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The Violet Hour

1520 N Damen Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60622 USA

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Opens Sun 5p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
  • Public
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“One of the Best Bars in Illinois”

Voted "one of the best bars in Illinois" by Esquire Magazine. The Violet Hour was designed to create places of intimacy conducive to the art of conversation. The cocktail takes center stage in each room with the curtained partitions acting to frame the bartenders and with the high mirrored back bar cabinets acting to highlight the numerous specialty liquors and ingredients. “At the violet hour, when the eyes and back  Turn upward from the desk, when the human engine waits  Like a taxi throbbing waiting . . .  At the violet hour, the evening hour that strives  Homeward, and brings the sailor home from sea” T.S. Eliot, “The Waste Land” (1922)

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January 15, 2015
Rated 4.0

Chicago's first craft cocktail bar still shines (and has a line out its unmarked door on weekend nights). Pop across the street to Big Star, a taqueria owned by Paul Kahan, if you happen to be hungry post-drink.

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The Violet Hour

1520 N Damen Ave
Chicago, Illinois
60622 USA


Closed Now
  • Fri, Sat: 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
  • Sun, Wed, Thu: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
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  • Dinner
  • Drinks
  • Takeout
  • Waitstaff
  • Outdoor Seating
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