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3.94/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
11-08-2003 06:08:16 | More by slander
4.18/5 rDev +7.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I was forced to revisit some of my prejudices while visiting this place. I am usually not big on corporate establishments; I have an aversion to non-sports related gambling; I had not been to Atlantic City in over twenty years, and yet, this visit would expose me to all three.
Surprise! I found myself really enjoying this place. It is in a corner on the first floor of the Tropicana Hotel and Casino complex, opposite a Starbucks. They have two bars, one solely for martinis, one solely for beer, making for an uncluttered mecca of beer. They feature two upright coolers, an bank of taps that is reminiscent of the old McFly's in Lancaster, PA, and a couple of standard bar coolers. The claim to fame is "50 Draft Beers [and] 101 Bottle Beers" and I was fat, dumb, and happy during my visit.
My server's t-shirt identified her as a "Beer Babe" and who would I be to disagree? She was friendly and attentive without being obtrusive, plus she was kind enough to put on the Bradley/Pitt basketball game for me. My only objections were overhearing her recommend a beer as "light" as opposed to "dark" and offering a chilled glass in place of one at room temperature. I am already a Beer Pest and I just could not bring myself to correct these errors.
The decor is very minimalistic, with a lot of flat black, low-key lighting, exposed ducting and a beautiful marble bar top. The bar is surrounded (mostly) by tables and chairs, although there were a few high tables with stools.
The selection was great and the prices entirely reasonable, so there is every good possibility that I will be back.
04-15-2006 13:39:36 | More by woodychandler
3.43/5 rDev -11.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$$
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
3.75/5 rDev -3.6%
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!
06-23-2003 17:41:48 | More by NeroFiddled
4.01/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
05-11-2007 15:41:34 | More by Dogbrick
3.63/5 rDev -6.7%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5
If you are looking for some good beer in AC, this is a place to stop at. The only problem is this is the worst location a bar has ever been in - in a food court. It is surrounded by a wire fence to give you that caged in feeling. The stools are metal tractor seats (uncomfortable). The noise is overwhelming as there is nothing to absorb the sound (all tile and hundreds of people milling around in the food court area).
But the beer - 52 taps, all the usual macros but a nice selection of East Coast micros, including DFH, Weyerbacher, Lancaster Brewing, Victory, and some popular brands as Sierra Nevada (including Celebration), Magic Hat, and Abita. Over 100 bottles to choose from too. A decent beer menu will help you quickly navigate the offerings. The selection score was not given a 5 since there was no real "unique" offerings on tap, other than DFH Pumpkin. The bartender was reasonably knowledgable, but spent a lot of time talking to customers while others were waiting for drinks. Didn't try the food, but heck - I was sitting in a food court !
12-07-2004 13:26:20 | More by Gavage
3.74/5 rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I made a trip down to Atlantic City on Thursday with a group of friends for an evening full of hedonism. Firewaters was on my radar to visit, as I knew that we were staying at Tropicana. This place was located in an area of the hotel with a grouping of restaurants and bars, including Corky's which offers some good BBQ.
Part of me wishes we went here earlier in the night when it has less of a nightclub vibe with loud and crusty top 40 music playing. There is a good sized bar here, but there is a back martini bar/dance club, so considered yourself warned.
Beer selection is good with maybe about 50 drafts with highlights that included Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, DFH 90 Minute IPA, Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot, Rogue Dead Guy, Victory Golden Monkey, Blue Point Hoptical Illusion and Stone Arrogant Bastard. I had a Stone IPA that was served in proper glassware and was delicious.
The key with this place is that it's about as good as I think you'll find if you're craving a nice craft beer in AC.
There is slim pickings for good brews down there. We had a great time strolling the boardwalk, checking out the hotels and even did pretty well at the roulette table.
08-14-2011 00:00:11 | More by Hibernator
3.44/5 rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Reasonable prices. Kindof weird location since you will get lost five times looking for the place. Take the elevator, not the stairs off of Atlantic. Best beers on tap are Sclenkerla Rauch and Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot. The atmospher was loud and AC/DC played a lot. If you are in AC check it...otherwise, dont bother.
Could you bring your Mother here? I wouldnt because it is in a casino. I would not drag ma down to this. Seek beer else where. You can tell that the gal behind the bar was new to the game.
Beer is good. Happy beering.
08-14-2005 06:18:24 | More by blitheringidiot
3.61/5 rDev -7.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
In the lower depths of the Tropicana, past the casino buffet and Hooters, walking past an iron fenced bar in a mall like setting, one may not realize the largest selection of craft beer at the Jersey Shore is upon them. Bar seems to have an identity crisis and half caters to the craft beer enthusiast and the other to the clubby crowd. The atmosphere even lends itself to that, as the front area features a nice long bar and high top tables that appears to be a bad attempt at a Belgian cafe. Rounding the corner, one sees a dark and dimly lit area, with another large round bar, this one only appearing to sell vodka and BMC bottles and a dance floor.
50 taps and 101 bottles they claim, featuring a nice mix of American and Belgian craft and enough BMC products and other liquor options for the other side of the equation. The key is there is something for everyone and enough to keep the craft beer enthusiast happy for an extended time. Prices aint to shabby either with $5-$6 being good for most drafts. Service was friendly but not overly knowledgeable about the beer. Recommended most for a later afternoon or early evening before the loud music and crazy kinda start showing up.
11-14-2011 14:39:07 | More by rfgetz
4.21/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
04-12-2004 21:54:36 | More by sulldaddy
Firewaters in Atlantic City, NJ
88 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.