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October 26, 2015
Slinky Drinker
Chicago is no stranger to speakeasies. During Prohibition, the city’s blind tigers and supper clubs ran a roaring trade, wetting the whistles of many a hard-done-by hedonist. But unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last decade, you’ll know that the demise of the booze ban wasn’t necessarily the demise of the speakeasy.

Clandestine (albeit above-board) drinkers have enjoyed a remarkable resurgence in recent years, and the latest to join the ranks is sultry stunner Bordel.
Nestled discreetly above the Black Bull (also owned by hospitality hotshot Daniel Alonso), this unsigned imbiber dazzles with her bygone finery. Red velvet upholstery, torn vintage wallpaper, risqué prints (which make up a large-scale collage of Euro ‘pulp imagery’ by local artist Erik DeBat), fringed light fittings and Turkish silk rugs set the deeply decadent and illicit tone.
And it’s not just the decor that transcends time. A crafty catalogue of 30+ cocktails, including standouts like the Banana Foster Old-Fashioned (banana-infused Irish whisky, brown sugar, cinnamon and bitters) and Shoot the Piano Player (vodka, absinthe, green beans, fortified wine, lemon and dill), comes courtesy of top ’tender Brian Sturgulewski. Plus there’s a special selection of pours from guest mixologists, punch-packing punches, plentiful wine pitchers and a spoil of other house concoctions. 

Better yet, you can savour your swig to live jazz on Wednesdays, Bossa Nova on Thursdays, and flamenco on Fridays and Saturdays. Olé!

1721 W Division St / Wicker Park / +1 773 227 8600 / 7pm-2am Tue-Fri, 7pm-3am Sat /