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Blackwater Lounge

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231 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802-2140
+1 218-740-0436
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16:00 - 01:00
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Tue - Wed 16:00 - 23:00
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97 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

we went on Thursday for $5 martins and tried a few different drinks. They were creative and tasty. The appetizers were also on special and were awesome. best bar food I've had in a long time.

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Thank 418dnl
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Blackwater Lounge is a great place to go for wonderful martinis and much more! The food is very good and easily exceeds expectations. I often eat dinner there. The entertainment provided by the Maxi Childs Trio rounds out a fun evening! There is a variety of guest musician that make each visit just a little different. The servers are efficient... More 

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Thank Dean K
Duluth, Minnesota
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had some amazing drinks and love the ambiance of the place. The food was so so. Got the fondu appetizer and the cheese had separated. The actual dipping food was delicious.

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Lutsen
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Fabulous ambiance, food and martinis🍸 Beautifully decorated for the holidays🎄 Impeccable service and staff.

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Thank Michelle K
Thunder Bay, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Arrived in Duluth during snow storm. Caught the Christmas parade and grabbed some supper then walked into Blackwater Lounge. Great atmosphere and entertainment. Music not so loud so that you can still carry on a conversation. The wait staff very friendly.

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Minnesota
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46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Appetizers were great ! Nice date night. We had one drink and loved it also. Apps were $5 happy hour . We had the fondue for $15. It's bot with plenty for two or three. Steak on it was wonderful,and tender . Cheese fondue .

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

Thank you for reviewing our locally-owned and family-operated martini lounge! We are so happy to see that you have enjoyed both the food and drink that we have served you during your visits in - Cheese Fondue is an excellent choice :-). Thank you for your business and we hope to see you in again soon! More 

Duluth, Minnesota
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I absolutely love the drinks and food. The $5 Martinis and $5 apps are one of my favorite things to attend. The waitresses are always so nice and willing to help us out. So all in all this place is amazing because not only is there service wonderful and caring but there food and drinks are to die for. Great... More 

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

Thank you Kaitlyn - we love your review! We greatly appreciate your kind words and your continued business to our martini lounge! We look forward to the next time you will be in for Ladies Night with the girls :-). Cheers to you! Thank you for your business! More 

Side Lake, Minnesota
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If one likes a classy bar, upscale in feel,with exceptional cocktails and unique but exceptional good food choices and you have figured out that entering a restaurant and eating with your hat on is innapprioriate (no hats on in here, cave men), then this place is a must for the business person, couple, single, or person wanting a great martini!

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

Thank you for your five star review of our beautiful Black Water Lounge! We love to read that you have enjoyed your visits with us and that you love the upscale atmosphere that we have. We hope you will return again soon :-). Thank you again for your fabulous review. Cheers! More 

Marquette, Michigan
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I love Black Water and never fail to spot when in Duluth. Martinis are first rate and food to match. The early evening combo is always terrific!

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

Thank you Fred for taking the time to write a five star review of our lounge. We love to read that you and your wife have made a tradition of stopping in to see us whenever you are in Duluth! Cheers to you both! We look forward to seeing you in next time you are in our beautiful city. Thank... More 

Cloquet
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First time as your establishment, I want asked to remove my hat due to Restraunt policy which was fine. However there was another couple that as at th next table and that gentleman wore his hat the whole Time. Not sure why I was excluded to abide by your rules and not others. Not very impressed with rules that apply... More 

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

We are terribly sorry that your experience in our martini lounge was not as positive as we expect for our guests. We absolutely had no intention of allowing the other gentleman to be an exception to our house rule that we do not allow hats in our lounge - this was completely our mistake and we are terribly sorry that... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$18
Cuisine
American, Bar, Sushi, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Tuesday
16:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
16:00 - 23:00
Thursday
16:00 - 01:00
Friday
16:00 - 01:00
Saturday
16:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 231 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802-2140
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Duluth
  • Phone Number: +1 218-740-0436
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!

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