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Violet Hour

1520 N Damen, Chicago, IL 60622
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  • Violet HourAmbassadorPro 2014
    Nally
    5 Jun 07, 2014

    An intimate, classy bar with potent cocktails is the perfect combination for an amazing night out. The cocktail menu is divided by liquor, and the drinks become stronger as you move through each category. The door is unmarked, and there's usually a wait to get in, so arrive early. I'll definitely return the next time I'm in Chicago.

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  • Violet HourCommunity ManagerAmbassadorPro 2014
    Audrey Lo "@GogobotAudrey"
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    5 May 27, 2014

    Incredible speakeasy bar that's door is hidden within a brightly colored painted wall mural! The Romeo and Juliet is my favorite drink here! Must come if you love cocktails!

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  • Violet Hour
    Amanda Boleman
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    5 Oct 23, 2013

    Discreetly tucked inside a heavily-graffitied building on Damen Avenue, the Violet Hour is easy to miss. No signs mark the entrance, but you can usually spot it from the long lines snaking down the street on the weekends. If you get there early enough to get in on the first come first serve basis, you'll enjoy a sexy, speakeasy environment lit only by candlelight with unique craft cocktails and stunning interiors.

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  • Violet Hour
    Connie Pistilli
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    5 Aug 10, 2013

    Amazing craft cocktails in a speakeasy style bar! You might miss this place as there is no signage out front. Just look for the building on Damen at Wicker Park with graffiti outside. Walk through the heavy velvet curtains and enter into a swanky lounge.

    There could be a wait at any given night, but the cocktails are worth the wait and the $13 price tag. Loved their Sazerac and Old Fashioned.

    There's a dress code, so don't show up in a hat and sneakers. Keep it classy :)

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  • Violet Hour
    Gregory B. Schlough
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    5 Apr 17, 2013

    This place is dope. U2 came here for the release of their latest album. A speakeasy bar with craft cocktails that tries to implement a high class Manhattan mixology atmosphere.

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  • Violet Hour
    Jen Knoedl @GogobotChicago
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    4 Apr 15, 2013

    This is one venue that has a line outside because there really is no available space/table inside. Though I'm never a fan of waiting, they seem to be pretty fair about it. Once you get inside the somewhat-hard-to-find venue, you'll have a place to sit while you imbibe on perfectly crafted cocktails and small bites. Great date spot.

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  • Violet Hour
    Nicole Smiley
    5 Feb 14, 2013

    Incredible. Hands down my favorite place in the city to go for a drink. Normally I prefer a dive bar to fancy, but this is the exception. Everything from the unmarked front, to the velvet curtains, to the high back chairs and the dark and dreamy atmosphere makes this a great experience. The drinks are truly top notch and pack a punch.

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    Sophia Aduana
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    5 Jan 10, 2013

    Great for a date or small group of friends, this bar changed Chicago's cocktail scene. With only the glow of a lamp and a graffiti'd wall to indicate you're at the entrance, it has all the makings of a modern day speakeasy. Dress up a bit, prepare to keep your hands off your phone, and be patient with the wait. Once inside, you'll find yourself in a bar I can only imagine Alice in Wonderland having. The mixed drinks are all phenomenal - classics are impeccable, but trust in your bartender/server's suggestions too.

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    Lauren Monitz
    3 Dec 27, 2012

    I think this place is overly pretentious for what it is... yes, it was in GQ, yes it's hidden like the prohibition era blah blah, you know what you're going to get, the drinks are going to be good, and it's going to be expensive. Barrelhouse Flat / Aviary have equal quality, less showy.

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    Katy Homanick
    5 Jul 25, 2012

    This place is a must experience. A speak easy where hats, and phones are discouraged.

    The drinks are all mixology type drinks and they have some of the best bartenders in all of chicago mixing here.

    **Perfect for a date or small intimate group. Expect to wait in line.

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    Arit NC
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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    It's all class at Violet Hour. This bar was actually recently profiled as one of the best bars to visit in America. The specialty cocktails are whipped up by a mixologist and you sit down here to drink, no trashiness is tolerated.

    If you're in the mood for a nice date night with classy drinks, this is a good bet. Also great for a ladies night.

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  • Violet Hour
    Kristen Pieszko
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    5 Aug 15, 2013

    Great speakeasy atmosphere and delicious drinks. Try their homemade Malort!

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    Susan Whelan
    5 Nov 02, 2012
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    Jessica Smith
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Wonderful atmosphere, yummy drinks! Well worth the $12 plus you'll pay for a cocktail ;-)

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    Jake Watt
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Hey, you didn't hear about this place from me.

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    5 Jun 03, 2011
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    5 Feb 19, 2013
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    5 Nov 20, 2012
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    5 Mar 20, 2012
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    Faz Besharatian
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    5 Sep 19, 2013
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5.0 out of 5
20 member's reviews
1,482 people visited Violet Hour

Description

A quick glance over some of the Violet Hour's house rules can give visitors a genuine impression of the sort of atmosphere to expect. There is no cell phone use. No baseball caps. No reservations. No Jager-Bombs or bombs of any kind. This gem of a lounge hides its beautiful atmosphere and decor behind external walls that look like an abandoned building. The Violet Hour presents Chicago's Wicker ... read more
Park with a cocktail lounge that feels more like a speakeasy. Every drink on the menu is crafted to perfection; even the ice cubes used are selected based on the drink and glass in question.

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