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The Violet Hour

#261 of 7,631 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Wicker Park / Bucktown
American, Bar
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1520 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622-1967
+1 773-252-1500
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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63 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is so swanky, and I LOVE it. It's hard to find, guarded, dark, private, romantic, quiet, and the drinks are amazing. Forget the price, because it's hard to find such great cocktails, even in such a large city. I've definitely paid $12 for far inferior drinks. I've never had a date here, but I wish I had -... More 

Thank Laura O
Toronto, Canada
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98 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016

Very interesting cocktails. This place is VERY swanky. The bartenders are hilarious and it is very entertaining to watch them mix drinks. Going to this place will make you feel very cool.

Thank Sally L
Tampa, Florida
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87 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2016 via mobile

Went to The Violet Hour for birthday drinks. The door is hidden which makes it even more fun and mysterious. It is a bit dark inside so watch your step! The darkness provides an air of seduction and secrecy. Cell phone use is not allowed. They provide knowledgeable service and a huge variety of both classic and unique cocktails. Would... More 

Thank Elizabeth M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016 via mobile

We ended our evening in Wicker Park at the Violet Hour and we were so glad we did. Annika the bartender was so sweet- knew so much about the different cocktails and made for great company as well. Highly recommend this bar/lounge.

Thank Kelly M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016 via mobile

To be honest, I think my cool level went up at least 100 points the moment I opened the door to The Violet Hour (assuming I was cool to start with). My fellow colleagues and I were on a hunt for a good spot to get a cocktail nearby. We had just finished up a fun cooking class in the... More 

Thank jsmith321
San Diego, California
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58 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 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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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 

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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
Romantic, Bar scene, Special occasions
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: +1 773-252-1500

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