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The Violet Hour

$$ - $$$
1520 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622-1967
+1 773-252-1500
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“rice balls” (2 reviews)
“wicker park” (15 reviews)
“speak easy” (10 reviews)
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$$ - $$$
1520 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622-1967
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Monday night was busy however 5 of us get seated promtly. The highlight of the place is a moustached bartender. Give him an idea of what you feel like drinking and he will make some magic! Love places where I can just chill and relay...More

Thank iuliiaocean
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

No signage, you won't even know if you're in the right spot until inside. We had to wait to enter. There is no standing room, if there are no seats available you will have to wait until others leave. Nice menu of drinks and small...More

Thank Robert K
Reviewed 19 January 2018 via mobile

Had seats at the bar, really enjoyed the cocktails made here. Excellent service and atmosphere. Extensive spirit list available.

Thank J S
Reviewed 30 December 2017

My wife and I had been wanting to visit The Violet Hour for many years but had never made it there until this past week when visiting family in Chicago. We loved it! After lining up just before the door opened at 6:00pm, we were...More

Thank MJN123
Reviewed 25 December 2017 via mobile

We got right in late on a Sunday night and enjoyed a couple of creative cocktails. The service was amazing and attentive. The atmosphere was cool: dark and private. Loved the outdoor mural.

Thank Gina R
Reviewed 1 December 2017

We had to wait about 35 minutes to get in but its a nice relaxing atmosphere. Sat at the bar, got great service. Bartender made signature cocktails that were great with our appetizers.

Thank Nick B
Reviewed 20 November 2017 via mobile

Very eclectic place. Barely recognized the entrance from the outside and you have to wait to be cleared to sit at a table or at the bar. We settled in at the bar and watched the bartenders "do their thing!" This is not a hook...More

Thank Debora M
Reviewed 13 November 2017 via mobile

I heard people talk about the lines and call the place pretentious. I didn’t think so. The wait depends on the size of your party and what’s available inside. People waiting and inside we’re dressed very casual, I even saw someone in shorts. It was...More

Thank SeasonedFoodie
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

There are so many places to choose from in this city. The Violet Hour was just lovely. The music was perfect! I asked David the mixologist to make me something based on my likes and he did an excellent job. We only had time for...More

Thank Val J
Reviewed 16 September 2017

The only problem with starting off you evening here is that you just don't want to leave! We ended up skipping our dinner reservation, although this place is not ideal for a true meal as the food is really just some tasty snacks that are...More

Thank P R
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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
After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
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
  • Neighbourhood: Wicker Park / Bucktown
  • Phone Number: +1 773-252-1500
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