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231 East Superior Street, Duluth, MN 55802
+1 218-740-0436
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4:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Wed 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thu 4:00 pm - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Dining options: Late Night
Description: Black Water Lounge is Duluth's premiere martini lounge. With a full bar...
Black Water Lounge is Duluth's premiere martini lounge. With a full bar, hand-crafted cocktails, exquisite lounge food, live jazz music and lady's night, Black Water is the finest upscale martini bar in the Duluth-Superior area. Black Water Lounge is located in Duluth's Old Downtown and was once the home of the Black Bear Lounge in the historic Greysolon Plaza. Host an event at Black Water's Manhattan Room - perfecy for Anniversary Parties, Engagement Parties, Birthdays & Corporate Gatherings! Rent the entire lounge on a Sunday for your larger group!
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Good for:
Bar scene

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  • 36
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Great atmosphere, great-looking hostesses, mediocre service. Good for watching sporting events, having cocktails and "finger food". Not a place to go for a full meal.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
David V
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Late Night
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73 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Great atmosphere, great-looking hostesses, mediocre service. Good for watching sporting events, having cocktails and "finger food". Not a place to go for a full meal.

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Katie M, Marketing Director at Blackwater Lounge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We look forward to seeing you back again soon! More 

Duluth, Minnesota
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Favorite after work cocktails. I really enjoy the music and intimate atmosphere. The Tapas style appetizers are delishous

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Katie M, Marketing Director at Blackwater Lounge, responded to this review

We are so thankful to be considered your favorite place! Thank you for your continued business. We look forward to seeing you again soon! More 

Saint Paul, Minnesota
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Great atmosphere. Feels kinda like an old jazz bar that has modern touches. A bit sexy, a bit trendy, but great for anyone that loves a well made martini. The sushi wasn't bad either. FYI: Its seat yourself. ( Us, and other newcomers walking in, clearly were a bit confused at first.)

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Katie M, Marketing Director at Blackwater Lounge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We look forward to your return! More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Super cool martini bar in downtown Duluth. Love the atmosphere, live music, outstanding drinks, and high quality service.

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Katie M, Marketing Director at Blackwater Lounge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful 5 star review!!! We greatly appreciate your feedback and cant wait to see you back again! More 

Duluth, MN
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Posh, dimly lit martini lounge, catering to business people, and couples looking for quiet conversation. There is lounge music (jazz lite) on weekends, and a small but tasty food menu. My biggest knock on the place is that if you are visiting solo and seated at the bar, the bartenders tend to be pretty selective in how helpful they are.... More 

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Katie M, Marketing Director at Blackwater Lounge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We appreciate your honesty and comments. It is our pleasure to serve you and we look forward to your return to Black Water Lounge. More 

Duluth, Minnesota
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

An upscale martini bar in the ground floor of the Greysolon, Blackwater is owned and operated by the folks who gave us Blackwoods restaurants. It offers a lengthy menu of martini concoctions that are damn good and $5 on Thursdays! Of course, they have every other item you might want from their bar as well. Good appetizers which can serve... More 

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Katie M, Marketing Director at Blackwater Lounge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We greatly appreciate your feedback and your time in taking to review us online! We look forward to seeing you back again soon at the Lounge! More 

Fargo, North Dakota
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Fantastic place to head for drinks & appetizers! My wife and I went here on Thursday night for $5 martinis and half-priced sushi! Both were fantastic! Dimly lit environment and a great place to go as a couple!

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Katie M, Marketing Director at Blackwater Lounge, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful 5-star review of Black Water Lounge! We are so thankful for your visit to our local restaurant and for taking the time to write a wonderful review online. We can't wait to see you back again soon for another Ladies Night or a fun date night out! More 

Silver Bay, Minnesota, United States
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Friendly staff, make a great martini. Wish I had stayed for dinner. Even tough dimly lite, I could see the place could use some cleaning, unpolished stainless with lots of drips, dusty stuff overhead, etc. Worth a visit.

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Katie M, Marketing Director at Blackwater Lounge, responded to this review

Thank you for your honesty in review. We greatly appreciate your visit to Black Water Lounge and your comments in regards to your experience with us. We look forward to seeing you back again soon! More 

Duluth, Minnesota
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

I have been going to Black Water for years. What used to be a "fancy" place to go with friends, is becoming a shame. What happened to the dress code? Now I see people with sweats and ugg boots. Only one waitress during the 5-7pm happy hour every time I go. One time the poor girl had to pull people... More 

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Katie M, Marketing Director at Blackwater Lounge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Black Water Lounge. We greatly appreciate your honesty and feedback. We look forward to seeing you at Black Water Lounge again soon. More 

Minnesota
Top Contributor
143 reviews 143 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

If you are looking for a loud jukebox, pool table, or a dart board go somewhere else and drink craft beers. This is a place for fine food and drink in a great atmosphere, the staff (every one) are professional and as accomodating as any I have seen ANYWERE. If you were treated poorly maybe you should look at yourself... More 

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Katie M, Marketing Director at Blackwater Lounge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We are so looking forward to your next visit! We greatly appreciate your comments and business to our local establishment! More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 231 East Superior Street, Duluth, MN 55802
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Duluth
  • Phone Number: +1 218-740-0436

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 18
  • Cuisine: American, Pizza, Sushi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene

Description

Black Water Lounge is Duluth's premiere martini lounge. With a full bar, hand-crafted cocktails, exquisite lounge food, live jazz music and lady's night, Black Water is the finest upscale martini bar in the Duluth-Superior area. Black Water Lounge is located in Duluth's Old Downtown and was once the home of the Black Bear Lounge in the historic Greysolon Plaza. Host an event at Black Water's Manhattan Room - perfecy for Anniversary Parties, Engagement Parties, Birthdays & Corporate Gatherings! Rent the entire lounge on a Sunday for your larger group!
Open Hours
Monday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 1:00 am
Friday
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Saturday
4:00 pm - 2:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?