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The Violet Hour

#73 of 7,851 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

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Visitor rating
  • 74
    Excellent
  • 31
    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
Elegant surprise

This place is a literal hole in the wall. There's no sign on the door, and the door itself is camouflaged into the wall mural. It's not a secret in the sense that you need to know passwords or anything like that, but you do need to know where you are going. The drinks were a bit expensive, but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
Shukitty
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
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English first
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This place is a literal hole in the wall. There's no sign on the door, and the door itself is camouflaged into the wall mural. It's not a secret in the sense that you need to know passwords or anything like that, but you do need to know where you are going. The drinks were a bit expensive, but they... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This speakeasy is intimate, dark, and stylish without being pretentious or exclusive. The drinks are expensive- around $13 a cocktail- but worth the cost. Snacks are divine and the hostess, waitresses, and bartenders are excellent. Highly recommended!

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Blythewood, South Carolina
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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

I wish I could have come here more than once on our recent vacation. Incredible atomsphere and servers. And an awesome list of cocktails. The one cocktail I had was perfectly made.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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36 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Swanky speakeasy with small plates and unique drinks. The staff was accommodating and friendly. I went with about 20 sorority sisters. They provided a cozy space with a fireplace! GOOD EATS AND DRINKS! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We first visited this bar last summer and so we took our cousins this year when we returned. We loved their signature cocktails. I love a good glass of wine or beer, however when you go to Violet Hour, be sure to try their cocktails. This place is set up like a speakeasy but it is still easy to find.... More 

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Orlando
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61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

The Violet Hour was recommended to us by our hotel representative as a fun place to go to for great combination cocktails you do not find at your local bars. We had a cab drop us off at the address, but we could not find the bar itself as the name is not shown outside. We asked the restaurant manager... More 

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Denver
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111 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

This place has great drinks and a cool ambiance. The service was just OK. It is located in the Wicker Park area, not too far from downtown.

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Taichung, Taiwan
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39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Very interesting bar. Intimate decor. Great tasting and unique cocktails. Violet's is a very fun and special experience. We will go back.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 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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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: 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?