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The Violet Hour

1520 N. Damen Ave. (Milwaukee Ave.) Send to Phone
A lounge known for its creative handcrafted cocktails and small plates.
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Local Deals: 120 * 90

Dinner nightly
Open late

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Dining room at The Violet Hour, Chicago, IL

The Violet Hour Restaurant Review

: 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 (from the designer of Blackbird and Avec). But you need only to look at the ice being used --- numerous different forms, each for a specific glass or cocktail, double filtered to ensure maximum purity --- then you realize the seriousness behind the crafting of the cocktails. Mixologist Toby Maloney (NYC’s Milk & Honey and Pegu Club) is behind the making of many house ingredients, including bitters and syrups, which go into the classic cocktails (fresh fruit gimlet, Manhattan) and seasonally inspired ones (Autumn Sazerac). Equally creative are the small plates, including herb gnocchi with caramelized onions or spiced nuts with hot chili powder and honey. Chances are, you'll rub elbows with a few chefs while here (it's a favorite when they're off-the-clock).

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