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The Violet Hour

#210 of 7,836 Restaurants in Chicago}
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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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1 - 10 of 176 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago 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 1 week ago 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 15 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
Reviewed 10 September 2017

Yes we had to wait 20/25 minutes to get in on a Saturday night but it was very well handled and totally worth it!!!! Uber driver was perplexed when we gave him the address, and that gave us a giggle and we told home just...More

Thank Alison1207
Reviewed 16 August 2017

My husband and I visited The Violet Hour as part of a "secret bar tour." We actually walked right by it to meet our host and never would have known it was there. The door is painted the same color as the wall (which is...More

1  Thank Abbey B
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Beautiful decor, excellent & friendly service, outstanding cocktails. Three of us sat at the bar and enjoyed the show: the bartenders really know their stuff and we had a lot of fun chatting with them. The decor is really lovely and interesting -- tons of...More

Thank Charlene V
Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

This is definitely one of the coolest bars I've ever been to. It's won tons if awards and could be intimidating. However, we found the staff to be fantastic, very enthusiastic about their "craft" and helped us pick the best drinks to match our taste....More

Thank rwgrncrd
Reviewed 20 July 2017

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 14 July 2017

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
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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
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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