The Violet Hour

Row 1

Details
1520 N Damen Ave (at Pierce Ave.)
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 252-1500
Speakeasy, Lounge, Cocktail
$ $
Hours
Mon–Fri, Sun: 6:00 PM–2:00 AM Sat: 6:00 PM–3:00 AM

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This somewhat pretentious atmosphere of a converted warehouse with modern furniture becomes an afterthought after tasting the James Beard Award-winning cocktails.

Foursquare Tips

  • Wait in line for a dark, sexy speakeasy experience. House-made syrups, exclusive spirits, suspender-clad bartenders.
  • The visual inspiration for the design of the Violet Hour was drawn from the pared down styles of the early 19th century English Georgian and French Directory.
  • Must-try cocktail: Hush & Wonder. The classic daiquiri, all dressed up and perfumed with violet liqueur.
  • Fancy an old-world 30s New Yorkstyle speakeasy? No sign? Check. Impossible to find the door? Sure is. An elegant, well-lit ballroom-style joint hidden behind a wood-shuttered Wicker Park faade.
  • It's pristine (the carefully constructed cocktails are excellent), pretentious (you wont find a sign on the doorjust look for the long lines) and, ultimately, completely and unarguably gorgeous.
  • If theres a single place in the city that signifies cocktail bar, its this Victorian-esque Wicker Park lounge. Order the First Snow cocktail: http://tmoutchi.us/13EV7jr
  • Hidden gem where you must be in the know to get in. Great cocktails with cool infusions. -Mike Isabella, Top Chef
  • Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. All of the cocktails are solid, but we're ordering the whiskey smash.
  • Best place in the city for drinks!!!!!
  • Step inside the intimate space and peruse through an extensive handcrafted drink menu that includes vodka, tequila, rum, brandy and portable bitters creations. Try the Juliet & Romeo or the Sazerac.
  • Past the drywall, beyond the curtain. Order something with gin and ask "Why all the different ice?"
  • these boys are not bartenders... they are mixologists.. if you have a true appreciation for class and liquor I HIGHLY recommend it. Get there early and sit at the bar for the full experience!
  • Enjoy quiet conversation while sipping the Juliet and Romeo cocktail with your beloved. #vday
  • It's pristine (the carefully constructed cocktails are excellent), pretentious (you wont find a sign on the doorjust look for the long lines) and, ultimately, completely and unarguably gorgeous.
  • Nice and intimate atmosphere, great for a cocktail date! The cocktails with egg white are interesting, but I prefer the sweeter ones. The entrance is very hidden so you gotta be looking for it.
  • Please, follow the house rules. Please.
  • Here, the bar is a stage, and the tenders are the actors. High ceilings, giant mirrors, hell, even curtains to either side of the bar. Snag a Maloney Negroni, then watch the performance.
  • Pssst.. One of the top venues for mixology in Chicago! This is a treasured secret in wicker park.
  • Don't go in a group bigger than 4, or you won't get to sit in the special high-backed chairs.
  • Order the dark and stormy. rum, sweet, spicy and delicious!