Chicago: Where to Drink – Wicker Park/Buckton


The Violet Hour

1520 N. Damen Ave.
This could be one of my favourite spots in Chicago for craft cocktails based on the atmosphere alone. But it is difficult to find. Although it could come across as a bit pretentious, it
is a dark,  and sumptuous appointed. Under the guidance of “head intoxicologist” Toby Maloney, the seasonal cocktail menu employs house-made bitters, fresh juices and garnishes, and multiple types of ice in different shapes, sizes, and temperatures. There’s the pretension. But those high back wingback chairs and well made cocktails make up for it. If you get hungry, they do have seasonal bar nibbles.

Hours: SU-F 6-2 | SA 6-3


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Christian has been a cultural and style junkie since the age of 6; while most kids were swiping cookies, he was swiping his grandfathers' Patek Philippe. Raised to appreciate art, fashion,design and  literature (yeah, this one actually reads) by a single mother fondly called Jackie-O. Christian quickly went from childhood cultural capital thief to academia protégé. Referred to as the cat's meow by some, too clever by half by others, Christian eschewed the academic life and ran away to join the circus -the fashion circus. Several well-appointed positions later and a career on the rise would be most people's dream but it was time to say fuck off and start all over again.

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