The Violet Hour
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The Violet Hour

1520 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL
(773) 252-1500 serving: Wicker Park, West Side
open:Sun-Fri 6pm-2am, Sat 6pm-3am

Sidewalk Score: 8 out of 10
Location, Location, Location:

Categories:

Bars & Clubs, Mastercard Accepted, Discover Accepted, Late-Night Scene, Lounges, 21 & Over, Visa Accepted, Martinis, Bars & Pubs, American Express Accepted, Specialty Cocktails,

The Low Down

EDITORS TIPS

Look Good: Before they get all huffy, advise your friends that all cocktails, like the very authentic Hemingway Daiquiri, are $11---priced discreetly at the bottom of the menu---and that they all arrive with a little sidecar carafe for topping off half-way through.

Know Before You Go: Del Toro's wood-plank facade is now scuffed and plastered with concert bills, no sign or door in site. Sometimes, a well-dressed man stands out front and assists the confused.

On the Menu: The food menu features small, very savory dishes, like chorizo croquetas and curried Rice Krispy treats.

Where to Sit: Before they get all huffy, advise your friends that all cocktails, like the very authentic Hemingway Daiquiri, are $11---priced discreetly at the bottom of the menu---and that they all arrive with a little sidecar carafe for topping off half-way through.

When to Go: Contrary to most watering holes, weeknights are hopping. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the best times: not too crowded, yet lively enough to escape the weekly grind.

On the Menu: A seasonal menu that pairs well with the delectable drinks offers noshes such as Thai curry coconut deviled eggs with pineapple lime sauce and proscuitto chips and duck confit with orange walnuts and herbed goat cheese on onion pumpernickel bread.

Rants, Raves & Reviews


by at Gayot

At first glance, one could simply dub The Violet Hour a bar, albeit a very beautiful one complete with floor-to-ceiling curtains, blue-leather high-backed chairs, crystal chandeliers and dark hardwood floors. But you need only to look at…
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