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The Violet Hour

#290 of 7,553 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
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Fri 6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sat 6:00 pm - 3:00 am
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San Diego, California
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56 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

As some of the other reviews have mentioned, this is a throwback kind of place. The kind of place that makes you feel like you're doing something a little bit risky, a little bit naughty, but mostly just a little bit awesome. You gotta' be paying attention, or you'll miss it. Once you get in, though, it's something of an... More 

Thank Devin Y
Orange, California
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150 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fun concept, and we enjoyed the intrigue of finding this hidden gem. Once inside, the cocktails and nibbles were appropriately interesting, and the service was just the right amount of attentive.

Thank TravelMom269
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30 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

A Speak-easy bar, nicely set. Good for a date. Too dark and too constrained seating for my taste. But the drinks were really good, stiff drinks as they used to be. Nice set up and almost impossible to find it if you don't pay attention to the details and there is no line outside.

Thank Manoj T
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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97 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016

Five of us went here before dinner. First of all the place is difficult to find even if you have the address. There is no sign outdoors anon street address numbers, just a door and a storefront. Once inside you must stand behind a drawn sheet while they make sure your table is ready. It is very dark inside, I... More 

Thank alsek810
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I travel a lot and really enjoy good food and drinks. We heard about the Violet Hour and decided to try it on a recent trip to Chicago... It did not disappoint! It was Saturday night and we waited outside, but it was only about 10 minutes. Once inside we were really impressed with the atmosphere. Their... More 

Thank Pilot-traveller86
Vernon Hills, Illinois
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25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

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
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2016

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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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar
Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene
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?