Violet Hour

Image: The Violet Hour
SUNDAY - FRIDAY: 6 P.M. - 2 A.M. | SATURDAY: 6 P.M. - 3 A.M.
773.252.1500 | WEBSITE

Not much has changed at the Violet Hour since it set the standard for Windy City cocktailing in 2009. In fact, after six years, the bar’s speakeasy entrance, smooth jazz and patchwork of private nooks draped in heavy velvet curtains still maintain the power transport. And while the drinks remain innovative, the bar itself hasn’t changed its tune: it’s still one of the most buttoned-up cocktail destinations in the city. So, don’t be surprised if the bartender gives you a sideways glance when you pull out your cell phone or stray from any of the other house rules.

Known For
  • craft cocktails
  • bar food
What to drink
With a long menu divided by spirit base, let the bartender guide you.
Wicker Park
Look for the unmarked door across the street from Big Star to get in, but arrive early to avoid crowds. The entry passage is short and narrow, and lines are known to stretch down the street as early as 9 p.m. on weekends.