Fire Works American Pizzeria & Bar


19 Reviews

Type: Bar, Eatery

2350 Clarendon Blvd
Arlington, Virginia, 22201-3366
United States

(703) 527-8700 | map

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Photo of spoony
4.18/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

V-Fire Works is a big space with a gently curving bar that anchors the corner unit in an Arlington office building. A large patio is out front and it sits on a building plaza. There are multiple TVs inside playing football and most patrons seem to be half-watching the end of the Redskins game when I visited late in the afternoon on an October Sunday. The crowd is mellow and the place is not quite half full. Feels a bit corporate and chain-like, but nothing is offensive.

Q-The beer list is quite good, both taps and bottles. I notice a few offerings from Maine Beer Co. on draft, as well as nice options from Brooklyn, Firestone Walker, and a few locals to round things out. Bottle list includes things like Sucaba.

Ser-The bartender is quick and the beers are poured well into appropriate glasses. If I have a knock on the service it is that the beer was served too cold. I like how the bartender knows at least two of the customers by name.

Sel-The tap list is healthy, maybe 30 beers on offer. The bottle list isn't giant, but it includes a number of styles and is well spread out geographically. There are two beers on cask (which I did not try).

F-I had a mushroom pizza that was pretty tasty, but nothing spectacular. Above average.

O-This place isn't going to win on charm, but the beer list is good, the service was good, and the food was good. That works for me.

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Photo of amstokesdb9
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

This is my one of my favorite Arlington bars. I don't go to bars that often but my wife and I come here pretty regularly. It can get pretty busy in the evening and at lunchtime but it is never deafening. They have a large and always changing selection which includes 2 casks and many bottles. Recent highlights for me have been Firestone Walker XVII, BCBS, Stone Enjoy By, and St Bernardus Christmas. They easy compete for best selection in Arlington and are bested by only a couple in DC.

The food is good but I come here more for the beer than the food. They have many different pizzas along with some sandwiches and pastas. The bartenders are great and knowledgeable but the waitstaff in the restaurant area can be hit or miss.

What I really appreciate is the effort the management has put into making this a beer destination. The brewery flags and general decor let you know what is most important here. Once a month they have multi course beer dinners with a selected brewery. They are also very good about announcing new beers and events though Facebook.

Pricing is reasonable when you get over the fact that DC is just expensive.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Fireworks seems to be a relative newcomer to the Clarendon scene, which was once graced by the late and lamented Dr. Dremo - their former location now a construction site a few blocks away. It sits on a corner with a blazing patio fireplace beckoning all to enter. The interior is sleek and attractive, high ceilngs and large storefront windows allowing for plenty of natural light. Of course, one finds the usual array of plasma TVs and booths all about. The bar is a large one that curves inward. The walls are adorned with scads of beer paraphenalia. The tap list of about 5o oft rotating selections was excellent - and included 2 casks (and they fill growlers.) Something for everyone if that something is beer. The server passed the Water Test, so nary a complaint in this area.

Then there is the wood stove pizza' while not as great as those serves at Flatbread (Burlington, VT), their pies were tasty and of managable portions. (I chose the 10" Quattro Carne.0 They seem to have a reasonable Happy Hour, including Sunday until 5pm. And for those who wish avoiding parking hassles, the Courthouse Metro (Orange Line) is a few blocks away.

One Issue: I deducted points for "Atmosphere" because they allowed children at the bar. Sorry, this is a serious peeve for me.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Visited on a Tuesday evening starting about 8pm. The place was not busy the night we visited.

A - Open, clean, new, not too bright. A nice bar area, booths and tables. The booth we sat in seemed a bit tight - if there had been four of us instead of two, especiallly four men, the booth would have been too small and tight.

A - Beer served in the appropriate glass. No concerns over the quality of the beer.

S - Polite and knowledgeable waitstaff. Always close and available but not intrusive. Georgia and Wayne could have been a bit more energetic.

