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The Violet Hour

Speakeasy, Cocktail Bar, and Lounge$$$$
Wicker Park, Chicago
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  • The experts at Food & Wine and The Wall Street Journal recommend this place
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  • Pocket S.
    "Nice and intimate atmosphere, great for a cocktail date!"(8 Tips)
    Valentine's Day Movie
    "Enjoy quiet conversation while sipping the Juliet and Romeo cocktail"(4 Tips)
    Peter B.
    "Sexy ambience, great mixologists, great speakeasy vibes"(16 Tips)
    Mariana J.
    "Get 'the etiquette' .. Is a drink off the menu.. Enjoy!"(5 Tips)
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  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyNovember 26, 2016
    It's the perfect date spot. Whether you go before dinner, instead of dinner, or after dinner, you won't be let down. I liked the Midnight Stinger.
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    This isn’t a get up and mingle kind of joint, which makes it the perfect dark sexy lounge for romantic dates and quiet conversations about world domination. Try the pimento cheese toasts. Read more
  • Mary A.
    Mary AlesandriniApril 18, 2016
    8 - Romantic, cool place. Did a good job making a large open place feel intimate. Drinks are super strong and tasty. Not great for large groups (long wait), but got right in with two!
  • Pocket S.
    Pocket SunSeptember 6, 2014
    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.
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WMay 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best cocktails in the city. Never had a bad drink here. Go on a week night or Sunday to avoid the crowd. Have some drinks then cross the street to Big Star and grab some tacos.
  • Eater
    EaterApril 11, 2013
    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.
  • Beril E.
    Beril EsenSeptember 28
    You feel like you're in a Tim Burton movie as you enter this beautifully absurd space with high top chairs and romantic lighting. Their egg white cocktails, for example the Oofta, are delicious.
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongOctober 10, 2015
    Hard place to find if you don't know about it. Great for dates or anyone who enjoy well made drinks. Dark, cozy, and intimate.
  • Eric K.
    Eric KrullOctober 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Simply a must! Sophisticated, chic, and everything you want for a one of a kind night out. The most hidden of all the gems but the biggest reward if you find it!
  • PUNCH
    PUNCHSeptember 25, 2015
    Violet Hour exudes a 1920s speakeasy vibe. While the drinks are innovative, the bar remains old-school: Don’t be surprised if the bartender gives you a sideways look when you pull out your cell phone. Read more
  • Jc Q.
    Jc QSeptember 16, 2014
    Walking through the curtains takes you into the world of Alice in Wonderland. Take it all in while sipping on a cocktail and seated a seat at one of the high backed chairs.
  • Cristian L.
    Cristian LöfvallSeptember 11, 2016
    Low lighting, excellent cocktails and great music makes for an awesome date spot. On weekends, come early or be ready to wait to be seated!
  • ブルーノ
    ブルーノFebruary 12
    One of the highlights of my weekend in Chicago. Funny place, a surprisingly airy and large speakeasy with a great selection of (strong) cocktails. Approved! 🥃
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 13
    Few would be able to see unless for the fireplace inside this infamous, dark cocktail spot in Wicker Park. Read more
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoJanuary 6, 2015
    Analogue’s Robby Haynes and Owen Gibler of New York’s Mother’s Ruin, who both previously bar tended at the Wicker Park lounge, return to serve cocktails from the bar’s past menus and their home bars. Read more
  • Anna B.
    Anna BokunJuly 24, 2014
    ~The Co-Conspirator~ unarguably strong, flawless, basically a pristine concoction of the highest order. As the plebeians say, it's the "most bang for your buck." 
  • Rob J.
    Rob JuckettApril 4, 2015
    Amazing cocktails all around. Get "the end of the earth" if you like Madeira and pineapple it is fantastic. Good atmosphere and even if there is a wait, the line moves fast
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureFebruary 21, 2014
    Behind a nondescript door in Wicker Park, Violet Hour serves handcrafted drinks (try the Hush & Wonder, made of Matusalem rum, lime, and crème de violette).
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoNovember 2, 2011
    It's pristine (the carefully constructed cocktails are excellent), pretentious (you won’t find a sign on the door–just look for the long lines) and, ultimately, completely and unarguably gorgeous. Read more
  • Stina P.
    Stina P.December 21, 2013
    lose yourself in the blue curtains. this place has an energy that makes it something to behold once found in chicago. it is tasteful and classic with an edge of biggie rap.
  • Natalie M.
