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The Violet Hour

Speakeasy, Cocktail Bar, and Lounge · Wicker Park
1520 N Damen Ave (at Pierce Ave.), Chicago, IL 60622, United States
Open until 2:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri, Sun
    • 6:00 PM–2:00 AM
  • Sat
    • 6:00 PM–3:00 AM
$ $ $ $
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

The Violet Hour does not accept reservations, we operate on a first come first serve basis. If there is a wait upon your arrival, our door host will take your name and cell phone number then call when seating becomes available.


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    Cresta C.
    "One of the best places for mixology?"(15 Tips)
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    "Enjoy quiet conversation while sipping the Juliet and Romeo cocktail"(3 Tips)
    Pocket S.
    "Nice and intimate atmosphere, great for a cocktail date!"(4 Tips)
    Mariana J.
    "Get 'the etiquette' .. Is a drink off the menu.. Enjoy!"(5 Tips)
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  • cocktails
  • good for dates
  • romantic
  • trendy
  • hidden spots
  • whiskey
  • good for a late night
  • fancy
  • cozy
  • juliet and romeo
  • lively
  • off-menu items
  • intimate
  • authentic
  • hidden gem
  • great value
  • liquor
  • stylish
  • rum
  • french fries
  • Fatima A.

    The juliet and romeo

    Fatima Abdulsalam · 5 hours ago
  • Kris b.

    really knowledgeable staff! found exploring their drink selection very fun

    Kris b · 6 days ago
  • Martha F.

    Cocktails, atmosphere, wonderland setting

    Martha Felix · January 2
  • David W.

    Just a little more difficult to get in with more than 2 people. But worth the effort.

    David Wilson · December 29, 2015
  • Hector T.

    Great speakeasy cocktail spot - worth the wait.

    Hector TheGreat · December 23, 2015
  • Ting T.

    Lines out the door even as early as 8PM. Cocktails are well done and strong.

    Ting Tsai · November 28, 2015
  • Ardvaark

    The punch bowl is a great way to start the evening off with a large group of friends.

    Ardvaark · November 28, 2015
  • Sharon T.

    I love the variety of cocktails there are! Largest menu I've seen in awhile. I liked the gin based drinks :)

    Sharon Tsao · November 23, 2015
  • Zach S.

    Fancy cocktails and sophisticated ambiance if you feel like feeling sophisticated... Or impressing a date in this low-lit speakeasy.

    Zach Smith · November 16, 2015
  • Pauly G.

    Awesome atmosphere, killer drinks, a must visit while in Chicago!

    Pauly G · November 12, 2015
  • Kelly W.

    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.

    Kelly Wong · October 10, 2015
  • Chad B.

    Pro tip: keep an eye out for the periodic super-informative, super-enjoyable master classes.

    Chad Bell · September 30, 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

    PUNCH · September 25, 2015
  • Elizabeth F.

    Moscow nuke, pimms cup, all cocktails.

    Elizabeth F. · August 2, 2015
  • Daniela V.

    Cocktail are off the hook!!!

    Daniela Vinesar · May 27, 2015
  • Jenny L.

    We so fancy. Usually a line.

    Jenny Lui · April 13, 2015
  • Caroline W.

    Had the Sunday Best. One of the best cocktails I've ever tasted - incredible. Ambience is dark and private but classy

    Caroline Wu · April 12, 2015
  • Carolyn S.

    Best cocktails I've ever had. Try the Tommy Gun, it's sweet & spicy.

    Carolyn S · April 9, 2015
  • Jorge C.

    Nombrado finalista del James Beard award

    Jorge Chavez · April 7, 2015
  • Rob J.

    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

    Rob Juckett · April 4, 2015
  • Davin L.

    What cocktail night SHOULD be.

    Davin Loh · April 3, 2015
  • David M.

    They don't actually enforce any of these rules, just don't be a dick.

    David Ma · April 2, 2015
  • Le J.

    Very romantic spot.

    Le Jordan · March 27, 2015
  • Dina R.

    Great cocktails. Also order the ricotta toast with truffle oil.

    Dina Rughani · March 15, 2015
  • Yurij B.

    Pro-tip: Get a fishbowl of anything (bartenders are like magicians here) and share it with someone, save some $

    Yurij Bryndzia · March 7, 2015
  • kailey a.

    Great for a date or amazing drinks

    kailey arlen · February 24, 2015
  • Kieran K.

    Best for a date! Cocktails are the best and appetizers as well. Friendly staff

    Kieran Klaassen · February 24, 2015
  • Le J.

    Perhaps the best Old Fashioned I've ever had.

    Le Jordan · February 22, 2015
  • Jenny

    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.

    Jenny · February 8, 2015
  • Jillian B.

    Very cool place, drinks are a bit pricey but they're super creative.

    Jillian Burnickas · February 5, 2015
  • Melissa A.

    Neat little spot with unique cocktails and a romantic ambiance.

    Melissa Au · January 26, 2015
  • Dana J.

    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.

    Dana Jensen · January 15, 2015
  • Redeye Chicago

    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

    Redeye Chicago · January 6, 2015
  • caleb h.

    Overpriced cocktails!

    caleb hanlon · December 1, 2014
  • Emily S.

    I liked it but this place is totally overrated. I wouldn't wait in line for it.

    Emily Sullivan · November 23, 2014
  • hector c.

    The drinks are good and the ambience

    hector castaneda · November 3, 2014
  • Rachel Z.

    Friends, drinks and no phones.

    Rachel Zalupski · October 10, 2014
  • Yura L.

    My fav spot of all time. Perfect for date night, girls night, or just group of friends night!!!

    Yura Lee · October 6, 2014
  • Ricky S.

    Be sure to get a Sazerac.

    Ricky Sherrill · September 18, 2014
  • Bobby K.

    Believe the hype. The cocktails and the service are phenomenal.

    Bobby Kennedy · September 16, 2014
  • Jc Q.

    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.

    Jc Q · September 16, 2014
  • David S.

    Baseball caps not allowed. Ironic berets welcome.

    David Smith · September 14, 2014
  • Cory W.

    🍸 Are you having a good time, X💗X💗?

    Cory Willet · September 14, 2014
  • Pocket S.

    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.

    Pocket Sun · September 6, 2014
  • Girish J.

    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.

    Girish Joshi · August 28, 2014
  • Cody M.

    Fun to try something new

    Cody M. · August 20, 2014
  • Ankur K.

    Fun drinks

    Ankur Kikani · August 16, 2014
  • Roxanne S.

    Tall love seats make it seem like you are the only group in the bar. Chandelier are so my thing

    Roxanne Saei · August 11, 2014
  • Jon D.

    Great drinks classy place

    Jon Du Prey · August 8, 2014
  • Jough D.

    Try the cocktails.

    Jough Dempsey · August 7, 2014

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