S - I have the Green Flash Red Rye, the Victory Hop Wallop and the Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue). My friend drank bud light. A wide selection of craft beer on tap and in the bottle. Bombers and other large format bottles available.

F - We had chicken wings and a pizza with pepperoni and lamb sausage. I thought it was a fine pizza, but did not come away overly impressed either. Wings were average to above average. Willing to visit again and further explore the menu.

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Photo of Chaney
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

My wife and I were dead set on shopping in the Clarendon area and we were going to make an afternoon of it.

I did my beer research (unknown to her) and recommended a great "pizza" place. Wink, wink, nod, nod.

Atmosphere: We parked in the Clarendon shopping center over near a very nice "Container Store." We used our address book and nose for fresh hops to get here.

On the outside, this place is nothing to write home about, however, the interior was absolutely awesome! Since we came in during St. Paddy's weekend, the place was decked out accordingly. Modern architecture, huge pizza oven, the whole nine yards!

Service and Quality: Awesome service all around from a great waitress who knew lots about the beer and pizza menu.

Selection: Nice. I particularly like the option of ordering sample glasses for a reduced price vs. full glasses.

Food: This place KILLS Paradiso in this area. You can actually order a half/half two pizzas of your choosing. Really nice!

Value: Very reasonably, especially considering the fact that you can get small tasters of the beer (ala Churchkey) and the food is pretty cheap considering the area. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

First stopped in this place over the weekend after failing to make a visit since the place opened.

The ambiance is really fantastic. I love the brewery flags hanging by the bar, and the viewable keg room was nice. The steel pipes coming from the keg room and creating the tap backdrop are a really nice touch.

Service was good. Bartender was friendly and pretty knowledge. Great selection of drafts with a good mixture of import and craft. I hadn't seen Duvel Green on tap in awhile, so was happy to grab a tulip of that.

Pricing was really nice, with happy hour drafts sitting at $3.

Overall, a really nice experience and I will most certainly be coming back.

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Photo of DapperGrowler
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I have been to Fireworks in Alexandria a few times. They have great beer release events such as for Williams Brothers Brewery or Sierra Nevada. Fireworks is a fun place with a great atmosphere. In addition to a great regular craft brew selection the place has a nice selection of casked beers on a given day. The staff is very knowledgeable. I loved the pizza. The wood fired oven makes a great pizza and is nice to sit next to on a really cold day. Additionally, who could forget that there is no better food to eat while drinking then pizza.

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Photo of younggunz
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A nice location slightly off the beaten path in Clarendon/Courthouse. Good/great selection of beers depending on your styles choice. They have a pretty expansive list of Belgians, and their draft IPA list is quite nice. Sculpin, Hopslam, Stone 14th IIPA, and Racer 5 and Dugana on tap when I was there. I can drink Sculpin and Hop Slam all day, so I was satisfied. My wife liked the food, prices are reasonable for the area, draft/bottle list is stellar for Arlington. I usually split time between Lost Dog, Fireworks and Galaxy Hut depending on the tap rotations. Pleased with all three.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.18/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Myself and a group of three people ate a large lunch of three pizzas at Fire Works between lunch dinner hour. The atmosphere seemed classy and urban (exposed concrete pillars, stainless steel, and faux plants artistically arranged). Different breweries were represented by flags hung around the bar. We sat at a dining table inside, but there was a patio area as well. We ordered three pizzas which were all tasty, creative, and came to the table hot. The beer selection was very good, with a large bottle list (25% discount for beer-to-go!), two beers on cask, and a substantial tap list including a cider. The service was minimal but fine, and the value was typical for the area and the quality. We all enjoyed the beer and I got some beer to go.

Conclusion: Myself and the group (one of which was a local) loved this place and walked out stuffed with tasty pizza and cheesecake. This is a classy place to get some upscale pizza and a great selection of tasty beer, but it isn't a full fledged tap house and does not have a vintage beer list.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Listed in the Arlington Courthouse area which doesn't really have much charm, sits actually a nice simple little place in a glass first floor building.

