Yes, it’s another speakeasy-style bar, but Violet Hour was one of the early ones to explore the Prohibition-era theme, and it takes it so seriously that newcomers might struggle to find the door, which isn’t marked with a sign. Have no fear, though, you’ll know the Violet Hour by the line of snazzy dressers waiting to get in on Damen Avenue. They only let in as many people as there are seats, so once you’re in, you’re in. Violet Hour wears its snobbishness with pride, publishing a set of rules for all to see, which ban cellphone use in the lounge, along with the types of drinks you’d find at a place like the Cubby Bear. “No O-Bombs. No Jäger-Bombs. No bombs of any kind. No Budweiser. No light beer. No Grey Goose. No cosmopolitans.” Drinks, many of which are made with fresh fruit and house made bitters, run lethal, but after you get a coveted seat, you’ll want to try at least one more.
The Violet Hour
1520 N Damen Ave. (at Pierce St.), Chicago, IL 60622
Our Rating Transportation Subway/El: Blue Line to Damen Ave Phone 773/252-1500 Web site The Violet Hour
Map1520 N Damen Ave. Chicago
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