United States > New Jersey > Atlantic City
Dogbrick (797) Columbus, Ohio | January 28, 2008
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
(Visited 05/2007): 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 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. Samplers of 4 drafts are 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.
Rastacouere (664) Montreal, Quebec | October 9, 2007
46 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 9/20
Incredibly lousy bar where the beer list does not fit at all. I can only presume that the owner happens to be a beer lover, but you could not help, but stare at any customer that does not order a cocktail with all the superficiality in the air. Ok, it was a friday around midnight and I guess they bend to whatever the demand is, but the music was very loud, obnoxious hip-hop. The draught selection sure is interesting and the prices reasonable for Atlantic City, but my Sly Fox Royal Weisse did not seem as fresh as I imagined it would be and I can only suspect that this must happen frequently despite the large number of patrons. I can’t understand how people give it a 4 for ambiance as the place is in a casino complex basement, crowded with fake people, girls that can barely walk so high are their heels and guys who can barely walk two steps without swinging their shoulders down like a rap star in a videoclip. No windows ornate the place and by looking outside, what you see is nothing but what could be a shopping mall, with dull boutiques left and right. Still, the place remains your best option for good beer in Atlantic City, but it does not mean it’s worth any ravings and I doubt you will want to stay more than an hour.
Glouglouburp (423) Montreal, Quebec | August 28, 2009
68 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 20/20
Visited summer 2008. Now this is a place I could describe without my notes. One of the most memorable places of my pub-crawler life, and for all the bad reasons. First the beer selection is quite amazing. 51 taps (that’s fifty-one!!!) with only about 5 of them sub-par crap for the tourists. Decent bottle selection too but with 51 taps you won’t get to it. The ambiance is something else!!! As far as true beer-bars is concerned this takes the cake for the tackiest most kitsch losers hangout. Worlds can’t describe the tacky disco DJ, worlds cannot describe the drunk losers that think that Atlantic City is the shit, worlds cannot describe the drunk fat chicks dressed up for a night out at the Casinos. This place is amazing. I went early in the evening with the girlfriend and went back late at night by myself. I could spend a week doing people watching there. Now back to the beer. I also had on tap Rogue Charlie which is a rarer Rogue. WARNING: Most customers drink alcohol or macros. With 51 tap lines a few are most likely not very fresh. My Founders Breakfast Stout was in poor condition. Highly recommended for those with a twisted sense of humour.
ben4321 (361) Hoboken, New Jersey | June 8, 2012
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
For a bar in the basement of a Casino, this place has a pretty decent beer selection. Compared to what is around it, it is great, compared to a good beer bar, it is pretty mediocre.
TaktikMTL (263) Montréal, Quebec | March 14, 2007
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Établissement visité le dimanche 11 mars vers 16h. Ambiance: Petit bar situé à l’intérieur du complexe Tropicana à deux pas du boardwalk. Endroit assez sombre, musique rock en sourdine et décoration relié à la bière sur les murs. Service: Une seule serveuse malgré le nombre élevé de client. Elle connaît très bien les bières offertes. Selection: 50 bières en fut et plus de 100 bouteilles sont disponible. Possibilité de choisir une palette (4x 4 oz) pour les bières en fut au coût de 8$. Les deux tiers sont des micros américaines, l’autre tier venant d’Europe. Nourriture: Rien de disponible mais si je me fis à ce que j’ai vu, il est possible d’apporter la bouffe des restaurants voisins du bar. (39e rating d’établissement)
reggiedunlop (178) The dub c, Pennsylvania | April 10, 2012
60 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
Not quite as nice as the glen mills location but its one of the few places in AC i could easily find to grab a decent beer. Its a little dark and drab but the food is good enough to soak up the drunkeness and a few tasty beers can be had. Prices are fair and service is friendly.
obxdude10 (129) Pottstown, Pennsylvania | May 13, 2005| Updated February 2, 2006
68 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Indeed pretty much the best place in AC to get beer, not all that large of a place though, very nice selection of beers on draft as well as in bottles, lots of good local micros on draft, kinda dark down there in the "lower" level of the casino, but a decent place to get away from the loud action upstairs
Leafs93 (125) Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania | January 24, 2010
56 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 2/10 OVERALL 10/20
Very nice selection of bottles and drafts. I think its 50 taps and 100 bottles. Something for everyone. Have been a couple times and always head there ealry in the evening. Was surprised to see it packed late night...but sad to see everyone holding Miller lights. Terrible atmosphere late night, when not crowded its just ok. Also as stated below, they are quick to clear drinks, even when still full.
NYHarvey (124) New York, New York | January 15, 2006
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
They have added food. Basic bar snacks...nachos and stuff, but they installed a pretty decent deli counter (very Jersey style with a huge selection of meats and cheeses) where you can literally walk two feet to get a sub.
I enjoyed the beer selection even though it wasn’t the world’s best it was large enough with a pretty decent number of taps. Was enough beers to keep me hopping around and some fantastic favorites I had never gotten to try on draft like Perkunos Hammer. I have to say I really enjoyed this place and if you don’t have ready access to the beers sold in the tr-state area you’ll be quite impressed with the selection.
frankenkitty (98) Oak Lawn, Illinois | June 23, 2007
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
"50 Drafts & 101 Bottles". What more needs to be said? If you need a beer while walking the Boardwalk, this is your only oasis, as you can expect to pay higher prices for cheaper beer anywhere else. Hell, split a bottle of Unibroue Quelque Chose with a friend for 14 bucks. I’ve seen that brew selling at retailers in the Chicago area for nearly twice the amount. Read fbennett below for further details... Frank tells it like it is. And check Firewaters weblink above. RateBeer scores and a reciprocal link back to the site. How cool is that?
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