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The Violet Hour

#86 of 7,788 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Wicker Park / Bucktown
American, Bar
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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

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Visitor rating
  • 69
    Excellent
  • 27
    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
Loved It!

We went here with some friends from the area loved every second. The ambiance is great, and the cocktails are even better. Come early or be prepared to wait. I would go back in a heartbeat!

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
pinkvalise
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Chicago, Illinois
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
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114 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
139 reviews 139 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We went here with some friends from the area loved every second. The ambiance is great, and the cocktails are even better. Come early or be prepared to wait. I would go back in a heartbeat!

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

they have quick service and excellent drinks at this location. I had a great Romeo & Juliet as well. You want to make a stop here to get Great drinks!!!!

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Paris, France
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

A nice little place; very sophisticated cocktails; nice ambiance. Food was tasty...you have to know its there to find it.

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Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Visited on a Sunday night. Very intimate & cozy. Great place to go with a date or group of friends... Not really good for singles. Bartenders were great... Drinks were dee-lish. Didn't try anything on the food menu, but would definitely return to check it out.

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Seattle,
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73 reviews 73 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

My friend and I met in Chicago to be "tourists"for a week. We had a list of things to do and see. We hit all the standard high spots. What we will remember the most is our evening at The Violet Hour! It had been nominated for top US Bar by James Beard (it won by the way). Just entering... More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I have traveled to a lot of great cities and visited some very amazing restaurants and bars but the Violet Hour surpassed every expectation that I had. The decor, the quality of service and cocktails could not have been any better. We will definitely be back the next time we are in Chicago....

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Curitiba, PR
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Such a cool experience, haven't been there in a while but it's one of those places you can't forget about it. Great cocktails and atmosphere.

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Seattle, Washington
Top Contributor
96 reviews 96 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We were told about this place and decided to check it out. We had the location down, but couldn't find the door. Solution: look for the random line of people lined up against a wooden wall, painted with a mural. The mural changes, and the door is camoflaged. Just look for the line of people. Go early. Make this the... More 

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Not only one of the best cocktail bars I've ever been to, but a 'place to visit' as well. Bang across from Wicker Park, come thirsty and adjust your eyes to darkness!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed this place. The atmosphere is perfect, the drinks are delicious, but the service is what will bring me back next time I'm in town. Samatha was absolutely the best. Personable and knowledgeable and even got with the bartender to help create a special drink just for me. The drinks on the menu looked divine, but I was really... 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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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Bar scene, 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?