    Natalie Morse-NolandOctober 4, 2013
    It's a little too dark to see the menu, but I really like the unique setup and their cocktails are delicious. Also, fiddling on your phone is forbidden here!
  • Katie K.
    Katie Konrad SwansonDecember 9, 2012
    Get any of their drinks with potable bitters. I am never disappointed! Ambiance is unmatched, modern spin on an old speakeasy. Excellent service and knowledgeable waitstaff.
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistAugust 1, 2014
    Perfect place to get lost in conversation. Draped in periwinkle velvet with sparkling chandeliers and a fireplace, it's a very romantic atmosphere. Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoOctober 19, 2011
    It's pristine (the carefully constructed cocktails are excellent), pretentious (you won’t find a sign on the door–just look for the long lines) and, ultimately, completely and unarguably gorgeous.
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagNovember 15, 2011
    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.
  • Kirti D.
    Kirti DOctober 2, 2012
    The small plates are delicious, full of flavor, & help soak up the buzz from the amazing cocktails. It's dimly lit, & perfect for a discreet night out.
  • Girish J.
    Girish JoshiAugust 28, 2014
    They make great non alcoholic drinks here. They will try most anything on the menu, within reason. My favorite is their twist on a Pimms cup.
  • Suri R.
    Suri RNovember 30, 2013
    On the menu under each spirit, each cocktail is listed shaken and refreshing to stirred and bold. I had the French Professor, it was epic
  • MissBruce L.
    MissBruce LeeMay 23, 2013
    An original selection of cocktails, and an impressive whiskey selection! Hidden location and quiet design, bringing a date at Violet Hour is a winner.
  • Nick F.
    Nick Fruendt2 weeks ago
    Fantastic date spot. Intimate setting, great mood lighting, and delicious cocktails. Perhaps what I liked most was the music had me vibin'
  • Mike D.
    Mike DuFresneApril 21, 2014
    Really amazing speakeasy. Line really starts to stack up at 7 on Saturday and moves really slow. Definitely don't try to come with a group larger than four
  • Louis K.
    Louis KliegerDecember 20, 2016
    The intimate atmosphere let's you focus on your private party and forget there are even other patrons. Cozy, trendy, and amazing cocktails.
  • Wicker Park Bucktown Insider
    If you're looking for a place where you can actually talk, this is your spot. Sophisticated bar. Beautifully decorated.Excellent drinks. Cheers!
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineApril 20, 2011
    Modeled after early-19th-century English clubs and French salons, this lounge is complete with chandeliers and a fireplace. Floor-to-ceiling curtains frame the bartenders as if they were on a stage.
  • Contessa G.
    Contessa GibsonNovember 15, 2011
    you will absolutely love it! for a good time, order a bowl of punch, and one specialty drink, good drinks, with good people = an outstanding time.
  • OkCupid Daters' Choice
    The Violet Hour was voted the Best Date Spot to Get Sex Started by OkCupid users in the first-ever Daters' Choice Awards! Tap Read more for additional date spot categories in Chicago. #daterschoice Read more
  • Josh S.
    Josh SciannaOctober 3
    Good place to impress a date, their cocktail menu is expansive and the bartenders are sublime. Keep in mind that it’s on the intimate side.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMarch 5, 2013
    If there’s a single place in the city that signifies “cocktail bar,” it’s this Victorian-esque Wicker Park lounge. Order the First Snow cocktail: http://tmoutchi.us/13EV7jr
  • Diego R.
    Diego RufoMarch 29, 2011
    $12 here buys you perhaps one of the best cocktails you've ever had. They take things so seriously, they have like a dozen different ice cubs for certain drink variations. Read more
  • Sharon T.
    Sharon TsaoNovember 23, 2015
    I love the variety of cocktails there are! Largest menu I've seen in awhile. I liked the gin based drinks :)
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveFebruary 10, 2011
    One of Chicago’s most highly regarded cocktail bars, and another Madia-Kahan venture, The Violet Hour was a runaway success. Here cocktails highlight spirits and play off established drinks.
  • Matt B.
    Matt BentonMay 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    It hasn't been on the menu in a while, but get a Duckhunter. Best drink by far. Tastes like the fall. Whiskey and nugmetgy goodness.
  • Carolyn B.
    Carolyn BreitMay 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Sitting at the bar is fun to check out how they make all the drinks but I also love the high backed throne chairs
  • Zach S.
