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The Violet Hour

) #233 of 7,830 Restaurants in Chicago $$ - $$$ American,
1520 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622-1967
+1 773-252-1500
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Bar
$$ - $$$
1520 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622-1967
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 19 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 18 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
Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

A well-hidden speakeasy bar. We waited 30 minutes outside and 30 minutes inside to get in, as the bouncer won't let you in if there are no more seats. The interior is well-decorated but lacks atmosphere, as each group of customers is separated from others....More

Thank Z0rglub
Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

Great cocktail bar. Warm and friendly serving perfectly made classics with a twist. We will definitely be back on our next trip. They were even accommodating with our one year old in tow!

Thank KAWtrips
Reviewed 25 April 2017

Visited a local friend, she swore we wouldn't get into this place without an hour wait. Apparently it's super exclusive & low key. We wait 5min as we're pulled to the front of the line, call it luck. We were seated in these beautiful oversized...More

Thank CMitchell1989
Reviewed 25 March 2017

My favorite cocktail bar while living in Chicago. Tried many cocktails, all very well made. The atmosphere is relaxing. Professional bartenders. Definitely sit by the bar.

Thank SavvaSourasis
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do you serve wine?
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
Romantic, Bar Scene, 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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