Violet Hour

Cocktail Bar in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

This nouveau speakeasy isn’t marked, so look for the mural-slathered, wood-paneled building and the door topped by a yellow lightbulb. Inside, high-backed booths, chandeliers and long velvet drapes provide the backdrop to elaborately engineered cocktails that the Beard Awards deemed best in the US. The Pajama Boy (bourbon and pear brandy) shows why. As highbrow as it sounds, Violet Hour is welcoming and accessible.