America's Best Cocktail Bars
Courtesy of The Violet Hour
The Violet Hour, Chicago
challenge is to find this unmarked place, a first-generation neo-speakeasy. The
number of guests allowed inside is capped at the number of stools and seats,
ensuring a reasonably sane session of cocktail sampling. Try some of the
updated classics, like the Notorious F.L.I.P., made with navy-strength rum,
bitter liqueurs, and a whole egg.
Check It Out: The custom ice
program here was one of the nation’s first—you’ll get a big ice sphere for
bourbon on the rocks, and an ice spike for tall drinks.