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“Definately try it...”
Review of Black Magic Bar

Black Magic Bar
Ranked #1 of 45 Nightlife in Riga
Certificate of Excellence
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Melbourne, Australia
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79 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Definately try it...”
Reviewed 28 November 2013

We were in Riga mid Sept 2013, and got taken to the Black Magic Bar on a walking tour of the Old City. It was only for a look and a bit of a story, but cause it looked so good my fiancee and I went back there later that day for a better look. We had some chocolates and hot chocolate, both with the famous Black Balsam alcohol. This has a strong taste but quite nice... Both the chocolates and hot chocolate were divine...
When we went the bar was fairly quite with patrons. There is two rooms - one small by the bar and a larger one towards the rear of the place. In summer months they also set up a decking out the front with tables and chairs. The front room has small tables with fabric covered single lounge chairs that are very comfy and makes you just want to stay there and chat. The back room has larger tables and chairs like in a dining room, for groups, etc.
The interior has an old style rustic feel, and seeing the balsam was originally developed as a medicine, a sense of a chemist. There is a lot of timber throughout giving it that comfortable feel. At the bar there is a glass section full of different chocolates that make your mouth water, and they all look so fresh and wanting you to buy them.
The staff didn't seem to speak much english but that didn't hinder ordering off the menu. It is not a restaurant, so it is mainly hot & cold drinks, cake, biscuits and chocolates. You can also buy bottles of the black balsam to take away, ranging from little to large.
The staff are dressed in traditional clothing that adds to the atmosphere.

Definately have a hot chocolate with black balsam... Treat yourself...

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Gary J
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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Black magic is dark Gothic apothecary.”
Reviewed 1 November 2013 via mobile

Come here on a dark and stormy night. Have a wicked cocktail and sinful dessert by candlelight listening to organ music. Dark chocolate and "black balsam" are the poisons in offer. Don't miss this place...Try your first Black Balsam here!

Thank c f
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Warwick, United Kingdom
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22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
Reviewed 28 October 2013

Although it may not be that inviting from the outside, this is a little gem of a coffee / cake shop. Ideal for the a quick and good coffee, cake, or a stronger drink!
Also sell local chocolate and the Black Balzam, and have a display on the later drink.
As a tip, it is cheaper to buy the bottles of Balzam elsewhere, where it is much cheaper!

Visited October 2013
Thank Paul W
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Stamford, United Kingdom
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33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Gorgeous building, atmospheric”
Reviewed 19 October 2013

We went in for coffee and hot chocolate. The chocolate was disappointing but the coffee ok. Wonderful building with dark atmospheric lighting and waitresses in national costume. Worth a look just for the building. In the centre of the old town. A bit more expensive than some coffee places.

Visited October 2013
Thank lipsticklover
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“everyone must go”
Reviewed 16 September 2013 via mobile

Nice place to go, great coctails.But its a shame they are now working till 10 pm because of local limitations for alcohol sellers.

Visited September 2013
Thank Max P
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