By RAF MIASTKOWSKI and JAY GENTILE
You might not know this, but we're actually terrible at keeping secrets, especially when it comes to bars. And while you might know about a bunch of these already (because, again: us), there just might be a few you don't.
Consider this your beginner's guide to every Chicago bar that's -- in some way (hidden entrance!) or another (no address!) -- secret.
As the west-of-Ashland stretch of Division Ave continues to attract more bros-to-the-wall by the minute, Bordel remains a charming cocktail lounge that stands firmly against the soul-crushing waves of party buses. Part of the reason is probably because the second-story establishment has an unmarked door. Actually, that’s probably all of the reason. Once inside, visitors can expect classic cocktails, table service that serves up booze in a tea set, and live performances that range from burlesque to flamenco dancing.
How to get in: Open the door located to the right of the Black Bull entrance, head up the stairs, and then open the next door on your left.