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2.88/5 rDev -26.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$
I'll say first that I am not a casino type of person. I'm not big on gambling away the money I sweated to earn nor on taking the dollars away from my kids. So I parked in the garage and made a beeline through the rather impressive Quarter and went to theservice desk to get a VIP card, or something of the ilk, so I could save $6 on parking. After cruising through the casino, down an escalator, and along a nondescript basement-like alley, I found Firewaters, tucked behind a 6 foot wrought iron picket fence.
It's painted black anywhere black would adhere, and and painfully generic pseudo-metal assaulted the tympanic membranes. The stool seats were butt-molded tractor saddles, like something off a Cub Cadet riding lawn mower. God forbid you're a fatass, you'll spill awkwardly over the rim. And the clientele ranges from old ladies trying to fortify themselves on nearby deli fare for another run of the slots to GA candidates riveted to the several TV's watching whatever game it is they bet on to try to win enough money for bus fare home. Overall, eccentrically bordeline pathetic.
I ordered LaChouffe and Re got Chimay Cinq Cents, which arrived, both, in pint glasses, and well over-chilled. So, in essence, they blatantly dropped the ball. I mean, why have a selection of beers, at least a few of which are damned good and ambitious, and have a grand total of one type of glassware to serve them in? And I understand the temperature issue, but it would be more bearable if they would make some semblance of an attempt at more appropriate serving glasses. The beer we had was not bad, but it was done in by the above, I'm afraid.
Our bartender was obviously much better equipped to work in a shot-and-a-beer establishment then to be serving anything more exotic. I had to repeat 'LaChouffe" three times and exercise a strident point at the beer list before she got what I was saying, and I have no speech impediments and it was during one of the blissful breaks from the ear-raping tripe being played, so no excuses except clulessness. But that was after she'd already come back to tell me that my first choice, "Heavyweight Say...See....well, Heavyweight whatever" was kicked.
I have to say the selection was better than average. A few genuine Belgians, some DFH, Heavyweight, Victory, and several German and English representations were on hand. But really, with all those taps on the wall, it fell well short of impressive, and I think that is a rather tall order to be able to fill, to have all those taps and still come up just more than average. And of the 12 or so patrons I could observe besides Re and me, every single one was drinking a BMC or Lager bottle, so really, I think I might be lucky to have had two beers that had not spent too much time on the tap. Maybe they should re-think their strategy and turn the tap area into shelves for single malts to augment the vodkas and gins at the martini bar across the room.
Now, I know this place is in a Casino, or at least under it, but $8.50 each for ill-served, too-cold beer is simply over the top.
Yes, paying more in AC is the norm, but as a rule you get something at least close to worth your money. In this case, it's not the case. Too pricey, too loud, and struggling through an identity crisis like a teen at a new school, there's nothing about this place that will draw me back in, either as a side visit, or as a destination in itself.
But at least parking only cost me $4.
09-06-2005 16:02:58 | More by Foxman
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
3.01/5 rDev -22.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
Walked in and it was a basically like an afterthought to the mall/ casino. A huge selection of taps and bottles, ranging from some local crafts (Victory/ Troeg's/ Flying Fish/ etc.) to some nice imported bottels (Rochefort/ Witkap/ Unibroue) The bartenders really had no idea what they were doing. They could not find the tap to pour a beer, had no idea what styles of beer were, and they seemed to be out of many taps, and made no effort to make a suggestion of something close. It seemed kind of dirty inside as well. Yes, I can get a great beer there, but $8 a pint for a Flying Fish! And on top of that, I guess you are doing me a favor. Nice selection, but I don't think I would return.
06-11-2011 15:29:49 | More by OWSLEY069
3.3/5 rDev -15.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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
3.3/5 rDev -15.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
was here for a bachelor party...
the look of the place never really does much for me unless it's an extreme. this was not. kinda dim-lit, which is ok with me as atlantic ac doesn't always have the nicest scenery to look at.
plenty of beers on tap, but too many common or macro beers really. the bottle selection was good but i'm not one for bottles at a bar unless they're crazy cheap or crazy rare. there were notable ones that caught my attention, but it wasn't like i'd been to nirvana or something.
the people tending bar were friendly, and did present the beers just fine. but it was empty-ish so i can't comment on what it's like when it's crowded.
worth noting: i was not allowed in at night time, as i was wearing a pair of Dr. Martens boots. apparently, that's not acceptable attire for a beer bar at night.
04-20-2009 23:08:24 | More by beerorRIP
3.43/5 rDev -12.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$$
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
09-14-2007 13:29:16 | More by Billolick
3.44/5 rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Visited in June 2011. This bar felt oddly out of place in a casino, probably because I can't imagine gambling without cocktails. Fairly decent selection but leaning a little towards a BMC and foreign mega-beer lineup. Pretty pricey, if memory serves $8 a pint for your average IPA and prices aren't mentioned on the menu. We were there in the afternoon and it wasn't particularly crowded and the vibe felt corporate and cold like a lot of airport bars I've been to. Worth a quick thirst quencher but not somewhere you'd want to spend the evening. We departed after one beer and headed outside for the beach bar with the reggae band where the vibe couldn't be beat, despite the lousy beer selection.
08-01-2011 01:35:11 | More by coldriver
3.44/5 rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Reasonable prices. Kindof weird location since you will get lost five times looking for the place. Take the elevator, not the stairs off of Atlantic. Best beers on tap are Sclenkerla Rauch and Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot. The atmospher was loud and AC/DC played a lot. If you are in AC check it...otherwise, dont bother.
Could you bring your Mother here? I wouldnt because it is in a casino. I would not drag ma down to this. Seek beer else where. You can tell that the gal behind the bar was new to the game.
Beer is good. Happy beering.
08-14-2005 06:18:24 | More by blitheringidiot
3.45/5 rDev -11.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 3
Popped in here while on vacation with the not-quite-inlaws in OC. Impressive taplist and bottle selection, really first-rate. An amazing list of micros and imports. The atmosphere, quite frankly, sucks...I love a nice cozy bar feeling and this place is just the opposite. It's right in the middle of a stretch of eating establishments and stores in the middle of a casino, with only a little railing seperating the bar from the walkway. The service was pretty bad as well. Took a while to get the bartenders attention, and she knew nothing about the beer. People next to me asked about this beer or that and her response was "I don't know, I just drink Budweiser". I ended up doing that part of her job for her. Also took her and a coworker about 4 minutes to find a bottle of Rochefort 10° for my ladyfriend...to their credit they did warn us that it's expensive. The food I had (nachos) was rather bland and uneventful. You'd do better hitting the deli next door I believe.
10-15-2004 06:07:41 | More by PopeDX
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
Firewaters in Atlantic City, NJ
88 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.