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56 Reviews
Reviews: 56
Visits: 64
Avg: 3.86
pDev: n/a
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Tropicana Casino
Atlantic City, New Jersey, 08401
United States
phone: (609) 344-6699

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Reviews: 56 | Visits: 64
Photo of sulldaddy
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Well I was in AC so I figured I had to hit this place to get some good brews in the system before trudging off to the casinos. The bar is part of the "marketplace" area of Tropicana. Feels like a mall kinda place. The bar area is fenced off with wroughtiron gates and there are many tables and chairs spaced around. Took a seat at the bar which is a typical horseshoe shaped bar.
The place was rather quiet since it was Good Friday and only 3:00 in the afternoon but I had a sense that it gets crazy.
There are 50 taps and 101 bottles. Easy to read menu fills you in on what they have and what is new. Great mix of locals and regionals mixed with quality imports. Of course some macros present as well.
SOme brews on tap we La CHouffe, Hitachino, Heavyweight brews, DFH 90 minute.
There were also quite a few corked belgians in the cooler. I ordered a brew and the bartender told me it was pricey, $8 for a hitachino ale I agreed to pricey and got a weyerbacher blithering idiot. Surprised when it came ina pint glass, then I remembered reading that everything here does. Fine, so not proper glassware, but the bartender did know her brews. They had Beamish, Guinness, and Murphys on Nitogen. One guy asked me what a white ale was and when I explained it to him he said oh thanks and ordered a bottle of BUD! JEEZ! why even ask?

The food is from the deli next door which I didnt sample but seemed like good prices and selection. If you are in AC you need to stop here cause I didnt see anything else similar the rest of my stay.

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Photo of Edwin
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Located in the Tropicana Hotel and Casino, I expected this to be a bar with a ot of bark and not a lot of bite. Boy, was I wrong.

Atmosphere - Kind of tough to distinguish...it is, after all, a casino crowd. Everyone was having fun, including myself, mostly because I was winning. Most people asked what was reccommended and then ordered Michelob Ultra, but all the more good beer for me. Slots could be heard in the distance. A nice looking bar.

Quality - Very high considering what I thought it'd be like. Everything was done pretty well.

Service - Could have been better. Empty beers tend to sit alone for a while. You would figure at a place where people are dying to emty their pockets it'd be better service, but even three bartenders struggled to keep everyone filled up.

Selection - Lots of great beers on tap and in bottles (Dogfish 120 min for $12). I was pretty shocked at the overall selection. Very many good craft brews from all over the world. Impressive to say the least!

Food - From the deli next door. I had a club sandwich. I felt it was quite good. The deli food is pretty darn good. No problems here.

Overall - I thought i'd see some local flavors and then macro city, but this place was very well-stocked. If you head to the Trop, you MUST hit Firewater's. It's a pretty good place to enjoy some brews.

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Photo of slander
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

I told Steve that I wasn't going to be able to make his wedding. It's in Florida and it's during my Western PA work stint. To fly from Pittsburgh to NYC on a Friday, NYC to Florida on Saturday, back to NYC on Sunday and then back to Pittsburgh on Monday is just too much. He was cool about it but it was a given that I was expected at his bachelor party in Atlantic City. I hadn't been down to AC in about 20 years and there is supposedly a beer scene so I figured I'd better head down early...
Firewaters is located in the Tropicana Hotel in an indoor mini strip mall, kind of. More like a handful of "Boardwalkish" novelty stores. Anyway, here's this bar just down the row from active "casinoing". They're touting 50 drafts (1/2 American & 1/2 imports) and 101 bottles. The selection was most impressive. Some good regionals (Flying Fish Summer Farmhouse, Victory Fest & Weizenbock, Weyerbacher Autumn, Dogfish Head Punkin) to be found, plus Allegash, La Chouffe and it's very unusual that you would find Guinness, Murphys and Beamish all being served. A very good bottled selection as well. All 4 Caracoles, Mc Chouffe, Le Coq Imperial, Kwak, Rochefort 8 & 10, Hansen Oude Kriek & Mead the Gueze, Sam Smiths, Kelpie & Froach Heather, etc. plus Heavyweight, Weyerbacher, Victory, Troegs, Smuttynose.
So, the beer selection is very good but the service was spotty at best. I got my Dogfish Punkin slushy in a big frosty glass and I wasn't too damn happy about it and the bartender just didn't seem to know boo about beer. Lots of traffic here, but more the casino crowd than the beer enthusiast.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

