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88
very good

56 Ratings
Ratings: 56
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.49%
$$ - reasonable
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Tropicana Casino
Atlantic City, New Jersey, 08401
United States
phone: (609) 344-6699

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ritter57

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

08-18-2010 21:54:49 | More by ritter57
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Farrell

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

01-02-2010 19:36:51 | More by Farrell
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

07-27-2009 19:14:34 | More by donniecuffs
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

06-14-2009 19:46:48 | More by TheFightfan1
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beerorRIP

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

04-20-2009 23:08:24 | More by beerorRIP
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porter17

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

03-08-2009 18:38:46 | More by porter17
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TooleBurger

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +11%
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.

01-26-2009 02:05:52 | More by TooleBurger
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MSL94

New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

09-02-2008 17:57:28 | More by MSL94
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koopa

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

09-01-2008 19:00:36 | More by koopa
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MmmIPA

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

04-29-2008 19:46:48 | More by MmmIPA
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