Hidden above busy Division Street and neighborhood favorite Black Bull, you’ll climb the red staircase to Bordel (1721 W Division). But this place isn’t hung up on secrecy like most speakeasies, instead it concentrates on its funky interior with low hanging lamps and cozy banquettes while serving some serious cocktails. Meant to evoke the Bohemian cabaret clubs of Europe, Bordel has a great vibe and penchant for cool live music.
When to go:
Wednesday is their hottest party, packing the intimate space with beautiful people sipping on classic cocktail sand grooving to jazz riffs.
Thursday is their Deseo party featuring deep house music, paying tribute to the music’s origins right here in underground Chicago clubs.
Friday proffers a live band and an alluring burlesque show. Reserve a table for punch service as the room fills up quickly.
Saturday are reserved for Flamenco. Grab tapas downstairs and then settle in for the sultry show.
What to drink? Bordel takes it back to basics with classic cocktails such as the Bijou made with London dry gin, Italian vermouth, green Chartreuse, and house orange bitters, or the Rattlesnake made with rye whiskey, absinthe, lemon, egg white, and angostura. Bordel also features a punch service that is great for small groups. We indulged in the Light Guard Punch made with Fino sherry, cognac, sauternes, lemon, sparkling wine, and pineapple. One of the hottest spots on the scene right now, Bordel is sexy, exciting, and where you’ll find all the cool kids. Make your way there for a cocktail soon.