    Zach SmithNovember 16, 2015
    Fancy cocktails and sophisticated ambiance if you feel like feeling sophisticated... Or impressing a date in this low-lit speakeasy.
  • Liz H.
    Liz HomsySeptember 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Probably one of the best cocktail bars in the city...go early on a weeknight if you want to avoid insane crowds :-)
  • Nathan K.
    Nathan KamOctober 31, 2010
    Overwhelming menu of cocktails served here. Ambiance is like nothing I've experienced before. Unmarked entrance, great service, and incredible place to just hang out. A must do!
  • Ashley v.
    Ashley von KluckAugust 23, 2011
    Don't use your cell phone and if you are meeting a group - make sure you let the host know you are expecting add ons! Great cocktails... but a lot of rules!!
  • Elly V.
    Great for a date. Expect to wait in line. The "Up Here Buddy" is not very good. Scarlet Ribbons is a great rum drink.
  • Caroline W.
    Caroline WuApril 12, 2015
    Had the Sunday Best. One of the best cocktails I've ever tasted - incredible. Ambience is dark and private but classy
  • Erin G.
    Erin GMay 25, 2010
    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!
  • JenKudu
    JenKuduSeptember 16, 2016
    If you don't want to loose yourself in the menu, just tell what flavor or season your craving and they'll come up with perfection.
  • Rafique J.
    Rafique JiwaniMarch 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The old fashioned here is one of the best I've had but request it to be mixed with Wild Turkey rare breed bourbon for a more potent finish
  • Emily B.
    Emily BoltonMarch 22
    I enjoyed my visit and had a great cocktail, but I wouldn't recommend going alone. They don't allow phones, the bartenders aren't chatty, and you're stuck to a seat.
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew SimpsonJune 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    They make some of the best bitters-based drinks in the city! Try the Bitter Giuseppe, or The Sam Spade!
  • s p.
    s pJune 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    the artisanal speakeasy that started it all in chicago. house made bitters, tinctures, liqueurs, and fresh juice & herbs.
  • Erika D.
    Erika DavisMarch 29, 2016
    Love the atmosphere & all the drinks I had here so far. Perfect ambiance for a romantic date.
  • Jenny F.
    Jenny Fukumoto 🍺October 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're adventurous and want to try a drink with whipped egg whites, go for the Swingin' on the Lawn - brandy, lemon, cherry liqueur/bitters - delicious!
  • Mazda
    MazdaNovember 17, 2010
    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.
  • Dana J.
    Dana JensenJanuary 15, 2015
    Very pretty! Had much better luck with the "dealer's choice" cocktails than what was on the menu. Got a few killer cocktails that way.
  • ニコラス D.
    ニコラス DmitriSeptember 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you don't know what you want, just describe the drinks you like. I've never had a bad recommendation.
  • Dave K.
    Dave KaufmanNovember 28, 2010
    Bar seat is a must. Order off the menu or your specialty drink. Watch the making of a sensation... your drink. You sat at the bar right?
  • LXTV
    LXTVJuly 18, 2011
    We love the exquisitely made cocktails served here with artisan ice, at the first real cocktail-focused bar in Chicago. Read more
  • Yurij B.
    Yurij BryndziaMarch 7, 2015
    Pro-tip: Get a fishbowl of anything (bartenders are like magicians here) and share it with someone, save some $
  • Audrey T.
    Audrey TolbertJune 4, 2014
    Well-made drinks and great hand lotion in the restrooms! Win win.
  • Kieran K.
    Kieran KlaassenFebruary 24, 2015
    Best for a date! Cocktails are the best and appetizers as well. Friendly staff
  • Chris S.
    Chris SteeleApril 8, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Absinthe happy hour from 6 - 8pm. Chase down that green fairy, just make sure you're not driving afterwards.
  • Original Penguin
    Original PenguinNovember 9, 2010
    Fancy an old-world ’30s New York–style 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 façade.
  • Wen W.
    Wen WongOctober 24, 2013
    Kevin on the door is an absolute sweetheart. Show him some love and he'll give you some back!
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinOctober 30, 2010
    Perfect date spot, and of course the cocktails are off the chain. DJ is on his game too: Ghostface and Madlib....u serious? Added bonus.
  • Ross G.
    Ross GarnerMay 19, 2011
    Worth the wait. Unmatched cocktails served in an intimate atmosphere. Go during the week to avoid the long weekend lines.
  • Julie Y.
