The Consumption of Style: Bordel

Bordel is a hidden, craft-cocktail bar and cabaret distinguished by eclectic interiors stirred by pulp imagery from the 60s & 70s and the bohemian spirit that inspired the first modern cabaret in the Latin Quarter of Paris. Bordel’s stage entertainment features regular acts by some of the city’s most talented artists and musicians performing jazz, flamenco, cabaret, burlesque, vaudeville and more.” Freddie Sarkis showed us how to have a classy tea party with King Fredrick and our Hays Necktie and Element Pocket Square.” 


Name: Freddie Sarkis
Hometown: Chicago
Drink Name: King Fredrick
Elements: Thyme and rosemary are simmered in sherry, added to a sugar that’s been macerated with lemon zest. The syrup is then shaken with Plata tequila and lemon juice. Finally a splash of soda and a half measure of Plymouth sloe gin are added. Garnish with a sprig of thyme.

What’s specific to Bordel’s atmosphere and what do you personally enjoy most?
I enjoy the dark and mysterious nature of the room, which couples well with the fun party-style vibe that our owner Danni creates.

Why did you choose to pair the King Frederick with this tie and pocket square?
The two tone effect of the drink matched the playfulness of the pocket square

Being a craftsman of cocktails, what’s important to you when you’re creating a drink?
Everything. Can I say everything? Flavor, color, name, glass, etc. If I had to pick something, for me it’s a progression of flavor through the drink. Start with something and finish with something else that matures over the course of enjoying the beverage.

Where do you draw inspiration from when creating new cocktails?
I draw my inspiration from my community; the bars around the world I’ve visited, the bartenders I have had long, in-depth conversations with, and the tasty Cocktails you find in Chicago, and beyond.

What’s been your favorite entertainment at Bordel thus far?
The flamenco dancers are outrageous fun! My favorite though? Adam’s Wednesday night “Speakeasy” party. Always a different element added to always great DJs, and a heavy Industry crowd! You can’t not have fun!

How long have you been crafting cocktails and how did you get started?
I’ve been at this for about 12 years or so. I got started like all good nerds, by reading books. There wasn’t the wealth of information out there back then that there is today, so trial and error and some well puts words on paper is how I got my beginning!

What does remaining true to a “classic style” mean when formulating a cocktail at Bordel?
Classic means ‘spirits first cocktails’ routed in the “classics” of the early 1900′s. It’s not to say that we don’t sneak in some modern techniques in the back round (mostly in prep) but the feel of the cocktails is “timeless.”

What kind of role does fashion play in a bar?
A big role. Looking smart can convey the right message. The idea that I “dress up to go to work” shows that I take what I do seriously. It’s fun, but it’s fun because we work hard to make it that way!