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The Violet Hour

1520 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622-1967 (Wicker Park / Bucktown)
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Ranked #273 of 8,297 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Conwy, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
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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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31 reviews 31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
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
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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
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Our guide recommended we go here for drinks. He said it's supposed to resemble a speakeasy from the 20s,so we dressed accordingly. What a cool place. Very chill atmosphere and one of the best manhattans I've ever had. Check this place out. It's in a trendy neighborhood too.

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Kanab, Utah
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77 reviews 77 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We stopped by for some drinks and were not disappointed. We did not wait in a line and, in fact, were two of only four people there when we went, but to be fair, we went on a Monday at around 6pm. We had several drinks, all very amazing, but for my money, the Ma La Colada was the best... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Delicious drinks, thoughtfully composed-- some subtle, some strong, and all intriguing. Elegant ambiance; great for conversation. The food is excellent, too. Violet Hour is really a lovely choice if you want an intimate night out in the city.

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Lexington, Kentucky
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Went to Chicago with my boyfriend to visit a college friend for the weekend. I'll admit...I was worried when I saw the line. I am usually not a "club" type of girl and I feared I was about to be sucked into douche bag madness. There was no entrance to speak of and the bouncer looked smug. Once we were... 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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