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The Violet Hour

#158 of 8,486 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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Today
6:00 pm - 3:00 am
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Fri 6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sat 6:00 pm - 3:00 am
Dining options: Late Night
Good for:
Romance
Bar scene
Special occasions

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 63
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Worth the search...

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Seattle, Washington
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
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107 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Seattle, Washington
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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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Copper Mountain, Colorado
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Great for a romantic sophisticated drinking experience. Intimate tables and an almost secret atmosphere are combined with exceptional mixology. It is the type of place where you suggest your goal for a cocktail, and leave it to the bartender to provide you a memorable drink. We visited on a frigid night so I inquired about a rye-based, herb flavored drink,... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
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40 reviews 40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
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125 reviews 125 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 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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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Special occasions
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?