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Firewaters

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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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Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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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
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