This season, Bordel pays homage to our neighborhood's past. Cocktails on this menu are inspired by the novel THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM (Nelson Algren, 1949) that showed the world the beauty and flaws of our neighborhood and city. It’s a town that the author Nelson Algren rightly described as, "an October sort of city even in the spring."

 

All cocktails are made to order and draw inspiration from the last golden age of cocktails, with exotic garnishes that follow a no-waste sensibility utilizing ingredients found in the cocktails they adorn.  The cocktail list is comprised of perfectly executed classics combined with house cocktails made in a "classic style."  The list includes punches, aperitif cocktails, swizzles, "strong but not silent" stirred cocktails and "shaky, shaky" cocktails with citrus.  

 

A bastion of our menus has always been Punch, presented in Royal Albert “hidden-in-plain-sight” tea sets and handblown glass Porrones from Spain.  We love celebrating with Punch, as the first "mixed" drink, Punch was a staple of high society; where there was a party there was Punch and vice versa.  It found its way to the US, and in our own way, we made it democratic: we turned a shared drink for the wealthy into a single-serving cocktail for everyman.  As a cocktail bar influenced by the Bohemian Cabarets of Europe and the speakeasies of the States, it was natural to celebrate not only the current cocktail culture, but also the classic Punches of Europe.  And as before, where there is Punch, there will be a party.

PISCO PUNCH

Pisco, Lemon Juice, Pineapple Syrup, Cinnamon 

MEXICAN FIRING SQUAD

Tequila, Gancia, Grenadine, Lemon Juice, 

PORRÓN

THE ORIGINAL LARGE FORMAT...15/60

WRAPPED IN RAINBOWS

Rum, Guava, Amaro Nonino, Lemon, Angostura Bitters

PIMMS CUP #2

Cucumber Infused Gin, Pimms No1, Strawberry Syrup, Ginger Ale, Mint, Lime

PUNCHES

Prohibition’s favorite clandestine drinking vessel

SERVED IN ROYAL ALBERT TEA SETS...15/60

NEVER TRUST A SPANIARD

Mezcal, Manzanilla Sherry, Salted Red Pepper Syrup, Lemon, OJ

BANANAS FOSTER OLD FASHIONED

Banana-Infused Rum, Black Walnut Bitters, Fire & Magic

SPANISH COFFEE

{served hot} Orange Liqueur, Demerara, Coffee, Cinnamon, Malted Cream, Pure Magic

DELIA’S GINTONIC

Gin, Blackberry, Rosemary, Elderflower Tonic 

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CLASSICS

THE ORIGINAL LARGE FORMAT... 15

MOONLIT GARDEN STROLL

Vodka, Cynar, Strawberry Syrup, Balsamic, Lemon

SMOKING HOT UNCLE

Mezcal, Fresno Pepper-infused Tio Pepe, Cantaloupe & Rosemary Syrup, Lim

SAGE ADVICE

Tequila, Ancho Reyes Verde, Sage-Infused Agave, Lime, Soda

AN OUNCE OF PASSION

Pisco, Amontillado Sherry, Orange Juice, Passion Fruit Syrup, Lime, Egg

KEVIN MCALLISTER

Irish Whisky, Mata Red Vermouth, Grenadine, Orange & Angostura bitters

RED MEANS GO

Bourbon, Cherry Heering, Citrus, Simple, Angostura Bitters, Ginger Beer

NEVER ENDING SUMMER

Rum Two Ways, Averna, Grilled Pineapple Juice, Vanilla, Lemon

PLAYING FOR PINKS

Vodka, Cava, Cherry Heering, Creme de Cassis, Lemon

HOUSE

COCKTAILS

WHAT WE ARE MAKING AT THE MOMENT... 15

CHICAGO

BORDEL