Fireworks inside offers a fairly decent tap selection, and a slightly better than average selection on bottles. Luckily there is a lot to choose from.

Service is fine and prompt, but asking our waitress something specific it was obvious that she wasn't knowledgable very much about what was being served. Nevertheless, service was friendly and fine.

The place is a little family oriented, but it also looks like it has a very nice large bar that looks quite inviting. It's not the best pizza but it's quite good.

Many of the beers though offered you can get at many other places, but the one thing that seemed to stick out the most for me here was you could get on tap or bottles of Terrapin here to consume. Otherewise, you can enjoy many of the local and obvious craft favorites from the area.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

This pizza is what you go for and the pizza lacks flavor. The sauce has no taste and the crust is not up to par with other pizza joints that serve this style of pizza. Though, I give this place props for serving up non-traditional pizzas. The service was very good however, and our waiter in particular was on the ball the entire night. The host(ess) seemed a bit disorganized and stretched thin. They were quite friendly, but the manager might want to get another host(ess) up front during peak times. Overall, the service staff really hustled and was upbeat on a busy Friday night. Got to give them props for that!

The restaurant itself is very beautiful and comfortable. AND I wish so much that the food was better. Be prepared to wait long over the weekends.

Onto the best part, the beer selection. There were lots of good craft beer on tap as well as bottles. The prices are pretty high though.

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

stopped in for 1 beer after dinner at Dr. Granville Moore's and on the way to Galaxy Hut.

odd "corporatey" location - lots of new development in the area.

pretty bright interior and very crowded - a long bar faces the burning wood oven where a gentleman rotates and nourishes delicious looking pies in a 700+ degree oven burning firewood. some unique christmas decorations remained, along with beer flags and a window into the keg room with decorative bottles.

lots of good taps - sculpin, stone stuff, some locals and a couple firins. for some reason i settled on the heavy seas barleywine on the firkin. It's a crappy beer, but that was my fault.

hard to really peg the crowd, but seemed mostly young professionals. service was bland.

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Photo of kevinv
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I've been here a few times and finally decided to write a review. I was excited to see this place open up as I work literally right next door, so it's a great place to grab a beer and pizza before heading home.

Like other's described, mainly a younger professional type crowd. The attire for most seems to be business casual, but you can get away with regular street clothes if you choose.

As soon as you walk in, you'll see a wine cooler in front of you and a large glass room to your left with some beer kegs and bottles. Long bar that spans the length of the restaurant with a current chalkboard tap list hanging above. I recommend sitting close to the front of the bar if you can, so you can see the pizza's being made. Some friends and I sat at the far end of the bar on a busy Friday night and we felt like we were constantly in the way because that's where the servers come out of the kitchen and grab drinks from the bartender.

The selection is pretty good. They've got selections from most of the well-known craft brewers (Stone, Allagash, Bells, etc.) available on tap and in bottles. The prices are on par with what you'd expect. They have 30 rotating taps and ~100 or so in bottles. They also seem to get new releases pretty quickly. I was drinking a Stone 10.10.10 from the tap only days after the release. The only time they've been out of something was when I had tried to order an Arrogant Bastard bomber to split with a friend who's new to craft beer. Not a big deal, though...plenty more to choose from. The food is pretty good, but not amazing. I prefer the pizza at Pizzeria Paradiso in Georgetown.

The service has been exceptional every time I've been, both at the bar and at the tables. I don't think they offer reservations, but they might offer call-ahead seating. A group of 6 of us made the mistake of going on a Saturday night around 7pm and had a two hour wait for a table. It gets pretty full at lunch time too, but not that bad.

Overall, it's a great place and was glad to see this location open up. I do feel like they are still working through their opening kinks, so I'm excited to see what becomes of the place.

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Photo of JOTAS
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I was excited to hear that Fireworks was opening up this past late Summer. The main reason, it was going to have plenty of good quality craft beers on tap, not to mention a decent bottled beer selection as well.

