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The Violet Hour

) #209 of 7,846 Restaurants in Chicago $$ - $$$ American,
1520 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622-1967
+1 773-252-1500
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good21%
  • Average5%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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Opens in 10 min
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American, Bar
$$ - $$$
1520 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622-1967
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The Violet Hour is a great place. The cocktails are of the highest level and the atmosphere it great. The have some 'House Rules' that help to keep away types that aren't into this kind of establishment. Basically they don't want you on your cell...More

Thank AndrewEldritch
Reviewed 1 week ago

Once you find this no-signage place, you enter into a different world for drinking. The drinks are pricey, but I know of no other place that has the most educated and creative bartenders in Chicago. Sure, you say,....but it's true!, and I DO love my...More

Thank deltawave
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you don't mind waiting outside for a while before being seated at the Violet Hour, this is the place to go to in Chicago for tasty cocktails at a reasonable price! The cocktails are as good as the much more expensive Aviary and you...More

Thank HT0375
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a great time at the Violet Hour. Probably not cool enough for the place, but the waiter was very nice and helpful. We didn't have to wait at all as it was a Sunday and they were not busy. I enjoyed all the drinks...More

Thank lydia3121
Reviewed 30 May 2017

This was my second visit and was very pleased as last time. It was a Friday night with a line to get in, but the door person is very efficient at getting people in as seats open. I did not personally mind waiting as I...More

Thank Joseph S
Reviewed 25 May 2017

Wow! This is the first place I feel great about giving 5 STARS too! The discrete entrance sets the tone for a great night and you enter the main room with high backed chairs and set out so intimate nooks are created everywhere. The bar...More

Thank Andrew F
Reviewed 18 May 2017

Exceeded my expectations! Loved it. From the front entrance to their dim (almost pitch black) ambience inside. The drinks were to die for. The staff was awesome. And the music was amazing. A must when looking for a sexy, date night spot.

Thank simpsonjonesdawn
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Violet Hour lives up to her reputation! Do sit at the bar and watch the performance. The bartender shakes one drink with one hand while she stirs another drink with the other. I loved my shaken rum drink "That Awkward Moment". It was a bit...More

1  Thank Karen G
Reviewed 13 May 2017

It's worth abiding by the rules (though I'd understand if you thought they were pretentious). We had a secluded booth with 4 people and we all ordered a different absinthe. It was great and the service was excellent. Absinthe experts!

Thank IvyK415
Reviewed 10 May 2017

Cute place surrounded by a bunch of other bars/restaurants. A bit hard to find (so signage) but you'll be sure to see a line at the door. Try to get there when just before they open to avoid a wait! We went before a dinner...More

Thank p13marina
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15 December 2016|
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Response from Jonathan B | Reviewed this property |
Not sure, they are definitely known for their cocktails but I can't imagine they would not have wine. I suggest you call or email them to make sure.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
18:00 - 02:00
18:00 - 02:00
18:00 - 02:00
18:00 - 02:00
18:00 - 02:00
18:00 - 02:00
18:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1520 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622-1967
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Wicker Park / Bucktown
  • Neighbourhood: Wicker Park / Bucktown
  • Phone Number: +1 773-252-1500
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