La Belle Epoque

By Liz Grossman 


From cabaret to craft cocktails, Wicker Park’s Bordel beckons. While most Chicago bars bask in the blaring glow of the game, there’s a secondstory hideaway in Wicker Park that’s more conducive to cabaret than the Cubbies.Tucked above tapas restaurant Black Bull, Bordel conjures the Latin Quarter of 1920s Paris with vintage wall sconces, sexy Moulin Rougeesque
murals, black-tin ceilings and a small stage flanked by vintage instruments and plush velvet
curtains. Head in on a Saturday after 10pm when flamenco dancers light up the long, narrow room, or visit on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights when the venue features anything from live jazz to Djs. The best seats in the house are at one of eight reservation-only booths, where 10 guests can get cozy (for $150) around vintage teacups inconspicuously filled with cognac-, whiskey- or tequila based punches. Or pass around a porrón (Spanish wine pitcher) filled with cocktails like the French 75, Pisco Punch or Southside (with gin, mint, lime and sugar), all served straight out of the spout. Can’t get a table? Belly up to the bar lit up like a burlesque-dancer’s boudoir for modern takes on classic cocktails.
BORDEL 1721 W. DIVISION ST., 773.227.8600


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