I stepped in for a happy hour a month or so ago and I was impressed with the beer selection. I was not impressed with the happy hour beer selection. The price for HH specials was on point. For $5 you had your choice of some OK beers that you would probably skip. That $5 also covered one of their house pizzas that was pretty tasty and cheap for the price.

The atmosphere really kicked in after 5:30 PM when everyone started pouring in. I was at a training so I was able to get there at 4:30 and enjoy the decor and the overall layout was nice.

There is a decent sized patio that can be used during the warmer months and the big plus is that it's metro accessible on the orange line, just take the train to Court House. Overall, you won't be disappointed!

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Photo of blackie
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Located on a fairly commercial stretch of the Clarendon/Wilson corridor, Fire Works is the new spot in an improving beer scene. The interior furnishings and decor are modern upscale. Not exactly generic but not really a warm, comfortable place either (save for waves of heat from the brick pizza oven - kinda cool to sit at the bar and watch your pizza made). Also cool is that the kegs are stored prominently in a glass-walled refrigeration unit. Lots of bar space and an outdoor patio. Crowd mostly young professional types.

The draft selection runs the span from macro lager and pedestrian craft to the more esoteric selections, most falling into that middle area, with something that should please most anybody - numbering about 30 total. Two casks add a nice touch, with Two-Hearted and dry-hopped Raging Bitch being two that I've quite enjoyed. The bottle list carries the same variety - about 100 total. All drafts served in either a house-logo chalice, pint, or lager glass. Growlers soon to be available.

Fire Works has some really excellent pizza, on par with what I've had at Paradiso. The Smokey Blue is killer, and the Virginia Luau great as well. Thin, flavorful, and not overly cheesed or greasy.

Service has always been really good, either at the bar or table.

Prices are fair for the area, most pints around 5-6 dollars. Happy hour specials include a list of 5 drafts for $3, as well as $5 10 inch pizzas, a fine deal.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Kind of a spiffy shiny white-guy place - college grad, new job, work suit with tie undone, but nothing intelligent to say kinda place.

Staff is very friendly and beer/ gourmet pizza is reasonably priced.

I don't really get stoked by the selection though. 30 taps and not the best choices. I get the feeling that that head managers are not letting the beer guy have full say. It's all debatable I suppose.

Pizza is surprisingly mediocre for wood-fired oven and impressive on paper ingredients.

I been here three times before writing the review. I'll probably hold back for a few months and see how they are coming along later. Maybe they will get their pizza/ beer act together.

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Photo of rushpatrick
4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Went on during Happy Hour on a Wednesday night with my girlfriend. This place is great. The happy hour special was $3 drafts of a few different beers some cocktails for $4 and wines for $5. They also serve selected 10" pizza for $5, which are substantial enough for a big snack or a small meal for two people. They also serve glowers to go, exact prices I don't know but was told they range from 10-15 bucks a fill. They currently don't have glowers for sale, but you can bring your own.

The decor is some what minimalist with exposed concrete pillars and limited decorations. The bar stretches along one wall of the restaurant in front of the pizza oven and the kitchen, it seats roughly 40 people, so I would say it's quite large. There is some bar tables, some low tops, and plenty of outdoor seating.

The service is absolutely amazing. We sat at the bar where there were around 4 or 5 bartenders working, so we never had to wait to get their attention. The staff was very friendly and introduced themselves by name. They had a good knowledge of the beers on tap were helpful in selecting from the 30+ choices. My GF ordered a glass of wine, or which they have a selection of over 10, and the bartender offered her a sample before poring a very full glass.

The selection of beers was amazing. I could sit and drink in this place for hours. In addition to the draft selection they have over 100 bottles to choose from. The food includes wood fired pizza, some smalls, and some mains. I went there last night (9/15) and they were serving HopSlam on cask, that pretty much says it all.

