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Blackwater Lounge

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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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Mon - 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
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 33
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 4
    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
Most recent review
Trendy and classy for Duluth

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
Roger P
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Duluth, Minnesota
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Late Night
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Duluth, Minnesota
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

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
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
24 reviews 24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
118 reviews 118 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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 

Duluth, Minnesota, United States
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

What a great place for our group to have dinner. Upscale yet very friendly. Food was wonderful as was the service. Very relaxing and a great drink menu. The eat downtown special made our meal very reasonable. Thanks for a great dinner.

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

Thank you for your wonderful 5 star review!!! We greatly appreciate your business to Black Water Lounge and look forward to seeing you again soon! More 

Duluth, Minnesota
Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This is the best cocktail lounge in Duluth, hands down! Great service, high quality foods, and the best drinks. The only thing you should go elsewhere for is if you're wanting only to drink local craft beer. Sure, there are breweries and other nice places you should also go...but this location, the atmosphere, the drinks and apps just can't be... More 

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Thank you for your 5 star review!!! We are so thankful for your business to Black Water Lounge and look forward to having you back again soon! More 

Rochester, MN
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

3 blocks from out hotel we were out walking on a nice Sept Thursday and enjoyed the half price martinis and sushi deals (we are not usually into sushi but found an excellent shrimp tempura option). Service was good, very dark in there, definitely a nightclub atmosphere.

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Thank you so much for your review of Black Water Lounge. We look forward to seeing you again in the future! More 

Minnesota
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Blackwater Lounge was recommended to us by another couple staying at our B & B. We stopped right after getting back to town after a day of hiking. When I walked into the restaurant in my hiking clothes, I was a little afraid we weren't appropriately dressed, but when I asked, I was assured we were fine, as long as... 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 business to our local restaurant - thanks for stopping 2 nights in a row! We look forward to seeing you again when you return to Duluth! More 

Duluth, Minnesota
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I love going there for Thursday night specials. Half price sushi means I can order two orders :-) The atmosphere is a little classier than the rest of the neighborhood, but it's good to have the contrast available when you want it. I make an effort to sit at the bar, waitress service can be a little slow when it's... More 

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Thank you so much for your review of Black Water Lounge. We look forward to seeing you again soon! 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 5 - 15
  • Cuisine: American, Sushi, Pizza

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 - 2:00 am
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Thursday
4:00 pm - 2:00 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?