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The Violet Hour

#246 of 7,468 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Wicker Park / Bucktown
American, Bar
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1520 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622-1967
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Sun - Fri 6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sat 6:00 pm - 3:00 am
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Vernon Hills, Illinois
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22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

this mixology bar did not disappoint when it came to the cocktails....they tasted very good and i really enjoyed it. the food was ok as mostly appetizers. Service was excellent and decor was fab. definitely a bar i will go back too.

Thank victoriadel
Paris, France
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's a very nice place with a good atmosphere. Cocktails are very good and not common! Servers are very nice and with good advices when you hesitate to choose your cocktail!

Thank L-Fr_Paris
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been here a few times, and the ambiance and drink selection never fail to disappoint Designed to remind patrons of a prohibition era speak easy, where obscure drinks contain hard liquor and an appropriate blend of complimenting flavors. The one (MAJOR) downside was that the doorman, well aware of how trendy the Violet Hour is, allowed scantily clad women... More 

Thank Brian D
Central PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

My friend and I stood outside this incognito spot asking each other "Where is this place? This is the address?" A panel of the wall opened and a doorman asks if we wanted to come in. We moved into the building and it felt like going into a haunted house at Halloween. Pitch black, can't see a thing, I immediately... More 

Thank p2cip
Charlotte, North Carolina
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

This place is a bit hard to find and to get to because of the door being painted in to a mural on the wall. The wait can be crazy so get there early, but it is totally worth it. It feels very secret society when you get in and the drinks and wait staff are beyond amazing!

Thank Britney R
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

Whenever I come to this city, I try not to visit the same place twice in an effort to try as much as I can. There are two exceptions, though, and this is one of them (the other is Sabri Nahari, the ideal Pakistani place to get brain masala, so clearly that review is not related to this one). Every... More 

Thank ashvin r
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016 via mobile

I truly don't even know where to begin. This place is so upscale, and fun. It was referred to me that I stop in and I'm so glad I did. I love that it's kinda a secret and if you aren't specifically looking for it you'll totally miss it. What it looks like on the outside is a total misconception... More 

Thank Estina718
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016

If you're looking for a dimly lit speak easy, this would be our place. The door is unmarked but easy to spot, and the inside is perfect for a date. I would recommend sitting at the bar if you want background story to some of the drinks and if you are unsure what to get.

Thank COboarder_traveler
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016 via mobile

Very cool bar with a speakeasy vibe (not sure if it counts as a speakeasy anymore since everyone knows about it). The interior is very beautiful and fancy. The drinks were great as was the food, we had the bacon wrapped dates and a goat cheese tartine which were both soooo good.

Thank Andrea C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

I don't usually like drinking at all but I never pass up an invitation to The Violet Hour. Delicious cocktails and cool atmosphere. Also, the menu is seasonal, so there's always new things to try, but you can always order your past favorites.

Thank Sondra J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
American, Bar
Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
6:00 pm - 3:00 am
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?