The Violet Hour


Mixologist Stephen Cole of Violet Hour - Chicago, IL

1520 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 252-1500
Hours: Sun-Fri 6pm-2am; Sat 6pm-3am

When The Violet Hour, conceived by Paul Kahan, Terry Alexander, and Toby Maloney, opened in 2007, it swept Chicago away on a tide of revamped classic cocktails. Accolades (and accolades) aside, The Violet Hour continues to lead Chicago's cocktail scene. Designed by Thomas Schlesser, the bar’s palette of tranquil blues, cushy, tall-backed chairs, and small tables encourage conversation and easy drinking. Today, Mixologist Stephen Cole heads the bar with quiet dedication and a passion for spirits and history. His drinks may be time-honored, but his editorial vision breaks new ground. Cole, a stickler for detail, points out with charming earnest that his smooth and herbaceous Sazerac, which calls for Herbsaint, does not strictly adhere to the traditional recipe. And the suck-it-down-in-two-seconds Bricia Cantina, a Tequila drink with a summer punch quality and a whisper of spice, further shows off his range.

Recommended Dishes:
  • The Bricia Cantina: El Tesoro Blanco Platinum Tequila, Del Maguey Mezcal, Yellow Chartreuse, Liqueur 43, Housemade Tonic Syrup, and House Ginger Syrup
  • Sazerac: Wild Turkey, 101 Rye Whiskey, Jim Beam Rye Whiskey, Demerara, Peychaud’s Bitters, Herbsaint Liqueur, and Lemon

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