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BA SCORE
88
very good

59 Ratings
Ratings: 59
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.25%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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[ Bar, Eatery ]

Tropicana Casino
Atlantic City, New Jersey, 08401
United States
phone: (609) 344-6699

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.01/5  rDev -22.6%

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.

OWSLEY069, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of jlenik
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%

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.

jlenik, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

vfgccp, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of ritter57
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%

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.

ritter57, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of Farrell
3/5  rDev -22.9%

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.

Farrell, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of 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.

donniecuffs, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.89/5  rDev 0%

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.

TheFightfan1, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of beerorRIP
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%

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.

beerorRIP, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of porter17
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

porter17, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of TooleBurger
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

TooleBurger, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of MSL94
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

MSL94, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of koopa
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

koopa, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of MmmIPA
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

MmmIPA, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of kevin62
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

kevin62, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of IDateTheFormula
4.28/5  rDev +10%

I went here on a recent trip to AC and was instructed by my boyfriend to try and pick up a few bottles of beer. I had been up there about a year ago and they had let me buy a bottle of DFH 120 min and just pay and take the bottle back home to Virginia. Long story short Nancy "the blond beer goddess" behind the bar was sooo amazingly helpful, she let me come behind the bar to look in the two coolers and then let me take a menu so I could ask my boyfriend what he wanted. I ended up with 4 goood beers, including Uniboure 15, which my boyrfiend was very excited about. Great place, great people and my boyfriend is coming next year just so he can visit!

IDateTheFormula, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

My wife and I went to Atlantic City to see the Police. Firewaters seemed like a good place to go after the concert.

Atmosphere was pretty plain. A fairly dark, long, narrow bar. A couple of tables behind the bar area, and a few TVs over the bar. To the right is a small deli/sandwich shop which opens into the bar area. Good option as the bar doesn't serve food.

Service was quick and friendly. No complaints. Didn't hover, but seemed to pop up just as you were about to finish your beer.

Selection was quite good. 100+ bottles and around 50 taps. I enjoyed a DFH 90 and a Stone IPA. My wife had a Lindemann's Peche. Other options that I can recall included Rogue, Unibroue, Hitachino, Great Divide and a decent selection of imports. It looked quite impressive after the choices available at the concert!

Food, as I mentioned, isn't served by the bar. I bought a plate of sliders from the deli, and they were filling, but forgetable. If you are hungry, I would suggest eating before you arrive.

Overall, a good place to grab some decent beer when in Atlantic City.

, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of Billolick
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%

lets face it is pretty hard to find very much "real" in Atlantic City, NJ. This place is an exception, they serve a bunch of "real" beers. Bravo for that, seeing several Stone handles ready to pour is aways a pleasure, but in the heart of an AC casino, c'mon...plenty of good stuff flowing on taps, and in bottles, all on view, I'd be nice if you can get a decent bite to eat, for that you have to order at the adjoining deli, sandwedges etc...two bars the one up front for beer and in the rear for the hard stuff...very black, bleak decor, "casino chic", I suppose, if you find your self cought in AC, its a place to get a good pint

Billolick, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of surfadelic23
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

I was in here last week while on vacation with my northern family. My wife younger sister and I were able to get away for a bit of a session! On tap, I tried the Victory Hop Devil, Stone IPA, and Stone Arrogant bastard. I wanted stuff that we could not get in FLA. My wife Smutty Nose Old Brown Dog and another aged version of the same beer both of which were on tap. All brews were in good form and the server was friendly and fairly knowledgeable. Definitely your best option for quality and quantity of good brews... They also have a decent website...

surfadelic23, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of Gmann
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

Went to AC last week and was hoping to find a bar of this quality. Lucky for me it was in the casino/hotel I was staying at. Located in the marketplace of the Tropicana, near the boardwalk, the bar is in open view. According to Tropicana the establishment is a beer/martini bar. It appears that half of the bar was devoted to beers and the other half I assume was devoted to the martinis. The atmosphere is average, kind of small. The 50 beer taps are right in front of you on the wall so you get to easily see what they have. They have their current stock of bottles (101 different types) lined around the bar and a decent selection of glassware. The selection was diverse ranging from some high end Belgians (Chimay, Rochefort, Westmalle, Saison Dupont) to hop lovers brews (Hop Devil, DFH 90/60, Stone). They also had some of your more common euros. They have a beer menu to choose from but I was told it was a bit dated, several of their tap selections were out. I didn't get the sense the bartenders were very knowledgable as the one bartender didn't know which glass to use only that the distributors gave the glass to them. They do offer a "sled" of 4 4oz samplers that was pretty reasonably priced. I didn't try to food there but if you don't like pub food, there is "A-Dam Fine Deli" almost attached to the bar. Very worthy of visiting if you are in the area. I stayed for a few hours to watch the Rangers game and enjoy some tasty brews.

Gmann, May 12, 2007
Photo of Dogbrick
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%

Firewaters is a not-so-hidden gem in the Quarter section of the Tropicana. It is in stumbling distance to casinos, Jitney stops and cabs so that is a plus.

The exterior is par for the course for what you would expect in a Casino bar/restaurant. On the plus side the large # of draft handles is viewable to passers-by. Inside it looks like a typical sports bar. The bar area is right at the entrance, and around the corner there is dining room seating. The bar boasts the previously-mention taps, along with their available bottles lining the walls. The establishment is dark with spartan furnishings.

