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Reviews by donniecuffs:
3.58/5 rDev -8%
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.
07-27-2009 19:14:34 | More by donniecuffs
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4.25/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
09-20-2012 20:01:18 | More by pgetchell
4.24/5 rDev +9%
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.
05-31-2012 21:24:07 | More by JerryRiso
3.61/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
11-14-2011 14:39:07 | More by rfgetz
3.78/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
09-14-2011 16:30:58 | More by Neorebel
3.74/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
08-14-2011 00:00:11 | More by Hibernator
Firewaters in Atlantic City, NJ
88 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.