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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 - 11:00 pm
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Mon - Wed 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thu - Sat 4:00 pm - 1:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Drinks, Reservations
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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  • 7
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Amazing!!

Rated "best martini lounge" in MN and they are not lying!!! In fact we stayed an extra night in Duluth just so we could come back here!!! Our bartenders Emi and Allie were AMAZING!!!!!!!!!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
lizhill17
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Rated "best martini lounge" in MN and they are not lying!!! In fact we stayed an extra night in Duluth just so we could come back here!!! Our bartenders Emi and Allie were AMAZING!!!!!!!!!

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

wow!!! What an incredible review! We are so thankful for your business to our local restaurant and are so honored that you came two nights in a row!!!! We appreciate hearing your feedback and look forward to your return the next time you are in Duluth! More 

eau claire
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

A must do in Duluth! If you think martinis are just vodka and olives you are wrong! Strawberry shortcake, s'mores, and raspberry truffles! Thursday is ladies night for $5 sushi and martinis but everyday 4-7 is $5 martinis. They have beer too on special. Can't wait to try more on the next visit....maybe tomorrow!

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

Thank you for your wonderful review!!! We are so thankful for your comments and kindness! We hope to see you back again and again! Thank you so much! More 

Minnesota
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This place is great! Good music, swanky decor, best looking and dressed waitresses without doubt, sophisticated drinks, and restaurant quality pub food. Seems like half-off deals on something everytime I have visited. Not a sit-down restaurant but great food nonetheless less. The bulldog bites must be filet mignon with a horseradish sauce on the side that is really great. Start... More 

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

Thank you for your kind words and wonderful review! We are so thankful for your continued business and look forward to seeing you back again soon! More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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105 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Thank you for keeping the Jazz lounge alive in downtown Duluth! We came out of the woods to enjoy a nite in the city for our anniversary and totally enjoyed the atmosphere, the Jazz, the sushi and the lobster bisque. Only one deficit: you ran out of Tito vodka and San Pelligrino just as we ordered. The martini with tanqueray... More 

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

Thank you for your wonderful review. We appreciate you celebrating such a special occasion with us - HAPPY ANNIVERSARY from all of us at Black Water! We appreciate your comments and hope that you will join us again soon! More 

Hackensack, Minnesota
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

The martini and pretzels were great. The service was fantastic! The bartender was professional and very customer oriented. The sticky substance under the bar top was disconcerting though.

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

Thank you for your review. We appreciate your comments and honesty. We look forward to having you back again with us in the future! More 

2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Appetizers were great. We had the lobster bisque, tenderloin medallions and blue cheese stuffed shrimp. All were terrific. Music was fantastic. The band was funny and played some great jazz along with some contemporary music. An absolutely perfect evening. What a great find! A great place to get away from all the tourist stuff (lots of locals) and just have... More 

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

Jennifer, Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We greatly appreciate your great comments and hope that we will see you again soon! More 

1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Found this gem with a Google search for things to do in Duluth. They had live Jazz on a Thursday evening. From the moment we walked in we were very impressed with the place. It has a very classy feel yet comfortable and not snobby. We weren't really dressed up but didn't feel out of place. Thursday specials were half... More 

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

Thank you for dining with us, Ken! We are so happy that you found out about us and we are so grateful for your visit! We appreciate your comments about Black Water and can't wait to have you back the next time you are in Duluth! More 

Plymouth, Michigan
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205 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Evening out with family. Resturaunt has a nice vibe; especially the bar. We ate in the resturaunt. I was not impressed with the quality or taste of the food. My cedar plank salmon was so over cooked and dry, it was aweful. High prices and at best, average food.

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

Thank you for your review and comments about our sister restaurant, Black Woods Grill & Bar. We appreciate your feedback. We hope to see you again in the future! Thank you for your business to our local restaurant. More 

Grand Rapids, Minnesota
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We sat at bar and had to move from our seats because the ledge and underside were unbelievably sticky. The bartender saw us move and we told her why. She never did anything about it. The second seats were almost just as bad. The drinks were good and the food was only average, both were really slow. On a positive... More 

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

Thank you for your honesty in comments. We greatly appreciate you letting us know about your visit. We would like to speak to you directly about your visit to Black Water. Please contact us at info@blackwoods.com. We look forward to speaking with you! More 

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53 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We ordered several different drinks and martinis and they were great. The Moscow Mule and Lady slipper got the best comments. We also ordered appetizers from the happy hour menu and were pleased with them.

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

Thank you for your review, Melissa! We look forward to seeing you again for another girls night out! 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: Japanese, American, Pizza, Seafood, 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 - 1:00 am
Saturday
4:00 pm - 1:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?