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The Violet Hour in Chicago, IL

1520 N Damen Ave. Chicago, IL 60622
The Violet Hour is an upscale bar in Chicago located near Wicker Park which serves a variety of pre-Prohibition cocktails.

This James Beard Award-winning bar has small white tables with high-back blue leather chairs and a marble bar with chandeliers, hard wood floors, and crown molding. It serves primarily cocktails and appetizers with a focus on a classy and quiet atmosphere. The bar offers cocktails with gin, rum, whiskey, tequila, brandy, potable bitters, and vodka. There are a variety of appetizers and sandwiches available as well.

There are no reservations, but is instead focused on a "first come first serve" basis. The Violet Hour serves only classy drinks, but it does offer a Green Hour: a happy hour using the spirit absinthe. Unlike other bars, the Violet Hour is not a party bar and is not designed for visitors to get drunk, but instead enjoy a drink or two. Talking on cell phones is not allowed, and visitors are encouraged to dress up as well. The Violet Hour also offers classes to teach newcomers about whiskey, brandy, tequila, rum, vodka, and the art of making cocktails. This classy establishment is all about fostering conversation, serving classic drinks, and providing a stylish and upscale atmosphere.

The Violet Hour is a great place for after work cocktails with co-workers or a professional group meeting. It is a stylish stop for couples that want a unique happy hour experience. This unmarked bar is one of the treasures of Chicago and simply shouldn't be missed.


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