Lost Lake

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3154 W Diversey Ave.
Chicago, IL
Opened in 2015
Mon-Fri 4pm-2am
Sat 4pm-3am
Sun 4pm-2am

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Lost Lake

8.5

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Everyone You
Decor 7.9
Drink Quality 9.6
Drink Selection 9.1
Mood 8.1
Music 8.4
Service 9.2
Tikiness 7.6
Tilt 8.5
Vibe 8.1

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Humuhumu’s description

Lost Lake opened in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago in January 2015. It is a partnership between Paul McGee, formerly of Three Dots and a Dash
Three Dots and a Dash
Chicago, IL
Bar & Restaurant
8.6
, and development group Land and Sea Dept. Martin Cate, owner of Smuggler's Cove
Smuggler's Cove
San Francisco, CA
Bar
9.5
, is also involved in Lost Lake, particularly helping with their selection of sipping rums. Its design is less tiki, and more of a nod to the early, streamlined bamboo-focused era of Polynesian Pop escapism. Colorful fish floats hang in the front window, and one whole wall is wallpapered with a bold banana leaf motif. Fish trap lamps wrap the bar area, and the canted ceiling is covered with lauhala and bamboo. There is green vinyl booth seating toward the back, and a rock wall. The beverage program has been developed by McGee, with a mix of classic tropical cocktails and his own inventions. Land and Sea Dept. also own the connected upscale Chinese take-out restaurant, called Thank You. In late March 2016, a small electrical fire forced Lost Lake to close for a few weeks for cleaning and repairs.

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GeekyTiki
GeekyTiki is a semi-regular at Lost Lake.
October 18, 2017, 2:07 PM
An update on FOOD and the NEW BAR SPACE
Happy to say that as of late August, Lost lake has two exciting developments. The first is that they are once again offering food after the electrical fire of 2016 destroyed the kitchen of Thank You, their Chinese take-out inspired food location next door. The new menu offers several small plates inspired by various Asian and Polynesian cuisines. More info and a link to the menu itself is available on DNAinfo Chicago who profiled the new food options in August. The second bit of news is that the former space occupied by Thank You is now a bar within a bar called Stranger in Paradise. This small space will be utilized whenever they have guest bartenders from other Tiki spots as well as a venue for special "pop-up" bars for their own employees to try out "Strange" new drink concoctions, typically around a unifying theme. On nights without a visiting bartender or one of these pop-up events, it offers some much needed extra space to a the frustratingly small and perpetually busy main bar area. I stopped by Stranger in Paradise the week after it opened on a Saturday. It wasn't having one of its themed pop-ups nor was it hosting another bar, so I happily ordered my usual (the Heaven is a Place is FANTASTIC!) while my wife ordered their delicious namesake cocktail and we split an order of RangUni (think crab rangoon, but with Uni). The food was great, the drinks perfect as always, and the vibe of the Stranger in Paradise area was good. Two things to be aware of if you choose to sit in the Stranger in Paradise side of the bar, though: Its a lot brighter than the main space (small and lit by their logo in neon script on one wall) and, most importantly, there is only ONE bartender on that side (again, its small). The drinks were delicious and she was friendly and attentive, but drinks were definitely slower to come out than they probably would have been at the main bar which typically has three or more people mixing. This isn't a criticism, its a small space so they just can't fit more than one person back there, just be aware of it going in and don't fault the bartender if your Curative Vibration is a little slow to arrive. They're doing the best they can! That said, Lost Lake is great, as always, and I hope you'll visit if you're in Chicago. Its worth the trip!
NeilSmith
NeilSmith has visited Lost Lake.
September 23, 2017, 11:16 AM
I visited Lost Lake twice whilst on my Chicago vacation, the first time my Wife and I visited, we had already been to Three Dots and a Dash so had already had a couple of cocktails, it was early evening on the Saturday night at Lost Lake and was able to get two seats at the bar, the Bartender was excellent, my Wife had a Lost Lake and I had a Banana Daiquiri the drinks were good, however I think the Bar Manager could have made so much more effort, we picked up Mugs, Glasses and a few swizzles. On our second visit on the Monday we went just after opening, the Bar Tender seemed disinterested. I was very disappointed, and thought I'd wasted my money on the Uber to get there.
tikiglees
tikiglees has visited Lost Lake.
July 30, 2017, 2:40 PM
Visited on Saturday night... arrived just in time as it was a full house by the time we left. extremely well crafted drinks and served us off the menu as well - service with a bit of an attitude but still fun. Great time - its only a few years old, but feels like the bar has been there for decades
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