    Julie YeagerMarch 25, 2016
    A great swanky cocktail bar! And the bacon wrapped dates were excellent!
  • Ting T.
    Ting TsaiNovember 28, 2015
    Lines out the door even as early as 8PM. Cocktails are well done and strong.
  • Jenny
    JennyFebruary 8, 2015
    Dress code. Line out the door (before it was even open!). I should hate this place. But I couldn't if I tried. The lovely hostess was so accommodating for our group of 12. And the drinks were insane.
  • Ivy
    IvyAugust 10, 2011
    The punch pitchers are great for splitting with friends. Be wary of the HUGE block ice cube though, makes serving difficult.
  • Shannon H.
    Runner up for Bar of the Year presented by Hendrick's Gin, and runner up for Best Bar Family presented by Glenfiddich Scotch at the 2017 Time Out Chicago Bar Awards.
  • Chicago magazine
    Chicago magazineJanuary 16, 2012
    Must-try cocktail: Hush & Wonder. The classic daiquiri, all dressed up and perfumed with violet liqueur.
  • Alexandria C.
    Alexandria ColeNovember 18, 2016
    Great list of cocktails. If you're hungry, definitely try the bacon wrapped dates.
  • Lina
    LinaFebruary 6, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Be nice! The staff has to deal with so many amateurs! Treat people like its their birthday, daily! - kid president
  • Pauly G.
    Pauly GNovember 12, 2015
    Awesome atmosphere, killer drinks, a must visit while in Chicago!
  • Ardvaark
    ArdvaarkNovember 28, 2015
    The punch bowl is a great way to start the evening off with a large group of friends.
  • Valentin G.
    Valentin GuerinFebruary 20, 2016
    Nice cocktails, take a seat next to the fireplace to be cozier.
  • Cresta C.
    Cresta CavanaughMarch 20, 2011
    One of the best places for mixology? They don't even have the right ingredients for the 'Moscow Mule' that's on the menu. (Ginger Beer...helloooo?)
  • Yura L.
    Yura LeeOctober 6, 2014
    My fav spot of all time. Perfect for date night, girls night, or just group of friends night!!!
  • Melissa A.
    Melissa AuJanuary 26, 2015
    Neat little spot with unique cocktails and a romantic ambiance.
  • Thompson Hotels
    Thompson HotelsMay 24, 2011
    Our concierge Catherine at The Sax Chicago recommends sipping on a Black River while enjoying the speakeasy vibe of this amazing bar. Read more
  • Peter B.
    Peter BoyceApril 16
    Sexy ambience, great mixologists, great speakeasy vibes
  • Dina R.
    Dina RughaniMarch 15, 2015
    Great cocktails. Also order the ricotta toast with truffle oil.
  • al v.
    al viciedoJuly 27, 2010
    Arrive early to start off your night or for a late night nightcap. Best spot in Chicago. Well worth the wait behind the curtain.
  • Serena M.
    Serena MayJuly 29, 2012
    Wicker Park Sour for yourself. Seasonable punch bowl to share. Fried gnocchi for sustenance.
  • Carol H.
    Carol HNovember 6, 2013
    Come on an off night and look for the door handle sticking out of the cement wall next to the bank.
  • Bravo
    BravoJanuary 27, 2010
    Hidden gem where you must be in the know to get in. Great cocktails with cool infusions. -Mike Isabella, Top Chef
  • Hector
    HectorDecember 23, 2015
    Great speakeasy cocktail spot - worth the wait.
  • Chad B.
    Chad BellSeptember 30, 2015
    Pro tip: keep an eye out for the periodic super-informative, super-enjoyable master classes.
  • Tana B.
    Delightful cocktails + a lengthy novel of a booze list to pick your favorite libations!
  • Aleki F.
    Aleki FaloMarch 18, 2013
    If Patrick is available to be your bartender, enjoy... he's the S#!T!
  • Vanessa R.
    Vanessa RondiniOctober 6, 2011
    If I wanted to listen to get ripped on wild turkey and listen to shaday... I'd go to the western suburbs. Ehh. It's a mom joint.
  • Jillian B.
    Jillian BurnickasFebruary 5, 2015
    Very cool place, drinks are a bit pricey but they're super creative.
  • Mary Kay H.
    Mary Kay HardcastleJanuary 17, 2013
    Eater says try the Aberdeen Sling ($12),made with Pig's Nose Scotch, Lemon, Benedictine, Honey Syrup, Peychaud's Bitters.
  • Stephanie B.
