you like good and rare brews and are in A.C. to leave a little money at the casinos, stop here. If you aren't a beer fan, you may not appreciate what Firewaters has to offer.

Photo of TooleBurger
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

AC is a shithole for the most part, when it comes to beer. A friend of mine and fellow BA user told me about the place when we were there together.

We had a great time there. Over 150 bottle and tap selections was great. The taps were impressive. Specifically they had the Gonzo Porter on tap, which is one of my favorites.

The music was great and they had a dance room, which was a little different. They also had specialty drinks, which was nice for the ladies.

A nice find in the Trop! AC does have some good spots, but this is the only place to find craft brews.

Photo of MSL94
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

I found out about this establishment through BA, so I want to thank everyone for the reference. This past weekend, I visited Firewaters and was blown away by the selection (51 beers on tap, 100 in bottle). It reminded me of some of the beer festivals that I've attended this year, as I was able to recognize a majority of those beers that were served. Unfortunately, I was less than impressed with the bartender, who claimed that she only works the taps once a week and was unfamiliar with the selections available on that day. What I found to be really surprising was the amount charged per beer, as I ordered a glass of Fire Rock Pale Ale and a glass of Sawtooth Ale, which totaled $13.00. This was certainly more than what I wanted to pay, compared to other venues in Atlantic City such as Game On and Tun Tavern. Although I would definitely return to Firewaters based on their selection, I may have to curtail the number of times I visit based on their prices.

Photo of koopa
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I've been to Firewaters in Atlantic City about half a dozen times in the past couple of years and it remains the staple for good brew in AC.

The interior atmosphere could use lots of improvement IMHO as could the bartenders knowledge and service level. But the selection is near excellent, making up for everything that is lacking.

Pricing is more expensive than a standard bar but not as much as you would expect from a high end beer bar in a casino. Pints range from $4 - $8 bucks fro 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.

Photo of MmmIPA
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I drug my fiance all the way down here from Tenn st. I had high hopes for this franchise but they were sort of let down with the selection.They is a nice selection but Ive tried almost 3/4 of the beer in some sort.I did have a Rogue Charlie and a Kona pale ale,they were both great,esp. the Kona pale ale.Im not dogging this place,Ide go back here but for a person that is just starting out in craft beer,you would be in heaven.The pints are reasonable.I met a fellow BA here with his wife,very pleasent people.

Photo of kevin62
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Also like another reviewer wrote, went after The Police concert a couple of months ago.Located in a mall section of The Tropicana, the first impression is not so great.The atmosphere is dark and dank,and a little run down.However once I sat down(the bar stools are not too comfortable either) and saw the great draft line-up,over 50, I was very impressed.I stated with A Chimay,also had Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot and a Rogue Porter-all were excellent and reasonably priced.The bartenders were nice and friendly and made you feel at home.Overall this is a great place to go when you are in Atlantic City,actually it is a must.Just do not expect too much of an atmosphere,something that really is not that important to me as long as there is great beer.

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