Iíve been to Firewaters in Hackensack a couple of times now as its close to where I live and has a great selection coupled with good service depending on who is working when you visit. Sonia is the only bartender there that has shown any bit of passion for craft beer while Iíve visited.
The atmosphere here in Hackensack is pretty typical for a NJ bar with a Hooters attached :) What you expect is what you get. Lots of sleazy guido dudes eating Hooters Wings while drinking Coors light at the bar. And some of us more refined drinkers trying to be adults by refraining from mocking them :)
Pricing is more expensive than a standard bar but not as much as you would expect from a high end beer bar.
Pints range from $4 - $8 bucks for the most part. 750ml bottles can range from $10 - 25 bucks on average. Obviously they have some selections that are more expensive but Iím just trying to illustrate that lots of offerings are there to be had in the price ranges Iíve listed.
Reviewed on: 09-01-2008
BiddleBrau (78) Fort Washington, Pennsylvania | April 4, 2010| Updated August 22, 2010
8/2010 - Update - after a few more visits I wonder if they realize they should clean their taps. All beers tasted off significantly
Plan on giving this place another shot but I could see where the negative reviews may be closer to being accurate. Not much going on the night I stopped in. DIdnít have an Otter Creek brown I asked for and the Hibernator tasted old. Didnít seem to care that people may actually like good beers here as most folks at the bar looked like the íregularsí and were drinking mixed drinks. Maybe thatís a sign. Still location is good should the bridge traffic be backed up which would give me a reason to stop in for a cold one.
Firewaters is a good idea. A beer bar conveinently located and comfortable.
The execution is pretty generic. Bar, a couple tables, dart boards, dance floor. Could use a little imagination, less volume on the music, and more light. At least until later in the night.
Service was poor, I asked for a sampler, and I guess that it was too much to wait for me to make a decision. I had to chase my beers, and even had trouble getting a bill.
On the up side the selection is great. 50 beers on tap including some great ones, and another 100 in bottles. Not many places compete with that.
Price, I showed up on a Tuesday and all drafts were $2. Iíd go back if it was every Tuesday!
Sorry. Sure, theres a wide selection. Dont plan on enjoying the aroma of your beer, however. The place smells like a frat house; cheap cologne, urinals and vomit. Whats the point of having good beers if the place stinks?!?! Friendly service, I will admit.
Maybe things have improved since the prior reviews, but I just found this place a couple months ago, and itís a favorite. The service is friendly and knowledgeable (Laura and Lauren know beer styles and glassware!) and the variety is striking. I can always find something I like there, and Lauraís new 101-beer club is widening my beer repertoire. The food is regular grill food (Hooters is next door, and I believe the probably share a kitchen), but itís delivered fresh, hot, and enjoyable. The place does get a bit loud, the music is cranked up, but you can always have a conversation with the guy on the barstool next to you about good beer, it does attract beer geeks.
The choice of tap beers is nice but the beers donít move (too many just sit there since 90% of the patrons are drinking coors light). The lines are not cleaned as often as they should which ruins a good beer. Barmaids are pretty clueless about the beer. Iíd rather spend my money at The Coppermine or Andyís where Iíll get better, fresher and new tapped beers every week. The one thing that Firewaterís has is ditsy barmaids with low-cut shirts trying to get an extra dollar by showing their cleavage. Oh well, you canít have everything but if I want to see cleavage, Iíll go to a strip joint, if I want a good beer, Iíll go to Andyís.
So maybe I went on the wrong night, Friday night about 10pm. I was told to take off my Yankees hat as if they didnít just clinch. Even though there was another dude wearing shorts, and flip flops. So a hat is not correct attire how? The boobalicious bartenders had no clue about the beer they were serving and were not accomodating at all to my questions. For the area known as the beer wasteland as EDA said, yes the selection is pretty nice for the beginner beer geek. For me I wanted a few things they did not have and got the same dissapointing response every time. All on the menu - Russian River Pliney the Elder, never had it she said, Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot, never had it, Legacy Euphoria, never had it. So, what, they just advertise good beer to get you in there and then force you to drink expensive bottles, which they also had a lot on the list they did not have. New Glarus Belgian Red, Three Floyds stuff like Bruce. Come on, not like I donít enjoy a 90 Minute but not when I was expecting something else. I could have had an $8 Choufe but she said she would only fill the already small snifter half way. You can tell the Miller Lite pays the bills here. Not sure how fresh anything really is. Donít think I will be going back unless for another gathering when I would expect not to have any good beer that night.
While purported to have a large tap offering, many are frequently not in use. Staff generally has little knowledge, or appreciation, of the beer. Nights become loud and obnozious, more like a club than anything else. A martini bar is also offered; while the building is shared woth hooters. Often a disappointing experience despite terrific beer.
Nice tap selection with mostly East Coast micros and a few macros. Some Belgian stuff was on as well. The bottle selection has just about everything thats available in NJ. Thereís stuff in the walk in thatís not on the beer menu or on the beer wall. Talk to AD the General Manager. They are working on getting better and better stuff in there. The problem though, is going to be keeping the stuff fresh and rotating. I was there on a slow night but was told the place rocks later in the week. I would only assume itís the younger BMC crowd though. Happy Hour is 4-7 where the drafts are $1 off. I think this place kicks Andyís ass, just by the bottle selection. The decent looking bartenders donít hurt either. I think itís worth a visit if youír in the beer wasteland known as New Jersey.
Lou18 (23) West Paterson, New Jersey | April 28, 2005
Lets us just say, the bartender told me perkonoís hammer was a good lager, a bit dark but easy to drink???They did not seem to know too much, or to even care. Must echo Maibock, can they keep it fresh, and get someone who knows and cares about beer. Bad location, I think, next to Hotters?