went down to ac to check out the borgata and the new marketplace at the trop, which boasts this place as one of it's new additions. walk in and you're slammed in the face with their wall of 45 (i think) taps. nice variety here: dogfish, heavyweight, victory, troegs, smuttynose, sierra, rogue, just to name a few micros. plenty of imports on tap as well. 101 bottles are touted as well, and it seems that they rotate them on a fairly regular basis. unfortunately they didn't have the tupper's ale that i ordered, but i happily settled for a rogue mocha porter as my second choice. service was great as well. my only complaint is that you're in a bar, but not really. it's not enclosed completely and there's a decent amount of other nonsense going on around you. that and there were too many people walking up ordering shots or bud, coors, etc, but what can you do? overall, a great little place that i'll definitely be sure to hit on my next trip back to the trop.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Wandered in on a hot Saturday afternoon, and was pleasantly surprised by the great "wall 'o taps" facing me. Had a sublime pint of fresh Old Engine Oil which hit the spot like nothing else could, after walking the boardwalk (followed by a Jever Pilsner & Mc Chouffe Golden Ale). Clean bar, subdued lighting made for a decent atmosphere, but the two detractors here were the din of the surrounding deli/surrounding eating establishments and sub-par lounge singer/keyboard player in the small kiosk outside the bar, and more importantly the lack of beer-knowledgeable staff. The two female bartenders on duty had no interest (or information) in the beers offered..just there for the paycheck it seemed. A great, and sorely needed thing in A.C., where bland macrobrews rule...I just hope it lasts & the quality and the freshness of the brews offered can last.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

Firewaters is just a bit down the hallway from the Hooters inside the Tropicana. When I heard they had 50 beers on tap I figured it would be made up mostly of the usual suspects such as Bass, Guinness, Sam Adam's, etc., but I was pleasantly surprised! There were a few basics (Stella Artois, Heineken, Harp) and they did include Coor's Light (the only domestic macro); but the expected Guinness had been replaced by Beamish, and John Courage made a nice replacement for the all-too-common Bass. There were five fairly local beers including Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot and Hunterdon's Jersey Gold, as well as a few unusual imports including Hitachino Nest HefeWeizen, Einbecker Pils, and Reissdorf Kolsch.

The selection of 101 bottles was also good, although it included many basics as well (Dos Equis, Foster's, Tsingtao). Some highlights include Freeminer Deep Shaft Stout (England), Super Baladin (Italy), Hannsen's Mead the Geuze (Belgium), EKU Pils (Germany), Heavyweight Cinderbock (NJ), Rogue Half E Weizen (OR), and Smuttynose Maibock (NH).

The bar itself doesn't serve any food, but you can grab something from the deli next door (which they own). I had a cheese hoagie that was slathered in mayonnaise and topped with a piece or two of lettuce and some small tomatoes. It was a bit soggy, and for $6.50 I felt a bit put out. But hey, everything is expensive in the casino!

The service at the bar was very friendly, but not very knowledgeable; and the beer menu was riddled with errors (misspellings, beers from Belgium listed as English, etc.).

The atmosphere, however, was detracting. It's located in what's a little bit like a food court (bier garten?) and while I tried to pick out some of the more subtle notes in my JW Lee's Harvest ale a clown performed in the hallway behind me. And the lighting is a bit odd. Firewaters also has a martini bar that's sectioned off but entirely visible. The cool blue light emanating from the darkness on my right was greatly contrasted by the bright lights of the hallway to my left. My buddy and I moved over to the "wall of taps" but it was even noisier there next to the deli (which was busy with long lines).

Still, I got to try a few beers I hadn't had before and enjoyed talking with some other beer aficianados while there. If I end up having to spend some time waiting around in the casino I'll be sure to plant myself there, otherwise I'll look for a bar with a little more character - even if they have less beers!

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