    Stephanie B.October 25, 2011
    Order a Part and Parcel- it's not on the menu anymore, but it is a must-have!!
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SocialMarch 31, 2011
    This place is phenomenal - my new favourite place for cocktails in Chicago!
  • Roxanne S.
    Roxanne SaeiAugust 11, 2014
    Tall love seats make it seem like you are the only group in the bar. Chandelier are so my thing
  • narni
    narniAugust 23, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Weekdays are the only way to go. My favorite (not on the menu) is the Rangoon Fizz. simply exquisite!
  • Bobby K.
    Bobby KennedySeptember 16, 2014
    Believe the hype. The cocktails and the service are phenomenal.
  • Esquire
    EsquireFebruary 1, 2011
    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. Read more
  • Jarret W.
    Jarret WeinrichAugust 11, 2012
    Great drinks, decor, and added points for there being so much space inside.
  • Bear D.
    Bear DohringOctober 25, 2010
    Pssst.. One of the top venues for mixology in Chicago! This is a treasured secret in wicker park.
  • Annemarie S.
    Annemarie StrasselApril 21, 2010
    Fresh ginger in cocktails. Yum! Great Edwardian decor . . . go on a weeknight if you don't want to wait an hour to get in.
  • Mrugesh
    MrugeshSeptember 29
    Cocktails are amazing, they keep them changing all time
  • Jason V.
    Jason ValentineJanuary 27, 2010
    Very pleased with my drinks. I was less than impressed with watching one of the servers make out with her boyfriend all night. If you want awesome drinks, by all means go there. Service, not so much.
  • ZaarlyChicago
    ZaarlyChicagoAugust 16, 2011
    Regardless of what people say, The Violet Hour is an impressive place to go on a date.
  • Wicker Park Bucktown Insider
    Way less crowded during the week and usually there's no line.
  • Carolyn S.
    Carolyn SApril 9, 2015
    Best cocktails I've ever had. Try the Tommy Gun, it's sweet & spicy.
  • Wally N.
    Wally NMay 5, 2013
    It's kind of a definitional thing, but if the place has a liquor license, it's not a speakeasy.
  • Nicki W.
    Nicki WalliserJuly 29, 2011
    Fun spot if you're looking for something outside the box. Cocktails are pretty impressive!
  • Sara S.
    Sara StubblefieldSeptember 20, 2011
    Best $12 drinks I ever had. Awesome atmosphere as well.
  • Nikol H.
    Nikol HaslerJanuary 28, 2010
    Order a Julietta y Romeo- Wonderful gin fizz with champagne. If possible get a seat in the back. It is worth the wait.
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyDecember 9, 2010
    Wait in line for a dark, sexy speakeasy experience. House-made syrups, exclusive spirits, suspender-clad bartenders.
  • John
    JohnNovember 4, 2012
    Dark & Stormy is one good cocktail, not to be outdone by the Juliet & Romeo!
  • Kris b.
    Kris bJanuary 30, 2016
    really knowledgeable staff! found exploring their drink selection very fun
  • Mariana J.
    Mariana JAugust 5, 2012
    Get 'the etiquette' .. Is a drink off the menu.. Enjoy!
  • kailey a.
    kailey arlenFebruary 24, 2015
    Great for a date or amazing drinks
  • kirsta
    kirstaMarch 23, 2010
    Go to Violet Hour. Fabulous drinks separated by liquor type. Great ambiance and the bartenders are so knowledgeable! Read more
  • Andy A.
    Andy AntonJune 19, 2010
    Wants to try Blue Ridge Manhattan at the Violet Hour. Rittenhouse Rye, Carpano Antica, Laphroig, Peach Bitters. sounds awesome,
  • Karin
    KarinApril 16, 2014
    Super pricy cocktails! The bouncer is kind of creepy
  • Annie C.
    Annie ChambersOctober 30, 2011
    Cozy atmosphere, beautiful decor, nicely crafted drinks.
  • Christine H.
    Speakeasy with assortment of cocktails. Expect a wait. 🍸
  • Gradie O.
    Gradie OakesNovember 22, 2011
    Esquire Best Bar 2011, Petraskey Pegu Club alumni manning the bar, whiskey smash all the way.
  • Jennifer H.
    Jennifer HirshFebruary 17, 2010
    the drinks are amazing..but try the food! if they have it, the fried peanut butter/banana/honey bites are delish
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HernandezJuly 4, 2010
    Get their early on weekends.Drinks are good. PB and Bacon app is great. Drinks are great.
