• Interior, seating area with large TV screens
  • Interior, bar
  • Interior, table, neon light decoration on a wall  and dartboard machines

Black Water

Tap & Tavern

Our Story

Our newly renovated space is a great enhancement and dedication to the original legacy of Alden's Black Water Baths. The history of Alden's bathhouses and black mineral water can be found everywhere in our tavern. We welcome you to stop by, order a glass of wine or craft beer, and drink in the atmosphere by our cozy fireplace.

BlackWater Tavern & Tap is a local tavern located in the town of Alden, New York. The name "Blackwater" originates from the late 1800s when Alden, New York was a bustling spa town. In 1891, Frank Westcott encountered Black Mineral water. The healing black water baths were once world-renowned.

Many believed in the black mineral-rich waters' medicinal qualities. People soon began coming to Alden for cures for a variety of ailments. Bathhouses, inns, and boarding houses were built to handle the influx. Unfortunately, people eventually stopped believing in the healing powers of the mineral baths due to the advent of conventional medicine, which led to a decline in business. Sadly, many bathhouses in the town were also destroyed by fire and the last spa finally closed.

We want this incredible legacy to live on by dedicating our bar to the history of Alden's Black Water Baths. We'd love to invite you in to enjoy a craft beer or a glass of wine by the fireplace during the cold winter months. For the full BlackWater Tavern & Tap experience, visit us today! We're looking forward to meeting you!