The beer selection is phenomenal, especially when you consider you're technically in a casino. They have 50 drafts with surprisingly few macros. Selections include Smuttynose, DFH, Yuengling, Kona, Brooklyn, De Dolle, Sly Fox and many others. As for bottles they claim 101 from the likes of Heavyweight, Tröegs, Rogue, Victory etc. Glassware is varied and the prices are very reasonable. They also offer samplers of 4 drafts for about $7-8. Included with the sampler is a notes paper which scores extra points in my book.

The service here is good. The bartenders know the beers and know how to serve them. No complaints at all in this department.

We did not have any food on this visit, but the deli with whom they share an entrance looked worthwhile.

Overall this is a place I would definitely make a point to visit any time in Atlantic City.

Dogbrick, May 11, 2007
Photo of Franchise
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%

I knew I was making my way to Atlantic City so I decided that I needed to not only bring beer for my room but try to find a place that has good offerings for my stay. My search led me to Firewaters, at first glance not a great looking place on the casino side of the Tropicana Hotel. As you walk in you notice that whole amtosphere thing leaves you quick because the beer selection is very good and I'm pretty sure the best in Atlantic City. I was in there on a early sat night about 7-8.

The bar tender seemed knowledgeable but with all the taps in front of me there wasn't any need for many questions. Most of the taps I've seen before, Firewaters had about 50 taps with only Miller Lite and one other offering that was kicked.

The beers to be had were DFH (90/60), Sly Fox-Saison, Allagash, Kona Brewing-Pale Ale, Chimay Blue, Brooklyn, Stone, etc. All reasonably priced with a load of bottles in the fridge as well. They have a 4 beer sampler/for the price of the pint of the most expensive sample you order. I wish I could have spent more time in this place, with all the beers I did not get to try but if I ever come back to AC this place will be a nightly hang out.

Franchise, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of potownbill
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

I got tired of paying $6.00+ for a glass of Yuengling draft at the bar in the casino so I decided to wander downstairs to see if there was a better bar with more selection. Firewaters was a welcome find. I decided to spend my hard earned money there, rather than in the Casino. There was an ample selection. Chimay on draft for the same price as the Yuengling upstairs. The bartender on Thursday was totally unknowledgeable about the beers, but the taps were right in front of me so there was not much to ask. Saturday's barkeep knew a lot more, and knew what glassware to use. Stone and Dogfish Head on tap, with a large selection in bottles. A beer lovers oasis. No atmosphere, but I spent my time talking to friends and deciding what my next beer would be.

potownbill, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of Imstillthegman
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

As noted by a few others, what this place lacks in atmosphere is made up in their selection. Located down on the lower level of the Tropicana and just about 50 yards from the from both the Boardwalk and Hooters and right across from Corky's (where the food is much better...grab it to go and bring it into Firewaters). Tall green metal fence separates this place from the walkway. Once you come in it's nothing fancy...nice long L-shaped marble bar and about a dozen pub tables. They have something like 50 taps and 101 bottles to choose from. The servers could definately be taught a little more about the beers they serve. I had to ask for a glass for my bottle of Oaked Arrogant Bastard I ordered. Once it gets a little later ( 11 PM or so) the place really gets to be more like a night club and the music is blaring. So, unless that's your thing, I would suggest going before then. Also, don't get your hopes up too high when you look at their beer menu as sometimes what you see and want is now sold out...but thay have plenty else to choose from.

Imstillthegman, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of BillyB
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%

This place has one of the best draft selections of any bar I've ever been to. 51 taps including the Stone Russian Imperial Stout! They also had Dogfish Head, Weyerbacher, Victory, Allagash, Smuttynose and Imports like La Chouffe, Hoegaarden, Chimay, Paulaner, Newcastle and Pilsner Urquell. Just amazing! They also had over 100 bottled beers as well. The staff was friendly and knowledgable.
The strange part about this place is that it's just plopped in the middle of a mall in a casino. Not a very pleasant atmosphere but I'm not going to harp on it. I would come to this place if it was in the middle of a flaming pit of lava.
The food was cheap junk food, but very tasty and great deals. We had mini burrito's and mini hamburgers for like, $5. They have a martini bar kind of next door to it but I didn't go near it.
As far as selection goes this place is a MUST visit!

BillyB, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of mateobmc
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%

A beer bar in the disneyworld like fake citywalk of the Tropicana in AC? I spent the night here on a Friday, and without question, this place does leave something to desire in the way of atmosphere. But, the beer selection is something any beer bar could be proud of. The menu is sorted by draft/bottle and country. Monster Belgian choices, but if you just came over from Monk's Cafe in Philly, you'd be disappointed.

The staff aren't experts, but, that's not the point. Rare do you find a qualified beer bar with bartenders that are straight up knockouts. Absolutely beautiful women, after a while the only thing keeping me at the bar were my eyes, inexorably locked to the delightful servers.

A beer oasis amongst AC mediocrity. Check it out, enjoy the beer, enjoy the ladies.

mateobmc, Nov 26, 2006
Firewaters in Atlantic City, NJ
88 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.