Fire Works American Pizzeria & Bar

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Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(703) 527-8700 | map

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Added by darkenetiks on 08-13-2010

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Reviews by blackie:
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4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
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 spoony
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
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 TheBlueJerzzzz
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of HeartofMiami
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Iamjeff6
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of HuntDaddy540
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of dexterk1
3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of JMay419
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of amstokesdb9
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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 shadyside
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of razorsdescent
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Beerandhockey44
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of jjboesen
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
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 +2.6%
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 +1.2%
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 -3.7%
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 +6.1%
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 -0.2%
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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Fire Works American Pizzeria & Bar in Arlington, VA
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