Had heard about Violet Hour from others - as far away as San Francisco. Cool and understated were used in descriptions. Dark and loud were more like it.
Yes, it's an unmarked location, and I suppose that's to build the mystique, but once you're there you can't come in unless your entire party is there. To be fair - their website does say you will 2 people will not be seated at tables for 4. However, even after our party was present and accounted for - we were made to cool our heels outside along the wall, only to find when we are seated (at the bar) there were clearly open table waiting to be used.
This is not a place designed for mixing or mingling. In fact it isn't even a place to be scene. Tables are low to the ground (think coffee tables) with overly high backed chairs that curve around to envelope you so you can only really face the person opposite you. Add to this it's so dark most people around me were using their phones to illuminate their menus. At the bar we were thankfully not enclosed in our stools, but there is hardly any reason to turn around and face the room because there's nothing to see but furniture with legs and knees sticking out.
Again too dark to see the drink and food menu which is just down right silly. The drinks were good, and there is definitely a focus on the bartender "crafting" your order if you're into that. Bar food offerings were sparse and pricey - but I suppose you're not there to eat.
Worst of all was the pounding, screechy punk rock soundtrack blasting throughout out the lounge. I don't know that it would ever be appropriate, but at 8:30 in the evening - definitely not. If it's the incongruity they were after ... well they hit the mark. Who waits in line to be bombarded with punk in terms of both soundtrack and decor? Clearly I wasn't the demographic they're marketing to... but really who is?
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