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...
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