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Top 10 Craft Cocktail Bars in the U.S.

Chicago, IL

Dining Room at The Violet Hour, Chicago, IL

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With its hidden entrance, floor-to-ceiling curtains, leather high-backed chairs and crystal chandeliers, The Violet Hour in Chicago is just the kind of place where you'd expect to find an unusual cocktail. The innovative concoctions might include the Fretted Strings, made with Jim Beam Rye, Sandeman Ruby Port, Averna, coffee-brown sugar syrup and tobacco bitters. Small shared plates, such as truffled ricotta tartine, are a treat for the taste buds.

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