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59 Ratings
Ratings: 59
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.25%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Beer-to-Go: N
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Tropicana Casino
Atlantic City, New Jersey, 08401
United States
phone: (609) 344-6699

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Reviews by rdrummer:
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4.38/5  rDev +12.6%

After reading the reviews and seeing the pictures of the taps, I made this a destination while at the shore further south. The atmosphere is a little strange for a beer bar, but that is kind of out of the establishment's control. It had some things going for it like the blues band playing in the marketplace on a Tuesday at lunch time but the beer is the attraction here.

Each beer was served in a pint glass, which is a little different. The wife was unhappy because she likes smaller glasses so she can try different varieties. Luckily, tasters are forthcoming for anything that you want to try. The beer was all poured properly, and the barmaid was good to look at.

The service from the barmaid, however, was a little spotty. Again, we were fortunate that the manager was there. Matt McGee is a very knowledgeable beer man and talked with us about the selection for quite a while.

Speaking of selection there were 50 taps although at least one, unfortunately Heavyweight's Pekuno's Hammer, was out. There were two heavyweights, 3 DFH, including 90-minute IPA which was great, Rogue Dead Guy, SNPA, an Otter Creek, Allagash White, an Abita, 3 from Belgium, 9 from Germany, including Aventinus, 7 or 8 from the UK, and Hitachino from Japan. There were only two macros on tap, although a couple customers were drinking them. The customers are friendly as are the managers.

We also met their "Beer Guy" Doug Carlin, another great beerhead. There is a good bottle selection, which claims to have over 100. I didn't count but there were a few Trappists, some Lambics, including a nice geuze, and a couple more Hitachino. The bottles are not cheap. The Rochefort was selling for $12, which I passed on.

There are bar munchies, which we didn't try. It is a short list. There is also a Deli with a window in the bar. I would recommend that you eat before going or find some other food outside. The woman working the counter didn't know what a hoagie was, asked what kind of bread someone wanted with their corned beef special and then delivered it dry, and made an Italian sub with meat, cheese, and oil--no lettuce, tomato, onions, or peppers. The bread looks like it was imported from someplace far away and shipped by boat.

I loved the bar, though, and Firewaters is building two more although I can't remember where. The manager said that there is a big difference in the beer lineup between the Firewaters in Glen Mills and the one in AC. It has to do with availability. I highly recommend stopping in if you're in AC.

rdrummer, Jun 22, 2004
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

SonictheBeerhog, Aug 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

JMS1512, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of JamieDuncan
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

JamieDuncan, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of pgetchell
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.

pgetchell, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of JerryRiso
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.

JerryRiso, May 31, 2012
Photo of rfgetz
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.

rfgetz, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Neorebel
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.

Neorebel, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of Hibernator
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.

Hibernator, Aug 14, 2011
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Firewaters in Atlantic City, NJ
88 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.