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The Violet Hour 1520 North Damen Avenue Chicago

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The Hour of Hush and Wonder

Put the bars in Wicker Park on a spectrum and most will lie on the side of unpredictability, beer, booze, and shots. On the other end, alone and thriving lies the Violet Hour.

Obscurely placed steps from the CTA's Damen Blue Line station, the Violet Hour blends in, but stands out from Wicker Park's facade. The presence of a single light or a very long line that grows as the night goes on mark the entrance. There is also a changing mural, which blends in with the rest of the street art tattooing Wicker Park. Describe the outside of the Violet Hour to your friends at your own risk as it changes about every 4 weeks. Artists, local and international alike, submit their ideas to give the Violet Hour its ever-changing external identity.

The cocktail menu, which changes with the season, reflects concoctions that were available during the Prohibition era. Don’t be shy to chat it up with the staff because more than likely they’ve tasted everything on the menu. (Literally, there’s a meeting where everyone tastes each cocktail on the menu. Sounds almost too good to be true.) 

Insider Tips

-The House Rules walk the line between tongue and cheek and downright serious. Interpret wisely. -Writer's block? Creativity lacking? There's an Absinthe Happy Hour. Mon-Thurs 6-8pm. -Can't get enough of the Violet Hour? Purchase their cocktail concentrate from Binny's or ORD for the perfect Old Fashioned. (Whiskey not included)

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