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The Violet Hour

#249 of 8,179 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Wicker Park / Bucktown
American, Bar, Pub
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1520 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622-1967
773-252-1500
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6:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Fri 6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sat 6:00 pm - 3:00 am
Dining options: Drinks, Late Night, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 83
    Excellent
  • 33
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Fun Saturday Night Atmosphere

Ended up at Violet Hour at a late dinner Saturday night. Thought from previous reviews that it could be possibly difficult to get in or a wait. Upon entry, we were seated immediately. The ambiance is a good speakeasy vibe, location is roomy and gives you the opportunity to have a good date night... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 5, 2016
Dayna F
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Holly, Michigan
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Holly, Michigan
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51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Ended up at Violet Hour at a late dinner Saturday night. Thought from previous reviews that it could be possibly difficult to get in or a wait. Upon entry, we were seated immediately. The ambiance is a good speakeasy vibe, location is roomy and gives you the opportunity to have a good date night along with being social with other... More 

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Thank Dayna F
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

A friend and I went here on a whim on the Monday night before Christmas. We arrived at the nondescript entrance with no sign, only a wooden wall with a blending-in wooden door. Apparently there is usually a mural painted on this wooden wall/door, but it was just plain wood this night. We got in and were seated right away... More 

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Thank KMS3102
Hammond, Indiana
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

We did wait an hour to get in but we weren't disappointed. It was warm and the cocktails were fun and interesting. The servers, even though the place was full, were always on top of the drinks making sure u had another if you wanted. They were very friendly. Even though is was full you were not crowded and no... More 

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Thank Cherylyn A
Hong Kong Region, China
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122 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

I met up a friend here with my wife on a weekday evening, the area is quite convenient, location close to public transit and many bars and restaurants around the area. The place itself is nice; though I have heard lines can be long, we were not waiting for long before being seats. The bartender/staff are very accommodating - my... More 

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Thank Kevin J
Petaluma, California
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46 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

It is always fun when you are not entirely sure what to expect from a place that has no indication of where the entry door is, and once in the door it is a non-descriptive waiting area. This bar is located directly across from the popular Big Star restaurant right by the Damen CTA blue-line. The outside facade changes all... More 

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Thank milosmomma
Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

While the line may be annoying, it's well worth standing outside for a little bit for the experience inside. The atmosphere is intimate and sophisticated. We've always had great service, and this is a must see if you are interested in the Chicago cocktail scene.

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Thank Ali P
Chicago, Illinois
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54 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015 via mobile

I am definitely a fan of The Violet Hour! The line moves fairly quickly, so don't be discouraged if there is one. Without the line, this speakeasy is pretty inconspicuous. The interior is dim and intimate with all the rooms being separated by floor to ceiling, velvet curtains. All of the tables are lit only by candlelight, which gives this... More 

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Thank AllisonJoe623
Chicago, Illinois
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

The Violet Hour is brilliant! First and foremost, they do not take reservations. The entrance is quite discreet and the street-facing artwork/facade changes frequently. More often than not there's always a long line winding down North Avenue in the evening and on weekends. Once inside, you'll find the "House Rules" in the front hallway. Long story short: No cell phones,... More 

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Bloomington, IL
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71 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Love the vibe and the ambiance. I hoped for a bit more 20's feel, maybe live jazz or "flappers". I mean, it's Chicago after all, and they kinda led the underground speakeasies (thanks Al). I enjoyed our bartender and the very relaxed "cool" feel inside. I would recommend it for a date or for friends to hang out. It's easy... More 

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Thank Cublove
Lake Zurich, Illinois
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352 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

Just my opinion here, but the place and staff need to relax a bit. Very serious about what they do. Don't wear hats, turn your cell phones off, very dark inside, holding area before you can enter, etc.. I get it to some extent. Maybe 15 years ago before every decent restaurant in the city was making "craft" cocktails this... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1520 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622-1967
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Wicker Park / Bucktown
  • Neighborhood: Wicker Park / Bucktown
  • Phone Number: 773-252-1500

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Bar, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Monday
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Thursday
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Friday
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Saturday
6:00 pm - 3:00 am

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