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The Violet Hour

1520 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622-1967 (Wicker Park / Bucktown)
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Ranked #363 of 8,264 restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American, Bar
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night
Neighborhood: Wicker Park / Bucktown
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86 reviews from our community

81% Recommend
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English first
Los Angeles, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Excellent cocktails and ambiance. Just do it. And don't choose a drink, let the bartender (pardon me, the mixologist) do it for you.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Yes, you'll stand in line, even though you may not be sure you're even in the right place, being as how there's no signage whatsoever, it's worth it. Once inside you'll mingle with hipsters of all ages and enjoy great and innovative cocktails. We had the fried pickle appetizer and it was delicious. Can't wait to go back.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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118 reviews 118 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

it is worth it. Our group loved the diverse drink choices, we had a great people watching table and kind of enjoyed the music which was interesting.

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Cincinnati, OH
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Great spot for a curiously strong drink in a very cool atmosphere. Delicious drinks made with care to suit your tastes and delicious little bites to go with them.

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Montreal, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Had read some reviews and had reservations around the corner so we stopped in for drinks before our meal. Not easy to find, better have the address, there are no signs (see picture attached) and from I have read they change the wall out front often. When you finally find it and enter you are in a narrow hallway with... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

After a long night of cocktailing that included Three Dots and a Dash, The Punch House and others, a friend of mine and I continued on to The Violet Hour and were not disappointed. We actually never ordered anything- we just asked the bartender to make something up and it was just what we ordered. Right when we were wrapping... More

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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013 via mobile

I feel cooler for just having been there! What a creative cocktail menu in a very trendy - must see - setting!!! Our waitress worked with us to find amazing cocktails that were a foodies' idea of heaven. The layout of the bar truly embodies the speakeasy feel. We truly felt cooler for having been there. Great experience!

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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I have been coming here ever since it has been open. Never a bad choice. Chicago's best cocktail bar by far! Don't know what to order? A safe bet is always their Old-Fashioned.

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Brooklyn, New York
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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

In an inoffensive attempt at urban parking right in front of the restaurant, we love tapped a car, which anyone who lives in a big city knows happens all the time. However, because of this, we were denied entry. Turns out.. it was the bouncers car we love tapped. He had been watching stone faced while we were parking, and... More

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Rochester, Minnesota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

I have never looked gin but was surprised to find after our bartender made my drink just how great gin was!! Great quality...They know what they're doing here

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