Bordel is a
Throwback Speakeasy in Wicker Park
One of Chicago’s unrivaled speakeasies, Bonhomme Hospitality’s Bordel is a cocktail bar and cabaret that effortlessly channels the hospitality, revelry and sultry energy of Paris’ famed Belle Époque in the heart of Wicker Park above sister restaurant Black Bull and below private event space Botánico. Bordel’s candlelit interiors are appointed with red velvet sofas, tasseled chandeliers, Persian rugs and walls covered in custom wallpaper inspired by early 20th century pulp fiction imagery.
A rotating roster of weekly entertainment featuring jazz musicians, burlesque performers, magicians and comedians adds to the sexy, throwback ambience of this Wicker Park speakeasy. Prohibition-influenced cocktails range from punches (served in Royal Albert tea sets, no less) to ones in fête-prêt porróns. Exotic garnishes follow a no-waste sensibility utilizing ingredients found in the cocktails they adorn. An abbreviated menu from Black Bull downstairs includes a selection of tapas and charcuterie boards. Its intimate size means reservations are highly suggested although walk-ins are welcome.