Party Earth Review Camouflaged behind a colorful plank façade adorned with an ever-changing display of graffiti art, The Violet Hour offers an unexpected touch of upscale luxury to a neighborhood better known for dive bars and hipster hangouts... ... read full review
1520 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
Blue Line: Damen
M–F, Su 6pm–2am, Sa 6pm–3am
Wicker Park / Bucktown, Chicago –
Camouflaged behind a colorful plank façade adorned with an ever-changing display of graffiti art, The Violet Hour offers an unexpected touch of upscale luxury to a neighborhood better known for dive bars and hipster hangouts.
A series of dark blue floor-to-ceiling curtains part to reveal the various rooms of the venue, the first being a lounge filled with candlelit islands surrounded by unusual blue leather chairs with massive five-foot backs, creating an air of privacy for the groups of young professionals and swanky couples chatting over drinks.
A marble and mirror bar offers space for the fashionable clientele to enjoy intricate cocktails like the Juliet and Romeo – a frost-colored cocktail of Beefeater, mint, and cucumber with a touch of rose water – while those looking for a full meal can make their way through the curtains to the dining area, which features high-backed booths and a nearly identical bar.
Patrons in the mood to mingle can continue on through the next set of curtains into the venue’s final room, a warm and welcoming hideaway where strangers come together around the fireplace to drink, chat, and eat.
Fostering a community atmosphere with a stylishly unpretentious vibe, the venue ensures a relaxing and cozy retreat for high-end drink enthusiasts to while The Violet Hour(s) away.
Trendy young professionals, business people, and upscale couples, late 20s to mid-40s.
Ambient chill, down-tempo music including contemporary trip-hop and a bit of jazz.
Assortment of small bites and seasonal dishes including spiced beer nuts, artisan cheese plates, fruits, and a variety of fish and meat specialties.
Spiced beer nuts $4, seasonal dishes $6–$24. Beer $5–$12, wine $6–$8/glass or $40–$75/bottle, cocktails $12, brandy $12–$30, rye whiskey $7–$25, seasonal punches $30.
Nice casual to dressy: women in blouses, skirts, and heels or cocktail dresses, men in button-downs and slacks or business suits.
Thursdays through Saturdays for a younger and more casual crowd, or Sundays through Wednesdays for a more business and industry-oriented scene.
Across the intersection is Rodan (1530 North Milwaukee Avenue), a restaurant with more filling dishes and the same contemporary lounge atmosphere.