By Sarah Freeman
Meet Wicker Park’s newest bar, Bordel, which is hidden above Black Bull. The spots was inspired by the modern cabarets in the Latin Quarter of Paris, complete with red velvet booths, tasseled lampshades and oriental rugs. Developer Daniel Alonso commissioned local artist Erik DeBat to create a collage composed of handmade baroque wallpaper and European "pulp imagery" from the 1960s and '70s.
An antique upright piano sits in one corner, which regularly welcomes live music performances. The bar is also the new home of “Speakeasy,” a weekly social club that brings Chicago’s history of underground debauchery back to life with jazz and classic cocktails. To drink, try one of the house punches — the Boston Club Punch is a potent combination of cognac, Grand Marnier, Jamaican rum, Kirshwasser, raspberry, lemon, sparkling wine and pineapple. There's also a handshaken daiquiri and an Old Fashioned Whisker, made with bonded bourbon, Demerara, Angostura and citrus peel.
So how do you get to this clandestine cavern? Ask the host at Black Bull.