The pizza we ordered was delicious, and prepared very quickly right in front of us. We split the 10" and it was plenty food. The couple sitting next to us order some risotto balls which looked very good and on the other side of us some order the mussels, which they said they enjoyed. I gave the food a 4.5 because it could always be better.

The prices here are what seals the deal. In this area one can pay any amount for high quality draft beer, at the Fireworks, you'll get a deal. Draft prices range from $4-$7, bottles were slightly higher. I ordered an Allagash on happy hour for $3, a hopslam for $8, a Bruery Mischief for $4.25!!!, and a New Dogtown Pale for $5. The HopSlam was higher than the other beers on the menu, but that's the nature of the Slam. Compared with other prices in the area, these are amazingly cheap. Galaxy Hut and Pizzaria Paradiso are getting so overpriced it's ridiculous. It's nice to have reasonable bar in the area that fires on all cylinders.

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Photo of jslot38
4/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went on a Tuesday night for Happy Hour with mdfb79.

Very nice place, includes a long bar to the right, booths and tables to the left, and an outdoor patio. Note, if you sit at the front part of the bar you will get some good heat from the wood oven.

Servers handed us a tap list, but noted that the chalk boards over head have the most updated version (there were some differences.) Two casks, 30+ taps, and a strong bottle selection. Prices are very reasonable, most tap prices are between $5-$7. Bottles are similarly priced.

Tonight we had: Victory Saison Du Buff, Terrapin Hop Karma, Founders Porter, Greenflash Imperial IPA, and Lagunitas Pale ale.

They had various other items, Stone Old Guardian, Schlafly, Bells, Duck Rabbit etc...

They also had 5 beers which were $3 a pint for happy hour (including Allagash White). Also for happy hour was a group of 5 different pizzas for $5 each. Probably about a 10" pie. Both were solid.

All in all this was a good trip. Happy hour, 3 good beers and a good pizza for $27 with tip is a good deal. Will be back.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

The Fire Works in Arlington, VA opened at 5PM today so I decided to check it out.

Atmosphere - The place was a lot bigger than I expected. You walk in and are meeted by a hostess who will seat you, or you can just go to the bar, which is what I did. Lots of seating, including a decent amount of outdoor tables. The bar was pretty full with knowledgable beer drinkers and friendly bartenders.

Quality - I thought the quality was very good. I counted at least 32 beers on tap and at least 85 beers on the bottle list, with a lot of range and quality. I had a Terrapin Hop Karma, NC Red Seal, Founder Porter, and ST Creme Brulee. Off the top of my head they also had on tap Founders Breakfast Stout, 2 Hearted Ale, Allagash White, Duck Rabbit, Stone Old Guardian, and more. Offer full beers of 4 oz. samples.

Service - The service was amazing. Granted today was opening day, so I'm sure they had more people working than they usually will, but the baretenders were very friendly and knowledgable. There were so many bartenders, servers, and busboys working that even when it got busy, there were people standing around waiting for you to finish your beer and ready to get you another.

Selection - I thought the selection was pretty good overall. They have somewhere between 115-140 different beers and a lot of very very good ones. Right now based off of the bottle/draft list I would say Paradiso and Church Key in DC, and even Galaxy Hut, have different, possibley rarer, beers, but the quality is still great. Heres to hoping as they get established they continue to gte great beers.

Food - N/A

Value- Most beers were between $5-6.50, with Founders Breakfast Stout being the most expensive beer on tap at $8. They also offer 4 oz. samples for less than half the price. Some of the bottles were a little pricey but not more expensive than they would be at other beer bars.

Overall I was pretty impressed with the place. I'm hoping they can pull some more obscure kegs eventually like CK, Paradiso, and Galaxy Hut do, but it's opening day, so I don't hold it against them. If the worst they are is a bar with 100+ solid craft beers I'll still be a very happy guy. They also will be selling growlers in the next week or 2 but not yet, so I can't comment on growler prices.

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Fire Works American Pizzeria & Bar in Arlington, VA
4.18 out of 5 based on 35 ratings.
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