  • Davi
    DaviJuly 15
    Beautiful ambiance. Amazing cocktails.
  • Alexandra I.
    Alexandra IonidesJuly 4, 2010
    In love, old age feel (maybe the Motown playing) with new age infused cocktails....Romeo & Juliet drink dreamy.
  • Chema S.
    The place has a great atmosphere but the cocktails are the worst we've had in our lives
  • Joe Y.
    Joe Y.January 3, 2014
    Great atmosphere, tasty and intriguing cocktails
  • Daren R.
    Daren RApril 1, 2014
    Although not designed to, "The Boss" and "Cake in a Jar" pair really well. Cheers.
  • Agnes K.
    Agnes KumalaApril 4, 2011
    Try the Pomms and Austin 51- They are both Great if you like sweeter drinks.
  • Andy S.
    Andy SternbergJune 15, 2012
    No Grey Goose here; if you've gotta drink vodka, it's gonna be Tito's... and that's awesome!
  • Rachel R.
    Rachel RusnakMay 27, 2012
    Romeo and Juliet: gin, cucumber, mint and rose water. Yum.
  • Le J.
    Le JordanFebruary 22, 2015
    Perhaps the best Old Fashioned I've ever had.
  • Suzie G.
    Suzie GersonDecember 8, 2012
    Get there before 10pm to avoid a very long line
  • Alex
    AlexSeptember 9, 2010
    Order the Hush and Wonder. It's made with Creme de Violette and is just amazing.
  • J D.
    J De JesusFebruary 16, 2014
    Real chill place love it!!!!!!!
  • Elizabeth F.
    Elizabeth F.August 2, 2015
    Moscow nuke, pimms cup, all cocktails.
  • Liang S.
    Liang ShiMay 10, 2010
    It's not a bar, it's an apothecary. Best drinks in the USA. I'll bet $50 on it. Romeo and Juliet is delicious.
  • Jeffrey H.
    Jeffrey HarringtonApril 19, 2011
    Bring a date for a nightcap. Try whatever pisco cocktail is on the menu at the time. It's hard to make a mistake here.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    A perfect martini - head to Rosa's after for some live blues. Read more
  • Micki M.
    Micki MaynardDecember 16, 2011
    Although they ban cell phone use, they don't ban photos. Be ready for flashes to go off.
  • Martha F.
    Martha FelixJanuary 2, 2016
    Cocktails, atmosphere, wonderland setting
  • Cara
    CaraJune 10, 2012
    Is that an enormous ice cube in your cocktail, or are you just happy to see me?
  • Alex P.
    Alex PughApril 6, 2016
    Very intimate vibrant, great drinks and excellent staff
  • Theresa G.
    Theresa GanchorreJune 8, 2012
    hidden bar behind graffiti - amazing cocktails
  • Zachary B.
    Zachary BohmAugust 5, 2013
    Don't be afraid to question your sanity and drinks
  • Kristin R.
    Kristin RupertFebruary 9, 2010
    Get the Red Derby and the chickpea "popcorn." you will be able to die happy afterwards.
  • Katya K.
    Katya KilianJuly 14, 2014
    They make a mean flip (not on the menu)
  • Todd C.
    Todd CarpenterAugust 6, 2014
    The entrance is somewhat hidden. Don't worry, you're in the right place.
  • Maggie F.
    Maggie Fritz-MorkinSeptember 15, 2010
    Don't go in a group bigger than 4, or you won't get to sit in the special high-backed chairs.
  • Cory B.
    Cory BurnsSeptember 18, 2012
    Ask for Robbie. He is simply the best.
  • Leah P.
    Leah PickettFebruary 3, 2011
    sexy speakeasy with top-notch cocktails. perfect for date night!
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillSeptember 18, 2014
    Be sure to get a Sazerac.
  • Melissa T.
    Melissa TanJune 11, 2013
    You'll never have me. You got that right. Get these
  • Lisa G.
    Lisa GildehausMarch 18, 2010
    Everyone else loves the Dark & Stormy but I say ask the bartender to make you a Romeo & Juliet.
  • Elyse H.
    Elyse HudsonMarch 4, 2012
    The Old Fashioned is to die for!
  • Jessica
    JessicaMarch 14, 2011
    Very trendy drink spot. Upscale and classy!
  • @soyrev
    @soyrevAugust 4, 2014
    super cliche, super great
  • Emily S.
