The first rule of the speakeasy is that it can’t be easy to find. The Violet Hour’s door is directly across the street from Big Star. Look for the handle on the wall and the light above it because the door mural changes frequently and cleverly disguises the space. They don’t take reservations so expect to wait in line as they also control the number of people in the bar at any time. This is good because it won’t ever be packed to an uncomfortable extreme and if you go before 8, you’re likely to walk right in.
This isn’t a get up and mingle kind of joint, which makes it the perfect dark sexy lounge for romantic dates and quiet conversations about world domination. The cocktail menu changes frequently so even if you’ve been before, you should go again. And try the pimento cheese toasts.