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The Violet Hour

1520 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622-1967 (Wicker Park / Bucktown)
773-252-1500
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Ranked #187 of 8,382 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun - Fri 6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sat 6:00 pm - 3:00 am
Cuisines: American, Bar
Neighborhood: Wicker Park / Bucktown
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Not surprisingly for a speakeasy, I almost walked right by this place! Luckily, my savvy husband knew it was there. This place is just great. We went early on in the evening, around 6 p.m. on a Friday and waited about 10-15 minutes, I was prepared to wait longer though, so that was very nice. I will say when we... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

This was a heavenly experience, shared with new friends from LA. The vibe is hard to explain, but you'll want to go here with a small-ish group of friends (4 seemed ideal), and the focus is entirely on the cocktail. Servers explain the menu nuances with finesse and polish, including house-made Whiskey and Rye options (and others but we stopped... More 

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Houston, Texas
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

If you're looking for cocktails in Chicago, The Violet Hour is the place to go. I greatly appreciate a good cocktail - even more than a fine bottle of wine. To blend and muddle so perfectly takes great skill and The Violet Hour does it with perfection. Our group of two couples tried a variety of house and specialty cocktails... More 

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Nashvi
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

A friend took me here when I was in town visiting a few years back, and then I took my husband when we were in town recently. It's such a neat little place to have a cocktail and snack, hang out with friends, relax, etc. It's a speakeasy style bar, and the presentation of the food/drinks is terrific. We tried... More 

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Conwy, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

This is a super cool place to go for cocktails, you enter through a door in a wall. The doorman then checks ID (don't try and get drinks anywhere in the US without photo ID) then he takes you to the desk where they sort out a table or places at the bar. We were lucky- we went early so... More 

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Fresno, California
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

My friend and I heard about this place from an employee at our hostel. On the last night of our trip, we decided to check it out. We got to the right block, but had to ask where the place was because it is not marked. There wasn't a line, so we actually walked right past the door where the... More 

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Kosciusko, Mississippi
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34 reviews 34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Don't get me wrong. The drinks were good. The snacks were good. The mural on the front of the building was good. But I think this place takes itself way too seriously. It was worth one visit. I wouldn't go back.

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Columbus, Indiana
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18 reviews 18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This craft cocktail bar is one of the best that I've ever been to. They use rare ingredients that I've never even heard of and combine them to make oh so tasty cocktails. This service is professional but not stuffy and the décor is amazing. Prepare for a little wait outside but you won't have to wait too long and... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We headed over to the Violet Hour after starting at Big Star across the street two hours prior... we had to ask the guy on the gate where it was..... its just a door on a building and apparently the mural on the wall changes all the time. Walk in and greeted by a guy in a suit who asks... More 

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Jerome, Idaho
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I might have had too high of hopes for this place but the drinks were really good, although I'm glad we didn't get here when there was a line since I don't think too long of wait would be worth it. It felt more like a ritzy bar than any other speakeasies I have been to on the west coast.... More 

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Additional Information about The Violet Hour

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

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