    Emily SullivanNovember 23, 2014
    I liked it but this place is totally overrated. I wouldn't wait in line for it.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithAugust 30, 2012
    Please, follow the house rules. Please.
  • Marissa H.
    Marissa HarrisApril 20, 2014
    Very cool! Sexy atmosphere
  • Kiki R.
    Kiki RMarch 16, 2010
    If you're a whiskey drinker, order the Roust About. Incredible smell, deliciously smooth taste.
  • Chris K.
    Chris KDecember 31, 2013
    Don't play on your cell phone!
  • Tate G.
    Tate GeborkoffJanuary 20, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Go there, sit at the bar and order The Oldest Living Confederate Widow. Simply amazing!
  • Sameer P.
    Truffle chic peas. Nuff said
  • Seung-Jin H.
    Seung-Jin HamJune 20, 2012
    juliet & romeo. so refreshing & delicious!
  • Jenny L.
    Jenny LuiApril 13, 2015
    We so fancy. Usually a line.
  • Damon S.
    Great atmosphere but expect snotty hosts and rude doormen
  • hector c.
    hector castanedaNovember 3, 2014
    The drinks are good and the ambience
  • Vamsi
    VamsiJune 3, 2012
    Avoid the "coffee and cigarettes" unless you want something that is bitter and terrible tasting. Try the "vodka cobbler."
  • Daniela V.
    Daniela VinesarMay 27, 2015
    Cocktail are off the hook!!!
  • Lisa H.
    Lisa HitonNovember 17, 2011
    Romeo and Juliet. If you have to ask why, you don't have good taste.
  • Ruta R.
    Ruta RuteleMarch 10, 2012
    Try the blinker! Best drink ever
  • omogenis
    omogenisOctober 18, 2012
    Great cocktail bar..
  • Valentine's Day Movie
    Valentine's Day MovieFebruary 2, 2010
    Enjoy quiet conversation while sipping the Juliet and Romeo cocktail with your beloved. #vday
  • Jon D.
    Jon Du PreyAugust 8, 2014
    Great drinks classy place
  • Ashley
    AshleyJanuary 27, 2013
    Very fancy reminds the parks an rec episode
  • Gretchen H.
    Gretchen HentemannJanuary 30, 2011
    Try the gilded cage and the moscow mule.
  • Jough D.
    Jough DempseyAugust 7, 2014
    Try the cocktails.
  • Le J.
    Le JordanMarch 27, 2015
    Very romantic spot.
  • Noel L.
    Noel LoveNovember 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Rhymes w/Orange Manhattan with Owen! Amazing!!!
  • Rachel Z.
    Rachel ZalupskiOctober 10, 2014
    Friends, drinks and no phones.
  • Jesse S.
    Jesse SextonNovember 10, 2011
    Makes me feel like the most interesting man in the world.
  • Jenelle
    JenelleMay 30, 2010
    Order the dark and stormy. rum, sweet, spicy and delicious!
  • Arm C.
    Arm CandyJuly 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best place in the city for drinks!!!!!
  • Becca H.
    Becca HenryFebruary 26, 2012
    Try the terrine!
  • Ben F.
    Ben FosterMarch 19, 2009
    Go to Violet Hour and order the Woolworth Manhattan with Root Beer Bitters. Get the Thai Curried Deviled Eggs as a side.
  • Fatima A.
    Fatima AbdulsalamFebruary 5, 2016
    The juliet and romeo
  • Ashwin K.
    Ashwin KumarJune 18, 2013
    You got that right!
  • Lester M.
    Lester MontesaNovember 13, 2011
    Fries are freaking delicious!
  • Sotero M.
    Sotero MurguiaSeptember 11, 2010
    Best Mixed Drinks in The United States of 'Merica!
  • Cory W.
    Cory WilletSeptember 14, 2014
    🍸 Are you having a good time, X💗X💗?
  • Shannon H.
    Shannon HeathFebruary 1, 2013
    Order the "First Snow"
  • Don C.
    Don ClemensJune 6, 2012
    May be the greatest bar in America!
  • Amar B.
    Amar BhaktaNovember 27, 2011
    Highly recommend the In The Pines
  • Sue P.
    Sue PhamMay 8, 2012
    Leave a tip at Violet Hour
  • Nick D.
    Nick DiCosolaJanuary 1, 2014
    Great Drinks!
  • David S.
    David SmithSeptember 14, 2014
    Baseball caps not allowed. Ironic berets welcome.
