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Blackwater Lounge

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231 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802-2140
+1 218-740-0436
16:00 - 01:00
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Tue - Wed 16:00 - 23:00
Thu - Sat 16:00 - 01:00
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On a recent visit we stopped by for drinks and appetizers. We found ourselves in the midst of happy hour. Our martinis were tasty and appetizers were delicious. We really enjoyed the live music. Our first round was lovely, however, as the more local crowd filled in, we seemed to be quickly forgotten. Luckily we had the music to entertain... More 

Thank Cara F
Duluth, United States
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Been here several times, always enjoy the great cocktails, whether my usual Perfect Bourbon Manhattan Neat, or something from there large drink menu, it is always prepared well and served with a smile.

Thank Danny M
Catherine C, Marketing at Blackwater Lounge, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review Danny! We're so glad you enjoy the cocktails and that our staff can create the Bourbon Manhattan exactly the way you like it. So happy you enjoy the drink menu and our friendly staff! We will see you again soon! More 

Duluth, Minnesota
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

I have been slowly working my way through the martini menu, and let me tell you... I have not been disappointed yet. If you're looking for something spicy- ladies sample your very own pool boy ;) or if you're feeling a little sweet keep it simple with a delish cosmo! Anyways- it's worth a stop. Enjoy!

Thank Samantha B
Catherine C, Marketing at Blackwater Lounge, responded to this review

Thank you for your lively review Samantha! Glad to see that you enjoy our large list of martinis and have picked out a few favorites. We appreciate your business! Best of luck getting through the rest of the martini list- we think you will continue to be impressed! More 

Duluth, Minnesota
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

This was our first time to Blackwater Lounge. We were early enough for happy hour, so we enjoyed $5 martinis. I had the Blushing Lady and my husband had the Ol' Blue Eyes...both were excellent! For our meals my husband had lobster bisque soup and Prime Rib Dip Sandwich, while I had a salad and Blackened Roquefort Medallions. Our meal... More 

Thank DuluthBobSue
St.Paul, MN
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Ambience is great, retro lounge with couches, comfy for casual conversation. Drinks were good & varied. Spoil alert:: we were enjoying our drinks and all men in our group were told to remove their caps to expose hat hair. Was awkward for server to tell us & a bit of a surprise to us.

Thank Teri A
North Shore, Minnesota
Level Contributor
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Love the atmosphere! My wife and I come frequently on our Duluth runs down the shore. Where we hang before our trip home and unwind after errands. Chill!

Thank Andy F
Kansas City, Missouri
2 reviews
Reviewed 27 February 2017

My first time at Blackwater. I came in just to relax and found a gem with great folks to talk with and the music was some of the best i've heard in a lounge in the midwest. Service was also excellent. Next time I am i town, I will stop by.

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Germantown, Illinois
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36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

It was a breath of fresh air. Perfect combination of good food ( more tapas style with assorted appetizers, flat bread, salad soup and sushi) excellent choice of beverages including really amazing Martinis, a select choice of good wines and whiskey. The Service (Laura our server was outstanding) matched the exceptional food and the jazz band was great and upbeat.... More 

Thank kkaramchandani
Grand Portage, Minnesota
1 review
Reviewed 23 February 2017

It was my first time eating/drinking at Blackwater. Had California rolls and two drinks. Drinks were delicious, but the rolls were just okay. I will come back again though.

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Thank Taryn M
Superior, Wisconsin
1 review
Reviewed 22 February 2017

This lounge is a cool retro cocktail lounge. Their martinis are wonderful & so are their appetizers. Love this place!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$18
American, Bar, Sushi, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 01:00
16:00 - 01:00
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
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?