The Violet Hour
It may be the least secret “secret bar” in Chicago, but damn if it ain’t still one of the finest. This veteran Wicker Park institution has long been known as a pioneering cocktail bar and remains a must for any budding mixology enthusiast. The vibe is polite and not rowdy, which some have deemed pretentious, but don’t act like a jerk and you’ll be fine. They also host tastings, classes, and even offer private events and classes, so you too can one day learn the ways of the master mixologist. Might want to throw on a vest for this one.
How to book: Reserve via Tock.