  • Evan
    EvanMarch 17, 2010
    Stiff, old-school drinks. Bring a date. Or a few friends.
  • Michael J.
    Michael JarvisDecember 1, 2011
    Juliet and Romeo is FLAWLESS.
  • Davin L.
    Davin LohApril 3, 2015
    What cocktail night SHOULD be.
  • Cody M.
    Cody M.August 20, 2014
    Fun to try something new
  • David M.
    David MaApril 2, 2015
    They don't actually enforce any of these rules, just don't be a dick.
  • Sidharth K.
    Sidharth KakkarFebruary 20, 2010
    The Juliet and Romeo is good, but I'd replace the beefeater with a better gin
  • 🎉TÄN👸✨
    🎉TÄN👸✨April 14, 2012
    Enjoy with Drink
  • Anna A.
    Anna AmeliaMarch 11, 2014
    I'm not hating. ..20minute cocktails are from the 90s. .
  • neerad jet ..
    neerad jet .October 3, 2011
    Nothing groundbreaking here. Still this place is better than wasting money at Aviary. -from a person that been to milk&honey before it was cool.
  • Bribble L.
    Bribble LegitJanuary 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Follow the rules.
  • Jorge C.
    Jorge ChavezApril 7, 2015
    Nombrado finalista del James Beard award
  • Bribble L.
    Bribble LegitJanuary 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get Henry to make your drink.
  • Ankur K.
    Ankur KikaniAugust 16, 2014
    Fun drinks
  • Sharee O.
    Sharee O.April 7, 2012
    Had high expectations and thought it'd be worth the LONG wait but was utterly disappointed
  • Devin G.
    Devin GriffinMarch 13, 2011
    The dark and stormy is legit
  • Nick G.
    Nick GMarch 29, 2012
    DON'T wear sandals. Also I think girls can wear shorts but not boys. Double standards strike again.
  • gilbert l.
    gilbert laraMay 11, 2012
    Bring your green hat
  • Brandon R.
    Brandon RileyJanuary 28, 2010
    Best date spot in the city. Period.
  • Brian K.
    Brian KazmierczakMay 19, 2011
    I wanted a vodka on the rocks with some olives. The dude looked at me like I was an asshole.
  • Joshua E.
    Joshua EmmonsMarch 13, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Past the drywall, beyond the curtain. Order something with gin and ask "Why all the different ice?"
  • Sam P.
    Sam PaniniApril 23, 2011
    Henry is an awesome bartender
  • Eric H.
    Eric HeneghanJanuary 15, 2010
    Pretty simple, best drinks anywhere. Disagree, why?
  • Niket D.
    Niket DesaiAugust 25, 2013
    Whiskey: Sling.
  • 🎉TÄN👸✨
    🎉TÄN👸✨April 14, 2012
    Enjoy with dink
  • Topshop
    TopshopMay 29, 2012
    Who doesn't love a speakeasy?!
  • Mark F.
    Mark F.October 8, 2011
    This place is way over rated and way over priced, not to mention the wait for a mediocre experience is laughable
  • Chris H.
    Chris HallOctober 1, 2010
    Sazerac...ask them to use Absenthe with it...
  • Tara W.
    Tara WilliamsDecember 13, 2010
    juilet & romeo = amazing
  • caleb h.
    caleb hanlonDecember 1, 2014
    Overpriced cocktails!
  • Erik James A.
    Erik James AlbaughAugust 29, 2011
    Speak easy my ass.
  • Tati ✈
    Tati ✈May 4, 2014
    Not worth standing outside like it's Studio 54. It's not.
  • John V.
    John VJune 14, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Have a drink
  • Saneel R.
    Saneel RadiaMarch 4, 2010
    Daisy 17
  • Joshua E.
    Joshua EmmonsMarch 27, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Work my way through the new spring menu.
  • inspector c.
    inspector clouseauMay 21, 2015
    Здесь есть самый лучший американский виски 2015 года. Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey. Коктейли офигительны.
  • Selene P.
    Selene PinAriApril 21, 2016
    Es un bar speakeasy súper recomendado, los cócteles son algo Fuertes, pero muy buenos! La bartender súper amable.
  • a-ros
    a-rosOctober 22
    Unglaublich gute Cocktails. Tolle Kreationen und völlig perfekt abgestimmt. Nicht besser zu machen!
  • Tee B.
    Tee BoneJuly 23, 2012
    Love Damien
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