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The Violet Hour

#111 of 7,803 Restaurants in Chicago
#126 of 8,566 Places to Eat 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

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  • 69
    Excellent
  • 29
    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
Good drinks

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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Denver
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
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Denver
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99 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 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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141 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
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 37 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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 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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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, Pub

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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: Romantic, Special occasions, Bar scene
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?