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Fire Works American Pizzeria & Bar
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Taps: 33 / Bottles: 130
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2350 Clarendon Blvd
phone: (703) 527-8700
(Place added by: darkenetiks on 08-13-2010)
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| Reviews: 17 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
12-05-2010 03:54:35 |
More by kevinv
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I was excited to hear that Fireworks was opening up this past late Summer. The main reason, it was going to have plenty of good quality craft beers on tap, not to mention a decent bottled beer selection as well.
I stepped in for a happy hour a month or so ago and I was impressed with the beer selection. I was not impressed with the happy hour beer selection. The price for HH specials was on point. For $5 you had your choice of some OK beers that you would probably skip. That $5 also covered one of their house pizzas that was pretty tasty and cheap for the price.
The atmosphere really kicked in after 5:30 PM when everyone started pouring in. I was at a training so I was able to get there at 4:30 and enjoy the decor and the overall layout was nice.
There is a decent sized patio that can be used during the warmer months and the big plus is that it's metro accessible on the orange line, just take the train to Court House. Overall, you won't be disappointed!
12-01-2010 20:04:47 |
More by JOTAS
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
10-15-2010 23:35:44 |
More by blackie
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
Kind of a spiffy shiny white-guy place - college grad, new job, work suit with tie undone, but nothing intelligent to say kinda place.
Staff is very friendly and beer/ gourmet pizza is reasonably priced.
I don't really get stoked by the selection though. 30 taps and not the best choices. I get the feeling that that head managers are not letting the beer guy have full say. It's all debatable I suppose.
Pizza is surprisingly mediocre for wood-fired oven and impressive on paper ingredients.
I been here three times before writing the review. I'll probably hold back for a few months and see how they are coming along later. Maybe they will get their pizza/ beer act together.
10-04-2010 23:48:03 |
More by dedrinker
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
09-16-2010 15:43:01 |
More by rushpatrick
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went on a Tuesday night for Happy Hour with mdfb79.
Very nice place, includes a long bar to the right, booths and tables to the left, and an outdoor patio. Note, if you sit at the front part of the bar you will get some good heat from the wood oven.
Servers handed us a tap list, but noted that the chalk boards over head have the most updated version (there were some differences.) Two casks, 30+ taps, and a strong bottle selection. Prices are very reasonable, most tap prices are between $5-$7. Bottles are similarly priced.
Tonight we had: Victory Saison Du Buff, Terrapin Hop Karma, Founders Porter, Greenflash Imperial IPA, and Lagunitas Pale ale.
They had various other items, Stone Old Guardian, Schlafly, Bells, Duck Rabbit etc...
They also had 5 beers which were $3 a pint for happy hour (including Allagash White). Also for happy hour was a group of 5 different pizzas for $5 each. Probably about a 10" pie. Both were solid.
All in all this was a good trip. Happy hour, 3 good beers and a good pizza for $27 with tip is a good deal. Will be back.
09-15-2010 00:46:34 |
More by jslot38
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
08-23-2010 23:04:51 |
More by mdfb79
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Fire Works American Pizzeria & Bar in Arlington, VA
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