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The Violet Hour

#119 of 7,763 Restaurants in Chicago
#131 of 8,516 Places to Eat 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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6:00 pm - 3:00 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
  • 66
    Excellent
  • 26
    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
The ultimate bar experience!!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
MaureenWA
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Seattle,
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
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110 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Seattle,
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

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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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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78 reviews 78 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
14 helpful votes 14 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
25 helpful votes 25 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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28 reviews 28 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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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: 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?