Speakeasy à la mode
The Violet Hour
Tucked away in a nondescript, mural-covered timber wood building in Wicker Park is The Violet Hour, where, in true speakeasy style, looks can be deceiving. Savvy sippers slip through a camouflaged door (ask your concierge to put you on the list and skip the queue) and enter a delightful powder blue walled, high-ceilinged and chandeliered salon of high-backed, winged armchairs, with a curtained-off marble high bar and cozy fireplace.
One of the original American bars to resurrect the speakeasy style back in 2007, The Violet Hour continues to serve Chicago’s best cocktails five years later, even as the Prohibition Era drinks craze has spread like wildfire across the globe. Maintaining its uncomplicated, quiet finesse, this drinker’s hideaway sticks to the formula it knows best - no fuss, no trends, just laser-focused dedication in a glass, within an elegant and peaceful environment where no mobile phone use or loud music is allowed.
Here, artisanal and small batch liquor reigns supreme, paired expertly with homemade bitters, syrups and hand cut ice. Don’t miss the iconic Hush & Wonder, a Matsusalem rum-based melding of Crème de Violette and grapefruit bitters, and the signature Violet Hour Old Fashioned with Old Forester and Angostura. Simple, sophisticated, quiet perfection – the secret of success.