Firehouse Pizza in Uptown Normal earned first place pizza in Bloomington-Normal by the ISU community vote.
“We try to do really really, really good pizza. We try to use the freshest products, keep the price low, and we try to make sure we have good music in here and great, great, great craft beer,” Zach Etscheid, manager of Firehouse, said.
Firehouse not only serves recognition-earning pizza, but is also a bar that has recently brought in more independent breweries and draft beers.
When it first opened, Firehouse Pizza was one of the only bars in the area that brought in bands playing original music. Most other bars only allowed cover bands to play.
Firehouse caters to indie rock, punk rock, country, hip-hop, and other genres. It generally welcomes any genre, as long as the music is original.
Live music comes in at least twice a week, and Firehouse has been busy during the nights it puts on live music.
It offers drink specials during performances, which also helps bring in patrons.
“We’ve got a really great reputation with touring bands and with local bands and that’s nice, so we get to put all kinds of shows on here way cheaper than they’d be in Chicago,” Etscheid said.
Firehouse Pizza also delivers and offers special deals during lunch and on nights with live music.
Patrons do not have to be 21 to attend a show. Those of age will receive a wrist band in order to drink during a show.