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Type: Bar, Eatery

Tropicana Casino
Atlantic City, New Jersey, 08401
United States

(609) 344-6699 | map

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Photo of Foxman
2.88/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

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Photo of mendvicdog
2.94/5  rDev -24.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5

No Carton or Kane. Nothing from NJ except a couple flying fish. Poor usage of the taps available.

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Photo of Farrell
3/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.01/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

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Photo of ritter57
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of beerorRIP
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
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

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Photo of oldn00b
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of coldriver
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of PopeDX
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of IPA17
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3

I guess I expected this place to be a little more on the higher end side. It was a little more transient than I would have liked but it is Atlantic City and I understand. The place was ok. The service was ok. All was ok, except the beer selection, which was good. It could have been a little cleaner. So, all else considered, if you like good and rare brews and are in A.C. to leave a little money at the casinos, stop here. If you aren't a beer fan, you may not appreciate what Firewaters has to offer.

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Photo of koopa
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I've been to Firewaters in Atlantic City about half a dozen times in the past couple of years and it remains the staple for good brew in AC.

The interior atmosphere could use lots of improvement IMHO as could the bartenders knowledge and service level. But the selection is near excellent, making up for everything that is lacking.

Pricing is more expensive than a standard bar but not as much as you would expect from a high end beer bar in a casino. Pints range from $4 - $8 bucks fro the most part. 750ml bottles can range from $10 - 25 bucks on average. Obviously they have some selections that are more expensive but I'm just trying to illustrate that lots of offerings are there to be had in the price ranges I've listed.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.61/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.61/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Has an open/sports bar atmosphere, and a back area where they had a live DJ playing contemporary dance music. Plenty of taps (51) and a decent bottle list (80+), but as the previous reviewer noted most were fairly main stream. The layout is simple with a few tables around the edge of the establishment and the main focus on seating at the bar. The bar itself wraps around and then doubles back into the aforementioned back area.

Every beer I ordered was served in the proper glass, which I wasn't expecting at all from an AC bar. They even make a point of mentioning the glassware your drink will be served in on the menu. A for effort, but reading only a few lines further down they forfeited all their brownie points with an absolutely horrid "beer education" section. I wish I had a picture. It's basically 3 lines that say something to the effect of...

"Lagers: top fermented, crisp and light"
"Ales: bottom fermented, fruity and bold"
"All others: porter, stout, lambics, weiss, saison, double..."

The last "catch all" category had us rolling on the floor laughing.

Overall though it's not a bad place to grab a beer.

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Photo of Gavage
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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 !

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Weird beer place. Came here with the blithering one.

Prime example of having tons of taps but not real impressed. Came here for one reason. Schenkerla's Lenten beer was on-tap and I wanted to try it. Parking at the Tropicana is expensive as all get out, but street parking may become available.

I had another beer that was past its prime. Lots of taps, but are you handling your invetory? They gave blitheringidiot a Blithering Idiot in a pint glass for $4. In other words, thanks for the mistake but do you know what you are doing? I'm not so sure.

The server was new and making some mistakes but she was friendly and apologetic.

So let me sum this place up: you are in a mall area of a casino. Your gimick is having tons of taps. You will make money.

Now, this place is not worth traveling to. But if you are in the area, what the hey?

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Photo of MmmIPA
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I drug my fiance all the way down here from Tenn st. I had high hopes for this franchise but they were sort of let down with the selection.They is a nice selection but Ive tried almost 3/4 of the beer in some sort.I did have a Rogue Charlie and a Kona pale ale,they were both great,esp. the Kona pale ale.Im not dogging this place,Ide go back here but for a person that is just starting out in craft beer,you would be in heaven.The pints are reasonable.I met a fellow BA here with his wife,very pleasent people.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Photo of VABA
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of countmeoutt
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

Every time i go to the tropicana i like to make a stop here at Firewaters. There are positives about this place and they are also negatives. Its situated in what looks and feels like a mall area with no wall but a big black gate and a deli on your left hand side. Basically there isnt much of an atmosphere to the place. The barstools at times feel weird,maybe its just me. One reviewer below me mentioned how they look like seats from a lawnmower and thats exactly what they look like.

So now we get to the beer. While i really do enjoy coming to this place i will say everytime ive been here i ask for at least 2 beers and find out they are kicked. They also have a big menu of beers which never seems to be current. But I'm not really gonna complain about that. There is around 50 taps and 101 bottled and if youre a fan of craft beer and in the area there isnt anywhere better to go. Sometimes later at night the music can get a bit loud and feels almost like a club. The bartenders are sometimes good, some of them dont really know a whole lot about beer. However there's usually an older man behind the bar and he knows his stuff.

They also have samples. For the price of a pint you can get 4 indivuidual samples on a tray with some paper to take notes on them. It still doesnt make firewaters a beer bar though. On my last visit some of the beers on tap were Fullers ESB,Stone IPA,Arrogant Bastard,Blithering Idiot,Heavyweight Cinderbock,McChouffe...so the selection is there,just hope the keg isnt kicked.

Also dont get any food there, eat before you go. i ordered a hamburger and i dont even know where it came from but it wasnt good. Go here simply for the beer..or if you like loud music.

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Firewaters in Atlantic City, NJ
Place rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 64 ratings
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